Siena announced today that Troy’s Javion Ogunyemi and Forestville, Md. native Stephan Jiggetts have returned their signed National Letters of Intent making official their commitments to enroll at Siena and play basketball for the Saints.
Ogunyemi, a 6-7, 210-pound forward, is the top prospect in New York’s Capital Region and a member of the Albany based City Rocks AAU program.
“Javion’s an outstanding big man who can play away from the basket, and can score,” Siena head coach Mitch Buonaguro said. “He plays on a very good high school team with an excellent coach. I’m really excited about his ability to come in and contribute in the front court.”
As a junior, Ogunyemi was a member of Troy High’s Class AA Section 2 final team. He was named a Times Union All-Area first team selection after averaging 12.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game last season.
Ogunyemi is a skilled forward who reportedly also received offers from Iowa State, Fordham, James Madison, Deleware, Rhode Island Holy Cross, Buffalo and Albany. He had also received interest from Clemson, Providence, Syracuse, Temple,Maryland, Virginia Tech, Florida and Wake Forest. He had recently narrowed his choices to Siena and James Madison, who are coached by former Siena point guard Matt Brady and his assistant and former Siena Head Coach Mike Deane.
Jiggetts is described as a 6-1, 205-pound guard who can play both the point and shooting guard spots. He led Bishop McNamara a suburban Washington, D.C powerhouse. in scoring last year with 15.8 points per game, earning second team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference honors.
Jiggetts who reportedly gave his verbal commitment in mid September while on a visit to Siena, was named on various sites as having offers from Jacksonville, UMBC, Mt St Mary’s, St Peter’s, Quinnipiac, Kennesaw St. North Dakota,Radford, and Robert Morris along with multiple others showing interest such as Illinois,George Mason, Lafayette, Yale, and DePaul. He was said to have a solid AAU season this summer playing for Ruff Riders and Team Takeover greatly increasing interest in him.
“Stephan adds a tremendous amount of versatility to our backcourt,” Buonaguro said. “We really like his ability to score, but he can also run a team. He’s from a very strong program, so we’re really excited about getting him.”