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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Siena basketball...

...is going backwards right now:
The bad news on Tuesday for coach Fran McCaffery was he won't be getting 6-foot-2 guard Mike Trimboli this season.
Trimboli, who averaged 28 points per game at St. Luke's High School in New Canaan, Conn., announced Tuesday he would accept a scholarship to play at the University of Vermont.

Last week, Jack McClinton, who was Siena's best player at the end of last season's 6-24 disappointment, asked for a release from his scholarship. The school has declined to give McClinton the release but it is expected that he won't be coming back this fall. Ugh. Top prospect gone. Top scorer gone. Not good.

This leaves Siena with 8 players - basically 5 guards, two forwards, and a center - and 5 scholarships. Unless you're brilliant or lucky, you're not going to land MAAC quality talent this late in the signing period. And 6-24 teams don't usually suffer from brilliance.

As bad as this past season was, next year could be the all-time low point of Siena basketball. If you thought the arena was quiet this year - there were times during the Penn game that you would have thought you were at a funeral - wait till there are 3,000 people there in February and the team is 3-17.
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