Siena's Dec. 22nd game at Albany's Times Union Center against Georgia Tech lost a little bit of luster when it was recently reported that former Capital Region high school standout Brad Sheehan, a 7-foot senior center/forward, has decided not to return to the team for the upcoming season.
Sheehan is a graduate of Shaker High School, located about a mile away from Siena. His career at Georgia Tech never reached the heights that Yellowjackets' coach Paul Hewitt had hoped for. In Sheehan, Hewitt saw a mobile big man who could shoot from long range and had above-average on-court instincts. But, Sheehan was relatively slender and never added the bulk/strength required to absorb and administer the inside pounding in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Still, fans in upstate New York were looking forward to his return and the primary scheduling of the Georgia Tech-Siena series, which began last season with a Siena game in Atlanta, was to give Sheehan a home-town showcase in his senior season.
Sheehan would have been a redshirt senior since he redshirted during his true freshman season. He graduated with a degree in management in May. While at Georgia Tech he averaged 1.3 points in 7.6 minutes per game last season. In three seasons, he averaged 1.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in 8.4 minutes per game.
In the interest of full disclosure, your blogger has known Sheehan since the young man was eight or nine years old. He is a terrific person who chose Georgia Tech as much for its academic opportunities as for its basketball. He graduated on time with dean's list work throughout his four years.
Whether he chases professional basketball overseas, or moves into the work force, your blogger knows this young man will be a success.
And while he'll be missed when Georgia Tech comes to Siena's court this season, the contest still remains highly anticipated locally since Hewitt formerly coached the Saints in the late 1990s.
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