Kinnon LaRose Commits To Siena

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According to multiple sources, 6-5 shooting guard Kinnon LaRose has verbally committed to Siena. Larose, from Ogdensburg Free Academy in Ogdensburg, NY will begin playing for Siena next season.

LaRose competed with the Albany City Rocks AAU program and is the 8th from that program to commit to a Division I school in 2015.

As a senior, LaRose is averaging 33.5 points, 9.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists  and 3.7 steals for OFA. In January, LaRose scored 51 points to lead Ogdensburg to a 102-53 boys basketball win over Salmon River on 19-for-25 shooting from the field (6 3-pointers). He broke the school record of 49 set by John Wright in 1952.

No doubt LaRose is a scorer. In  OFA’s 16 games this season, he has had a 51 point game, three  games in the 40’s, seven games in the 30’s, four in the 20’s and his lowest point total was 19. LaRose has tallied 11 double-doubles and two triple-doubles. He is shooting 42% from beyond the three-point line and 74% from 2-point range.

LaRose announced his commitment via Twitter stating, “I am very happy and thankful to announce my commitment to Coach Patsos and the coaches at Siena. I am very thankful to everyone who has helped me along the way including my family, friends coaches from OFA and coaches from the city rocks. I’m very blessed for this opportunity and just thankful to everyone who has helped me along the way. #GoSaints”

“I felt like Siena was just the best fit for me, academically and athletically,” LaRose told Siena beat writer Mark Singelais of the Albany Times Union. “I love what Coach (Jimmy) Patsos brought to the table and all the other coaches and the community around it. It really felt like it was a nice place to be and it would be like home.”

As a junior LaRose averaged 23 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals per game for the 23-2 Blue Devils who earned a  14-0 NAC Central Division title, a second straight Class B Championship and a New York State Final Four appearance where they dropped a 74-67 decision to eventual state champion Westhill. He was named the All-North Basketball MVP.

OFA Coach Mark Henry told the Ogdensburg Journal, “While Kinnon is a great pure shooter, it is his passing ability and court sense that amazes those who have watched him play the most. He plays with great poise, lets the game come to him and plays at his best in big games.”

LaRose joins 6-4 SG Nico Clareth of Baltimore, Md., 6-2 guard Kenny Wormley of Upper Marlboro, Md. and 6-8 PF Evan Fisher of Owing Mills, Md. in Siena’s incoming class.

LaRose also had an offer from Hartford and is reported to have recently been on an unofficial visit to Michigan.


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