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Oduro gets release from Siena men's basketball program

Oduro gets release from Siena men's basketball program

Freshman was a MAAC All-Rookie selection
Oduro gets release from Siena men's basketball program
Prince Oduro has been granted his release from Siena.
Photographer: File photo

LOUDONVILLE — After first requesting it from Siena College last Thursday, freshman Prince Oduro received his release Monday.

Oduro, who averaged 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, was a MAAC All-Rookie selection during his men’s basketball freshman season with the Saints.

“Prince got his release, but can’t contact MAAC schools, St. Bonaventure and Albany,” said Khayree Wilson, Oduro’s coach from First Love Christian Academy in Pennsylvania.

As of Monday afternoon, Wilson said no schools were front-runners to gain Oduro for the 2018-19 season and beyond. Wilson also said it is possible Oduro could return to Siena, depending on how the school’s coaching search plays out.

On Sunday, a Siena athletic spokesman said two players had requested releases. At that point, only one player — presumably, not Oduro — had received his release. That player, the spokesman said, had provided a particular school he intended to contact, while the other had not.

“It’s not our policy to provide a blanket release,” the spokesman said of the decision, at that time, to grant one release and not the other.

Siena, which accepted Patsos’ resignation on April 13, is still searching for its next head coach.

Surgery for Shivers

Siena sophomore Ahsante Shivers tweeted Monday he will undergo surgery next week.

A Siena athletics spokesman confirmed Shivers will have surgery on May 1, but declined to specify what kind of surgery.

Last summer, Shivers suffered a mild sprain of his left ACL. Shivers returned ahead of schedule from that injury and averaged 8.3 points per game during the 2017-18 season.

Assistant moving on

While Siena continues to search for its next head coach, one of its assistants appears to have landed a head coaching job.

Abe Woldeslassie, a Siena assistant for the past two seasons, will become the next head coach at Macalester College. Jon Rothstein, of CBS Sports and FanRag Sports Network, first reported the hire.

Woldeslassie, who declined comment, graduated from Division III Macalester in 2008.

Reach Michael Kelly at [email protected] or @ByMichaelKelly on Twitter.

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