Courtesy of GoGriffs.com
Canisius head men’s basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon announced Monday that Akrum Ahemed (Hackensack, N.J.),Majesty Brandon (Bronx, N.Y.), Corey Brown (Hollywood, Fla.), Jacco Fritz (Tiel, Netherlands) and Armon Harried (Baltimore, Md.), will join the Golden Griffin men’s basketball roster for the 2019-20 season.
Akrum Ahemed | 6-5 | 185 | G | Hackensack, N.J. | Scotland Campus Sports
• Averaged 12.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game playing for Scotland Campus Sports, a prep school located in Scotland, Pa.
• Averaged 23 minutes per game on a team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation during the 2018-19 campaign.
• Hit on 38 percent of his 3-point field goal attempts and shot 84 percent from the free-throw line.
• Scotland Campus, which lost in the 2019 national championship game, went 36-2 last season. Ahemed is one of seven players who have signed NLIs to play at the Division I level.
Witherspoon on Ahemed: “Akrum brings good size and very good length for his position. He has played in some extremely successful programs and he brings a solid understanding of the game with him as he joins our program.”
Majesty Brandon | 6-0 | 165 | G | Bronx, N.Y. | Monroe Community College
• A junior college transfer from Monroe Community College, Brandon will have two seasons of eligibility with the Canisius program.
• Named an NJCAA First-Team All-American after he averaged 21.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game last season. He was also an All-Region III First-Team selection and the 2018-19 NJCAA Regional Player of the Year.
• Scored more than 1,000-career points in two seasons with the Tribunes. He recorded 30 or more points five times, highlighted by his 35-point effort in a loss to Jamestown in the opening round of the 2019 regional tournament.
• Shot 46 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point land and 73.5 percent from the free-throw line. He led the team last season with 68 makes from behind the arc.
Witherspoon on Brandon: “Majesty has the potential to be a very good defender for us. He joins our program after spending two years playing for a quality program at Monroe Community College where he was able to learn the game under a very knowledgeable and experienced head coach in Jerry Burns.”
Corey Brown | 6-8 | 225 | F | Hollywood, Fla. | Northern Arizona
• A graduate transfer, Brown has one season of eligibility with the Canisius program.
• Did not play the 2018-19 season at Northern Arizona. In 2017-18, he averaged 6.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 60.3 percent from the field.
• Scored a career-high 22 points in Northern Arizona’s regular-season finale against Eastern Washington March 3, 2018 and recorded a career-best 12 boards in the Lumberjacks’ 58-53 win over Sacramento State Feb. 22, 2018.
• Brown becomes the third graduate transfer for the program, and the Griffs’ first since former guard Malcolm McMillan wore the Blue and Gold in 2015-16.
Witherspoon on Brown: “Being a graduate transfer, Corey brings a level of experience and understanding of the Division I game to our program. We believe he has the ability to be a good rebounder and a good defensive presence for us in the post.”
Jacco Fritz | 6-10 | 190 | F | Tiel, Netherlands | DME Academy
• Played the 2018-19 season at DME Academy, which is located in Daytona Beach, Fla.
• Averaged 10.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in 2018-19.
• Played 25 games last season, where he shot 64.5 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point land and 62.8 percent from the free-throw line.
• Will be the second player in program history to come from The Netherlands, joining with former Griff Kevin Bleeker.
Witherspoon on Fritz: “At 6-foot-10, Jacco comes here with good size and he has a good skill set to go along with his height. His international playing experience will be beneficial as well as he continues to grow and mature into the U.S. college game.”
Armon Harried | 6-4 | 185 | G | Baltimore, Md. | Lake Clifton
• An All-Baltimore Metro First Team selection, he helped lead Lake Charles to back-to-back Maryland Class 1A state championships.
• Averaged 24 points, eight rebounds and three assists in his senior season.
• He played his best basketball in the state playoffs, where he averaged 29.4 points per game with three double-doubles in five victories. His 35 points in the state title game are the most for a high school player in the state of Maryland since 2008.
• The valedictorian of his class at Lake Clifton, Harried played for his father – Herman “Tree” Harried. Tree Harried played collegiately at Syracuse, helping lead the Orange to four NCAA Tournament appearances, highlighted by a national championship game appearance in 1987.
Witherspoon on Harried: “Armon joins our program after being a part of a tremendous high school program. He has excellent length and possesses good size for the wing position. He also joins us with a really good understanding of the game as well.”