Laurentian adds another 2 impact recruits


In what is rounding into one of the strongest and deepest recruiting classes in the country, Laurentian Head Coach Shawn Swords has announced two more high-potential, impact recruits who are likely to add depth at the forward and wing spots, bringing his latest class up to 7 players and giving Swords much more flexibility with his rotation which this past season was tight.  The most recent commits include 6’2″ combo guard Kadre Gray, who helped Oakwood Barons to OFSAA in Windsor this season as a co-captain.  Gray started his high school career at famed Eastern Commerce and was on the final Saints team in 2014-15.  Gray had been recruited by several OUA schools and is a nice pick-up for Swords, adding to his growing back-court athleticism that includes 6’0″ David Aromolaran, one of the better combo guards in the conference, 6’0″ Anthony Iacoe (Carleton transfer) and another top recruit in this class:  5’10” Mitchell Mazzuca (transfer from Lake Superior State, NCAA DII in Sault Ste. Marie).  Gray joins his Eastern & Oakwood teammate 6’4″ Josis Thomas as part of this latest Laurentian recruiting class.  To fortify the front line, Laurentian welcomes 6’7″ U.S. import Kris Crosby, another transfer from Lake Superior State.  Crosby, a native of Traverse City, MI where he averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game as a high school senior, leading his team to 3 consecutive conference championships, started his post-secondary career at NCAA D1 Oakland (MI.) University where he red-shirted as a freshman.  The long, strong forward then transferred to Lake Superior State where he played sparingly in the first half of last season, appearing in his final game on 19 December 2015 before transferring.  Crosby will be eligible in late December, 2016, beginning his second season of eligibility, adding size and paint presence to the Vees.  On top of Mazzuca, Gray, Thomas and Crosby, Laurentian had previously announced the additions of 6’2″ Sam Ivey (Sault Ste. Marie Korah), 5’11” Skylar Cornell (Timmins High) and 6’3″ Elijah Davidson (Ottawa St. Patrick’s).  Expect these new faces to allow Swords to reach much deeper into his bench on a much more consistent basis; recall Laurentian ordinarily rode their starters for major minutes in many of the close games against good teams last season.

 

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