LOUDONVILLE — The Siena men’s basketball program removed two players Friday from its active roster, including junior forward Dana Tate who has been dismissed from the program, one week before its first scheduled game of the 2020-21 season.
Jason Hawkes, a junior, was also removed from the program’s active roster “to focus on his academics,” according to a press release issued from the school’s athletic department.
“We wish Dana the best as he moves on,” Siena head coach Carmen Maciariello said via the school’s press release. “Jason will need to achieve sustained academic success to have the opportunity to potentially be reinstated to the active roster at a later date.”
Maciariello declined to comment further.
Tate transferred to Siena last January. That move followed the former four-star recruit leaving the Rhode Island program in December following a suspension for an undisclosed violation of team rules during his sophomore season.
Tate had to sit out the remainder of the 2019-20 season, per NCAA transfer rules. His Siena career never included playing in a game for the Saints. He was projected to add depth and versatility to the Saints’ frontcourt.
With Tate’s departure from the program, Siena is set to enter its season opener next Friday against Fairfield with 11 scholarship players on its roster.
A walk-on, Hawkes joined the Saints during the summer. A former high school teammate of Siena junior star Jalen Pickett, Hawkes previously played college basketball at Daemen College and Monroe Community College.
Siena, coming off a 20-10 season in which it won the MAAC regular-season title, returns a pair of All-MAAC first-team selections in senior Manny Camper and Pickett, plus a third starter in sophomore Gary Harris. Pickett, last season’s MAAC Player of the Year, was selected the league’s preseason player of the year, while Siena was picked to finish in first place in the conference’s preseason poll.