ALBANY, N.Y. -- Siena Basketball junior forward Javion Ogunyemi and freshman guard Nico Clareth collected major MAAC honors at the conference's awards banquet at the Renaissance Hotel. Ogunyemi was tabbed the program's first-ever MAAC Defensive Player of the Year and Clareth was named the MAAC Sixth Player of the Year.
A local product from nearby Troy, N.Y., Ogunyemi was previously named a Second Team All-MAAC selection and tabbed Siena's Doc Marcelle co-MVP earlier this week. On the defensive end, he leads the MAAC and ranks 39th nationally averaging 2.1 blocks per contest and stands seventh in the conference averaging 6.3 rebounds. His 65 blocks are the 32nd highest total in the nation and the fourth most in program single-season history.
Oguynemi has been equally impressive on the offensive end this year where he ranks 11th in the MAAC in scoring (15.1) and second in field goal percentage (.542). He 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 is Siena's second MAAC Sixth Player of the Year, joining Clarence Jackson who won the award following the 2008-09 regular season. Previously named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team and honored with Siena's Newcomer Award earlier this week, the Baltimore, Md. product was a two-time MAAC Rookie of the Week and was heralded at the ECAC Rookie of the Week Feb. 16.
Despite coming off the bench for 26 of Siena's 31 regular season contests, Clareth 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. He has scored in double figures 21 times during his rookie campaign, highlighted by six 20-point performances. Clareth also ranks fourth in the MAAC averaging 1.5 steals.
Additionally, three Saints were named to the MAAC All-Academic Team which is reserved for student athletes who have at least reached sophomore standing and who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or better. Siena's MAAC All-Academic Team selections were redshirt junior Brett Bisping, junior Jimmy Merrill and sophomore Cameron Gottfried.
MAAC Regular Season Champion Monmouth was awarded the conference's three other major honors. King Rice was named The Rock MAAC Coach of the Year, Justin Robinson was tabbed MAAC Player of the Year and Micah Seaborn was awarded MAAC Rookie of the Year accolades.
The Saints begin their quest for a sixth MAAC Championship Saturday when third seeded Siena faces two-time defending champion and No. 6 seed Manhattan in a quarterfinals matchup at the Times Union Center at 7 p.m.