Men's basketball announces recruiting class
"In this class we have added proven all-star CIS talent and top notch high-school talent with great size and future potential, said Head Coach Roy Rana. "I'm equally impressed with the quality of character in all our additions and their desire to continue building an elite national program at Ryerson."
6'7'' - 215 lbs
High School/Academy - REDA
OBA Club - Ballers Sports
Major - Aerospace Engineering
Juwon Grannum was ranked the eighth top forward in the country by Hoopstars Canada. A product of the Regional Elite Development Academy (REDA) in Orangeville, Grannum also played his club career under his father, well-known coach and former Weston Collegiate stand-out Fred Grannum.
"I've been following Juwon for four years and he has improved every season and is now one the most skilled forwards in Canada," said Rana. "This a huge addition to our program as it addresses an immediate area of need. Juwon's ability to pass, rebound and stretch the floor with his three-point shooting will only help make our team more competitive. He will have an opportunity to impact our team from the start."
6'6 - 255 lbs
High School - Monsignour Percy Johnson
OBA Club - Mississaugua Monarchs
Major - Science
Flying under the radar through four years of high-school basketball, Matthew Beckford will enter the Rams program relatively underrated. An incredibly strong and powerful post player, the Rams coaching staff is expecting Beckford to come in and fight for minutes from day one.
"I only had to see Matthew once to understand the type of talent and potential this young man has," said Rana. "He is a great character kid, strong academic student and gifted athlete for a young man of his size. At 6'6'' and 250 pounds he possesses true low post skills with powerful athleticism and has a chance to be one of the best post players in our league down the road."
6'7'' - 215 lbs
High School - REDA
OBA Club - Baller Sports
Major - Business Management
Kyle Hankins is one of the top athletes in this year's high school recruiting class. At 6'7'', Hankins is multi-talented and has the ability to guard and play at multiple positions. The combo forward had an exceptional season in the REDA program and is an electric athlete in transition. Rams fans should get ready for the added level of excitement he will bring making plays above the rim.
"Kyle is another young talent that has huge upside and can develop into an elite player in the OUA," said Rana. "He is a phenomenally gifted athlete with great size and length who will enter our program and compete for minutes at multiple spots. Kyle is physically ready to compete in the CIS and we are looking forward to helping him grow as an athlete and person in our program."
6'4'' - 210 lbs
CIS - Dalhousie University
High School - Northern
OBA Club - North Toronto Huskies
A former high-school standout at Northern Secondary, Yannick Walcott led his team to their first Toronto city title in school history and a trip to the OFSAA championships. Walcott competed at Dalhousie University where he was named an AUS all-rookie in 2008 and also helped the Tigers to a CIS Final 8 appearance. He also spent a season in the OCAA with Centennial College Colts, and will enter his fourth year of eligibility at Ryerson.
"Yannick brings a great level of maturity and experience to our squad," said Rana. "He is physically strong, mentally tough and his ability to shoot and play both guard positions fills an important area of need in our program. We expect Yannick to bring great leadership, experience and depth to our developing program."
6'5'' - 190 lbs
CIS - York University
High School - Loyola H.S.
OBA Club - Burlington Panthers
Ostap Choliy joins the Ryerson program after a stellar career at Loyola High School where as team captain in 2008 he led his squad to its first Halton championship in school history. Choliy went on to York University where he started 20 games as a freshman and was named to the OUA East all-rookie team. Choliy improved statistically in every category in his sophomore year and once again started 20 games for the Lions. He will begin his third year of eligibility with the Rams this fall.
"Ostap is an elite three-point shooter who brings CIS/OUA experience and further maturity to our roster," said Rana. "He will add needed depth, size and length to our backcourt and is a very deceptive athlete. We are very excited about the added dimension he brings to our roster."
Rana, who guided the Rams to a CIS Final 8 appearance and an OUA silver-medal in just his third season at the reins last year, believes he has brought in a top-notch recruiting class in 2012.
"I'm excited about the competitive environment we are building within our program," said Rana. "The quality of our practices and depth that we will now be able to field in games bodes well for the future of our program."