Carpenter, who played 2 seasons for Siena men’s basketball, enters NCAA transfer portal

Aidan Carpenter (25) looks to get past teammate Michael Tertsea (left) during the first day of Siena men's basketball practice Monday at the Del Grasso practice court on the Loudonville campus, Oct. 4, 2021.
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Aidan Carpenter (25) looks to get past teammate Michael Tertsea (left) during the first day of Siena men's basketball practice Monday at the Del Grasso practice court on the Loudonville campus, Oct. 4, 2021.

Aidan Carpenter, who appeared in 17 games for the Siena men’s basketball program during the 2021-22 season, has entered into the NCAA transfer portal.

Verbalcommits.com reported Carpenter’s entry into the transfer portal late Monday morning, just days after the Saints’ season concluded with a loss in the MAAC quarterfinals to Quinnipiac.

“We wish Aidan the best,” Siena head coach Carmen Maciariello said via text message when asked for comment regarding Carpenter’s departure.

“I would like to thank Siena College, the Siena coaching staff and the Siena fans for supporting me in my time here,” Carpenter said in a social-media post. “I feel it’s time for me to explore new opportunities. I wish the Siena program the best of luck.”

Carpenter missed the final seven games of the Saints’ season with a groin injury and didn’t accompany the team to Atlantic City, New Jersey, for the MAAC tournament. Other Saints that were unavailable to play in the game due to injury, such as Anthony Gaines and Andrew Platek who suffered season-ending injuries, did make the trip for the team’s game Thursday against Quinnipiac.

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Maciariello had been optimistic a few days before Siena’s season-ending game that Carpenter could play in that game. After the Saints’ season-ending loss, Maciariello addressed Carpenter’s status.

“He practiced [Monday], and, then, he just was really sore, and he talked with our trainer and didn’t think he’d be able to [play]. So, for me, I wanted to make sure he was taking care of his academics, and locked in on that and focused on that,” Maciariello said after Thursday’s game. “So we left him back. We were going to reevaluate that after tonight if we were to have won the game.”

A 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard from Hamden, Connecticut, Carpenter averaged 7.5 points in 18.2 minutes per game as a sophomore. He recorded eight double-digit scoring efforts this past season and started six games. Carpenter could play up to three more college seasons.

Siena finished the 2021-22 campaign with a 15-14 record.

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