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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Rider's health and Lionel Gomis' plans

A couple notes from Rider, which scrimmaged this morning at Alumni Gym:

* The Broncs are slightly banged up, but not in a way that should impact then when the regular season begins. Novar Gadson is nursing an ankle sprain he sustained at the beginning of the month, but he practiced today.

Dera Nd-Ezuma will be out for about two more weeks after getting injections in his knees to combat tendinitis. Nd-Ezuma won't miss any time during the season, but his health is somewhat of a concern.

Rider is counting on the sophomore to help significantly more with interior defense and rebounding. The Broncs' staff was impressed with the way he progressed late last season and the way he's worked out over the offseason, but he remains a work in progress. It'll be interesting to see how quickly he gets into game shape after missing part of the preseason.

Nd-Ezuma said he's coming along, doing some running, but still isn't up to scrimmaging.

* Lionel Gomis, a 6-9 big man from Senegal via Blair Academy, is at Rider this weekend on an official visit. Gomis has narrowed his choices to Siena, Loyola-Chicago and Rider and said he has no clear favorite among the three.

Gomis visited Siena earlier this month and Loyola-Chicago last weekend. He said he's unlikely to visit any other schools, and that he'll make his decision sooner rather than later, perhaps as early as next week. He's almost certain to sign during the fall period rather than waiting until the spring.

Rider has two commitments for the 2011-12 season -- Eddie Mitchell and Mark Medley -- and three scholarships to fill, with two likely going to post players.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gomis gave his verbal to Siena coach Mitch B this afternoon!

October 26, 2010 at 6:56 PM 

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