Isaiah Reese and Takal Molson withdraw from NBA Draft, will return to Canisius
Two Griffs, Isaiah Reese and Takal Molson were testing the NBA Draft waters this offseason in hopes of hearing good enough news to turn pro at this point in their careers.
The NCAA allows student-athletes to declare for the draft in order to participate in pre-draft workouts and receive feedback from NBA teams. Reese worked out for three NBA teams over the last five weeks – the Boston Celtics, the Denver Nuggets and the Houston Rockets.
Luckily for the Canisius program and their fans, both players have decided to return to school.
Reese retains his two seasons of collegiate eligibility because he removed his name from draft consideration prior to the NCAA’s May 30 deadline.
“The whole pre-draft experience was beneficial to me in so many ways,” Reese said. “Having three workouts for pro teams allowed me to get some really good feedback on my game and I learned some things that I need to work on as well. Now that this phase of my offseason is over, I’m excited to be back here at Canisius with my teammates as we work towards next season.”
The first Canisius sophomore since 1994 to earn All-MAAC First Team honors, Reese was good for 16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.2 steals per game in 33 contests for the Golden Griffins in 2017-18. One of two players in the nation to grab more than 125 rebounds, dish out 125 assists and make more the 75 3-point field goals during the season, he became the first Canisius player in the program’s 114-year history to record a triple-double when he posted 23 points, 11 boards and 11 assists in the team’s win over Youngstown State Nov. 18. Reese finished in double-figures 28 times as a sophomore, including 11 games with 20-plus points, and his 73 total steals for the season are the most for a Canisius player since 1992-93.
Molson also announced his withdrawal–a little earlier in the process than Reese…
“This was a good experience for me and it has added fuel to my fire for next season,” Molson said. “I am excited to return to Canisius and continue working with my teammates to build on what we started last year.”
Molson averaged 12.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in his first season in a Canisius uniform en route to being the fourth player in program history to earn the MAAC Rookie of the Year award. His 12.6 points per game scoring average ranked third on Canisius’ 2017-18 roster, and it ranked second among all freshmen in the MAAC. His 417 total points stand as the most for a Canisius freshman since 1981-82, and his 25-point performance in the 2017-18 season opener at Buffalo Nov. 11 set the program’s record for points by a true freshman in his collegiate debut. A four-time MAAC Rookie of the Week honoree, and a member of 2017-18 MAAC All-Rookie Team, Molson scored in double-figures 19 times and hit multiple 3-point field goals in 13 different contests. He played in, and started, all 33 games for Canisius a season ago.
Both players played a key role in helping Canisius post a 21-12 overall record and a 15-3 mark in MAAC play last season. The 21 wins tied the school record for victories in a regular season, and the 15 conference wins gave the Griffs a share of the MAAC regular-season championship, the program’s first since 1993-94.