LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -- A total of five Siena Basketball players -- three from the men's team and two from the women's squad -- have been named All-MAAC selections. Red-shirt junior forward Brett Bisping (First Team), junior forward Javion Ogunyemi (Second Team) and freshman guard Nico Clareth (All-Rookie Team) were the men's honorees, with sophomore guard Kollyns Scarbrough (Second Team) and freshman guard Jackie Benitez (All-Rookie Team) earning accolades on the women's side.
Bisping, Clareth and Benitez were each named unanimous selections to their respective teams. By virtue of being named a First Team All-MAAC selection, Bisping is eligible to be named the MAAC Player of the Year and both Clareth and Benitez will be on the ballot for their respective MAAC Rookie of the Year votes. The major award winners for each of those honors along with the men's and women's Coach of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Sixth Player of the Year awards will be announced during the MAAC Postseason Awards Show held in Albany at the Renaissance Hotel Ballroom Friday at 5 p.m. The show will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
A three-time MAAC Player of the Week, Bisping ranks eighth in the conference in scoring (15.8) and earlier this month became the 41st member of Siena Basketball's 1,000 Point Club. The Peoria, Ill. native leads the MAAC in both rebounding (10.4) and defensive rebounding (8.1) which ranks him 17th and ninth in the nation respectively. The Saints' first First Team All-MAAC selection since O.D. Anosike in 2012, Bisping has tallied 12 double-doubles and grabbed double-digits in rebounds 14 times this season, including a career-high 18 on five separate occasions.
A local product from nearby Troy, N.Y., Ogunyemi leads the MAAC and ranks 39th nationally averaging 2.1 blocks per game. His 15.1 points per game scoring average is 11th best in the conference, and he also ranks seventh in the MAAC in rebounding (6.3) and second in field goal percentage (.542). Ogunyemi closed out the regular season strong, averaging a team-high 18.9 points while shooting 58% from the field in nine games during the month of February.
Clareth has been named the MAAC's Rookie of the Week twice this season and was also tabbed the ECAC Rookie of the Week on Feb. 16. Despite coming off the bench for all but five of Siena's 31 games, the Baltimore, Md. product is averaging 13.1 points which is currently the fourth highest scoring average by a Siena freshman during the program's Division I era and fifth highest overall. Clareth has scored in double figures 21 times during his rookie campaign, highlighted by six 20-point performances.
A native of Jamaica, N.Y., Scarbrough ranks 10th in the MAAC in scoring averaging a team-high 11.8 points. She also stands second in the conference in steals (2.4) and fifth in free throw percentage (.786). Scarbrough has scored in double figures 22 times this season and led the Saints in scoring on 17 occasions.
Benitez leads all MAAC freshmen in scoring (10.3), steals (1.8) and three-pointers (52). A three-time MAAC Rookie of the Week, she leads the league shooting 84% from the free throw line. The Tobyhanna, Pa. product has reached double figures 13 times including a pair of 20-point performances, despite coming off the bench for all but two of Siena's first 30 games.
Both teams begin their quests for MAAC Championships later this week at the Times Union Center. The men are seeded third and will open tournament play in the quarterfinal round Saturday at 7 p.m. The Saints will play the winner of Thursday's 6/11 matchup between Manhattan and Marist. The women, who are the No. 7 seed, open against 10th seeded Rider in the First Round Thursday at 11:30 a.m.