PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — The Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks have added some Canadian flare to their roster for the 2018-19 season.
Coming off a dismal 2017-18 season, one that saw the Hawks deal with injuries to their top three returning scorers from the season before, interim head coach Clifford Reed and the rest of the coaching staff are hoping for a big bounce back year in 2018-19. The trio of Ryan Andino, Dontae Caldwell, and Isaac Taylor are back healthy, and will look to lead the Hawks to a MEAC crown.
With key names leaving from last year’s team, the Hawks had some holes to fill. The Hawks have already added graduate transfer Kevin Larkin to the mix, but were still looking for others to come in and fill out their roster. On Wednesday, they added another piece to the puzzle from north of the border.
Canadian wing Gabriel Gyamfi has committed to the program for the 2018-19 season, bringing a Canadian contingent to the Hawks for the foreseeable future.
The 6’6”, 190-pound wing from Brampton, ON joins the Hawks after playing two seasons in JUCO with the Colby C.C. Trojans in Colby, KS. He played his high school basketball at Cardinal Leger in Brampton.
As a freshman with the Trojans in 2016-17, Gyamfi posted an average of 10.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 58.0% from the field. He averaged 17.1 points and 12.3 rebounds per 40 minutes of action that season.
Then, as a sophomore last season, Gyamfi continued to have a strong impact on both ends of the floor for the Trojans. While his per game averages dropped due to a slight dip in minutes, his overall game production increased. Gyamfi averaged 9.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game this season, down slightly as his minutes dipped to 19.3 per night out.
However, Gyamfi averaged 19.3 points and 14.7 rebounds per 40 minutes of action, showing he was more productive in limited minutes as a sophomore in 2017-18.
As it stands right now, the addition of Gyamfi gives the Hawks just four players that stand at 6’6” or taller. Gyamfi will be looked upon to have an impact on both ends of the floor, much like he did over his two seasons in JUCO with the Trojans. While it’s unlikely that he will start from the beginning, he has the tools to be a key role player for Eastern Shore moving forwards.
The Hawks went just 7-25 overall in 2017-18, and finished in 12th place in the MEAC with a 3-13 record.
Gyamfi and the Hawks will be in Canada for an exhibition series in August. Their only scheduled game right now is on August 14th against the Carleton Ravens, who are a perennial powerhouse program north of the border.
– T. Bennett