The overhaul of the Canisius College men's basketball roster continued Tuesday under new coach Reggie Witherspoon.
The Golden Griffins added 6-foot-8 junior college transfer Jibreel Faulkner to the roster. Faulkner is a Washington, D.C., native who played last season for San Jacinto College, a Juco powerhouse in Pasadena, Texas. Meanwhile, guard Raven Owen will not return to the team, the school announced.
Witherspoon said Griffs assistant coach Chris Hawkins had a connection with Faulkner.
“Coach Hawkins recruited Jibreel when he was on staff at Radford and Jibreel chose to go elsewhere out of high school," Witherspoon said. "Through the recruiting process, coach Hawkins was able to reach back out to the young man, and we were fortunate enough to bring him to our campus and we had a good visit. We are happy to add Jibreel to our roster because he has three years of eligibility left, so we can balance out the roster a bit by adding another guy to that class."
Witherspoon has added much-needed size to the Griffs. Besides Faulkner, the new coach has added 6-11 junior Selvedin Planincic, 6-8 freshman Dantai St. Louis and 6-5 wing Isaiah Reese. Canisius also will have two freshman who signed early in the recruiting season - 6-7 Spencer Foley and 5-10 Malik Johnson.
Faulkner played in 28 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. San Jac posted a 22-10 record. Faulkner spent his first college season on scholarship with Cal State Northridge in 2014-15. He red-shirted that season. As a senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School, he averaged 9.2 points and 8.2 rebounds for a team that went 25-6.
Owen played in three games last season.