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College Power 10: UB basketball tops after landing commitment from Rochester's Jeenathan Williams

The College Power 10 ranks the top teams, players, coaches and stories each week in WNY collegiate athletics. Previous entries: Week One / Week Two.

1. Nate Oats and UB men’s basketball recruiters: The Bulls landed a major commitment from Rochester native Jeenathan Williams over the weekend, snagging a small forward with reported interest from several prominent programs such as Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Marquette, Pitt, N.C. State, Minnesota and Temple. Williams, graded as a three- or four-star recruit by various websites, was ESPN’s 32-ranked small forward in the Class of 2018. Others ranked with similar grades committed to schools like Indiana and Michigan State.

Williams attended Rochester's University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men before transferring to Proflic Prep in California over the summer. The 6-foot-6, 190-pounder averaged 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in Section V play last season, according the the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

2. Canisius men’s soccer: The Griffs seemed to lock down their third consecutive No. 1 spot after beating Rutgers on the road in overtime last week for their sixth straight win, but a bad home loss to Binghamton (3-4-1) Saturday changed that. The Griffs had a disastrous second half, conceding three goals in three minutes in a 5-1 loss. The upshot is that they’re still 6-2 overall, and they can get things back on track this week as they open their conference slate at Siena and home against Fairfield.

3. Buff State football: Jerry Boyes’ team outscored RPI 24-0 after halftime in a 33-21 win that kept the Bengals’ record spotless at 3-0 while dropping the Engineers to 3-1. Buff State struggled on the ground, gaining 98 yards on 38 carries, but Austin Neal ran for two touchdowns, Antoine Holloman had one and Kyle Hoppy threw for 263 yards and a score while the defense forced four turnovers. A road game at Alfred (3-0) awaits.

4. UB women’s volleyball: UB swept its opening weekend of MAC play to lift its record to 9-4. Cassie Shado and Andrea Mitrovic combined for 54 kills in seven sets against Ohio and Kent State while Polina Prokudina had 22 kills and 21 digs.

5. Buff State men’s soccer: The Bengals upped their record to 7-1-1 with a win and a draw against Geneseo and Brockport over the weekend as goalkeeper Andreas Queen logged his fifth shutout of the season, tied for fourth nationally at the Division III level. The Bengals continue their Western New York tour Saturday with a SUNYAC game against Fredonia.

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6. Niagara women’s volleyball: Their winning streak is up to seven after opening the year 1-5. The Purple Eagles sit atop the MAAC at 4-0 but have big home matches this weekend and hosting Quinnipiac (3-1) and Fairfield (4-0).

7. ECC soccer: The men’s and women’s teams have been equally dominant this season. The men are now 8-1 overall and winners of seven straight, outscoring opponents 41-9 on the season. The women a lost on an 88th-minute goal Saturday to drop to 7-2, but have outscored opponents 40-12.

8. NCCC men’s golf: The Thunderwolves won three times in NJCAA Region III tournament play last weekend, placing first at events hosted by Mohawk Valley CC, SUNY Adirondack and Jefferson CC, with freshmen Cam Eddy and Shane Helbig leading the way.

9. Daemen triathlete Amber Custodi: Custodi, 19, was the top female finisher in the sprint triathlon at the Deer Creek Fall Challenge outside of Columbus, Ohio last weekend, finishing the 750-meter swim, 12.4-mile bike and 5K run in 1 hour, 14 minutes and 18.52 seconds. Jenifer Igoe, who finished 10 minutes back, was the eighth female finisher and the first in the 20-24 age bracket.

10. Medaille men’s golf: The Mavs won the D'Youville College Invitational Monday at Niagara Frontier G.C., with Bobby Merino (Niagara Falls), Ryan Langhorne (City Honors), and Corey Donoghue (Kenmore East) all shooting 79 to tie for first place with Hilbert’s Jeff Morgan (Frontier).

Honorable mentions: UB backup quarterback Drew Anderson completed 7 of 9 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in relief of the injured Tyree Jackson in their 34-31 win over Florida Atlantic. … Niagara women’s soccer won twice in conference to improve to 6-3-1.

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