OD and Old School Poole Earn MAAC Honors

Siena players earned both the MAAC Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors together for the first time this season. Od Anoskie earned his second POW honor of the season, while Rob Poole earned his first ROW, Siena’s fourth.

Od Anosike continues to elevate his game. He leads the nation in rebounding with 12.9 per game and has now run his streak of double-doubles to 17 straight which ties Tim Duncan’s run, the second longest in D1 over the last 15 years. He has been just dominant and despite being double and triple teamed averaged 20 points and 15 rebounds in MAAC games this week against Iona (17/15), Marist (21/12) and Rider (22/16).

Rob Poole continues to impress as well. While highly touted as a shooter coming into college, he has proven to be more than just a one dimensional player. In the three MAAC games this week he averaged 11.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He played a key role in the win over Iona, with 14 points and 6 assists and was clutch down the stretch. Coach Mitch Buonaguro had this to say about his performance,” It was Rob Poole’s best game. Poole played phenomenal. He played like the kind a recruit I thought he would be.  He was an impact player not only on his shooting and his points but 6 assists. The play of the game I thought was when he drove to the middle and Iona collapsed. He made a pass right on the money to Downey for the three. Poole emerged tonight”.

 He also had a solid game against Marist, with another career high 15 points on 5-10 shooting, and in the loss to Rider he had 6 points with 3 rebounds and 5 assists. His all around play has turned him into a crowd favorite amongst the Siena faithful. His solid shooting form combined with his hustle and free spirit causes fans to respond to his play with great enthusiasm. He appears to found his comfort level, as evidenced by his post game comments after the game against Marist where he stated that he didn’t get nervous until he had to shoot the free throws to earn the fans tacos.

 Mitch does not seem surprised that Poole can do more than shoot. “When I recruited him I expected those kinds of numbers. He can rebound, he’s 6-6. He’s a very cerebral player.  He’s got that quality, that kind of “old school”. He’s the kind of player if you’re an old school guy like I am you know, I really like players like him. He does a lot for you. His decision making, big shots, I thought he drove the ball well.  He played like an all league player.  He’s a freshman. I mean look at his numbers against the best team in the league.  He maybe came of age. He will probably have a lot more confidence”.

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