ESPN's Adam Finkelstein is reporting that Brimmer & May senior forward/center Ryan Canty has verbally committed to Fordham University for the fall of 2011.
Canty, a 6-foot-10 finisher from Danvers, transferred to Tilton (N.H.) after the 08-09 season at St. John's Prep and re-classified as a junior. He transferred to the B&M campus in Chestnut Hill after the helping the Rams capture their third straight NEPSAC Class B title this past March. Canty was also considering Rhode Island, UMass, St. Joseph's, Hartford, Drexel, Fairfield, and UNH.
There is great potential with Canty, but as Scouts Inc. notes, some improvement needed:
A physically imposing presence with a terrific frame and great athleticism, Canty has the physical tools needed to play at almost any level. He loves to dunk the ball and finishes above the rim through contact in both transition as well as the half court. Defensively, he has the size and strength to defend the low post without help and is also a formidable shot-blocker from the weak-side of the court. Canty runs the court well and will make momentum building plays with his habit of throwing down dunks in traffic and blocking shots.
Canty can be lackadaisical at times and doesn't appear to be naturally competitive. He only sprints the court when he thinks he has a chance to dunk the ball and could be an absolutely fantastic rebounder if he showed the interest. Canty is also unskilled with the ball in his hands. He is rarely a threat to score the ball beyond five feet, lacks a go to weapon on the low post, is a poor free-throw shooter, and has a limited feel for the game.
Canty has all the physical tools to play the game at a very high level and despite a lack of ball skills if he learns to play the game harder with more consistency he could have a major impact inside the paint at the next level.