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Thursday / October 17.
  • Bryant adds JUCO star Juan Cardenas

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    New Bryant College coach Jared Grasso is off to a hot start.

    Bryant on Wednesday landed a pledge from Juan Cardenas, a 6-foot-7 wing from Colombia who decommitted from Kent State and could have an immediate impact at his new landing spot.

    Cardenas was the leading scorer and rebounder on a Midland College (TX) team that produced six mid-high major Division 1 players. He averaged 15 points and 8 rebounds on the 2016-17 team before redshirting this past season.

    “Juan Cardenas is an absolute stud in every way,” former Midland coach Jordan Dreiling said. “He lives in the gym and has a motor when he competes that is second to none. He’s a big-time athlete, scores at all 3 levels, rebounds out of his area, is super long, is a good shot-blocker, and can guard nearly every position.

    “Juan was all-conference in the best JUCO league in the country as a freshman and had he played JUCO this year I believe he would have been a first-team All-American with Mid-plus and high-major offers all over the country. He’s an incredible young man who is good to everyone. He’s a special dude.”

    He joins point guard Joe Kasperzyk and power forward Patrick Harding in Bryant’s 2018 class.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.