Canisius Making Statement In 2007 Class

Reporter Brian Towey profiles the latest commitment for Canisius in this story ...

Canisius picked up its fifth commitment out of the class of 2007 when Robert Goldsberry, a 6-foot point guard/combo guard from Tippecanoe High School in Tipp City, Ohio, gave a verbal pledge this week.

Billed as a hard-nosed, high IQ backcourt player, Goldsberry is the younger brother of former UNC-Wilmington standout John Goldsberry.

"I think the newness of the coaching staff there helped him decide," said Goldsberry's father, Frank, who is the Director of Basketball Operations for Dayton's women's team and was a long-time high school coach in Ohio. "I just think Robert felt like something good was going on at Canisius."

Goldsberry also received interest from UNC-Asheville, Wright State, and VMI. According to his father, Canisius pursued him the hardest, and the staff's diligence paid off.

Mike Price, Goldsberry's coach with the Cincinnati AAU Black team, said that Canisius is getting a cerebral player and a winner whose value might not be apparent at first glance.

"He's mostly a point guard," said Price. "He's a very good and very smart ballhandler. He makes very good decisions with the ball. His best asset is his intelligence and his ballhandling. And his toughness on defense. He's smart, and he reads the passing lanes well.

"He's a kid you had to see a lot. You just needed to see him play (to appreciate him)."

"Toughness is what he brings to the game," said Frank Goldsberry. "Neither (him nor his older brother) are going to wow you, until you say, 'Wait a minute, why's that kid's team keep winning'?"

Robert becomes the fourth member of his family to play college basketball. In addition to John, his two sisters played at Dayton and Finley College.

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