Monday, December 28, 2009

Canisius and Big Man Gadley Part Ways

Another player loss for a conference team, this one at Canisius where 6-foot-9, 320-pound center Chris Gadley was dismissed from the program.

Here's the press release issued today (Monday) by Canisius:

Canisius College Director of Athletics Bill Maher announced today that senior center Chris Gadley (Amherst, N.Y.) has been released from his scholarship and will not participate with the team in 2010. Gadley, who has not practiced with the team or played in a game this season, averaged 7.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game last year in 24 games played. Gadley sat out the 2007-08 campaign after transferring from Hofstra University, where he played his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Gadley had not played for Canisius this season, missing the first semester in order, according to published reports, to concentrate on academics. There is no indication whether or not Gadley's academic standing at the school is the reason for his dimissal from the program.

The Golden Griffins are 6-6 on the year.

Gadley had been mostly a role player for Canisius, but had one spectacular effort getting 25 rebounds in a game last season. That total matched the conference's all-time single-game record, and provided a measure of Gadley's potential that went otherwise untapped.

Although the press release indicates that Gadley will not play for Canisius in 2010, his eligibility to play on the Division I level is over after this season. This would have been his fifth year as part of a Division I program, the maximum allowed by the NCAA. Theoretically, though, because Gadley did not play this season he could play one more season at a lower-division program.

1 comment:

Mulldog said...

It's too bad, he had the talent to be a dominant force in this league, on a team with a lot of talent too.

Off-topic, but I had a chance to head over to the McCann Center and get a look at the young Marist kids last night as the blew a six point halftime lead to AE favorites Vermont. Basically, they got manhandled on the glass. Vermont's best player Blakely was near invisible in the first half but he took the game over during the final twenty minutes.

Marist's big man Bauer needs to get stronger, he was punished down low.

The transfer Kaba showed some real ability to penetrate and finish both at the rim and with a nice mid-range game.

Freshman guard Rusin led the Foxes in scoring and is the prototypical Marist shooter, could definitely see him developing into a sharp shooting scorer.

The PG Price impressed me with his ability to take care of the ball and attack the glass. Plays under control and just needs to get stronger to finish around the rim and develop a better jumper.

They definitely have more athletes than I anticipated, but overall they need to add strength (not surprising on such a young team). Definitely think we will see them continue to improve and I wouldn't be surprised to see them continue to do what they did last night - compete for a half of a game with a superior team before running out of gas.