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Anosike Signs To Play In Italy

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Siena’s OD Anosike has signed to play for VL Pesaro of the SerieA League in Italy, the country’s top league and one of the top leagues in Europe.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to play right away in one of top leagues in the world,” said Anosike.

It has been a busy time for Anosike since the conclusion of the MAAC tournament. In late March he went to France to compete with the USA Elite under-22 team in the World Championships. Then after graduation, it was on to the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational in Virginia to compete with many of the top seniors in the country. He started all 3 games and averaged 11.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for the tournament. Following a workout with the Boston Celtics and multiple offers from NBA teams for a summer league roster spot, Anosike played for the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Summer League held last month in Las Vegas where he played in all six games, starting two.

After considering other options to play in leagues in such counties as Israel and Belgium Anosike described what led to his decision to play in Italy.

“The coaches and GM made me a priority all summer and made me feel welcomed.” Anosike said. “I can’t wait to get started, I couldn’t be more pleased with the contract.”

Anosike completed his senior season as just the second back-to-back national rebounding champ since 1973 (Paul Millsap, Louisiana Tech 2003-06). ESPN analyst Jay Bilas has identified Anosike as the country’s top rebounder. He was named Second Team All-MAAC this year after averaging a team-best 13.3 points and Division I-best 11.4 rebounds per game. He shot 50% from the field and averaged 37.1 minutes per game, 10th most nationally.

As a junior, Anosike became the first MAAC player to lead the nation in rebounding. For his efforts he was named First Team All-MAAC, First Team NABC All-District, a Lou Henson All-American, a NABC honors court selection, and was one of just four student athletes featured in the NCAA final four program.

During his record-setting junior year, Anosike posted a school record 23 double doubles, including 17 straight – the second longest streak in Division 1 over the last 15 years.

As a freshman, Anosike averaged 12.1 minutes and shot 51% from the field for a Siena team that won the MAAC championship and challenged Purdue in the NCAA Tournament.

Anosike was an iron man for the Saints, appearing in all 128 games in his career.

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