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Siena Receives NLI’s From Three Future Saints

 

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Siena announced on Wednesday that it had received signed letters of intent from Sammy Friday, Khalil Richard and Jonathan Joseph for the incoming recruiting class. Friday and Richard come in as freshmen while Joseph will transfer in with two years of eligibility remaining.

Thomas Huerter will also join the Saints however his arrival has not been announced officially. He will likely begin his  career as a walk-on unless a scholarship becomes available should a departure of another existing scholarship player occur.

Here is the full release:

Siena Basketball Head Coach Jimmy Patsos has announced the addition of three student athletes who will join the 2016-17 Saints. Freshmen Sammy Friday and Khalil Richard and junior college transfer Jonathan Joseph have all returned their National Letters of Intent and will enroll at Siena College this fall.

A 6’8” forward from Jersey City, N.J., Friday spent a postgraduate year this past season at St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, R.I. where he averaged 12 points and eight rebounds in leading the Saints to a 21-10 record. Friday previously played for one of the top high school programs in New Jersey in Hudson Catholic, where he averaged 10 points. 7.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in helping lead the Hawks to a Hudson County Tournament Title his senior year. An honor student at Hudson Catholic, Friday played his AAU basketball for NJ Playaz. His younger brother, Tyler, is a highly touted football defensive end at Don Bosco Prep.

“We are very excited to have Sammy Friday join the Siena Basketball program” noted Patsos. “He’s a late bloomer with a big upside. He’s well coached and is a traditional back to the basket inside player with strong post moves. He attended a really good high school and prep school and we’re excited to get him.”

A native of Baltimore, Md., Richard is a 6’1” combo guard who excelled at St. Frances Academy. An honor roll student, he averaged 12.9 points, 3.0 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals while shooting 44.7% (55-123) from three-point range in being tabbed an All-Baltimore Catholic League Honorable Mention following his junior year. Rated as the 76th best player at his position in his class by ESPN, Richard played for both the Maryland 3D and Baltimore Elite AAU squads where he was a teammate of current Saints Nico Clareth and Evan Fisher.

“Khalil is an explosive combo guard who can really score the ball,” said Patsos. “Unfortunately he wasn’t able to play this year, so this summer will be very important for him.”

Joseph joins the Saints after spending this past season at Dodge County Community College in Kansas and will have two years of eligibility remaining. A 6’5” guard from Orlando, Fla, he played in all 31 games (29 starts) this year for the Conquistadors, averaging 7.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 54% from the field in 19.2 minutes. Joseph helped guide Dodge City to a 22-9 record including a 13-6 mark in the highly competitive Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, which is historically one of the top junior college conferences in the country. Joseph spent his freshman year at Division I Stetson University in his native Florida, where he appeared in 15 games (two starts), averaging 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14.5 minutes of action during the 2014-15 season. Joseph played his high school basketball at Orlando Christian Prep, which he led to a 30-1 record and a 2A State Championship as a senior and a 22-8 mark as a junior when the Warriors finished the season ranked 24th nationally by USA Today. Joseph was ranked by Scouts as the 68th best player at his position in his class coming out of high school.

“Jonathan is a very good athlete and a strong defensive player,” commented Patsos. “He played in the highly competitive Jayhawk League, which is historically the top junior college league in the country. He knows what it’s like to play at a Division I program, and we are looking for him to give us athleticism and be a strong defender at the guard spot.”

The three newest Saints join a Siena Basketball program on the rise which achieved a 10-win improvement this season which was tied for the 12th best nationally. The Saints are expected to return their top-five scorers and nearly 88% of their offense from a squad which won 21 games and was rewarded with a national postseason tournament berth in the College Basketball Invitational.

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