Siena Gives Release to Junior Hopper

On Tuesday Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos confirmed that one of the players he inherited when taking the job may elect to transfer at the end of the season.

The first year head coach of the Saints said that junior Marcus Hopper has received his release and will continue to be on the team. Hopper, who is redshirting this season, will likely look to play two more seasons at a level lower than Division I.

“What he’s done is he’s asked for his release and he’s looking around now,” Patsos said. “He wants to transfer at the end of the year because he wants to play, but he’s with our team. We like him. There’s nothing wrong with him, he’s on our team. We like him, he’s practicing.”

The Queens native from Holy Cross high school played sparingly in two seasons with the Saints under then head coach Mitch Buonaguro. He scored 10 career points in 93 minutes over two seasons before being redshirted at the start of the 2013-14 season.

Patsos said that Hopper’s inclination is to finish the year in school and then transfer to a Division II school where he would be able to finish out his remaining two years of eligibility and potentially get a master’s degree. Until he decides Patsos said Hopper plans to practice with the team. Hopper is listed as an English major.

Ryan Restivo covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the America East conference and Hofstra for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.

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