With Rakeem Brookins no longer with the program in the aftermath of his arrest on charges of burglary, Siena first-year head coach Jimmy Patsos could not afford to lose point guard Evan Hymes.
Hymes was expected to transfer according to multiple reports in early April, with the goal being to attend a school closer to his North Carolina with his mother not in the best of health.
But after a trip home to talk things over with his family, Hymes reportedly will return to Siena for his junior season according to Mark Singelais of the Times-Union.
Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said Hymes notified him of the decision [Saturday] morning.
“Glad,” Patsos said via text. “High character kid. Will really fit into our system.”
The 5-8 guard had a lot on his plate this past season and his numbers suffered as a result, as Hymes averaged 10.6 points and 3.7 assists per contest but shot just 33.3% from the field.
Siena once again lacked depth, with the end result being an eight-win season and a change in head coaches. With Hymes on track to return, Patsos will have an experienced point guard to rely on as he looks to improve Siena’s standing in a conference they won three years in a row from 2008-10.
At present time Siena has four recruits in its 2013 class, one of which being point guard Marquis Wright. Wright, who won Gatorade Player of the Year honors in Maryland this season, will have an experienced player to learn from, and that can only help the program going forward.
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One of the biggest storylines of Saturday’s college basketball schedule had everything to do with a team that no longer matters in the championship picture.
Less than 24 hours after being informed that the school would be imposing a postseason ban that will leave the Cardinals out of the ACC and NCAA tournaments, No. 19 Louisville tipped off against Boston College, and they did so without leading scorer Damion Lee, who is battling a knee issue.
How would the team respond to the decision — the despicable, shameful decision — that the university’s president made?
Well, it seems.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 19-2 lead in the first eight minutes and cruised to a 79-47 win over an overmatched Boston College team in the Yum! Center.
And head coach Rick Pitino, after the quote, said exactly what everyone is thinking.
“We should be penalized, no question about it,” he said. “But not this team. But the NCAA didn’t make that decision. We made that decision.”
He’s totally right. The school sacrificed the season — and the only shot that a pair of fifth-year seniors would get to play in the NCAA tournament — to protect the school, the brand and the bottom-line moving forward. Like I said earlier, it’s despicable.
But credit the Cardinals for responding.
Because they still have something on the line. They’re just a game out of first place in the ACC, and while an ACC regular season title isn’t a shot to play in the ACC or NCAA tournament, it’s still a banner that would probably mean more to Damion Lee and Trey Lewis than any league title has meant to a Louisville player before.
Oklahoma State’s star point guard was not in the lineup on Saturday against No. 13 Iowa State.
Evans injured his shoulder in the Cowboys’ loss at Texas Tech on Wednesday and was ruled out of Saturday’s game.
According to the school, his official status moving forward is questionable. The Pokes are just 11-11 on the season and likely need to earn the Big 12’s at-large bid to get into the NCAA tournament. It makes sense to let him get healthy.
Evans was averaging 12.9 points, 4.9 assists and 4.4 boards this season, but he had been arguably the best point guard in the Big 12 during league play, averaging 15.6 points and 5.6 assists.