No go to Westchester: Jay Canty to Kansas?

Posted by Andy Durham on July 3, 2009 at 4:59 pm under High School | 14 Comments to Read

It has been a summer of specultion and the street has been hot and now we have new information on Jay Canty from Ragsdale and what exactly might be in his future.

In this on-going look, we again peer inside and try it unfold the real deal on:

Canty leaving Ragsdale?

If the rumors floating around Jamestown prove to be true, Ragsdale basketball coach Craig Shoemaker could be facing a daunting rebuilding job next year. Unconfirmed sources have reported that Division I prospect Jay Canty plans to transfer to an unnamed prep school in Kansas. Canty, a 6-5 swingman, had committed to High Point University after his sophomore year, but after the Panthers fired head coach Bart Lundy, Canty began looking elsewhere. But now, a source who spoke on condition of anonymity said that grades are an issue with Canty and that his purpose in transferring is to get his grades up, adding that he likely would not be eligible at Ragsdale until the second semester, if then.

The highly respected coach may also be facing another dilemma. After losing both his two-year starting guards, Wally Jones and Josh White, rising senior C.J. Plummer, who was the first guard off the bench last year and was expected to be a starter next campaign, is also rumored to be transferring to a private school.

Jamestown News editor Ogi Overman, who is close to the program, was contacted by Greensborosports.com and he too declined comment.

“I’ve spoken with Coach Shoemaker about both those kids, but it was a private conversation and I would be violating a confidence if I told you,” said Overman. “All I can tell you is that he has heard the rumors but has not talked to Jay personally since school was out.”

Overman then added, “But even if he does lose one or both of them, he has some kids coming in that he feels really good about. They could still be good next year. Maybe not 26-2 good, but good enough to contend in their new 4-A conference.”


  • Jerry Weast said,

    That says a lot to me! Why would a coach who is interested @ all in a young man ( foreget he’s a player) not even talk to him all summer/ That is unbelievable.. Ad they fired coach K for prbably being too involved. I do not even like coach K, but at least he cares about his kids.

  • READ CAREFULLY said,

    Jerry Weast,

    if you read it again…you would realize that your about statment doesnt even make sense. it wasnt the coach shoemaker who said he didnt have contact with Jay…it was Ogi Overman…and Jamestown News reporter…please read carefully next time.

  • WRONG said,

    LOL this website is the biggest hotpot for rumors, yes you are right ragsdale will be without a few players and will not be as good next year, but let these kids breath for the summer the speculation on where they will end up needs to stop…they will end up in better situation then they were when they were at ragsdale probably thats all you need to know.

  • Jerry Weast said,

    Fear Please Read Carefully,
    I suggest you re-read the quote again. Ogi is quoting Shoemaker. Apology accepted!
    Jerry
    PS. I wish I were back in NC. These people in Md. are a lot smarter that you hillbillies are! They have not been as easy to fool.

  • weast infection said,

    Jerry Weast- You have the most unique posting name on this site! I just had to one up you with mine, the Weast Infection. I do teach in GCS and the Weast years were rough.
    Tell me this , is he still in Montgomery County Maryland?

  • LOL said,

    THAT IS WHAT THIS GUY GET HAHAHAHAHA HE WAS SO WORRIED ABOUT STAN AND LOOK HE HAD ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE CITY AND HE WAS NOT GETTING THE GRADES OR THE ATTENTION HE DESERVE TO ME THAT IS A GOOD COACH KEEPING YOUR PLAYERS HAPPY AND KNOWN WHERE THERE ARE IN SCHOOL. ALOT OF PLAYERS ARE LEAVING B/C HE DOES NOTHING FOR THE KIDS BY BRING IN COLLEGE COACHS OR ANYTHING BUT BRING THEM INTO A HOT GYM AND TRY TO MAKE HIM LOOK GOOD THEN AFTER THE SEASON HE DISAPPEAR ENTIL NOV 1ST JUST LOOK AT WALLEY HE CAN PLAY D1 AND LOOK WHERE HE IS GOING. JAY TO HIGH POINT WAS A JOKE. THEN HIS GRADES IS DROPPING IT IS CLEAR THIS MAN CANT STAND 10FEET WITHIN STAN K FROM NORTHERN. THATS IS WHAT HE GET FOR SENDING THEM E-MAILS. AND I KNOW WHAT HE HAS COMING THE NOTHING!!!!!!!! SOUNDS LIKE HE NEEDS TO RECRUIT SOME HELP. THIS GUY CANT DEAL WITH PLAYERS TODAY AND WATCH ALOT OF HIS PLAYERS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE NEXT YEAR THATS WHY THEY ARE GOING TO A PRIVATE SCHOOLS.

