LOUDONVILLE — The Siena College men’s basketball program received positive news Friday about the health of sophomore Ahsante Shivers.
The likely starter injured his left knee during the Saints’ final practice last month before their trip to Montreal. An MRI conducted Thursday revealed a mild sprain of Shivers’ left ACL, per a program spokesman. Shivers is expected to recover without surgery, and the Saints are targeting Nov. 1 as the return date to full health for the sophomore.
“Just happy no major surgery,” Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos said via text message. “He has so much experience and a great attitude. We need him on the court.”
Shivers only averaged 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds as a freshman, but his role increased as his first college season went along. In Siena’s final 12 games, Shivers played at least 19 minutes in every contest except one. During the MAAC tournament’s three games, Shivers played 79 minutes and made 10 of 17 shots.
Shivers’ rehabilitation is expected to take four weeks. That timeline ends well short of Nov. 1, as Siena appears to be taking a cautious approach with the sophomore.
Siena’s first game of the 2017-18 season takes place Nov. 10 at Charleston.
Elsewhere on the Saints’ roster, junior Nico Clareth was cleared last week after straining his left quad during the team’s trip to Montreal.
Freshman Manny Camper, who had successful knee surgery back in mid-August, has the same Nov. 1 recovery date as Shivers. At the time of Camper’s surgery, Patsos had said there is a “99 percent” chance the freshman will redshirt during the upcoming season.