It looks and sounds like the Canisius Golden Griffins have achieved at least an even "trade" - and maybe better - in recruiting junior college guard Kiefer Douse as a de facto replacement for transferring guard Zach Lewis.
Douse, 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, will have two years of eligibility left for the Griffs after playing one season at California NAIA school Concordia-Irvine and last season at Jacksonville College, a junior college in Texas. Douse, a Brampton, Ont., native, started 22 games for Jacksonville. He averaged 8.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists a game. He's a left-hander with slashing ability to the basket, as can be seen on his Youtube highlight reel.
Douse's coach at Jacksonville, Jody Bailey, gave his player rave reviews.
"I fell in love with Kiefer this year not just because he’s left-handed, he’s silky-smooth and he finishes at the rim, but because of his character and his attitude," Bailey told The News. "His character is spot on and his attitude is not defeated. Oh by the way, Kiefer plays relentless. . . . He was extremely low maintenance, and in a junior college world you’re dealing with high-maintenance issues. Kiefer checks all the boxes you’re looking for in a kid."
"When he gets there, he’s gotta do a couple things," Bailey said. "He’s gotta get in the strength room, lifting weights. That’s his No. 1 thing. The second thing he’s gotta do is, he’s gotta get some of that square pizza and Buffalo wings you have up there. He’s gotta add some pounds."
Douse shot 50.8 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from three-point range (20 for 54). So 30 percent of his shots came from three-point range. Lewis took 59 percent of his shots from three-point range and hit 31.5 percent. Bailey thinks Douse is ready to shoot more from the perimeter.
"Players when they get older they become better shooters because their body changes," Bailey said. "He’s going to become a much better three-point shooter with age."
Jacksonville plays in Region 14 of the NJCAA, which includes powers San Jacinto, Blinn and Trinity Valley.
"This is the No. 1 junior college conference in America," Bailey said. "You can go from Walter Berry, to Sam Cassel, to Nick Van Exel to Shawn Kemp, to Chris Anderson, to Jimmy Butler. They’ve all played here. Last week just in our conference, we had kids sign with UCLA, Iowa and Virginia Tech. He went againt big-time players this year. This is the ACC of junior college basketball."