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Basketball announces two new additions for 2021-22

By: Aidan Joly, Editor-in-Chief


Last Friday, Canisius men’s basketball announced two new additions on the roster for the 2021-22 season, a pair of freshmen in Xzavier Long and Brandon Kulakowski.

Long, a 6-7 guard from Washington, D.C., played at Virginia Academy in Ashburn, Va. in 2020-21, averaging 18 points and six rebounds per contest, helping lead the Patriots to an 11-3 record in a shortened season. He scored 30+ points twice in those 14 games. He was also a member of the DC United AAU program, one of the top AAU programs in the country.

“Xzavier is a hard-working young man who is very serious about his craft. We are looking forward to adding his energy, his enthusiasm for the game, his work ethic and his ability to our basketball program,” Griffs head coach Reggie Witherspoon said.

The second addition is 6-3 guard Brandon Kulakowski, who hails from Brewerton, N.Y. He attended Central Square High School in the Syracuse area, averaging 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game as a senior in the 2019-20 season. A team captain that year, he earned second team all-league and was an all-state honorable mention. During the 2020-21 season, he transferred to a prep school, Bridgton Academy in Bridgton, Maine.

He comes from a basketball family as his older brother, Jake, played at SUNY POLY and Utica College, while his father, John, played at Mohawk Valley Community College.

“Brandon comes from a strong prep school program and he comes from a family that is passionate about basketball. We look forward [to] what he brings to our program on the court, and we believe he is going to be another strong addition to our campus community,” Witherspoon said.

Long and Kulakowski are two of four new additions to the roster for the 2021-22 season, joining another freshman in Tahj Staveski and JUCO transfer Delveion Jackson. This also brings the Griffs up to 14 total players on the roster for the year.

They kick off the season on November 9 on the road against Miami.


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