Siena guard Rakeem Brookins, arrested earlier this month, no longer appears on Saints' roster. (Photo courtesy of the Albany Times Union)
Although no official announcement has been made, it appears that Jimmy Patsos' first team at Siena may not include Rakeem Brookins.
The sophomore guard, who was arrested eleven days ago in an off-campus incident shortly after Patsos was introduced as the Saints' new head coach, no longer appears as part of Siena's roster on the Saints' website. The Philadelphia native appeared in 20 games this past season under former coach Mitch Buonaguro, starting all but three of them, and was Siena's third-leading scorer, averaging 11.3 points per game in an 8-24 campaign that ended with a quarterfinal loss to Niagara in last month's MAAC Tournament.
Again, no announcement has officially been made by either Patsos or the school. However, Siena assistant athletic director for communications Jason Rich, who is also the men's basketball sports information director, addressed the situation by informing A Daly Dose Of Hoops that "the players you see listed on our roster are the players currently on the team."
In Patsos' first season at Siena after spending the previous nine at Loyola, the Saints' new coach returns most of last season's team for the 2013-14 campaign, but will lose former first team all-MAAC honoree O.D. Anosike to graduation next month as Siena attempts to return to their former perch among the elite programs in the MAAC. The Saints are only three seasons removed from winning their third consecutive conference championship, the culmination of arguably the most successful era in program history, one that produced two NCAA Tournament victories against Vanderbilt and Ohio State under former coach Fran McCaffery, who earlier this month guided the University of Iowa to the championship game of the National Invitation Tournament.
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