WEBER TO CALL CANISIUS HOME

JAMES ALLEN STAFF WRITER
Section: Sports,  Page: C7

Date: Monday, June 27, 2011

Possessing the ability to do so many things well on the basketball court, Emily Weber wanted to make sure the beginning of her summer was spent securing her future.


Sunday afternoon, the standout Shenendehowa shooting guard provided Canisius coach Terry Zeh her oral commitment to compete for the Golden Griffins of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference beginning in the 2012-13 season.


Weber, selected as the Times Union Large-School Player of the Year in April, narrowed her choices down to Canisius, Niagara and Rider before selecting the Golden Griffins on Sunday.


"Canisius has great academics and my family lives out in Buffalo," Weber said. "My cousin (Matt) played baseball there and I wanted to be there. I really liked the MAAC."


Weber also considered South Alabama, Fairleigh Dickinson, Vermont, Assumption and the University at Albany. She took unofficial visits to Canisius, Niagara, Rider and UAlbany. Weber will sign her national letter of intent in November.


As a junior, Weber averaged 17.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.4 steals per game. She shot a career-best 55.3 percent from the field -- marking the third straight season Weber shot better than 50 percent.


Weber, who will enter her senior season with 826 career points, will major in business administration.


"I had been talking to a lot of these schools for a year," Weber said. "I thought it was important to have to decision made before the start of my senior year."