Rossiter Emerging in NBA Development League

Former Siena Saint Ryan Rossiter is proving once again that hard work pays off. He was drafted as the 3rd pick of the 2nd round, the 19th overall by the Canton Charge in the NBA Development League Draft, but at times has seen limited minutes as he is adjusting to the new league. After even spending a couple games in early January on the inactive list, Rossiter is emerging as a solid contributor for the affiliate of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

With an injury to one of Canton’s leading scorers, former Syracuse Orangeman Arinze Onuaku, Rossiter has risen into the starting lineup over the last three games. In his third start of the season Saturday night, he posted his first career double-double with a team-high 19 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in 29 minutes in a 104-93 win over the Springfield Armor.

This followed a tough workman like performance the night before when he finished with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 blocked shot and 6 stitches in his 2nd start, a 93-88 loss to Springfield.

Rossiter is coming off of his first professional season playing for Denain ASC Voltaire of the French LNB league where in 34 games he averaged 13.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. So far this season he has averaged 4.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for Canton but as a starter over the last three games he posted a solid 13.67 and 8.33 per contest.

Following Saturday’s game, Charge Head Coach Alex Jensen spoke about Rossiter’s emergence over the last few games and about his performance.

“You always tell everybody that your time will come. I don’t know when it will come, but be ready and he is the epitome of that. Whether he was getting little minutes or a lot of minutes, he’s the same at practice every day. You know exactly what you’re going to get from Ryan which is a nice thing as a coach. He had a great game tonight.”

Here is Ryan’s postgame interview:



Ryan Rossiter played for the Siena Saints from 2007-2011. He was a three time MAAC champion, participated in 2 NCAA tournament wins over Vanderbilt and Ohio State, and won MAAC Player of the Year for his Senior season. His 13.2 rebounds per game average was second in the nation while his 18.7 point per game average was tops in the MAAC. For his efforts Ryan was named to the AP All-American Honorable Mention team. His strong scoring and rebounding abilities led Ryan to an impressive 47 double-doubles over the course of his Junior and Senior seasons. Ryan finished his career with the best career (1151) and single season (408) rebounding marks in Siena history. Ryan also ranks 10th all-time in points with 1,457 on his career. Rossiter will certainly be remembered as an all-time great Saint.

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