Chris Gaston Ready for the Season

Via New York Post

 The school season cannot come soon enough for Chris Gaston. The Fordham star piled up individual accolade after individual accolade as a freshman – he was the Atlantic-10 Rookie of the Year and scored the most points as a freshman in school history. But the losing drove him crazy. This is a guy who was on a national championship team at St. Anthony’s (N.J.) in high school. 

Fordham went 2-26, including 0-16 in conference play, last year. Coach Dereck Whittenburg was fired during the season and replaced with former Hofstra head man Tom Pecora in May. Gaston is chomping at the bit to get started. 

“Got a whole new team, got a whole new set of guys coming in to produce, got a new coach with a whole new mindset of winning,” the 6-foot-7 forward said. “That’s all I’m thinking about.” 

Gaston was superb last season, averaging 18 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. He was the lone bright spot in a dismal campaign for the storied program. To his credit, he’s sticking it out and Gaston gushed about the team’s incoming recruits after a 26-point performance to lead R2K to a victory against Bedford Y at Hoops in the Sun in Orchard Beach on Saturday. 

Fordham new big man Kervin Bristol

 

Fordham has a pair of New York City guards – Lamount Samuell Jr. out of Boys & Girls (by way of Notre Dame Prep) and Bishop Loughlin’s Branden Frazier – coming in. The Rams also have signed 6-foot-7 forward Marvin Dominique of Winchendon (Mass.) and 6-foot-10 star big man Kervin Bristol out of Broward (Fla.) Community College. 

  

  

“This year I think we can really win a couple games, really make a run,” Gaston said. “Making it to the [Atlantic-10 tournament], that would be a good look for us.” 

He said he wasn’t happy to see Whittenburg, assistant coach Jared Grasso and company go, but Gaston admitted he saw the writing on the wall. He understands the way things work in Division I college athletics. 

“It’s always a time for a change when you’re losing,” he said. “Something’s gotta change. Somebody’s gotta change.” 

Gaston is looking forward to a new lease on life with Pecora and his staff. The new coaches have made a concerted effort to recruit the area more than ever. Fordham already has a commitment from John F. Kennedy star guard Jeffrey Short for 2011 after he preps for a season. 

“Having a relationship with one another, having a family type of relationship, going out there, working to the best of our abilities,” Gaston says Pecora’s message has been so far. 

This summer, Gaston has been working out hard, trying to add muscle and improve his jump shot. His abilities as a face up power forward are well documented, but he’s trying to get better. With help on the way, it’s easy to see why he’s looking forward to the leaves changing and the season starting already. 

“I can’t wait,” Gaston said with a laugh. 

…I am not gonna lie but I am so excited for this season. This article provides a great update on how the star player at Fordham is doing. Chris has been proud to be a Ram and has played his tail off and expects to win. But this is good news for Fordham Ram fans. Anyone know of the name Jio Fontan? The former star guard for the Rams was always in the news for bad reasons like transferring and bad mouthing the coaches and the university. However, this is good news for Fordham basketball fans and Gaston sounds excited to play. He has played well in the summer leagues like my previous post where he scored 40 pts in a game and he has been training really hard in the weight room becoming a gym rat. I expect big things out of him and like the new recruits coming in. This is great news and for Rams fans, the program is slowly increasing and getting back on the right track…

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One Comment on “Chris Gaston Ready for the Season”

  1. Ray Rivera Says:

    Go Chris!!!


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