LOUDONVILLE — Official visit No. 2 went so well, Aidan Carpenter didn’t need to make any others after seeing Siena College.
Instead, the guard from Hamden, Connecticut, canceled his scheduled trips to UAB, Hofstra and South Dakota so he could offer his verbal commitment Wednesday to Saints head coach Carmen Maciariello.
“I went to Siena and I just felt like it was the perfect setting for me,” said Carpenter, who had visited Akron before spending last weekend at Siena. “They took me in as family.”
The 6-foot-4, 175-pound Carpenter is attending Lee Academy in Maine this school year and played AAU basketball for Rhode Island Elite. He said Siena assistant coach Harley Fuller led his recruitment, but that each member of the Siena coaching staff was involved.
“The whole Siena staff was at all my big AAU events,” Carpenter said. “That meant a lot.”
Carpenter joins forward Colin Golson as Siena’s commits for its incoming class for the 2020-21 season. Golson, a 6-foot-6 native of Detroit, committed to Siena in August.
Carpenter said he’s able to play both backcourt positions. Like Golson who described himself as a “hard-nosed player,” Carpenter said he’s not one to get outhustled or outworked.
“I’m just in attack mode all the time,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter said he had “loved” Akron when he visited there, but left his visit from Siena already feeling part of the program.
“I felt like I had known [the Siena players] for years,” Carpenter said. “It was like I’d been with them for a long time. . . . I could definitely see myself playing with them.”