Photos from Siena's season-opening game against Vermont at Times Union Center
GENERAL: Walk-on...Adds depth to backcourt...Serves valuable role in practice...Great attitude and a fan favorite.
2012-13: Logged six minutes in four games played...Made both his field goal attempts, scoring four points on season.
2011-12: Appeared in six games...Made two free throws in loss at Manhattan (1/14).
2010-11: Appeared in two games...Drained a three-pointer in MAAC Tournament game against Iona (3/5).
BEFORE SIENA: All CHSAA Division selection as a senior...LaSalle Academy Team MVP as a sophomore and senior...Co-captain as a junior and senior...Received the 5-star Basketball Camp "Play Maker" Award...Three-time 5-star Orange and White Classic All Star.
PERSONAL: Comes from a small family and is chasing his dream to play for a Division I school...Shortest player in Siena basketball history...Hopes to earn his master's degree at Siena through the 5-year accounting program and gain internship experience with a major firm...Enjoys to swim and draw...Chose Siena because of the individual attention from faculty and the Franciscan ideals...Active volunteer in New York City.
THE CRUZ FILE Nickname: Spanish Mamba Major: Marketing/Accounting Twitter handle: @sdotcruz What I like most about Siena College: My fellow students and the professors What I like most about Siena basketball: The fans Another Siena sport I follow: Men's lacrosse My goal for the upcoming season: Win the MAAC Championship and be Player of the Year My hobbies: Doing the salsa around campus Three words that describe me: Tall, masculine, fearless If I could have any pet, I would have: A giraffe Future plans: To become a CPA Favorite vacation spot: Dominican Republic Favorite sports team: Los Angeles Lakers Favorite phone app: Bible Favorite movie: Dirty Dancing Favorite food:Pastelitos de queso
Class at Siena: Finance Spot on Campus: My room Professional Athlete: Ryan Rossiter Pro Sports Team: Lakers Announcer: Andrew Champagne IPhone App: I have a beeper and use the pay phone