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Friday leaving Siena basketball program

6-foot-9 forward will transfer
Friday leaving Siena basketball program
Sammy Friday played four seasons at Siena.
Photographer: Gazette file photo

​LOUDONVILLE — Sammy Friday is leaving the Siena men’s basketball program.

Head coach Carmen Maciariello confirmed Tuesday that Friday, a senior with one season of playing eligibility left, had entered the NCAA transfer portal and will look to continue his college career elsewhere.

“We wish Sammy the best in pursuing a graduate degree,” Maciariello said in a text message. “He was not going to be able to matriculate [at Siena] due to his major.”

Friday’s departure was expected, as the 6-foot-9 forward participated in the team’s senior-night ceremony. With Friday leaving the Saints, Siena’s 13 scholarships for next season are currently all filled.

Friday averaged 4.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in his final season at Siena. His final game for the Saints was one of his best, as Friday had 12 points and six rebounds against Manhattan in the Saints’ MAAC tournament quarterfinal win against Manhattan.

“We get a chance to win a championship when Sammy Friday shows up and plays,” Maciariello said that night of the team’s backup big man, who served as a key X-factor off the bench for the Saints as a senior.

For his Siena career, Friday averaged 3.1 points and two rebounds per game in 88 appearances. At Siena, Friday played for Jimmy Patsos and Jamion Christian before Maciariello became the team’s head coach prior to the 2019-20 season. 

Memorably, Friday produced a career-best game against Louisville in 2017 when Friday had 15 points and 15 rebounds in a Siena loss. Both those totals were career-highs for Friday, and that game’s effort served as his lone double-double during his Siena career.​​​

Siena finished 20-10 during the 2019-20 season, which was cut short when the MAAC and NCAA tournaments were canceled because of concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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