Wormley leaving Siena men’s basketball

August 16, 2016 GMT

Siena guard Kenny Wormley is leaving the men’s basketball program, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Wormley, who will be a sophomore next season, approached head coach Jimmy Patsos with his decision within the past few days, according to the source. He is in good academic standing and Siena granted Wormley a release to transfer to another school.

Wormley confirmed the news in a phone interview.

“I just feel as though there’s a better opportunity out there for me,″ Wormley said.

Junior college might the best available option for Wormley next season, given the lateness of his departure.

The news is surprising given the timing and the fact that Wormley, from Upper Marlboro, Md., started 28 games as a freshman and averaged 20.6 minutes. He also averaged 4.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

He finished the season with 62 assists against 50 turnovers.

However, Wormley said he had concerns about his role next season. Richmond transfer Kadeem Smithen is eligible after sitting out a season and Siena also brings in freshmen Khalil Richard and Ahsante Shivers.

Siena also returns senior starting point guard Marquis Wright and sophomore shooting guard Nico Clareth, coming off an excellent rookie season.

Wormley moved into the starting lineup in the third game of last season, allowing Wright to play off the ball more often. He went through growing pains, including when Patsos benched him for the final 37 minutes of a loss at Saint Peter’s in December after Wormley lost his cool.

But Wormley took on an increased workload when Wright missed 15 games because of a stress fracture in his right foot. Siena went 10-5 during that stretch.

Wormley is the fourth scholarship player from last year’s team to leave the program, following forward Jimmy Paige and guards Kinnon LaRose and Cam Gottfried.

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