Sad news coming out of Loudenville as juniors Thomas Huerter Jr and Khalil Richard intend to transfer away from the Siena Men's Basketball team. This comes on the heels of a surprisingly successful first season for head coach Jamion Christian. Not surprising that the team played well under Christian but surprising how fast the team clicked. The preseason rankings had Siena picked to finish last in the MAAC but the team was able to finish in a tie for second and won a Quarterfinal game over Rider.

Siena explains the transfer requests in their press release:

 Siena Basketball juniors Thomas Huerter, Jr. and Khalil Richard have announced their intentions to transfer out of the program. The duo have asked for and been granted their releases.

A native of nearby Clifton Park, New York, Huerter, Jr. is on track to graduate early this summer with his undergraduate degree in management. He appeared in 60 career games with the Saints including six starts, and averaged 1.6 points and 1.7 rebounds over 11.4 minutes. Huerter, Jr. saw action in 23 contests averaging 7.7 minutes this season.

I absolutely loved coaching Thomas,” said head coach Jamion Christian. “Just a special person with a real passion to make our team better. He will use his ability to graduate early because he has been an exceptional student and done everything the right way. We will miss him greatly, but he will always be a huge part of our Siena family.”

Richard missed the entirety of the 2018-19 season after suffering a preseason injury. The Baltimore, Maryland product saw action in 59 games including 17 starts during his time with the Saints. Richard averaged 6.4 points over 18.0 minutes spanning his Siena career.

“We wish Khalil the very best,” commented Christian. “Such a talented player and person. He will make an impact on someone’s program right away. Someone is going to get a great player with two seasons remaining.”

Huerter, Jr. and Richard are both currently in good academic standing. Huerter, Jr. has one year of eligibility remaining, while Richard has two.

We here at 104.5 The Team wish both players well and look forward to continued growth and success from Coach Christian and the Siena Saints!