The Siena men’s basketball program filled two of its open scholarships Tuesday, as Michael Baer and Jordan Kellier each announced with social-media posts that they had accepted offers to play for the Saints next season.
Kellier — who previously attended Redemption Christian Academy in Troy — spent last season at Utah of the Pac-12 Conference, while Baer was a walk-on player the last three seasons at Iowa of the Big Ten Conference for former Siena head coach Fran McCaffery.
Both players will be immediately eligible for the Saints, and Baer will have two seasons to play and Kellier will have three.
Baer — a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward — started his career at Iowa as a student manager, while Kellier — a 6-foot-6, 215-pound guard — began his college career at Williston State, a junior college in North Dakota.
“Blessed to have accepted a scholarship to Siena College for my remaining 2 years of eligibility, with an opportunity to earn an MBA,” Baer posted in a social-media message Tuesday evening. “I’m thankful for Coach McCaffery, his staff, my teammates, and all the managers who helped me get to this point. Let’s get to work!”
Siena has one remaining open scholarships for next season. Baer and Kellier become the fourth and fifth players to transfer into the Siena program this offseason, joining Anthony Gaines (Northwestern), Jayce Johnson (Middle Tennessee) and Colby Rogers (Cal Poly).
A native of Jamaica, Kellier appeared in seven games last season for Utah. He scored nine points in 31 minutes of action.
The previous season at Williston State, Kellier started 19 games, and averaged 17.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game on 44.6% shooting.
During his career at Iowa, Baer — a Bettendorf, Iowa native — appeared in 20 games, and registered 10 points and 11 rebounds in 46 minutes of action.
Four scholarship players have opted to transfer from Siena this offseason. All-conference guards Jordan King (East Tennessee State) and Jalen Pickett (Penn State) left the program, as have rising sophomore forwards Colin Golson (Eastern Michigan) and Bennett Kwiecinski (uncommitted).
Reigning MAAC Player of the Year Manny Camper, who has started his professional career, is also among Siena’s departures following a 12-5 season that saw the Saints win a share of the MAAC regular-season championship.
Besides its incoming transfers, Siena has three high school commits in Jared Billups, Javian McCollum and Taihland Owens.