By Tom Benoit
August 19, 2013 10:36 PM

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Former Siena Saint, Ryan Rossiter is heading to Japan where he will play for Tochigi Brex of the National Basketball League (NBL). The team formerly competed in the Japan Basketball League (JBL) where they finished with a record of 13-29 in 2013. In June of 2012 the Japan Basketball Association announced its intention to replace the JBL with the new National Basketball League (NBL) as the top professional league in Japan.

“I’m very excited to start my new season in Japan, I will be playing for Tochigi Brex,” said Rossiter. “I spoke to their point guard (Yuta Tabuse) who played in the NBA and D-League a bit and he has been with the team and really sold me on the situation.”

Rossiter who leaves on Tuesday to begin his new journey, is prepared as he takes his game to a new country.

“Management has been extremely helpful and knowledgeable with any concern I may have had,” Rossiter said. “I don’t know too much about the league or team but from what I do know the city really cares about the team and supports them all season. I’m looking forward to getting back on the court for another season”.

Rossiter is coming off his second professional year where he spent the 2012-13 season playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ affiliate, Canton Charge of the NBA Developmental League. He averaged 6.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and .8 assists per game over 46 games. In his first year as a pro, Rossiter played for Denain ASC Voltaire of the French LNB league in 2011-2012, where in 34 games he averaged 13.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

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 Rossiter was named to the AP All-American Honorable Mention team. His strong scoring and rebounding abilities led to an impressive 47 double-doubles over the course of his junior and senior seasons. Rossiter finished his career with the best career (1151) and single season (408) rebounding marks in Siena history. He also ranks 10th all-time in points with 1,457 on his career.

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