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0 Taaj Ridley
Junior transfer from the Bronx that will see action at the forward position for the Gaels... One of two New York City Public School Athletic League (PSAL) graduates (Sean Armand) on the roster... Long athletic win player that has the ability to step out for a three-pointer or bang down low on the glass... Multidimensional forward that can score inside and out... Will compete with fellow transfer Digs Moikubo for a starting position.

AS A JUNIOR (2011-12):
Appeared in all 33 games, making 29 starts... Finished the season averaging 6.7 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, recording 21 steals, 16 assists, and .511 field goal percentage... Scored season-high 16 points along with season-best 12 rebounds and one assist vs. Purdue (Nov. 17)... Scored 13 points with nine rebounds, one block, and three steals vs. Western Michigan (Nov. 18)... Scored 14 points with five rebounds, along with one assist and one steal vs. Long Island (Nov. 28)... Scored 12 points with two rebounds and one block at Canisius (Dec. 2)... Scored 12 points with five rebounds and two steals at Niagara (Dec. 4)... Scored 10 points with six rebounds, one assist, one block, and two steals at William & Mary (Dec. 21)... Scored 10 points with 10 rebounds and one assist vs. Loyola (Md.) (Jan. 15)... Scored 13 points with six rebounds, along with two assists and two steals at Rider (Feb. 15)... Had a season-long six game assist streak.

Joins the squad from Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, AL... As a sophomore, averaged a team-best 15.8 points, 8.0 rebounds (No. 2 on the squad), and 1.3 assists per game for Phillip Shumpert's Cougars... Posted double-digit efforts in all but two of his appearances with six 20+ point contests including a season-high 27 vs. Snead State on Jan. 18... Also had six double-doubles for the Cougars... Connected on 51.5% of his field goal attempts and shot 41.0% from beyond the arc (25-for-61).

Attended Barton Community College in Great Bend, KS as a freshman in 2008-09 and averaged 9.4 points and 4.0 rebounds in 32 games played for head coach Craig Fletchall... Had season-high 23 points vs. Labette CC on Mar. 3, 2009 and 10 rebounds vs. Cecil College on Nov. 28, 2008... Sat out the 2009-10 campaign with an injury before transferring to Lawson State.

With family in both Georgia and New York City, played his junior campaign at South Gwinnett HS in Snellville, GA before transferring and graduating from John F. Kennedy HS in the Bronx... Burst on the PSAL scene his senior year in 2007-08, helping to lead Kennedy to a perfect 15-0 Bronx AA league mark... Averaged 13.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

Year     GP-GS  Min  FG   Pct 3FG  Pct  FT   Pct Reb Avg   A  TO Bk  St  Pts/Avg 
2008-09* 32         101  .433  18 .340  82  .689 127 4.0  23  57  6  16  302/9.4
2010-11^ 27         160  .516  25 .410  81  .638 216 8.0  36  58 15  23  426/15.8
Totals   59         261  .481  43 .377 163  .663 343 5.8  59 115 21  39  728/12.3
*-at Barton CC
^-at Lawson State CC


Position: Forward
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 215
Year: Junior
Hometown: Bronx, NY
High School: John F. Kennedy
Other College: Lawson State CC (AL)
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