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Hasbrouck Returns To Offer Advice

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As he prepares for his upcoming 5th professional season, former Siena Saint Kenny Hasbrouck returned to the campus last week to work out with this year’s team and to provide a bit of inspiration. For Coach Jimmy Patsos and his squad, the 2009 MAAC Player of the Year and two time MAAC champion is not just a familiar face.

“At Maryland when Walt Williams walked in everyone knew who he was,” said Patsos. “That’s our Kenny Hasbrouck. Everybody knows who he is because his name is the rafters. He’s a good person. He is well-liked on the campus. He graduated. Hasbrouck just won. Playing hard, getting wins, being a good person. You want those to be the guys who come around when they leave. He represents the program”.

Hasbrouck who like freshmen Marquis Wright, Lavon Long, Maurice White and Mike Wolfe hails from Maryland, pushed the squad as they scrimmaged and offered valuable advice.

“I just told the guys on the team to trust one another, work hard at all times individually and in practice and to be more vocal on the court as a team”.

For point guard Wright, being matched up against a former All-American honorable mention and one of three Siena players to have their number retired was a both a challenge and a learning experience.

“It was a tough battle,” explained Wright. “He’s pushing me to go harder and harder each day and be more of a leader. He talked to me in the huddle and told me that if my team’s not doing good, I’m the one who has to speak up and get my team going”.

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Hasbrouck spoke to the team about the importance of leadership as being a key to their success along with coming together as a group.

“It’s a young team and most of them are quiet so I think a leader will emerge in time but for now they can all hold their selves and one another accountable,” Hasbrouck said.

As the former coach at Loyola, Patsos witnessed first-hand the run of Siena championships and sees great value in having a cornerstone of that success around his team.

“Siena is a great job because of the tradition and the great history but these new guys have to do it themselves. I want some old guys around to show them”.

Hasbrouck knows this team has a lot of potential and feels the program is in good hands.

“I think the team will improve over time when they get more comfortable with one another and finally get an identity of who they are,” Hasbrouck explained. “Jimmy is a great coach so there’s no doubt in my mind his team will win very soon”.

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