Siena’s Javion Ogunyemi To Transfer

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Siena 6-8 sophomore big man Javion Ogunyemi has made the decision to transfer from Siena and will seek other opportunities following the spring semester.

“Javion said he wants a change of scenery and a new journey,” Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said. “We want him to be happy. He’s a good basketball player and a good person.”

Ogunyemi, from nearby Troy High School, began his career last season averaging 1.9 points and 1.83 rebounds per game. He appeared in 30 games, starting 4 and averaged 10.8 minutes. It was a difficult time for Ogunyemi who had suffered the loss of his mother to cancer just prior to his freshman year. He also battled an ankle injury suffered early in the season.

This season, Ogunyemi was Siena’s most improved playesr and one of the most improved in the MAAC. He was a steady, consistent presence starting 28 of 31 games while averaging 9.3 points, 4.77 rebounds and blocking 48 shots. This will be a significant loss to the Saints’ roster.

“I would like to thank Coach Patsos and the Siena family for giving me the opportunity to be part of a great basketball program the last two years,” Ogunyemi said. “I wish Coach Patsos and the team the best of luck in the upcoming seasons.”

As a senior at Troy High, Ogunyemi averaged 18 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game in leading them to a Section II Championship and New York State semifinal appearance. He was a three-time First Team Big 10, Section II Player of the Year.

Ogunyemi will be the fourth player to transfer from this year’s squad following Michael Wolfe and Patrick Cole who left midseason and Maurice White who announced his intention to transfer recently. That leaves the Saints with 7 returning scholarship players for next season from a team which finished the 2014-2015 season with a record of 11-20.

Senior Center Imoh Silas is expected to return after missing this season with a torn ACL. Forward Brett Bisping will also be back after missing most of this year following surgery to repair a dislocated toe. The Saints will count on the further development of freshman Willem Brandwijk to also help fill the void left by Ogunyemi’s departure.

As far as incoming recruits, Siena has already received Letters of Intent from 6-8 power forward Evan Fisher and 6-2 guard Kenny Wormley. They also recently reveived verbal commitments from 6-4 shooting guard Nico Clareth and 6-5 shooting guard Kinnon LaRose who are expected to sign when the signing period begins on April 15. That leaves Patsos with two remaining scholarships for next season.

According to Siena, Ogunyemi is leaving in good academic standing.

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