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Early Signing Period

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Albany, N.Y. – University at Albany men’s basketball coach Will Brown announced on Monday, Nov. 15 that South Jersey high school standout Brian Connelly has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Great Danes in 2005-06.


Connelly, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward from Audubon, N.J. (Camden Catholic H.S.), averaged 15.0 points and 11.0 rebounds as a junior. The Fighting Irish reached the South Jersey Group IV Parochial A championship. Connelly’s team won the Olympic Conference National Division title with a 21-6 record. He was a member of the Camden Courier Post’s All-Parochial second team.


"He has a great combination of size and skill," Brown said. "He can score in the low post and shoot from three-point range. Brian plays for a good coach and a good program, and is use to winning. His versatility and competitiveness will make us better."


UAlbany begins its 2004-05 schedule on Friday, Nov. 19 with a non-league contest at Sacred Heart. Tip-off is 7:00 p.m.

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Two thoughts:

1. This kid sounds similar to Brent Wilson. Good post player, good perimeter shooter, 6'8"...

2. I guess they didn't get the kid from Chicago to sign. I think that was mentioned on another post on this board. I would think they'd do a single press release for both players?

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In today's Gazette, Brown says 'With all the players we have back next season, I thinkg I'm going to wait until spring to sign our last recruit.

The conference will lose a lot of players, and I think I can afford to wait and see what kind of player we will need for next season. I'm thinking about going after a 6-5 or 6-6 wing player. We have plenty of guards'


They got Connelly by recruiting him hard early, and offering the scholly early when he was under everyone's radar.

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I'm thinking about going after a 6-5 or 6-6 wing player. We have plenty of guards'


That's surprising considering the following year it will only be Dyson, B. Wilson and Connelly to fill the center and power forward spots. I thought they were going after another big guy.

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