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05-06 Recruit Info

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Brian Connelly

Ht: 6-8 Wt: 225

Position: PF

Projected as: PF

Class: 2005 Senior

High School: Camden Catholic

(Cherry Hill, NJ)

Connelly's Hometown Paper-South Jersey Sports


Forward Opts For Albany

Brian Connelly Profile

Brian Connelly, a 6-foot-8 power forward out of Camden (N.J.) Camden Catholic, is headed to Albany according to sources close to the player.

Connelly made unofficial visits to Albany, Holy Cross, New Hampshire and Penn State. He was a first-team All-South Jersey Parochial prospect after averaging 15.5 points and 11 rebounds as a junior. His high school team finished 21-6 last season.


Connelly talks about his decision


6 foot 8 Camden Catholic senior Brian Connelly made an early committment to the University of Albany last week. NJ Hoops spoke with the forward about his decision and recruiting.

NJ Hoops: Why did you decide on Albany?

BC: Mainly because I thought it was the right fit. When I went up there and came hiome I knew it was the right fit.

NJ Hoops: When did you decide?

BC: About a week ago

NJ Hoops: How did you like the coaches there?

BC: I liked them a lot their great guys. They were very interested in me and I wanted to go where I was wanted.

NJ Hoops: Was there one coach recruiting you more than the others? Or was it a group effort?

BC: Mainly Coach Chad O'Donell and the Head Coach Will Brown.

NJ Hoops: Did the coaches come in for a home visit, and or school visit also?

BC: No, actually I went up on an unofficial two or three weeks ago and I'm going my official this Wednesday.

NJ Hoops: When did they start recruiting you?

BC: I think late June or early July.

NJ Hoops: When did they first see you play?

BC: At the ACC Camp, one of the assistant coaches, Coach Edwards came by and saw me there.

NJ Hoops: What did they say your role would be?

BC: A four. A perimeter four, I can step out if I need to. My freshman year they have a returnbing starter but he'll be gone by my sophomore year.

NJ Hoops: What did you do on the visit?

BC: We took a tour of campus, the dorms, the classrooms.

NJ Hoops: How was the campus?

BC: I loved it.

NJ Hoops: Was the location a factor?

BC: It's about three hours away. I liked it was kind of outside a city, but still close so there will be something to do.

NJ Hoops: Was the school's academic reputation a factor?

BC: Yes, I'm kind of interested in business and their ranked like 65th in the country. And their a State School of New York.

NJ Hoops: How does it feel to have the decision behind you?

BC: Good, It took a lot of pressure off. I can play this season and know I have this to fall back on.

NJ Hoops: How tall are you and how much do you weigh?

BC: 6'8 220 lbs

NJ Hoops: What did Coach Crawford have to say about your decision?

BC: He was behind me 100% and said it was a great opportunity.

NJ Hoops: What would you say are your strengths and what would you say you had to continue to improve on?

BC: Strengths, probably post game and ability to step out, have to improve everything to move up to that level.

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Jimmie Covington

6'7 235

Position: PF/C

High School: Morgan Park Chicago


     Covington averaged 14.9 points and 11.2 rebounds for the Mustangs as a high school senior. He was named to the Chicago Public League's all-area and all-section teams. Covington, a member of the league's all-academic squad, was chosen to play in the City/Suburban All-Star Game.

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Jason Siggers

Position: Guard/Forward

6'4 195

New Mexico Junior College


    Siggers was named to the 2005 Western Junior College Athletic Conference first team, when he averaged 17.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals. A second-team All-Region V selection, Siggers shot 46 percent from the field and 79 percent from the line, plus made 56 three-point field goals. He played scholastically at Dallas' Skyline High School

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Keil Graham (#44)

Position: Forward/Center

6'9 215

Feather River Community College (California)


Graham averaged 15.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.0 blocks en route to earning first-team All-Golden Valley Conference recognition. He led Feather River C.C. in California to a share of the conference championship with a 19-10 record. Graham was ranked among the top 30 players in the state of Wisconsin as a junior and senior at Bay View High School.

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