Canisius loses star Takal Molson to Seton Hall
The Canisius men’s basketball program took another hit as Takal Molson has announced he is transferring to Seton Hall. He will have to sit out next season, while having two years of eligibility remaining.
Molson, a former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year who averaged 16.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists while earning first team All-MAAC honors this past winter, leaves the Griffs with a bleak outlook the next few years in Western New York.
Canisius has now lost two student-athletes that were considered potential NBA-players. Molson and former MAAC Player of the Year Isaiah Reese have both left the program—Reese was suspended indefinitely in February and eventually left the school altogether to pursue professional opportunities. Just last season I wrote an article, saying how excited I was that Reese and Molson were coming back to Canisius after testing the NBA Draft waters.
What a difference one year makes.
The Griffs basketball program was considered a heavy favorite to win the MAAC this past season, but fell short, losing to Monmouth in the semifinals of the MAAC Conference Tournament.
Head coach Reggie Witherspoon deserves a lot of the blame–he has presented a no-nonsense attitude that has rubbed his star players the wrong way. He has also struggled recruiting, failing to bring in talent to compete in one of the worst conferences in the nation.
What lies ahead for Canisius remains unknown—but it does not look good.
For Molson, this is a great opportunity for a local Buffalo kid:
“I’ve always wanted to play in the Big East or the ACC,” Molson said. “My grandfather grew up a big Georgetown fan, so my family loves the Big East. I can’t wait to get started.”
“I’m more comfortable being a combo guard,” he said. “I can play anywhere on the floor. I’m pretty sure I can guard one through four. I would say my game is toughness, physicality, doing anything to win.”
I will miss watching Molson play courtside at the Koessler Center–but I wish him nothing but the best moving forward in his collegiate career and beyond.