LOUDONVILLE — The Siena College men’s basketball program provided Colin Golson with his first scholarship offer, and he didn’t take long to accept it.
Golson, a 6-foot-6 forward, gave his verbal commitment Thursday to head coach Carmen Maciariello after visiting the campus that day. Golson is the Saints’ first commit in their incoming class for the 2020-21 season.
“It seemed like a great fit,” Golson said Friday. “I like the coaching staff and the players seemed cool. . . . I felt like the guys there really welcomed me.”
The 17-year-old Golson will be a senior at Ferndale High School in Michigan. Golson didn’t play high school basketball last season after transferring to Ferndale from East English Village Preparatory Academy. He played AAU basketball for the REACH Legends program, and Golson said Siena offered him after seeing him play in an AAU tournament in July.
“And I’ve been talking to coach Carm, talking to [assistant] coach [Bob] Simon,” Golson said, “and we’d scheduled a visit for August.”
TJ Kelley of Inside Prep Sports first reported Golson’s commitment to Siena. Kelley described the 234-pound Golson as a “powerful, skilled lefty with college size,” and the Detroit native seemed to agree with that assessment.
“I’m a very hard-nosed player. That’s how I grew up,” Golson said. “That’s the only way I know how to play. Nine times out of 10, I’m going to be the hardest-working guy on the court, whenever I step onto the court.”
Golson said he formed a quick connection with Maciariello.
“He’s just a cool dude. He’s motivated,” Golson said. He’s high energy. He’s a great dude.”