A new and improved Nico Clareth back for Siena

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A sophomore powerhouse returns to the Siena College basketball court after knee surgery.

Nico Clareth electrified crowds at the Times Union Center with his big play ability last season. He was named the MAAC Sixth Man of the Year as a freshman.

Although he underwent off season knee surgery, the sophomore spark plug is back.

“He’s playing,” head coach Jimmy Patsos said.

It’s hard not to notice Clareth on the basketball court. And not just for his talent but also for his personality as well.

“My new house looks good,” Clareth said. “I like what they did with the furniture.”

Clareth had been sidelined since June after having surgery on his right knee.

“I’d say 80 percent, and I’m still getting buckets,” he said about his current health. “So 100 percent should be fun.”

It should be a lot more fun than sitting on the bench. Although, Clareth admits it wasn’t for nothing.

“I learned a lot this summer just sitting down and studying the game of basketball,” he said. “You get another perspective just sitting back and watching everything.”

So with a rehabilitated knee and new found knowledge of the game, Clareth said he’s ready to go.

“I love basketball more than anything, so to play is everything,” he said. “I have high expectations, as I always do, for myself and I can’t wait.”

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