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Seymour leaving Siena men's basketball

Seymour leaving Siena men's basketball

Shaker product started 32 games last season
Seymour leaving Siena men's basketball
Sloan Seymour is leaving Siena men's basketball.
Photographer: Gazette file photo

LOUDONVILLE — Sloan Seymour, a sophomore forward who was a MAAC All-Rookie selection last season, is leaving the Siena College men’s basketball program.

Seymour tweeted out news of his departure early Friday afternoon. Attempts Friday to reach Seymour and Siena head coach Carmen Maciariello were not immediately successful.

“After careful consideration with my family, I have decided to enter the transfer portal,” reads a note attached to Seymour’s tweet announcing his departure. “I want to thank Coach Carm and his staff, my teammates, our trainers, academic support staff and the many fans that made my experience a memorable one. I’m looking forward to exploring other options for the remainder of my academic and basketball career.”

A Shaker High School product, Seymour averaged 9.1 points per game as a freshman and made 37.3% of the 252 3-point attempts he took playing for then-head coach Jamion Christian. After Christian left Siena for George Washington and Maciariello became the Saints’ new head coach, Seymour initially announced his intention to stay at Siena several days later.

Seymour had participated in summer workouts with the Saints, and had added several pounds of muscle onto his 6-foot-9 frame since the 2018-19 season ended. Last month, Seymour said he wanted to use the offseason to further develop his game after spending most of his freshman season as a spot-up shooter.

“I want to be a sponge,” Seymour said in June. “I want to build up my IQ, and use my IQ to help my defense out. I’m not the fastest guy or anything, but if I can be one of the smartest guys on the floor, I can definitely be in the right spots to defend well.”

Seymour started 32 of 33 games last season for the Saints. Seymour was one of three returning starters for Siena, along with junior Manny Camper and sophomore Jalen Pickett.

Seymour’s departures leaves the Saints with two open scholarships for next season.

Earlier Friday, Siena announced the addition of Jordan King who played high school basketball locally for CBA. Expected to join the Saints as a walk-on guard, the 6-foot-0 King averaged 24.1 points, 4.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds last season.

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