Local bball player returns to Siena Saints

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Troy native is back with the Siena Saints after spending the summer as a Boston Terrier.

Javion Ogunyemi suited up in the green and gold in the team’s first full team workout last week. Now he says he’s trying to find where he fits on the team once again.

“You know, it’s just a great feeling to be back,” he said.

It’s been a whirlwind few months for the junior. Ogunyemi transferred to Boston University after the school year.

“You know, I think it just helped me grow up when you spend 12 weeks somewhere,” he said. “It was my first time I’ve really spent that much time away from my family and my friends.”

But it wasn’t the right time for him to be away. Ogunyemi’s cousin was shot dead in his hometown of Troy while he was in Boston. He felt compelled to be there for his family, and so he did what few have done before him – he transferred back to Siena before ever suiting up for the Terriers.

“I think the main thing I was worried about was what everybody thought about me leaving and then wanting to come back,” he said.

“And to be honest, the thought of it was kind of weird at first when you think about it, but now that he’s back, it’s really like he never left,” junior forward Brett Bisping said.

But his teammates have helped to alleviate any fears.

“We’re happy to have him back,” Bisping said. “He’s obviously a great player. He’s part of the family.”

Ogunyemi will be forced to sit out the season due to NCAA transfer regulations if his waiver doesn’t clear. The school submitted an appeal to the NCAA last week.

“I just patiently wait every day,” he said. “I understand that if it doesn’t go through, it was my decision to leave and I’ll have to deal with the consequences. But if the waiver does go through, then I’ll be very excited to get on the court this year and help us try to win a MAAC Championship.”

Ogunyemi was the Saints most improved player last year. As a sophomore, he averaged about nine points and five rebounds per game. He grew into an expanded role after injuries forced both Bisping and Imoh Silas to use their red shirt years.

 

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