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Pickett 'probably' headed back to Siena

Pickett 'probably' headed back to Siena

Guard has until May 29 to decide
Pickett 'probably' headed back to Siena
Jalen Pickett competed at the NBA G League Elite Camp.
Photographer: Gazette file photo

After his second day competing at the NBA G League Elite Camp in Chicago, guard Jalen Pickett said he will “probably” be back with the Siena College men’s basketball program for a second season.

In two days of scrimmaging at the camp that brought together 40 NBA draft-eligible players looking to advance to the NBA combine, Pickett shot 2 of 17 and 1 of 11 from 3-point territory.

“I've just got to get better at shooting. I think I'm probably going to go back to Siena,” Pickett said to Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press. “But hopefully I get another chance to do this next year and have a better performance, better showing."

Pickett has until May 29 to withdraw from the NBA draft in order to maintain his college eligibility.

As a freshman, Pickett led Siena to a 17-16 season with per-game averages of 15.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.1 steals. He was a unanimous MAAC Rookie of the Year selection and became the first freshman in more than three decades to earn an All-MAAC first-team spot.

Pickett and head coach Carmen Maciariello are expected to meet with area reporters Wednesday morning.

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