Short and sweet on this program's incoming players.
Not much was needed. The Golden Griffins have their top nine players returning, so if they are to get better than a .500 record in conference play for the first time since an 11-7 mark in the 1998-99 season ... well, this is the year.
That said, it appears that some decent newcomers have come aboard which might help some this year and contribute more in future years.
- Rob Gagliardi, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard from Pickering High School in Ajax, Ontario. Althought the Griffs appear set at the position with returnees, sources indicate that Gagliardi will contend for time in the playing group. He has been a member of Team Canada's age-level teams for several years and has played against strong international competition. He has also excelled in AAU events where, according to one report, showed the ability to shoot out to the 23-foot range. Said to be a legitimate scorer.
- Alshwan Hymes, a 6-2, 180-pound guard from Jamesville-DeWitt High School (Syracuse area), who helped lead his team to the New York State's tournament's Class A championship in each of the past two seasons. Hymes, said to be a hard-nosed competitor with an above-average long-range shot, averaged 17.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.2 rebounds as a high school senior.
Hymes and Gagliardi will likely ensure that the Griffs' backcourt is in good hands beyond the coming season, as will another newcomer, Gabby Belardo, another 6-2 guard. Belardo, a native of Puerto Rico, is a transfer from South Florida and will not be eligible until the 2010-11 season. He will then have three years of eligibility.