Hymes Named Siena Men’s Rookie of the Year

Evan Hymes added another honor to his collection when he was named Siena’s male Rookie of the Year at today’s All-Sport Celebration held at the Marcelle Athletic Complex.

The award should come as no surprise. Hymes is coming off a stellar freshman campaign in which he scored 415 points, 13.4 per game, the second highest total in school history. Hymes also led the team in assists with a 3.7 per game average.

Hymes was signed as a backup to Saints point guard Rakeem Brookens. The Saints had not watched Hymes in person prior to the signing, but were referred to him by an assistant coach on the staff of MAAC foe St Peter’s. The signing proved to be one of the best and biggest surprises of the 2011 recruiting class as Brookens went down in the preseason with a back injury that cost him the entire season, forcing Hymes into the starting role.

Hymes electric speed and intense competitive nature made him a quick fan favorite. Some of his season highlights included a 30 point performance against Mount St Mary’s and a phenomenal block at the Mass Mutual Center versus UMass.

Hymes suffered a knee injury in the season finale versus Canisius, but came back a week later to help propel the Saints past a favored Manhattan squad in an overtime thriller in the MAAC Tournament quarterfinals.

Prior to today’s award Hymes had already received recognition for his season by earning Freshman Mid-Major All-American and All-MAAC Rookie Team honors.

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