Wolfe Happy To Get His Chance

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For Siena freshman Michael Wolfe, the preseason has been one with a certain degree of uncertainty. For the slender 6-9 forward, there was some question whether he would be suiting up for the Saints this season, or be classified as a red shirt in order to allow for further development. In the end, head coach Jimmy Patsos and his staff, have opted to include Wolfe’s impressive athleticism and outside shooting ability with this season’s active roster.

Wolfe, who averaged 20 points and 9 rebounds for Georgetown Prep this past season was more than willing to accept whatever path his coaches chose for him. He saw the potential upside to either course, but was determined to keep working to be prepared for being called to action either sooner or later. Upon learning he would indeed play this season, Wolfe gave his thoughts on the decision.

“It was good to hear,” said Wolfe. “I was prepared to red-shirt. I talked to him (Patsos) about it a couple times. If I had red-shirted it would have been for the best, with an extra year to develop. But, I just wanted to work as hard as I could every practice and prove that I could play this year. If I didn’t that was their decision. I’m glad they have a lot of confidence in me and my ability to contribute this year.”

On the younger side on the range for his grade, Wolfe surely has developing to do physically. However, his athleticism is far ahead of the curve with an ability to run the floor and attack the rim. His high-flying dunking displays are sure to electrify a fan base starving for excitement. Now, knowing his career as a Saint is about to begin, Wolfe talked about the anticipation of this week’s season-opener vs. UAlbany.

“I’m just looking forward to that first game, the atmosphere, being able to step on the court for the first time and play in my first college game and just take off for a good season,” said Wolfe.

Early indications are that Wolfe, along with fellow freshmen Marquis Wright, Lavon Long, Javion Ogunyemi and Maurice White are sure to make their mark on this year’s team. He describes what fans can expect from the newest Siena Saints.

“I think we’ll have an immediate impact right now,” Wolfe said. “We’ve got a freshman point guard, two other freshmen starting, Lavon and Javion. Our impact is already there and I think as the season progresses and everyone gets more experience, we’ll see a lot more improvement. Maurice White is gonna step in once he’s healed from his groin. I think I can contribute right away. I think you’ll see a lot of what our future’s gonna look like.”

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