Raney’s scholarship not renewed by Canisius, signs D-II

By Nick Veronica

Dominique Raney will play Division II basketball next season after Canisius did not renew his scholarship, the school’s athletic department confirmed today.

The team did not have a statement available but said one may come this week when it gets more information from the college’s compliance office. Division I scholarships are one-year, renewable contracts.

Dominique Raney signs with UAFS and coach xx, via Facebook.

Dominique Raney signs with UAFS and coach Josh Newman, via Facebook.

Raney, a redshirt sophomore, started at guard in the first 15 games last season but came off the bench the rest of the way. He finished the year averaging 5.5 points and 15.6 minutes per game while hitting 42.3 percent of field goals.

While he was able to provide a spark off the bench, Raney was rumored to have been at odds with the coaching staff and was considered to be a transfer candidate at the end of last season.

With that in mind, Raney was asked what he was looking forward to in next year’s team during the press conference after the last game of the season.

“Get the blueprint started,” he said. “Just get ready, see what we can bring in, see how the season will go. We have a lot of shooters, we’re gonna still be pushing the ball a lot next year and hopefully keep this tradition going.”

Raney has signed with the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, a Division II school. He had two years of eligibility remaining.

Raney’s departure leaves one open scholarship for next season. Canadian reports say Canisius is interested in guard Kaza Keane (Ajax, Ontario), who is transferring out of Illinois State. The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder would have to sit out next season.

The team is also in need of size. The Griffs’ returning rebounding leaders are Phil Valenti (3.9 per game) and Josiah Heath (2.2).

Canisius’ other recruits are Raven Owen (5-11, 165), Cassidy Ryan (6-6, 215) and Jamal Reynolds (6-5, 175).

Griffs postgame video: Canisius 93, Siena 78

Billy Baron and his teammates talk to the media after Canisius’ 93-78 victory at the KAC. From left to right: Chris Perez, Zach Lewis, Dominique Raney and, to quote Assistant Athletic Director for Communications Matt Reitnour, Billy Baron dressed as Tom Brady.

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Griffs get another guard

Add Dominique Raney to the crowded Canisius backcourt. The junior college transfer was on campus Monday and is expected to receive one of the Griffs’ two remaining scholarships.

Raney was listed as a freshman last year at Navarro College. His numbers weren’t great — 3.7 points and .77 assists per game — but ESPN recruiting scored him an 85, which is the highest a Canisius recruit has been rated since the scores started in 2006. The highest any Griff had previously been scored was an 80, given to both Alshwan Hymes and Chris Manhertz (Freddy Asprilla has four stars but score).

Signs also point to forward Tyrel Edwards joining the Griffs. Rumored to be joining the team for months, he tweeted he was in class today, told a friend he was in Buffalo, and, although it could be someone else, a “Tyrel Edwards” appears on the Canisius listserv (as do Raney, Jermaine Johnson, Phil Valenti, etc.).

Raney makes the seventh guard on the team, joining Billy Baron, Isaac Sosa, Harold Washington, Hymes, Reggie Groves and Johnson.

Hopefully the Jesuits will teach Edwards (aka Mr. SteelYourGirl) how to spell “steal” … unless he’s going for the double entendre that would fit the rest of his tweets. Mr. December 23rd has apparently since changed his Twitter handle.