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.

Sabres bid for rink that would house Canisius

The Buffalo Sabres have officially bid on land downtown that they would use for a multi-rink hockey complex that would serve as the future home of the Canisius hockey program.

The Webster Block is highlighted in orange. It’s currently a parking lot across from the FN Center.

The Sabres were in talks with Canisius last summer about the possibility of building a rink on the Main Street campus that would double as a Sabres practice facility. Those talks stalled last fall and didn’t pick back up.

According to a report from Buffalo Business First, the Sabres are one of three groups to bid on the Webster Block, a piece of land across from the First Niagara Center nearly two acres large. The report says the property would be “used as a practice facility for the team as well as the home base for some of the area’s collegiate hockey teams.”

Canisius officials said today the school is still working with the Sabres and the college team mentioned is “definitely still us.”

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