Nico Clareth will make return to Siena rotation Tuesday night. Sophomore had been on indefinite leave from team since mid-January. (Photo by Vincent Simone/NYC Buckets)
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- In the driver's seat for a first-round bye in next month's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament, Siena has given itself a shot in the arm for the upcoming stretch run, as sophomore guard Nico Clareth is set to make his return to the Saints' roster tonight at Iona.
Head coach Jimmy Patsos confirmed that Clareth, who had missed the previous seven games while on an indefinite leave of absence from the program, would play against the Gaels as Siena seeks to avenge a 77-66 loss to the reigning MAAC champions suffered on their home floor in Albany on January 27.
Clareth is averaging 12.4 points per game in 13 contests for Siena, who enters the Hynes Athletics Center at 10-14 on the year and 7-6 in MAAC play. As a freshman last season, he was instrumental in the Saints' 81-78 victory in New Rochelle last February, scoring 20 points off the bench in one of many outings that propelled him to Sixth Man of the Year honors in the MAAC a year ago.
He will come off the bench again tonight, as Siena will start Marquis Wright and Ahsante Shivers in the backcourt, with Lavon Long, Brett Bisping and Javion Ogunyemi up front.