Former Siena Hoops Star Gets NBA Contract
It has been a long and tough journey for Edwin Ubiles, but all of his patience and hard work is finally starting to pay off. Nearly two years after the final game of his illustrious college career with Siena, the 6-foot-6 player out of Poughkeepsie has signed a partially-guaranteed contract with the Golden State Warriors.
After the end of the 2008-09 season, Edwin Ubiles was projected as a potential NBA Draft pick. As part of arguably one of the best all-around teams in the history of Siena men's basketball, Ubiles averaged 15 points and 5 rebounds en route to a 2nd consecutive MAAC Title and a first-round upset of Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament.
During his senior year in the 2009-10 season, Ubiles had a few setbacks with a combination of injuries, yet still averaged 15 points with 4 rebounds. But after the season ended, a leg injury developed into a stress fracture that required surgery and rehab, effectively killing his NBA Draft prospects.
When asked about his client's agreement, Edwin's agent Cervando Tejeda stated, "It's a partially guaranteed deal that gets him into camp. But Edwin sees himself there for the whole year."
Ubiles has been having an eventful 2011, which includes helping the Puerto Rican national team win the gold medal at the Pan-American Games this summer. Since then, Ubiles took advantage of his momentum by averaging 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in 4 games with the Dakota Wizards of the NBA D-League.
Edwin is now the second former Siena player to make it to the NBA, preceded by former teammate Kenny Hasbrouck, who was on the roster for the Miami Heat in 2010 without appearing in a single game.