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Nico Clareth is Back

 

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Sophomore Nico Clareth who has been on a leave of absence since Jan. 14, has returned to the team and will play Tuesday night at Iona.

Clareth reportedly returned to practice on Monday and will return to the line up as the Saints head into the final stretch of the regular season.

The Saints were 4-3 during Clareth’s seven game absence. At his best, Clareth is a tremendous addition to the Siena attack.

This season had been a struggle for Clareth who had to deal with an ailing knee after offseason surgery.  He was suspended for three games early in the season for an undisclosed violation of athletic department rules.  Even when active for the Saints, he was often out of sync and could not find the success and swagger he had shown in a sensational freshman season a year ago.

Speaking on the Talk 1300 pregame show prior to facing Iona, head coach Jimmy Patsos spoke about Clareth’s return.

“We had a nice lunch on Sunday that was pre planned before the Super Bowl and I said it’s time, life’s short. What do you say you come on the trip. We talked about I’m the coach and he’s the player and he said, ‘I’m in I want to play’.

“He can do a lot of different things. His defense last year was better. He has to be mentally ready to play both sides of the court.”

To see how Nico did in his return and watch coach Patsos speak after the game about the decision to have him return, visit our recap: Siena Comes Together For Big Road Win At Iona

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