April 13, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - The Siena Men's Basketball program officially welcomed its newest member Friday. Ryan Oliver, a 6-5 shooting guard from Inglewood, Calif., signed a National Letter of Intent to enroll at Siena College this fall. Oliver joins Richard Audu and Brett Bisping, who previously signed NLI's during the early signing period in November, to comprise the Siena Basketball Class of 2016.
"I knew where I wanted to go, how the visit went and I knew where I felt comfortable," Oliver said in a phone interview with the Albany Times Union recently. "The relationship I built with the (Siena) coaching staff was outstanding. I wanted to commit."
Oliver spent the 2011-12 season at the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. He averaged just shy of 14 points per game, and shot 42.3% (82-194) from three-point range while adding 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per contest. The squad went 29-6 on the season, and won the New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) AAA Championship.
"We're very excited to add Ryan to our program," said head coach Mitch Buonaguro. "He epitomizes what we look for in all our student athletes: An ability to excel on the court and in the classroom, while also making a positive impact in the Siena College Community."
Oliver's profile on ESPN's recruiting website describes him as an extremely explosive offensive player: "Oliver has an ideal frame and good athleticism for the scoring guard position. He has that scorer's mentality and is an outstanding shooter. He can be deadly hitting pull-ups or slashing his way to the basket in transition. He has 3-point range on his shot."
Prior to attending Northfield Mount Hermon, Oliver played high school ball at Loyola High School (Calif.), where one of his assistant coaches was former Siena standout Geoff Walker '97.
Oliver was also considering fellow MAAC member Fairfield. Northfield Mount Hermon head coach John Carroll also mentioned over a dozen other schools that had offered scholarships, including Hofstra, Delaware, Hartford, UC-Irvine, UC-Riverside, and Bradley.
"We expect Ryan to improve our three-point shooting," added Buonaguro. "I look forward to coaching him for the next four years and developing him both as a student and as an athlete."
The Saints have one more scholarship available for the 2012-13 season if the program desires to use it.