Opening Remains At Siena Following Jiggetts Decision


Just prior to the news on Thursday that Siena had received commitments from Lavon Long and Marquis Wright, word came down that Stephan Jiggetts, a 6-1 combo guard from Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville Md., who had originally committed to Siena last September, had chosen to de-commit to play for the Saints.

The news was in a way not a total surprise as Marcus Helton of D.C. area hoops website dmvelite.com had written that Jiggetts’ father Steve, who coached both his son and Wright with the Maryland Ruff Riders AAU team, had expressed concern about having both guards competing for playing time if they chose the same school. However at Siena’s year-end celebration Thursday night Siena coach Jimmy Patsos told local media he had spoken to Jiggetts Wednesday night and all seemed fine.

Seeking to clarify her son’s position, Jiggetts mother, Tenisha stated Friday morning via Twitter:

“Let me set the record straight… I (Love) Marquis. He followed HIS coach to Siena. Stephan’s coach was let go. It’s that simple. I (Love) my son Stephan! He decided it was in HIS best interest to de-commit from Siena. I am proud of his wise decision! A new chapter begins… “

So following a whirlwind of a day, Patsos is left with at least one scholarship to fill. Whether another becomes available is still unknown. Regarding two uncertainties involving current players, one question seemed to be answered by Patsos, and one remains. While some had questioned the status of Trenity Burdine and any connection he may have had with the incident involving Rakeem Brookins, Patsos seemed to clarify the issue somewhat by saying as far as he was concerned Burdine had a “clean slate”. However, Evan Hymes told reporters he is still undecided whether he will opt to transfer or not and that he plans to take his time making a decision.

Two possible candidates to fill a remaining scholarship opening are 6-8 forward Marko Pirovic who was in town earlier this week for a visit and Mike Wolfe, a 6-9 forward who will visit on May 2nd and 3rd. Both are Patsos’ former Loyola recruits who may join the other three, Long, Wright, and Maurice White who have all opted to play for the Saints. Stay Tuned…

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