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Maurice White Transferring From Siena
- Updated: March 19, 2015
Siena sophomore Maurice White has informed coach Jimmy Patsos that he will transfer from Siena following the spring semester. He let Patsos know of his decision earlier this week.
“I had a great experience at Siena,” White said. “I loved my coaches and professors, and really appreciate all the support I was given in my two years here. I just want to go somewhere that will give me an opportunity to play more basketball so I can continue to chase my dreams.”
White, a 6-4 guard from Baltimore, appeared in 61 games in his first two seasons at Siena starting 7 games. He averaged 3.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 11.5 minutes per game. White is the second Baltimore area recruit from the sophomore class to transfer as Michael Wolfe left earlier in the season. Patrick Cole, a transfer RS-sophomore from Newark, NJ also left Siena at the beginning of this season after just 7 games.
Patsos told CollegeInsider in an interview earlier today that he was, “taking inventory of the whole Siena basketball program”, in trying to get back to winning. He spoke of recruiting in different cities including Baltimore, Washington and New York. White’s departure leaves Patsos with another available scholarship for the upcoming season.
White started his career off with a bang scoring a game-high 17 points, hitting 11-14 free throws, in his debut against cross-town rival UAlbany.
White was unable this season to break into the playing group consistently averaging just 9.8 minutes per game despite the injuries to the Saints’ roster. While effective as an aggressive defender, he struggled on the offensive end shooting just 14-75 (18.7%) from the field. He had 5 assists on 19 turnovers.
“Maurice is a great person,” Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said. “Obviously, we wish things would have worked out for him at Siena, but I respect his decision and wish him nothing but the best.”
White is said to be in good academic standing at Siena.