A Siena men's basketball player is truly putting the "student" part of student-athlete first on Monday night.
Senior guard Evan Hymes, who is averaging 6.3 points per game, has an important presentation in a class called "Contemporary Critique" that night, according to the Albany Times Union. And unfortunately for Hymes, the class happens to be at the same time as the Saints' game at Fordham.
Most fans might expect Hymes to skip the class or ask to reschedule the presentation, but Siena coach Jimmy Patsos lays out the situation:
"There’s only like one class left and he’s got to do a presentation," Patsos said. "He’s got to pass it … Instead of making 75 plans, we just said, 'Go do it. Everyone else is. Just go do what you’re supposed to do.' We’ll deal with it."
It's an admirable response by Patsos at a time when there have been a lot of questions surrounding the extent of the student role for student-athletes. And at least for Siena men's basketball, it's been answered.
- Molly Geary