LOUDONVILLE — A rising senior at Robert S. Rogers High School, Stephen Coleman became the first class of 2021 commit for the Siena men’s basketball program earlier this week.
A 6-foot-4, 185-pound wing player from Toledo, Ohio, the 17-year-old Coleman announced his verbal commitment Tuesday to play for head coach Carmen Maciariello with a social-media post.
“I could see myself with the program and how I could best fit into that program,” Coleman said Wednesday in a phone interview. “They play my type of style, so I felt this was good for me and I was ready to commit.”
And to recruit, too.
Coleman and his high school teammate and classmate Jamiya Neal received scholarship offers from the Saints earlier this year, and Coleman said he spent some time recently “persuading [Neal] to come with me” to Siena after he’d made up his own mind. Coleman and the 6-foot-6 Neal helped lead Robert S. Rogers to a 22-3 campaign last season.
In Coleman, Siena gains a player in the mold that Maciariello, hired as Siena’s head coach in March 2019, has quickly built much of his recruiting focus around: an athletic perimeter player with size to defend multiple positions and a handle that allows him to attack the basket off the dribble.
“I’m more of a fast-paced guard. Share the ball,” Coleman said of his style of play. “Team basketball. Energy — a lot of energy.”
Besides Siena, Coleman said he considered Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio).
Siena is coming off a 20-10 season that saw the Saints win their final 10 games before their season was halted because of the pandemic.