As Siena celebrates another Senior Night on Friday, it is perhaps fitting that OD Anosike will be the only player to be recognized in the pregame ceremony. While he stands as one of many in a long line of Siena greats, his unique legacy is worthy of special recognition.
In a time when too often college players are known for their one-and-done seasons, transfers, qualifying issues and off the court problems, OD has been a rock, dependable, someone you can count on, look up to and admire.
No question, his basketball resume is impressive. He began his career as a freshman, averaging 12.1 minutes and shooting 51% from the field for a Saints team that won the MAAC Championship and challenged Purdue in the NCAA Tournament. For Anosike, the years since then have flown by.
“They went by really quick.” said Anosike. “Just a couple years ago playing alongside great players like Franklin, Rossiter and Ronald. Now I’m the captain of the team, leader of the team. Guys look to me for the leadership.”
As he steps on the floor of the Times Union Center for the last time, his accomplishments since that time are many.
He is currently tied for second all- time in career rebounds (1,037) at Siena and 27th in career scoring (1,189). His 44 career double-doubles are second most in school history. Last season he led the nation in rebounding (12.5 rpg.), the first at Siena ever to do so. OD is a virtual double-double machine. His 23 double-doubles as a junior were the most in program history and second most in the country. His streak of 17 consecutive double-doubles during last season was the longest in program history and second longest in Division I the last 15 years. After such a great year, Anosike was named to the First Team All-MAAC, First Team NABC All-District, Lou Henson All-American Team, NABC Honors Court and featured in the NCAA Final Four Program.
Currently, OD is one of just seven active DI student athletes with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, and one of just three Saints and nine MAAC players to reach both milestones. Currently just .1 behind the top spot in the country, he could become just the second back-to-back rebounding champ since 1973 (Paul Millsap – La. Tech – 2003-06). Anosike has posted 62 double-digit scoring games and 52 double-digit rebounding games in his career.
OD has drawn the attention of NBA and overseas scouts and will certainly have the opportunity to continue his basketball career beyond Loudonville. But, he will truly miss those who support the green and gold and despite a disappointing season he hopes to leave fans with a strong finish.
“The Siena fans are people that I’ve been impressed with since I got here. Following such a great school, it has really blown me away. To give back to people who have been so great to me over my career would be great.”
Despite all of this, to speak only of his abilities on the court would be leaving out a big part of that makes OD special. As a true student-athlete, his stats are equally as impressive. OD carries a 3.36 GPA in economics. He posted a 3.7 GPA as a junior and a 3.66 GPA in 18 credits this fall. As incredible, is the manner in which he represents himself and Siena College. Always polite, respectful and gracious to all around him, one can not help but wish him well. His character and work ethic have led to a friendship with legendary NFL football coach Bill Parcells. Whether leading the team at countless community events, or lending his support to the victims of the tragic Northway accident, OD las been a leader and a role model who has left a lasting legacy.
“When I came here at Siena the thing I wanted to do was leave my mark. ” said Anosike. “Not only leave my mark, but leave a positive mark. I think I’ve done that both on and off the court. I tried to excel in the classroom and do the best I can on the court.”
Note: Along with Anosike, senior team managers Jess Reinhardt, Michael McCabe and Joe Watroba will be honored for their contributions to Siena Basketball.
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