Point guard McMillan verbals to Canisius

By Nick Veronica



Canisius got verbal commit from another veteran point guard Tuesday, which would seem to use up the Griffs’ final scholarship for 2015-16.

Malcolm McMillan, senior from Central Connecticut State, reportedly gave his verbal on Tuesday afternoon (update: the Griffs announced his commit on April 27). McMillan played four years at the Northeast Conference school, but injured his back in the second game last season and missed the rest of the year. A medical redshirt gives him an extra year of eligibility and earning his undergraduate degree makes him eligible immediately.

Adding a fifth-year senior further strengthens the Griffs’ backcourt, which also received a verbal from JUCO transfer Kiefer Douse this week. Both McMillan and Douse would appear to have an edge on sophomore Jan Grzelinski.

McMillan (6-foot, 180 pounds), a Baltimore native, started 87 of his 91 career games played. In his junior year of 2013-14, his last full season, McMillan averaged 10.8 points per game along with 3.2 assists and 3.5 rebounds.

Scholarships left: 0

With forward Ronald Gombe and point guards McMillan and Douse in for the Griffs, that would seem to use all three scholarships made available by Zach Lewis’ transfer and the graduation of Josiah Heath and Jeremiah Williams.

Canisius could use another body in the frontcourt (currently composed of only Phil Valenti, Kevin Bleeker, Jeremaine Crumpton, Cassidy Ryan and Gombe), but the only way to add another recruit would be to pull a scholarship from a current player.