Jan. 31, 2012
Junior OD Anosike and senior Cristina Centeno have been awarded Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month honors for the month of December. The two basketball standouts have each made history this year while also embodying the term 'student athlete.'
Anosike has emerged as one of the most dominant players in the MAAC. He leads Division I with 12.9 rebounds per game, and has recorded 17 straight double-doubles, tying NBA great Tim Duncan's second-longest such streak in Division I in the last 15 years. Anosike has also shined in the classroom, posting a 3.12 cumulative GPA and an exceptional 3.75 mark for classes taken this past fall.
Meanwhile, Centeno became just the 12th player in Siena women's basketball history to total 300 career assists earlier this year. A Preseason All-MAAC Second Team selection, she's averaged 11.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and a team-high 3.8 assists per game through 19 contests. Off the court, Centeno has posted a 3.38 cumulative GPA while majoring in Management.
The Leo Dufort Student-Athlete of the Month Award is presented nine times annually (September-May) throughout the academic year. The award recognizes exemplary achievements in both academics and athletics. The late Leo Dufort received a B.S. in marketing and management from Siena in August of 1977. His entire academic career was completed on a part-time basis beginning in the spring of 1961, as a married adult while at the same time raising five children. He passed away suddenly of a heart attack while cross country skiing in February of 1993. His wife Jeanine wanted to do something to immortalize his memory. The original plaque was donated to athletics and the department began the Leo Dufort Student-Athlete of the Month Award to help carry out his legacy. Dufort graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1954, was a Navy Veteran (USS Bennington) who worked for JL Hammett Co. at the time of his death.