Siena Saints forward Javion Ogunyemi has been granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA in his return to the program, per Raphielle Johnson of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk.
The junior from Troy, New York, just across the river from Siena’s campus in the Albany suburb of Loudonville, originally planned to transfer to Boston University after averaging 9.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for the Saints last season. However, after just a short time at BU, Ogunyemi’s cousin tragically passed and he returned home.
Given how he never suited up for BU and was just returning to the program he played for originally, it only makes sense that the NCAA grant him immediate eligibility since he never really left.
This is great news for Siena, who needs all the frontcourt depth it can get as it looks to rebound in the MAAC. Ogunyemi has size at 6-foot-8, 239 pounds and should see an improvement in his overall numbers if he is the focal point of the interior game. Siena hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament since 2010 and is 31-38 (18-22 MAAC) under coach Jimmy Patsos, so here’s hoping that Ogunyemi’s return can help the team take a step forward after going 11-20 (7-13 MAAC) last season.
Siena opens the season against the defending champion Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 13.
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