LOUDONVILLE — The Siena men’s basketball program officially announced Thursday the addition of four incoming players.
That batch of players includes three transfers and a third high school recruit to join previously signed players Jared Billups and Javian McCollum. Siena’s incoming transfers are Anthony Gaines (Northwestern), Jayce Johnson (Middle Tennessee) and Colby Rogers (Cal Poly), and Taihland Owens of Georgia is the Saints’ latest high school commitment.
“It is with great excitement that we welcome these new additions to our Siena basketball family,” Siena head coach Carmen Maciariello said in a press release issued through the school’s athletic department. “We are looking to be able to play at a faster tempo with the newcomers we’ve added so far for next season. All four of these young men we added today are capable of making plays both for themselves and one another. We’ve added much needed athleticism and physicality with our newcomers, and the ability to secure extra possessions off the glass will be a much utilized weapon for us.”
Siena is coming off a 12-5 season that saw the Saints win a share of the MAAC regular-season championship, but fall in the MAAC quarterfinals. The Saints’ offseason has seen its top-three scorers leave the program, with reigning MAAC Player of the Year Manny Camper starting his professional playing career, and Jalen Pickett and Jordan King electing to transfer.
King is transferring to East Tennessee State, while Pickett remains in the NCAA transfer portal. Pickett, a three-time All-MAAC first-team selection, is regarded as one of the top available transfers and has received interest from programs such as Baylor, Gonzaga, Illinois, Miami and Virginia, according to sources.
Siena has two remaining open scholarships for the 2021-22 season.