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Witherspoon announces changes to Canisius men’s basketball roster


Reggie WitherspoonBUFFALO, N.Y. -- Canisius head men's basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon announced Wednesday that Kejuan Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) and Sam Rautins (Syracuse, N.Y.) will join the Golden Griffins for the 2018-19 season. 
Johnson will have two years of eligibility remaining at Canisius after spending the previous two seasons at Odessa Community College in Odessa, Texas. Rautins will be a freshman on the Griffs' roster next season after playing one year at Athletes Institute Prep in Orangeville, Ontario.
Kejuan Johnson | 6-6 | 225 | F | Atlanta, Ga. | Odessa Community College
• Johnson spent two seasons at Odessa where he played in 64 games, making 28 starts.
• Averaged 8.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in his sophomore season, where the Wranglers posted a 28-5 overall record and a 15-1 league mark.
• In his first season at Odessa, the Atlanta, Ga., native was good for 6.8 points per game and helped the squad to a 28-6 overall record and a 13-3 mark in league play.

Witherspoon on Johnson: "Kejuan has competed with, and against, excellent competition most of his life. He joins our program after playing two seasons at a very good junior college program, and we are looking forward to his skill set impacting our program."
Sam Rautins | 6-3 | 185 | G | Syracuse, N.Y. | Athletes Institute Prep
• Played the 2017-18 season at Athletes Institute Prep in Orangeville, Ontario.
• Helped lead the Bears to a 13-3 record and an appearance in the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association semifinals.
• Spent the 2016-17 season at St. Michael's College in Toronto.
• Is the son of Syracuse alum, former NBA player, and current Raptors TV analyst Leo Rautins. Sam's brother, Andy, also attended Syracuse and currently plays for Gaziantep in the Turkish professional league.
Witherspoon on Rautins: "Sam brings a certain level of maturity and understanding of the commitment it takes to compete at this level. He has been around the game his whole life, and his passion for the game should help enhance his chances to succeed at this level."
Additionally, Witherspoon announced Tuesday that guards Spencer Foley and D.J. Heath have chosen to leave Canisius to pursue other educational opportunities.
Canisius will return three starters and seven letterwinners from a team that posted a 21-12 overall record and a 15-3 mark in MAAC play in 2017-18. The 21 wins tied the school record for most victories in a regular season, and the 15 conference victories allowed the Griffs to earn a share of the MAAC regular-season championship, the program's first since 1993-94.

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