When Shenendehowa senior Courtney Mason announced his decision to attend Siena College next fall, his parents, Mike and Heather, said they hope he will love the Saints experience as much as they did.
Mike Courtney with his future wife, Heather, on the Loudonville campus when he was a sophomore and she was a freshman.
“It’s a special place for our family in general,” Mike Courtney said. “We have a lot of love for the school in general, love for what we have seen it do. I’ve worked locally here since I left and the influence that Siena has from local and regional coverage is the pride that you have when you say you have a Siena degree. I know what that carries; it carries some pretty good weight in this area.”
At Siena, Courtney will play for head coach Carmen Maciariello, who graduated from Shenendehowa in 1996. Also on Siena’s coaching staff is Matt Miner, a 2010 Shenendehowa graduate who serves as the Saints’ director of basketball operations.
“It’s one of the greatest feelings in the world to get that weight off of your shoulders, that college search,” Mason Courtney said. “Like a lot of others like me who are playing sports or not, the college decision is one of the biggest decisions of your life. At the end of the day, I wanted to say I was able to go to Siena College, which is a perfect fit for me. It has the academics that I’m looking for, a great basketball program and a place where I think I’ll fit in very nicely.”
Shenendehowa will host a double-header tonight against rival Saratoga Springs. The girls’ basketball game will tip off at 6 pm with the boys’ scheduled start at 7:30 pm
Courtney’s final choices were both local — College of St. Rose or Siena College.
“St. Rose offered me something amazing — they offered me a full scholarship,” Courtney said. “I just feel that Siena, academically, and in other ways, was just a great fit for me. It had what I was looking for and they are giving me a great opportunity to go over there and compete.”
Courtney will join the Saints program as a preferred walk-on.
His stock rose when the Siena coaching staff saw him score 31 of the Plainsmen’s 45 points in a 45-44 win in late December.
“Coach Carm [Siena head coach Carm Maciarello] was there and I think they just liked how I composed myself on and off the court, being a team player, doing all the little things, getting the rebounds, making the right plays and not trying to overly force stuff, or just totally worrying about scoring points,” Courtney said. “I think they just liked my all-around game and the unselfishness and I’m able to put the ball in the basket, but my teammates definitely helped me look as good as I have been so far.”
Courtney will be a biology major at Siena with plans to attend medical school and become a surgeon.
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