Reid’s future at Niagara uncertain after felony charges

By Nick Veronica



The future of Niagara forward Dominique Reid remains uncertain in days after his felony charges were revealed.

An athletic spokesman said Friday that Reid’s status should be considered the same as Wednesday, when athletic director Simon Gray in a statement that Reid “is currently not participating in team activities.” The spokesman said he did not know if it is possible for Reid to rejoin the team at a later date.

Niagara’s student records office said Friday morning that Reid is still enrolled at the university. His name remains on the team roster.

Reid is reportedly facing two felony charges of fourth-degree grand larceny from incidents in December and April, and has a felony charge of second-degree identity theft added to the April incident. He also picked up a misdemeanor charge of second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in October.

[Reid on leave from NU | Buffalo News | Niagara Gazette]

Reid did not miss any game time as result of the mid-season arrest. He played in all 30 games last season and appeared in the first half of every game. The school confirmed Friday that Reid was not put under any other type of non-game related suspension during the season.

niagara_logo_bigReid was Niagara’s third-leading scorer at 9.8 points per game and earned promotion to the starting lineup in the final 13 games of the season. He was named to the conference’s all-rookie team.

Niagara has not had tolerance for legal missteps in the past. Basketball coach Chris Casey parted ways with forward Aaron Bodie after a shoplifting incident in January 2014. Niagara’s hockey team was prompt to suspend a former leading scorer for half a season after a DWI in October 2013. Hockey coach Dave Burkholder said star forward Ryan Murphy was welcome to rejoin the team in mid-January, but Murphy ended up leaving the school.

But for now, as long as Reid remains on the team, Niagara has filled all 13 scholarships for 2015-16. The 15-man roster includes 13 scholarship players and two walk-ons, David Varoli and Thomas Fleming. Casey has brought in eight recruits this offseason to replace the seven departures from a team that had no seniors. (Niagara only used 12 scholarships last season.)

Niagara’s current roster
*new addition for 2015-16

Emile Blackman
Karonn Davis
Cameron Fowler
Matt Scott
Chris Barton*
Romero Collier*
Kevin Larkin*
Kahlil Dukes*
David Varoli
Thomas Fleming

Dominique Reid
Maurice Taylor Jr.*
Alioune Tew*
Dominic Robb*
Marvin Prochet*

Departures: Ramone Snowden, Wesley Myers, Rayvon Harris, James Suber, Julian Richardson, DayJar Dickson, Anders Skou Hansen.


Niagara puts Reid on leave following felony charges

By Nick Veronica

Niagara’s All-Rookie selection Dominique Reid is reportedly on a leave from the team after being charged with multiple felonies in connection with fraud cases against First Niagara bank.



According to the Niagara Gazette, Reid was charged with crimes on three separate occasions during his freshman season.

In October, Reid was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. The Buffalo News reported it was an “alcohol-related charge.”

The Gazette next reported that two months into the season (perhaps December), Reid was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony. He apparently made claims that his own account had been compromised and received more than $1,000 from First Niagara before the bank determined that his claims were false.

The third and most serious brush with the law reportedly came in April, when Reid was hit with charges of second-degree identity theft and fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies. The Gazette wrote that Reid “managed to steal the bank account coding information for a local municipality” and then “gave the account information to his creditors, who then debited the municipal bank account.”

Reid was not disciplined with playing time during the season, appearing in all 30 games. He scored 9.8 points per game and averaged 5.9 rebounds, good for second and third on the team.

The 6-foot-8 Erial, N.J. native was set to take on an even bigger role this season, with Niagara losing seven players to transfer. A Niagara spokesman did not immediately respond to an IAGS inquiry but told the Gazette, “The university is aware of proceedings involving student-athlete Dominique Reid.”

Here’s an updated list of Niagara’s returning players, arranged by 2014-15 scoring:

Emile Blackman – Still on scholarship (1)
Ramone Snowden – Transfer
Dominique Reid – On leave from team
Wesley Myers – Transfer
Karonn Davis – Still on scholarship (2)
Rayvon Harris – Transfer
Matt Scott – Still on scholarship (3)
James Suber – Transfer
Julian Richardson – Transfer
Cameron Fowler – Still on scholarship (4)
DayJar Dickson – Transfer
Anders Skou Hansen – Left mid-season
Thomas Fleming – Still on team, walk-on
David Varoli – Still on team, walk-on

Coach Chris Casey has brought in a handful of new recruits for the 2015-16 season, most recently getting a commit from Long Island Lutheran’s Marvin Prochet.

More on this story as it develops.

Niagara eliminated from MAAC Tournament by Siena, 71-54

By Nick Veronica

MAAC All-Rookie selection Dominique Reid scored a career-high 24 points but ninth-seeded Niagara couldn’t overcome 9.1 percent three-point shooting in a 71-54 loss to eighth-ranked Siena Thursday in the play-in round of the MAAC Tournament.

Senior guard Evan Hymes led Siena’s balanced attack with 14 points while Ryan Oliver had 13 off the bench. Siena, the host team, advanced to face top-ranked Iona at noon Saturday. The winner of that game gets the Canisius-Monmouth winner.


Niagara finished the year 8-22 overall — a record that was buoyed by a four-game winning streak that closed out the regular season. Niagara endured losing streaks of nine, seven and four games this year and lost 17 of its first 20 games with an extremely young team.

Niagara returns every player next season and will still only have one senior, Rayvon Harris, barring any transfers.

Leading scorer Emile Blackman scored 13 points Thursday for Niagara on 5-of-11 shooting while Wesley Myers added nine points and was the only Purple Eagle to hit a three-pointer as the team went 1-for-11 from deep. No one else scored more than four points (full box score).

Niagara managed only six assists on 20 field goals.

NU coach Chris Casey is now 0-5 all-time against Siena.