Siena junior Javion Ogunyemi will be able to compete during the 2015-16 season, the school confirmed on Friday.
The school’s compliance office had been working since August with the NCAA to figure out a way to let the Troy native return to immediate eligibility and the NCAA ruled that based on newly presented information. Ogunyemi did not receive a waiver, but will be able to compete to start the season in two weeks based on the information to maintain his eligibility from the summer.
The 6’8″ Troy native chose to transfer to Boston University after his sophomore season with the Saints where he averaged 9.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg and led the team with 1.5 blocks per game. Getting the forward back is a boost to Siena’s depth up front, where the Saints return senior Imoh Silas (ACL) and junior Brett Bisping (toe).
“I’m happy for Javion,” Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos said in a statement. “He’s a great person, and he’s been through a lot. He deserves some good news. Obviously, we’re thrilled to have him back, and I know our fans will be thrilled to see him on the court.”
Ogunyemi left Siena for Boston University, enrolled in summer classes and workouts at the school, but decided to return over the summer when his cousin Tyreek Prince was killed. He lost his mother to cancer prior to his freshman year at Siena.
Patsos said that Boston University head coach Joe Jones was supportive throughout the process, when the junior decided over the summer that he would want to transfer back to the Albany area for the fall semester.
“Joe Jones from BU deserves a lot of credit for saying it’s best that Javion goes home,” Patsos said earlier last week. “He needs Troy, Troy needs him.”
“He wants to graduate in two years and go get a job, try and play overseas at first, wants to move on with his life with his Siena degree.”
Patsos said Ogunyemi had been the most impressive player in their 40 minute team scrimmage last week. Siena opens their season at defending national champion Duke on ESPNU on Nov. 13.
Ryan Restivo wrote the America East conference preview for the 2015-16 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. He covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the America East conference among others for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.