Siena’s Davis Martens Out For Season Following Hip Surgery
A week after learning that two incoming men’s basketball recruits will be ineligible this season, the Siena men’s basketball team got even more bad news today.
Junior forward Davis Martens will miss the entire 2011-12 season after undergoing hip surgery to repair a labrum tear on August 30th.
Martens is expected to return to the Saints for the 2012-13 season with two years of athletic eligibility remaining.
“We want Davis to have a full recovery, and rejoin the team at 100 percent,” head coach Mitch Buonaguro said. “The surgery was successful, which is obviously great news. He has such a promising future with our program, and we can’t wait to have him back on the floor next year.”
The labrum tear resulted from a congenital condition called Femoral Acetabular Impingement Syndrome.
“I’m going to do what I can to be there for the team, and support my teammates,” Martens said. “It’s disappointing, but I’m going to hit my rehab hard and hopefully return better than before.”
Martens will redshirt the 2011-12 season. He appeared in 30 of Siena’s 31 games as a sophomore last year, averaging 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
Martens isn’t the only member of the Siena basketball team that won’t suit up for the upcoming season. According to the Times Union, Siena is appealing a decision by the NCAA that would leave incoming African freshmen forwards Lionel Gomis and Imoh Silas ineligible to play this season.
According to the TU, The NCAA ruled them ineligible based on the amount of time both players spent in high school between Africa and the United States.
ESPN’s Andy Katz is reporting the NCAA has ruled that Gomis must sit out this season and then will have only one year of athletic eligibility.
So Gomis will only be able to play his sophomore year and then his collegiate career would be over.