Feb. 17, 2012
When freshman forward Marcus Hopper chose Siena last June, he gave some of the usual reasons a high school senior might commit to a college.
He liked his new teammates, the closeness of the school to his home in Queens, and the fact the Saints had a winning program.
There was one other factor: Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro made a personal connection with Hopper's mother during their recruiting visit.
Hopper's mother, Michele Scott, is a Sept. 11 survivor. Scott, who is in the medical field, was working near the 50th floor of one of the towers when the planes hit.
Aware of this background, Buonaguro took Hopper and his mother to the New York State Museum to see the Sept. 11 exhibit.