Troy native Javion Ogunyemi eligible to play this season

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Siena College announced on Friday that based on new information, Javion Ogunyemi is immediately eligible for competition this season.

The Compliance Office has been working with the NCAA on his case since August.

“I’m happy for Javion,” Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said. “He’s a great person, and he’s been through a lot. He deserves some good news. Obviously, we’re thrilled to have him back, and I know our fans will be thrilled to see him on the court.”

Ogunyemi averaged 9.3 points and 4.8 rebounds for Siena last season and was one of just four players to appear in all 31 games, making 28 starts. He finished second in the conference in field goal percentage (54.6%), and was honored as Siena’s Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month in December.

Ogunyemi transferred to Boston University following the spring semester, but decided to reenroll at Siena in the fall. Ogunyemi attended classes at Boston University over the summer, and participated in team workouts.

Ogunyemi is expected to team with red-shirt senior Imoh Silas and red-shirt junior Brett Bisping to give Siena one of the most formidable frontlines in the MAAC. Silas missed all of last season after tearing his ACL, and Bisping missed the final 25 games after injuring his toe.

Ogunyemi and the Saints host Indiana University of Pennsylvania in a preseason exhibition game Monday night at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Recreation Center.

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