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Siena lands power forward, pair of guards

Siena lands power forward, pair of guards

New Saints.

Sammy Friday, Khalil Richard and Jonathan Joseph have signed their letters of intent and will join the Siena men’s basketball team in the fall, the school announced Wednesday.

Friday, a 6-foot-8 forward from Jersey City, N.J., spent this season at St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, R.I, where he averaged 12 points and eight rebounds per game. Before that, Friday played at Hudson Catholic in New Jersey, where he averaged 10 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.

“We are very excited to have Sammy Friday join the Siena basketball program,” said Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos. “He’s a late bloomer with a big upside. He’s well coached and is a traditional back-to-the-basket inside player with strong post moves. He attended a really good high school and prep school, and we’re excited to get him.”

The 6-1 Richard, a Baltimore native, is a guard who played at St. Frances Academy. He averaged 12.9 points, 3.0 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals while shooting 44.7 percent (55-for-123) from 3-point range in being tabbed an All-Baltimore Catholic League Honorable Mention following his junior year.

Rated as the 76th-best player at his position in his class by ESPN, Richard played for both the Maryland 3D and Baltimore Elite AAU squads, where he was a teammate of current Saints Nico Clareth and Evan Fisher.

“Khalil is an explosive combo guard who can really score the ball,” Patsos said. “Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to play this year, so this summer will be very important for him.”

Joseph comes to the Saints after playing for Dodge (Kansas) County Community College. He will have two years of NCAA eligibility. Joseph averaged 7.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 54 percent from the field.

“Jonathan is a very good athlete and a strong defensive player,” Patsos said. “He played in the highly competitive Jayhawk League, which is historically the top junior college league in the country. He knows what it’s like to play at a Division I program, and we are looking for him to give us athleticism and be a strong defender at the guard spot.”

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