  • reggie said,

    He does plenty for his kids. But some of these kids need to help themselves. Hard to bring in college coaches to look at a kid that is not academically eligible. Jay is a great kid but he has to do his part by getting it done in the classroom. Passing grades are not just handed out because you are an athlete. Hopefully Jay works this out and moves beyond all this.

    BTW, Wally Jones is a exemplary student and kid but he was not a D1 player. He had the work ethic and grades to go about anywhere. If a D1 school had wanted him they would have picked him up. He has a great opportunity and he is excited about it.

  • LOL said,

    ok reggie, he has one player that does not have the grades and cant get any college coaches in then on the other hand he has a player that does have the grades and he still cant get coaches in to see him either!@#$%^^&&&&* i know some kids that play for this coach and the word is they are leaving b/c he is not doing his part to help the kids good looks from college coaches. wally is a d1 player a mid major but the kid can shoot and play please get your information together. all these kids are leaving for a reason. just look at who they play during the season…… he could have had a dream team with the guys he had………now he has lost them all……..b/c he cant coach the kids…………he should go back to the middle school……….

  • joe said,

    Have to agree with Reggie. I have seen Wally play at least 20 games, much more than Reggie. Wally is fine where he is. many other schools looked at him and chose not to offer. And there is not a better kid than Wally Jones. Some teachers said he was the best kid in the school. Let Wally enjoy the opportunity that he has. His family says he is excited. Shouldn’t we be happy for him? But LOL, I guess you know more than those colleges coaches. Maybe you should coach.

    Shoemaker did NOT come from the Middle school. He is from raleigh. The asst. coach Gonzales did come from JMS and he held Canty’s hand every day. He almost seemed to be his caretaker. jay got plenty of attention. Get your facts.

    It’s true there are some other kids that will get noticed but they are young. Plummer has lots of talent but is about 5’9″ maybe 5’10”. And he was a sub last year. May want to start for your HS team before you award him a scholarship. Ask Josh Pittman what happens to short guards. TuTu is 6’4″. How many 6’4″ centers do you see out there? How many are 6’4″ and play power forward? If TuTu wanted to get noticed he would be a tight end. He’s big and he can run.

    And if the coach is not getting these kids noticed, are they getting noticed in the aau summer leagues? Or is that the coaches fault also? Why is it always the coaches fault? Let the kids be accountable for their efforts.

  • RHS '10 said,

    yo … CJ would have been a rising junior at ragsdale lol
    and he started his sophomore year. Had to back my friend up

  • joe said,

    Correct. He did start some games. My bad. Great kid. Wish he would not leave. Some nights it was CJ, TuTu, Jay, Josh, and Wally.

  • DUDE! said,

    EVERY NIGHT IT WAS CJ,JOSH,TU TU,JAY,AND WALLY

  • so wrong! said,

    man this is some bull! all yal dont know what yal talking bout. i had a personal relationship with shoemaker and i know the man. his intentions wasnt to get his players seen or help them in the classroom. he just wanted to look good on the court. he tries to make it seem like he actually really cared about these kids but in all honesty he really didnt! so all you people need to gone some where and chill til yal find the real story!

  • Get a life Shoemaker said,

    Well only a few know the truth. I know Jay canty personally. I played on the Varsity girls team at Ragsdale. Shoemaker was not one to help the players. He only wanted to win. And Cj is def. a up coming junior. And whether jay is going to Kansas or not. Atleast he got out before Shoemaker screwed him over anymore just like he did his brother Ladarius. Jay is a wise young man, intelligent, and has a lot ahaead of him. So lets try and re-write this article. Thanks