The Siena Saints surprised pretty much everyone back in 2013-14 with their miraculous run through the CBI Tournament, which they won over Fresno State. Their strong play put the nation on notice, and led to some lofty expectations for the team in 2014-15.
Those expectations, the Saints would not come close to meeting.
Injuries derailed any chances the Saints had at contending for the MAAC title, and defending their CBI title in the process. At season’s end, it was announced that sophomore forward Javion Ogunyemi was transferring from the program, which was another blow to the Saints.
After some time exploring his options, Ogunyemi announced his decision on Tuesday evening. He will be taking his talents to Boston University, where he will don a Terriers jersey for the remainder of his NCAA career.
Ogunyemi is a 6’8”, 239-pound forward out of Troy, New York with a ton of potential and upside on the court. Last season at Siena, the sophomore averaged 9.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game while playing just shy of 27 minutes per contest.
In Ogunyemi, the Terriers get a post player who has the size and ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor. On offense, Ogunyemi is an effective shooter from the field, evident by his 54.6% shooting from the field in 2014-15. On defense, he is a strong shot blocker who will challenge opposing big men at the rim.
He will be required to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations, but will be eligible come the 2016-17 season. If guards Cedric Hankerson and Eric Fanning stay at Boston for their senior seasons in 2016-17, the addition of Ogunyemi to the mix will likely make the Terriers one of the top contenders in the Patriot League that season.