Tyler Sablich (@TySablich)
After previously committing to South Florida in June, Kiski School (Pa.) prospect Major Canady ultimately retracted that statement in favor of Drexel.
“South Florida is a great school, but I felt like I decided a little too soon,” Canady told CoBL by text message on Sunday. “Drexel just really seemed to be a great program on the rise. They have a great staff, and a lot of good players on the team.”
Drexel coach Bruiser Flint factored into Canady’s decision. The way that Flint develops young players, Canady says, made Drexel a much easier choice.
“He is a great guy, and he has a great reputation for developing players, specifically point guards,” Canady said. “The staff really clicked with my family”
Canady, a 6-foot-3 205-pound guard, joins a 2013 recruiting class that already consists of power forward/center Mohamed Bah from Lee Academy (M.A.). Canady has put together a stellar high school career, averaging 12.3 points, 15.3 assists, 12.3 rebounds and 10.5 steals per game last season, according to MaxPreps (Edit–seems like that might be a mistake on MaxPreps’ part. Scout.com reports Canady averaged a still-impressive 14 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and six steals per game).
A 2-star prospect, Canady is currently the 14th-ranked prospect in the state of Pa., according to ESPN.com, whose recruiting services say he is a “long and slippery attacking style guard who does his best work going to the rim.”
Canady gives Drexel coach Bruiser Flint a multifaceted guard, someone that can score with ease or set up other teammates, to go along with the inside presence of Bah in their 2013 Class. With defensive-minded guard Derrick Thomas and high-scoring sixth man Chris Fouch both in their final years of eligibility, Canady may be expected to provide the Dragons with some instant offense from the get-go.
“I definitely see myself contributing next year and possibly starting,” Canady said. “I am preparing myself this year for the next level to come in and be an immediate impact player for the Dragons.”
With three scholarship seniors graduating this year in Thomas, Fouch and Daryl McCoy, the team has at least one more scholarship to give out this year. St. Christopher (Va.) forward Rodney Williams is making his decision on Friday, and he told CoBL he was “basically” down to Drexel and Saint Bonaventure’s. Canady said he knows and has spoken to Rodney, but doesn’t know where he stands.
Committed seniors can soon sign their binding National Letters of Intent for the Early Signing Period, which runs from Nov. 14-21; Canady said he plans on sending his letter in on Wednesday.