Reese, Molson place names into NBA Draft

By Marshall Haim

Sports Editor

It’s not often a Canisius player enters his name into the NBA Draft.

After Isaiah Reese entered his name into the draft on Wednesday, Takal Molson followed suit announcing he would be joining his teammate.

After a breakout sophomore campaign at Canisius, Reese tweeted Wednesday evening that he would be declaring for this year’s NBA Draft.

The reigning MAAC Rookie of the Year also made his announcement via Twitter.

No Canisius player has been drafted since Mike Smrek and Ray Hall were both selected in 1985. Smrek was taken in the second round by the Portland Trail Blazers while Hall was taken in the fifth round by the Utah Jazz.

There’s no need to fret over both player’s decisions, though.

Reese and Molson each have elected to not sign with an agent — one way they both can retain the remaining years of eligibility. They must also remove their names from draft considerations within 10 days after the scouting combine.

The NBA Draft Combine, a four-day event that will be held in Chicago from May 16-20, is heavily attended by coaching staffs and higher-ups from all 30 NBA teams. Various aspects of the combine are broadcasted on selected television channels.

Reese and Molson will have to be invited in order to attend. Last season the NBA expected 67 players to attend the event.

At the combine, players are measured for height, weight, body fat and wingspan, amongst other physical attributes. They are then put tested with events such as the standing vertical jump, shuttle run and bench press. Players will also participate in scrimmages to showcase their 5-on-5 play.

This is an extremely smart decision that will pay dividends.

“Isaiah and I have discussed this opportunity, and I support his decision,” Canisius head coach Reggie Witherspoon said in a press release. “He is going to take advantage of the NCAA rules that allow him to test his game at the highest level. This will be a good opportunity for him to learn more of what it takes for him to get to where he wants to be.”

“Takal came in and showed that he can play at a high-level from opening day, and I think he has earned this chance to see how this process can help him grow,” Witherspoon said, also in a press release, regarding Molson’s announcement. “It is my desire that this process will be beneficial for him as he continues to grow as a person and as a basketball player.”

Reese averaged 16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game this past season for the Griffs. He was one of two players this past season to have at least 125 total rebounds, 125 total assists and make at least 75 3-pointers, joining Purdue’s Dakota Mathias.

Molson scored 12.6 points while averaging 5.0 rebounds per game in 33 contests this past year.

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