More Praise For Rossiter

Two more accolades have now been added to the list for Siena Saints senior Ryan Rossiter. First, he has been chosen to the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 1 First Team.  The first team is made up of players from the MAAC and America East Conferences.  Players chosen are now eligible for the State Farm Coaches Division I All America Teams which will be announced during the Final Four on April 2nd at the NABC convention. He is joined on the first team by fellow MAAC players Mike Glover from Iona, Rider’s Justin Robinson and Fairfield’s Derek Needham.  Also on the first team from the America East is Boston University’s John Holland.


Another bit of recognition which may have significant impact on Ryan’s future plans is the fact that he has accepted an invitation to play in the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.  He was chosen as one of 64 of the best college seniors to play in this 4 day, 12 game event held in Portsmouth, Virginia which is attended by over 200 scouts, G.M.s and representatives including those from each of the NBA teams.  This showcase is an important event for those players looking to play professionally after their college careers.  He is the fifth Siena player to play in the P.I.T. in recent years following Alex Franklin, Kenny Hasbrouck, Edwin Ubiles and Antoine Jordan.  For the last 58 years Portsmouth has seen many players who went on to be NBA stars such as Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Rick Barry, Scottie Pippen, Tim Hardaway, Dennis Rodman, and John Stockton.


Congratulations to Ryan Rossiter for being recognized on such a high level.  Not bad for a kid whose abilities some doubted as a skinny freshman who then went on to become one of Siena’s all time greats.

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