LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Siena Basketball senior guard Ryan Oliver and women’s sophomore guard Kollyns Scarbrough have been selected as Siena College’s Leo Dufort Student Athletes of the Month representing December. The duo is being honored for their combined success both on the court and in the classroom.
A native of Inglewood, Calif., Oliver has appeared in 105 career games including 23 starts at the time of release. The veteran sharpshooter has canned 107 three-points over his career, shooting 35.1% from distance. Oliver has appeared in all 20 games to date this season, making eight starts and averaging 6.3 points while shooting 34.9% from three-point range. A marketing major, Oliver currently posted a 2.94 GPA during the most recent fall semester.
Scarbrough has enjoyed a breakout season for the women’s team, nearly doubling her scoring average from last season. The Jamaica, N.Y. product currently ranks sixth in the MAAC in scoring (13.0), second in steals (2.5) and fifth in free-throw percentage (.807). Named to the Navy Classic All-Tournament Team Nov. 28, she has scored in double figures 16 times in the Saints’ first 20 games while leading the team in scoring 14 teams. In the classroom, Scarbrough possesses a 3.32 cumulative GPA as a psychology major. She was named to the MAAC Academic Honor Roll last summer.
The Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month Award is presented nine times annually (September-May) throughout the academic year. The award recognizes exemplary achievements in both academics and athletics. The late Leo Dufort received a B.S. in marketing and management from Siena in August of 1977. His entire academic career was completed on a part-time basis beginning in the spring of 1961, as a married adult while at the same time raising five children. He passed away suddenly of a heart attack while cross country skiing in February of 1993. His wife Jeanine wanted to do something to immortalize his memory. The original plaque was donated to athletics and the department began the Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month Award to help carry out his legacy. Dufort graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1954, was a Navy Veteran (USS Bennington) who worked for JL Hammett Co. at the time of his death.