By Tom Benoit
August 20, 2013 7:39 AM

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For Siena freshman Mike Wolfe, reaching his ultimate college choice was a bit of a process. A 6-9, 200 lb. forward from North Bethesda, Maryland, Wolfe had originally committed to play at Loyola. But as was the case with Maurice White, Marquis Wright and Lavon Long he was left with a decision to make following coach Jimmy Patsos’ move to Siena. As a young-for-his-grade, developing athlete, Wolfe considered whether to wait for a year before entering the college ranks.

“When I first heard he (Patsos) was coming up here I was first thinking of doing a fifth (prep) year because I was young for my class,” said Wolfe. “I had gotten calls from some other schools, from some bigger schools that said they would recruit me if I did a fifth year. But, my dad kept reminding me to just weigh all my options and at least take a look at Siena. I had a couple more official visits left so I came up”.

That visit along with his desire to play for Patsos led to his choice to become a Saint.

“Even though it’s relatively far away from home I thought it was a really good environment, the area,” Wolfe said. “I liked the school, the campus and all the people that were here. I still really like Coach Patsos and his coaching staff and his system which is what was attractive about Loyola in the first place.”

As a standout at Georgetown Prep, Wolfe showed a ton of potential out of his developing athletic frame. ESPN Analyst describes the 17 year old Wolfe this way:

“Strengths: He brings an athletic presence to the front-court with good size, length, and agility. He runs the floor well, has a cut upper body, and the frame to support more muscle mass once he enters a college weight program. He gets off his feet quickly to rebound, block shots”

Wolfe describes his own game.

“What I bring to the game is a lot of athleticism and energy,” said Wolfe. “I’m long. Defensively I cause problems. I can stretch the floor, I can shoot and I’m fast. I can go by a slower defender.”

Wolfe seems aware of his abilities and potential and is willing to put in the work to maximize his upside.

“At this point everything could use improvement,” describes Wolfe. “The main focus is, always work on my three-point shooting. It can always get better. But, also I could look to attack the rim more. So, ball-handling and just overall strength. That’s improving but that will be a time thing. I’m always in the weight room so I’ll see those improvements over the next couple months. I think I can contribute in a lot of ways. I’m still developing. I think when the package is all put together I can be really good.”

Although red-shirting for a year remains an option, Patsos likes what he sees so far from Wolfe in terms of his basketball IQ level, and his ability to play the stretch-four position

“Coming from Georgetown Prep, I think he’s a little extra prepared,” said Patsos. “I’d say he’s a little more advanced. He’s going to play a lot of four for us, because he can face up and shoot.”

Off the court Wolfe enjoyed his time during the summer session and is getting acclimated to life in Loudonville with his new teammates.

“I think in terms of off the court I have a pretty good personality,” describes Wolfe. “I’m a likable guy. I’m funny I guess. I really like it so far. Everyone’s been really open and friendly, all the staff and faculty. I’ve made a lot of new friends with some of the other residents I’m looking forward to the regular school year.”

Wolfe also likes the approach of his new coach.

“He’s funny but also he can be fiery at times,” said Wolfe about Patsos. “But, it’s not the typical screaming at your players. It’s enthusiasm and he wants you to get better. It’s motivational. He’s a really good person and he has a good personality. That’s a big reason why I came.”

As a developing Siena big man, Wolfe enjoyed the opportunity to spend time competing this summer with some of the former Siena greats on the court.

“I can tell they all had a really good work ethic because they’re really skilled players,” explained Wolfe. “They work hard all the time. Rossiter is always giving out tips. He had a lot of insight and advice to me.”

Now, Wolfe looks forward to the upcoming season and beginning his college career.

“Definitely the crowd’s going to be different,” Wolfe said. “The atmosphere. I’m just looking forward to playing in a college atmosphere for the first time and just getting a win.”

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