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Update On Nico Clareth

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Updated on 2/3/17:

During media availability on Friday 2/3, Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said that he had met with Clareth and that there was no change in his status.  Clareth is in school and working out in his own while remaining on an indefinite leave of absence from the team. No decision has been made regarding a possible return.

Originally published in 1/25/17

Siena sophomore Nico Clareth remains on an indefinite leave of absence from the team as originally announced on January 14th.  While no final determination has been made regarding any possible return, Clareth is on campus and attending classes.

In an interview with Rodger Wyland on 104.5 The Team on Tuesday morning, Siena coach Jimmy Patsos would not comment directly as to when or if Clareth would be back but did have this to say, “He’s doing well. He’s in school. He’s doing fine. He finished a Habitat for Humanity project and did great on it. I’m proud of him for that. He’s doing his thing. He’s part of our family. He’s getting his own stuff together and that’s fine. He’s a good guy.”

Later Tuesday afternoon, while speaking to the local media after practice, Patsos said he would be having a regrouping conversation with Clareth on Feb  2. He did not give an indication what would likely come from that meeting.

It has been an up and down season for Clareth who was recovering from off season surgery to deal with a tendinitis issue in his knee. Appearing in 13 games, starting five, Clareth was averaging 12.4 points per game prior to his leave of absence.

Clareth had served a three game suspension earlier in the season for an undisclosed violation of athletic department rules.

The Saints have won 5 of their last 6 games and 3 of 4 during Clareth’a absence. Still, a highly talented player, when on the right track, Clareth has a lot to offer. He scored a career high 33 points off the bench in Siena’s MAAC opener against Fairfield on Dec  3.

Clareth had a sensational season last year in which he set the all time scoring record (447) for a Siena freshman. As a result he was named the MAAC Sixth Man of the Year for 2015-2016.

 

 

 

 

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