Duanesburg basketball’s O’Hanlon commits to Siena College

Duanesburg’s Allison O’Hanlon with the ball against Greenwich’s Brooke Kuzmich during Class C Championships at HVCC in Troy, March 5, 2022.
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Duanesburg’s Allison O’Hanlon with the ball against Greenwich’s Brooke Kuzmich during Class C Championships at HVCC in Troy, March 5, 2022.

DUANESBURG — When Duanesburg High School girls’ basketball standout Allison O’Hanlon sees an opening on the court, she drives to the basket and creates.

This week, O’Hanlon — a rising junior — saw another opportunity and made the decision to commit to Siena College.

“Throughout this whole school year, they were at all my games and they were always checking in and stuff,” said O’Hanlon, who helped lead Duanesburg to its first-ever appearance in the state semifinals this past season. “For me, it was just, like, I knew it — what’s the point of waiting when I already know what I want to do and where I want to go?”

O’Hanlon was the co-MVP of the Western Athletic Conference last season and scored her 1,000th career point in January. She sits at 1,264 career points. Former teammate Madison Meyer, now a rising freshman at Skidmore College, holds Duanesburg’s all-time mark of 1,572 points.

Duanesburg girls’ basketball coach Chris Herron knew Siena was at the top of O’Hanlon’s short list of schools that included Monmouth, Canisius and Lafayette.

“Siena came in aggressive. Coach [Jim] Jabir from the start has wanted Allison. They’ve made it clear,” Herron said. “It’s great to feel wanted and she’s always felt wanted by Siena. It’s a small setting, it’s close by — it checks all the boxes for Allison. This is the right spot for her.”

O’Hanlon announced her decision to commit to Siena College on her social media account, and the news of her continuing her basketball career locally after finishing up at Duanesburg was well-received.

“I’ve got a bunch of friends and family, and as soon as I committed, they were like ‘Get me season tickets,’” O’Hanlon said with a laugh. ”I’m a huge family person. They’ve always been here for me . . . so for them to be in their backyard and [be able to] watch me play, that would be great.”

O’Hanlon has two more scholastic seasons at Duanesburg to complete with an Eagles squad that returns four starters — all rising juniors — before she begins playing for the Saints in Loudonville.

“I’m just going to do the little things every single day and just try to be as great as I can be,” O’Hanlon said. “When I get to Siena . . . I just want to be able to go there and help in a certain way. Whatever that is, I’m going to try to help them win games.”

Siena’s roster for the upcoming 2022-23 season includes several former Section II standouts. Jabir’s roster includes former Shenendehowa standouts Rylee Carpenter and Simone Walker, as well as Albany High School graduate Ahniysha Jackson and Guilderland High School graduate Valencia Fontenelle-Posson.

Siena finished 10-19 last season.

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