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Siena Basketball Completes Recruiting Class [VIDEO]

Courtesy Siena Athletics

It’s been a wild two months for the Siena men’s basketball team which included three staff changes, the transfer of guards Jonathan Breeden and Kyle Griffin and three late signings.

When the dust settled, Buonaguro and the Saints were left with the largest scholarship class in program history and a genuine excitement for the future of the program.

Head coach Mitch Buonaguro confirmed that Evan Hymes, a 5-9 point guard from Durham, N.C., and Marcus Hopper, a 6-8 forward from Queens, have completed admissions paperwork reserving their spot in the incoming recruiting class – which is now at 6 players.

“There’s a lot of positive energy surrounding the program,” Buonaguro said. “I’m excited about the nucleus of young talent we have with the six new recruits, and (sophomores) Rahk (Rakeem Brookins) and Trenity (Burdine).”

Hymes averaged 14 points, five assists and two steals per game this season for Kestrel Heights Charter School in Durham, N.C. He is expected to add much needed depth at the point guard position behind sophomore Rakeem Brookins.

Hymes grew up in the Capital Region, living in Clifton Park for six years before moving to Long Island at the age of 10, and ultimately relocating to North Carolina. He visited the Siena campus last month, and gave a verbal commitment shortly after his stay.

Hopper averaged 12 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 44 percent from 3-point range for Holy Cross High School in Queens as a senior.

Hopper and Hymes join late signee DeVonte Beard of Akron, Ohio, along with sharp-shooting Rob Poole, and imposing post men Lionel Gomis and Imoh Silas.

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