Hofstra's 6-foot-9, 260 pound sophomore big forward Chris Gadley is transferring closer to his Buffalo, N.Y. area home. The Amherst High School star is headed to Canisius, rejoining the Golden Griffins' first year head coach Tom Parrotta, a former assistant at Hofstra.
played mostly as reserve this past season for the 22-10 Pride, averaging a team fifth-best 4.2 points, 4.8 rebounds (2nd) and team-high 26 blocks while playing 18.1 mpg in 29 games. He started six contests. Gadley averaged 1.5 points and 2.7 rebounds as a frosh. Hofstra played in the NIT the last two seasons.
The Golden Griffs were 12-19 this past season under first-year coach Tom Parrotta, who had been the top assistant at Hofstra during Gadley's freshman season.
Newsday's Steven Marcus reported that this year Gadley, "... (was) in and out of coach (Hofstra head coach) Tom Pecora's doghouse."
Gadley averaged 29.5 points, 18 rebounds and eight blocks as a senior including school-record 62-point and 50-point games. He averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks as a junior and also played on the Amherst football, volleyball and lacrosse teams.
He was recruited by Buffalo, George Mason, Kansas, Ohio, Rider, St. John's, Seton Hall, South Florida and Tennessee before choosing the New York Long Island school.
Gadley will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2008-09 season.