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Canisius' Dewayne Vass commits to top JUCO Iowa Western

Canisius High School senior and All-Western New York and all-state first-team selection Dewayne Vass announced on Twitter that he will attend Iowa Western Community College in the fall.

The 6-foot-2-inch guard led the Crusaders in every major statistical category in helping them post a 23-3 record and capture the Manhattan Cup as Class A playoff champion. Vass averaged 16.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game in earning MMHSAA Class A Player of the Year honors. Canisius reached the state Catholic final, but did not get to play the game due to the coronavirus pandemic causing the cancellation of sporting events at all levels.

Iowa Western has won 20 or more games 17 of the past 19 seasons and has a reputation for graduating its players to NCAA Division I programs.

The sending players to Division I programs appealed most to Vass, who selected one of the top JUCO programs in the country over a pair of Division II schools in South Carolina (Anderson and Benedict College).

“They have a good track record of sending players and they’re giving me an opportunity right away,” Vass said of why he picked Iowa Western. “They’ve sent 20 to Division I the last four years and four of their guards from last year.”

Vass, a good student, plans on just playing one season at the junior college, and hopefully move on to a Division I program for 2021-22 season.

Vass played three seasons with the Crusaders, who play one of the toughest schedules in the area each year. He served as a key reserve during the 2017-18 season. He started his final two seasons, averaging 15.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

"This is a high-level JUCO program," Canisius coach Kyle Husband said. "Weighing all his options this is the best move from a basketball standpoint because there isn't basketball right now. He'll be able to play against college kids and see what happens during the next school year."

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