Posted On: 01/16/21 2:16 PM


Western New York is an underrated basketball hotspot chockful of promising, talented recruits. The 2019-2020 Monsignor Martin League (Buffalo NY) was highly competitive and produced many memorable moments for both teams and individuals alike. This series will focus on the individual members of the 2020-2021 Canisius Crusaders.


Joe CioccaJoeCiocca5'10" | PGCanisius | 2021StateNY - G - Class of 2021

Joe CioccaJoeCiocca5'10" | PGCanisius | 2021StateNY is coming off of a terrific 2019-2020 campaign that saw him reach averages of 12 points per game, 1.9 rebounds per game, 1.9 assists per game, and 0.6 steals per game. Appearing in 25 contests, Ciocca was a key cog for a Crusaders team that won the Monsignor Martin Conference. Teams will have to gameplan for Ciocca in 2020-2021 to prevent him from exceeding last year’s outputs.


The strongest aspect of Ciocca’s game is his long-distance shooting. Simply put, his range needs to be respected and planned for. Astonishingly, there were only 4 games in which he shot under 33% from deep. Impressively, there were double-digit games in which he shot over 40%, including contests in which he managed to sink 5

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