Griffs schedule exhibitions with Ryerson, Buff State

By Nick Veronica

CCLogobigThe first chance to get a glimpse of the 2015-16 Canisius men’s basketball team will come in an Oct. 30 exhibition against Ryerson University.

The team’s exhibition schedule, released on Wednesday, wraps up with a Nov. 6 meeting with Buffalo State. Both Friday night contests are set for 7 p.m. at the Koessler Athletic Center.

Canisius faced Ryerson, the Toronto university, in an exhibition last season, squeaking out 79-76 win. The Griffs last had an exhibition against Buff State in 2010, when Tom Parrotta was the coach, and won 84-72.

[Griffs complete roster with PG Atkinson]

Daemen College, the Division II school led by former Canisius coach Mike MacDonald that handed Canisius an 83-81 OT loss in an exhibition game last season, was not invited back for a rematch.

Canisius has played two exhibition games in every season since Jim Baron became the coach in 2012.

Canisius roster

*new for 2015-16

Guards (8)

Malcolm McMillan*, redshirt senior
Jamal Reynolds, senior
Kiefer Douse*, junior
Kassius Robertson, sophomore
Adam Weir, sophomore
Raven Owen, redshirt freshman
Isaiah Gurley, redshirt freshman
Chris Atkinson*, freshman

Forwards (5)

Kevin Bleeker, senior
Phil Valenti, junior
Jermaine Crumpton, sophomore
Cassidy Ryan, sophomore
Ronald Gombe*, freshman


Chris Manhertz signs with Saints practice squad

By Nick Veronica

The New Orleans Saints signed tight end Chris Manhertz to their practice squad Sunday, Manhertz confirmed to IAGS.

Manhertz, the former Canisius basketball player, opened training camp with the Buffalo Bills but was cut Aug. 19. He cleared waivers and was picked up by New Orleans the following week.

The Saints kept two tight ends on their 53-man roster, veteran Ben Watson and third-year man Josh Hill.

Practice squad players this season will earn $6,600 per week, as determined by the collective bargaining agreement, which equals out to $112,200 if the player remains on practice squad for all 17 weeks.

Manhertz, 23, did not appear on the stat sheet in any preseason games.