The Siena men's basketball program honored its senior class, and presented annual awards at the First Niagara Year-End Celebration April 25 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy.
With WRGB sports anchor Kelly O'Donnell serving as master of ceremonies, head coach Jimmy Patsos spoke to an excited audience, and all enjoyed highlight videos and heard from each of the program's two seniors, Davis Martens and O.D. Anosike.
Athletic Director John D'Argenio began the evening by presenting the Howard T. Tucker Award to Courtney Erickson for his contributions to Siena Basketball. Erickson is battling pancreatic and liver cancer and has been close to the program since the late 90's.
The Dan Cunha Defensive Player Award went to sophomore Imoh Silas. Silas was a disruptive force on the court, leading the team with 31 blocks.
The Billy Harrell Rebounder Award went to Anosike, who became just the second player in the last 40 years to lead the nation in rebounding in back-to-back seasons. He averaged 11.4 rebounds per game this season, and became just the third player in program history to break 1,000 career rebounds, finish second all-time with 1,076 boards.
Rob Poole was presented with the Jim Sullivan Most Improved Player Award. Poole averaged 11.8 points per game this season and he was seventh in the MAAC, shooting 40% from 3-point range and sixth with two 3-pointers per game.
Senior Davis Martens won the Rev. Benjamin Kuhn, O.F.M, Student Athlete Award. Martens carries a 3.36 GPA in economics after posting a 3.63 GPA this fall. For his efforts he was named to the MAAC All-Academic team this season. On the court, he finished his career playing his best basketball, averaging 11.2 points and shooting 57% from the field the last six games.
The presentation of awards concluded with Anosike earning the Doc Marcelle Most Valuable Player Award. Anosike was the heart and soul of this year's team. He was named to the NABC District 1 First Team and the MAAC Second Team after averaging a team-best 13.3 points and a Division I best 11.4 rebounds per game. He shot 50% from the field and averaged 37.1 minutes per game - the 10th most nationally. He was one of just 30 candidates nationally for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award which measures success in completion, the classroom, the community and an individual's character. He recently represented the United States against international competition in France.
After the awards were given out, Anosike and Martens spoke about their time at Siena, and Patsos concluded the evening with an entertaining talk about the state of the program.