CANTON A Massena connection helped St. Lawrence University junior Brady Condlin make a quick adjustment to college basketball two years ago.
Condlin followed a former Massena teammate Garrett Sharlow, to SLU, and he was also already friends with SLU veteran Ralph Temgoua, who was Sharlows roommate and often visited Massena.
Officially I played (with Sharlow) for about half a year at Massena, Condlin said. But Id been playing on weekends and pickup (games) with him since I was 3 or 4. When I came here on my recruiting trip, I stayed with Garrett and Ralph, so it was a huge factor for me, coming here knowing that stepping in as a freshman I knew I was going to have the confidence and respect of two of my senior classmates, already, before even stepping on campus.
Condlin, who led the Saints last year with an average of 16.6 points per game, had one other edge from his high school background in Red Raider coach Tom Miller.
Miller makes at least one visit per year to every area college basketball program to watch practices, something that helps his own players be ready for the next level almost right away.
Massenas great, SLU coach Chris Downs said. I personally think that Tom Miller is one of the top high school coaches in the state of New York. Hes a guy that is constantly learning and calling and getting video tapes and buying video tapes. His library is as extensive as anybodys. Hes a college coach doing it at a high school. When we get guys from there, they dont have to be sugar-coated with how hard they have to work. He prepares them so well for that.
My freshman year when I came here (Downs) ran a lot of the same sets, Condlin said. Coach Miller was hard on us. Coach Downs has said to me he loves the guys who played for Coach Miller, because he runs his program so much like a college environment.
Condlin, who played mostly shooting guard, was fairly successful in his first season at SLU, appearing in 25 games and making five starts. He had a double-double against SUNY Brockport, with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Last year he emerged as more of a key player, starting in 18 games. He ranked second on the team in 3-point shots with 29 and averaged 5.5 rebounds.
Im much more relaxed when I play, Condlin said. My shot has calmed down, a ton. When I first got here I had a lot of trouble with my balance on my jump shot. I worked on that all through my freshman year. This summer I worked a lot on my strength and feeling more comfortable in the post and finishing with my left hand. Its added a whole different dimension to my game that I didnt really have in high school. My main position now is forward and I like that a lot more than playing outside. Ive come to love it.
Although he led the Saints in scoring last year, Condlin is already seeing a change now that hes become an upperclassman.
One thing that you definitely start to realize is when things start to go bad it starts to come onto you, Condlin said. When things go bad in practice, more than anything its level and effort. Coach really harps on the older guys that we have to get it back where it has to be. You cant blame the freshmen or sophomores because they havent been through all the wars that we have already. I think this year we have a great freshman class. Whats even better with them is their work ethic and how they are flowing in the system. They understand what they need to do off the court just as much as what they need to do off the court. Thats going to be a big thing.
The Saints are coming off of a 9-16 season, including a 7-9 record in the Liberty League, and were picked to finish fourth by the leagues coaches.
Im excited about this group, Downs said. Coming off last year I didnt think we were very good, but we added some pieces. Well probably play four freshmen in our top eight or nine, and thats a credit to my assistant (Greg Miller), he did a great job recruiting.
Outlook: Clarkson, which narrowly missed making the four-team conference tournament last year, has been picked to finish third in the Liberty League by the coaches. The Golden Knights return leading scorer John Coleman, a Potsdam native who averaged 15 points last season. His older brother, Jerry (14.5) is gone, but Clarkson returns its other top scorer, Marques Charlton (13.8). ... SLU is coming off of a tough season and was picked to finish fourth in the Liberty League by the coaches. SLU got off to a rough start last year, dropping seven of its first nine games. The Saints return their leading scorer, Brady Condlin, who averaged 16.6 points. SLU also returns third-leading scorer Janpeter Brase (10.9). SUNY Canton has a new coach this season but the Kangaroos return their leading scorer from last year in Khalid Vaughn, who averaged 16.5 points. SUNY Canton also returns Xzavier Fisher (9.5 ppg) and Scott Bartenstein (9.1 ppg).... SUNY Potsdam opens the season with questions in scoring. The Bears won only nine games last year and lost their only two scorers who averaged in double figures to graduation. Rob Duquette (9.8 ppg) is the returning leader.
Clarkson Golden Knights
Coach: Mark Gilbride (5th year, 59-41).
2012-13 record: 17-8 overall (9-7 Liberty League).
Roster: George Toyama (Sr. G), Nick Colombo (So. G), Ian Jaffier (Fr. G), Dylan Howdones (Jr. G), Marques Charlton (Sr. G), Christian Collette (Jr. F), Andrew Zlogar (Fr. F), John Coleman (Jr. F), Conrad Zampier (Fr. G), Charles McAllister (Jr. G), Jeremy Liss (So. G), Michael Hayduk (Fr. F), Felix Abongo (So. G), Derek Hart (Fr. F).
St. Lawrence Saints
Coach: Chris Downs (15th year, 229-144).
2012-13 record: 9-16 overall (7-9 Liberty League).
