Brett Bisping ’16
Siena Basketball is looking up thanks to student athletes like Brett Bisping ’16. During his freshman season, the Saints lost a program record 24 games. But a year later, and with new head coach Jimmy Patsos leading them forward, Siena went on a late-season run and won the College Basketball Invitational, its first ever national tournament championship as a Division I program. Better yet, they did it at home, on campus, in front of their loyal fans and a wild student section that stormed the court at the final whistle.
“It was a completely different atmosphere,” Bisping said. “It brought the school together having all the students just walk down to the game. It was really cool.”
Bisping was named CBI Most Valuable Player after scoring 20 points and grabbing nine rebounds in the title game. But he’s not just a star on the court. He has a 3.35 GPA and interned at Ayco, a financial counseling firm in Albany, this past summer.
Bisping is one of many Siena students – varsity and general students – who will benefit from the renovated Alumni Recreation Center.
“I remember going on recruiting visits and you walk into some places and you see these great facilities, it’s exciting and it makes you want to go there,” Bisping said. “It definitely helps the program.”