Friday, September 24, 2010

Recruiting Update: Big Red Add Galal Cancer

Cornell received a verbal commitment tonight from Galal Cancer (Christian Bros. Academy) Albany, New York, 6-2, G.

Cancer, a point guard, was recruited by Penn, Davidson, Wichita State, Albany, Lafayette, Northeastern, Lehigh, Army, Navy, Bucknell, Citadel, Elon, Furman, and Quinnipiac. Albany offered a scholarship according to

A two-star recruit on and Rated a 75 by ESPN Insiders, ESPN evaluates Cancer as follows, "Cancer is a strong guard who does his best work going to the rim. He changes speeds well off the dribble, can attack his defender to both sides, and finishes well. He'll take smaller defenders to the low post and is also a good defender. He must continue to develop his overall ball skills, make the jump shot a more consistent part of his offensive arsenal, and improve his decision making." Meanwhile which ranks Cancer among the top 32 players in New York, writes, "An attacking guard who is deceptive due to his ability to change speed."

Scouting Cancer during July, writes, "Nice floor leader surely opened some eyes with his play here, as he played well at both ends of the floor. He’s not a jet, but he got to the basket all day by finding gaps and passed on the move very well and scored on some of his drives, using the left (off) hand a couple of times. He also defended well, and while his body isn’t there yet he has good size for his position. Mid-major prospect."

For Christian Brothers High School, New York's AA State Champions, Cancer averaged 11.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game alongside Division I recruit, Kam Ritter (a freshman at St. Francis, PA this season).

Cancer collected numerous awards and honors as a junior including honorable mention All Big 10 Conference selection, Troy Record All-Area Team, the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) First Team, the BCANY Top 50 Team, 7th Team All State (AA) by the New York Sportswriters and the 2010 NYSPHSAA Class AA All-Tournament team. Cancer was also named a NBC News (News Channel 13 Albany) All Star (click here for video).

Below, Galal Cancer interviewed during June 2010 Rumble in the Bronx AAU event with his team, national power, the Albany City Rocks.

Below, highlights of Christian's Brother's AA state championship game win over Half Hollows Hills West High School:

Below, highlights of Christian's Brother's AA Section II state championship game win over Shen High School:


Anonymous said...

oooh this week is like christmas LOL

Anonymous said...

I swear to God, if this is another guard or wing...

Anonymous said...

Courtney sure is a relentless recruiter, very promising for him to get 3 recruits after only being here since April even if he is continuing from Donahue's original recruitment of these guys

Anonymous said...

What are you waiting for to post it?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Writing the story, it will be up before 10:30 pm.

Anonymous said...

another guard?! Cancer?!


Anonymous said...

seems like a good kid but he was not not not offered by penn

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

He was recruited by Penn. Did not say they offered. Albany did offer, and right now, Albany is a higher profile program.

Anonymous said...

Cherry - fr
Cancer - fr
Matthews - so
Scelfo - so
Asafo-Adjei- jr
Ferry - sr
Wroblewski - sr

seven guys at the 1/2. Ouch.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Yup, crowded next season. But as you point out, 2 of those guys are seniors and heading out the door.

Only five of them return for '11-'12, and plenty of opportunity for each of those five returnees to play. They get a year to learn under Wrobo.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Recruiting class will likely be filled out with 2-3 big men.

Cornell would only take another guard if it were what the staff deemed a star or if a transfer fell in their laps.

Anonymous said...

Who is the higher level recruit: Cancer or Cherry? Also, how does Miller rank net to those two (even though he's not a 1-2)?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Shonn Miller was the most recruited of the three guys. He was the No. 1 target (for all position areas) of about a half dozen schools.

Of the two guards, Devin Cherry was highly sought after by the Penn staff and he had 4 offers in his his pocket with another half dozen schools still on him.

Cancer had a nice offer from Albany, Army and Navy would probably have taken him, Lafayette seemed ready to take him as well.

Hard to "rank" them, but in order of quantity/quality of scholarship offers--- we'll go with Miller, Cherry, then Cancer.