Roster: Leondre Simmon (So. G), Kyle Edwards (Fr. G), Grant Tracy (Sr. G), Kyle Kobis (Fr. G), Al Jones (Sr. G), Thomas Bedard (Fr. G), Payton Stahler (Sr. G/F), David Hampton (Fr. G), Sam Adler (Fr. G), Brady Condlin (Jr. F), Kieran Miller (Fr. F), Andrew Bartlett (So. G/F), Janpeter Brase (Sr. F), Trenton Benton (So. F).
SUNY Canton Kangaroos
Coach: Jim Bechtel (1st year).
2012-13 record: 9-13 overall.
Roster: Sam Annorh (Fr. G), Kam Peterkin (Jr. G), Adam Felt (Fr. G), Tyler Ellison (Jr. F), Tom Coloney (Jr. G/F), Khalid Vaughn (Sr. G), Scott Dixon (Sr. F), Khalil Bratton (So. G/F), Rashad Richardson (Fr. G), Romario Fletcher (Fr. F), Xzavier Fisher (Jr. F), Scott Bartenstein (Jr. G), Laquan Robinson (Fr. F/C), Matt Spencer (Jr. C).
SUNY Potsdam Bears
Coach: Sherry Dobbs (11th year).
2012-13 record: 9-16 overall (5-13 SUNYAC).
Roster: Greg Torchon (Jr. G), Rishawd Hendricks (Jr. G), Brandon Williams (Sr. F), Joe Estramonte (So. G), Mitch Lamerson (So. G), Shane Vennee (So. G), Josh Blagrove (Fr. F), Frank Bushen (So. G), Tom Graf (Jr. G), Darien Croft (Jr. G), Colin Peterson (Sr. F), Gage Ellis (Fr. F), Tariq McIntyre (So. F), Rob Duquette (Sr. F), Zac Adams (Jr. G/F), Conor Engle (Jr. F).
Outlook: Clarkson was picked to finish eighth in the Liberty League by the conferences coaches. The Golden Knights return their leading scorer from last year, Ashley Loggins (17.4 points). ... SLU is the preseason favorite to win the Liberty League according to the conferences coaches. The Saints return nearly all of their key players, including leading scorers Kara McDuffee (14.5) and Kelly Legg (13.1). ... SUNY Canton returns all of its top scorers except for last years leading scorer Kaitlin Myers. The Kangaroos will be led by Joelle Percy (9.7), Alicia Uhlein (8.8) and Karyss Terrance (8.4). ... The Bears had a rough season last year, winning just one game. SUNY Potsdam lost its leading scorer, Katy Briedis, to graduation, but does return Jessica Kouzan, who averaged 9.2 points.
Clarkson Golden Knights
Coach: John Hampton (4th year).
2012-13 record: 4-20 overall (2-14 Liberty League).
Roster: Melissa Bogart (So. G), Raeanne Clabeaux (Jr. G), Ashley Loggins (So. G), Cara Manfredi (Jr. G), Jovanna Snea (Jr. G), Colleen Daley (So. F), Stephanie Grobe (Fr. G), Alyssia Marsal (Fr. F), Catherine Farrell (Fr. F), Katelyn Curtis (Fr. F), Taylor Glidden (So. G), Brooke Butkovsky (Jr. F), Morgan Hinckley (So. F), Isabella Esposito (So. F0.
St. Lawrence Saints
Coach: Dan Roiger (5th year).
2012-13 record: 19-9 overall (11-5 Liberty League).
Roster: Kara McDuffee (Jr. G), Olivia Carlsson (Fr. G), Cassie St. Hilaire (Sr. G), Samantha Godfrey (Fr. G), Allie Cady (Jr. G), Lauren Quattrocchi (So. G), Olivia Mathieu (Fr. G), Allison Sherman (So. G), Gabriella Hahn (So. G), Julia Raue (So. F), Catherine Murray (So. G), Caroline Dalton (Fr. F), Ellie Gonyeau (Fr. G), Kelly Legg (Sr. F).
SUNY Canton Kangaroos
Coach: Bruce Tallon (8th year).
2012-13 record: 12-9 overall.
Roster: Janelle Bradish (So. F), Rubie Canton (Fr. G), Casey Davis (So. F), Laura DiFrenza (So. F), Katlyn Hart (So. G), Joelle Percy (Sr. F), Jessica Quashie (Fr. G), Erica Reynolds (Fr. F), Brittany Rotach (Fr. G), Brianna Sayer (So. F), Zoey Smith (Fr. F), Karyss Terrance (So. F), Alicia Uhlein (Sr. G), Breanna Vatter (Fr. G).
SUNY Potsdam Bears
Coach: Tara Ruckh (9th year).
2012-13 record: 1-24 overall (0-17).
Roster: Colleen McNamara (Jr. G), Meghan Driscoll (Fr. G), Carli Reynolds (Jr. G), Bailey Weigel (Jr. G/F), Chenice Russell (Sr. G), Hannah Kmiecinski (Sr. G), Jessica Kouzan (Sr. F),, Katie LaVoie (So. F), Laura Coleman (Jr. G), Deronda Addison (Sr. F), Veronica Sapp (Jr. G), Patti Dorgler (Fr. F).