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Nico Clareth To Take Indefinite Leave Of Absence

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According to an official release from Siena Athletics, Siena sophomore Nico Clareth is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team.

The official release coming early Saturday afternoon stated:

“Siena Basketball Vice President and Director of Athletics John D’Argenio has announced that sophomore guard Nico Clareth will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team. Although he remains eligible to play, there is no timetable for his return.”

Clareth has had a rough go of it this season after a sensational freshman year.  He was named the MAAC Sixth Man of the Year after breaking the Siena scoring record for a freshman.

Clareth had off-season knee surgery and has struggled to get back to form.

After Siena’s recent win over St. Peter’s, a game in which Clareth had knocked down a key basket down the stretch, he spoke about dealing with playing on the knee which had continued to bother him.

“I just thought to myself it’s game time. I’ve really been talking to our sports psychologist, (Dr.) Wally (Bzdell) and he said for the knee, once you step on the court, it’s time to play. Everything else has got to go out the window. Sometimes it might get tweaked but you can’t let that hurt you. Just keep playing. I’m ready to play no matter what.”.

Against Quinnipiac on Thursday night, Clareth played just three minutes in the Saints win.  Clareth was pulled back to the bench after being sent to check in. He was seen removing jewelry that he hadn’t removed prior to the game. Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said during postgame comments that Clareth was not ready to play and was not “all in” as a reason for his benching.

Clareth said he would meet with Patsos to discuss his situation and reportedly when  Clareth met with Patsos  they agreed he should step away from team.

Clareth served a three game suspension earlier this season for a violation of athletic department rules.

Mark Singelais of the Times Union, reported that D’Argenio said that “(Clareth) is taking some time away from all team activities to put his arms around everything he needs to be successful.”

D’Argenio said he wants Nico Clareth to return to the team. “He’ll know when he’s ready.” and that it has nothing to do with earlier suspension.

 

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