CBS 6-Albany, New York
COLONIE - CBA basketball star Galal Cancer has verbally committed to Cornell University, and will sign his binding letter of intent this November. The 6'2" senior point guard chose the Big Red over UAlbany, Long Island University, The Citadel, Lafayette, and Lehigh.
The chance to receive an Ivy League education is what ultimately swayed the Albany native to choose the Ithaca school.
"I just thought about college and when I'd be done playing basketball", said Cancer Monday afternoon while explaining his decision. "I felt that Cornell would present me with more opportunities with the alumni connection they have."
Cancer said it came down to Cornell or UAlbany -- Ivy League, or staying close to home.
"My parents will be able to come down to see me at some point in time. I'm going to get to come home so it really didn't bother me that much to leave. Cornell's about three hours so it's a good commute."
Cancer helped CBA win the 2010 New York State 'AA' Championship -- the first in school history.
Albany Times Union
September 27, 2010
Galal Cancer put a great deal into basketball during the 2009-10 scholastic season as the starting point guard at Christian Brothers Academy and he played a vital role in the Brothers’ first state Class AA championship.
During those journeys, Cancer also narrowed his prospective college destination down to two schools: Cornell University and the University at Albany.
After visiting both schools and taking nearly two weeks to ponder his decision, Cancer has provided first-year Cornell coach Bill Courtney his oral commitment to begin competing for the Big Red in the 2011-12 season.
“I talked to the coaching staff and he was their top recruit — Galal was the guy they wanted,” CBA coach Dave Doemel said.
Cancer, a rugged 6-foot-2 point guard who averaged 10.7 points per game as a junior, earned first team Large School All-Area plaudits from the Times Union in April and was named to the state’s seventh team in Class AA.
“I thought about both schools carefully, and then I thought about the schools after I left and how each would help me. I thought with Cornell, I will have a better chance to be successful after basketball is finished.”
Boston College coach Steve Donahue, who guided Cornell to three straight NCAA appearances and a school-record 29 victories in the 2009-10 season, began recruiting Cancer last year. Courtney, a former assistant at such schools as George Mason, Virginia and Virginia Tech, picked up on Cancer’s recruitment once he took over at Cornell in April and made him a top priority. The CBA guard joins a recruiting class that also features 6-6 guard/forward Shonn Miller and 6-3 guard Devin Cherry.
“He has worked so hard in the classroom and on the court,” Doemel said of Cancer. “With the way their program is going, to have a school like Cornell interested in you is a good thing. Obviously, Cornell is a great school.”