Davonte Beard Leaves Siena

When it rains it pours, and this season there has been a massive black cloud over Loudonville. Already short players due to a multitude of injuries and eligibility issues, the Saints were dealt yet another blow today when it was announced that freshman Davonte Beard will be transferring from the school following final exams.

“This was a very difficult decision for me,” Beard said Thursday. “I would rather be close to home, close to my mother and my two brothers. It is hard not having them come to see my play. I would rather transfer to a school close to home so my friends and family can come to the games.”

Head Coach Buonaguro stated in an afternoon media session that homesickness was the only issue.

“Basketball is not an issue,” said Buonaguro. “He was happy with the playing time. He liked the kids on the team. I thought he was getting better. It was just an issue of being homesick.”

Beard, was averaging 5.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 22.7 minutes a game. His best game was against Vermont when he scored 8 points and 5 rebounds in 34 minutes of action.

Beard had originally committed to St Francis last fall. Also targeting Beard were  Boston College, George Washington, Duquesne, LaSalle, Akron, Toledo, Southern Illinois, Cleveland State and Northeasern.  It is unknown where he is headed.

The transfer leaves the Saints with only seven scholarship athletes until the return of Trenity Burdine. While earlier reports indicated that Burdine might be back for the Princeton matchup, Coach Buonaguro’s comments today opened some doubt about those prospects.

“I don’t know when he’s coming back,” said Buonaguro when asked about Burdine. “He didn’t practice today. Hopefully he gets better.”

“Its a matter of his comfort level,” Buonaguro went on to say. “We don’t want to push him back. We’re being cautious. We don’t want him to come back and reinjure it. The other thing is he’s a little heavy. He hasn’t played in six months. We don’t want him coming back with the extra weight putting more weight on his foot. We gotta get the weight down, and make sure when he is practicing he’s feeling good.”

In Beard’s absence Kyle Downey will assume the role of backup point guard to Evan Hymes.

One Comment

  1. Anonymous

    December 16, 2011 at 4:31 am

    Question (?): Who gets those 23 minutes per game?

    Not a good situation.

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