The Siena men’s basketball program received a commitment Monday from Taihland Owens, a 6-foot-5 perimeter player from Canton, Georgia.
A 17-year-old who played at Cherokee High School, Owens announced his commitment with a social-media post. Owens said his top schools as he neared making his decision were Siena and Northeastern; his verbalcommits.com profile also lists the guard as having scholarship offers from Appalachian State, Georgia Tech, Iona, VCU and Xavier.
“Siena checked all the boxes for me,” Owens said in a phone interview with The Daily Gazette.
Owens said Siena head coach Carmen Maciariello and assistant coach Antoni Wyche led his recruitment to Siena.
“I felt they had my best interests [in mind] for the future,” Owens said.
Owens is the third member of Siena’s 2021 recruiting class. He joins Javian McCollum, a 6-foot-2 guard from Florida, and Jared Billups, a 6-foot-4 guard from Maryland.
At 6-foot-5 and 180 pounds, Owens said one of his top priorities for his freshman season is “to get stronger.”
“And I want to do whatever it takes to win,” Owens said.
With Owens’ commitment, Siena has three remaining open scholarships for the 2021-22 season.
Besides the team’s three incoming freshmen, the Saints also have a commitment from Middle Tennessee transfer Jayce Johnson, a 6-foot-5 wing player.