Canisius Lands Another 2007 Prospect

Scout.com reporter Brian Towey of the High School New York/New Jersey website has the latest information on a player who has given a commitment to Canisius ...

Canisius picked up its third commitment out of the class of 2007 when Tomas Vasquez-Simmons, a 6-foot-6 power forward/center from School of the Arts in Rochester, New York, pledged to the MAAC program, according to sources.

Vasquez-Simmons flew under the radar a bit coming out of the Rochester Public School system. He attracted some interest playing for Mickey Walker's Donyell Marshall Foundation team this summer.

"He's very long and he's 16, so I would guess that he's still going to grow," said Walker. "He has an extraordinarily long wingspan for his height- over seven feet."

According to Walker, Vasquez-Simmons has a real knack for shot-blocking. "The thing that stands out about him is that he has extremely good timing (blocking shots)," said Walker. "When he blocks shots, he keeps balls in play. He doesn't get a lot of fouls. He has a very good defensive ability to change and block shots without getting out of position."

Vasquez-Simmons was also recruited by Niagara and Holy Cross. He played with Walker at Las Vegas Big Time in July, catching our eye with his athleticism and body control.

According to Walker, the Rochester Public Schools seldom produce Division I qualifiers, so the talent pool is often bypassed by coaches. TCU snuck into Western New York to grab one of Walker's players from the Rochester Public Schools late in the spring, signing Keion Mitchum, an unheralded guard out of East High School. But generally speaking, it's not a regular feeder for D-I programs for that reason.

Vasquez-Simmons is a strong student who had drawn interest from some other schools with strong academic profiles. He joins 6-foot-5 wing Elton Frazier from Corcoran High School in Syracuse, New York, and 6-foot-3 guard Julius Coles from New Jersey's Blair Academy in the Golden Griffins' recruiting class.


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