After historic game on Sunday, Pickett sets Siena program record

Jalen Pickett (22) averaged 19.6 points and grabbed nine rebounds per game during his senior season at Aquinas. He earned All-Tournament team honors as a junior when AQ won the Section V title under then head coach Mike Grosodonia. He was named MVP when Aquinas won the program’s first state title in a run which included a win over reigning champ Shenendehowa and current NBA player Kevin Huerter.
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By PAUL GOTHAM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — On Sunday, Jalen Pickett (Aquinas) did something that only one other player has accomplished this century in NCAA Division I men’s basketball competition. Monday, Pickett stood alone in Siena Saints program history.

Pickett became the first player since Antawn Dobie (LIU-Brooklyn) in 2003 to post a performance with 45+-point and 10 assists when he scored and handed out 13 assists in Siena’s triple overtime loss to Quinnipiac on Sunday.

Pickett connected on 14 of 26 shots from the floor including 4-of-8 from 3-point land to finish with 46 points. In 53 minutes of playing time, he grabbed four rebounds, collected four steals, blocked one shot and committed just one (1) turnover.

 


Earlier in the week, the 6-foot-4 guard scored 10 points, to go with five rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks.

The two performances earned Pickett his ninth Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Week honor – a Siena program record.

Pickett leads MAAC in assists (6.4) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.46). He is second in steal (2.1) and sixth in scoring (15.5). He has connected on 55 3-pointers – good for eight in the conference. He is 29 points shy of breaking the Siena program mark for freshman scoring.

 


His 6.4 assists rank 18th in the country and third among eligible freshmen. KenPom lists Pickett’s assist rate (metric that estimates the percentage of field goals made by a team on which a particular player collected assists while in the game) of 41.3 at sixth in the nation.

Earlier this year, Pickett became one of four MAAC student-athletes to earn Rookie and Player of the Week simultaneously. He joined former National Player of the Year and NBA veteran Lionel Simmons and current East High head coach Darrell Barley to earn that distinction.

 


Simmons (La Salle) and Derek Needham hold the MAAC record with 10 Rookie of the Week honors.

Pickett averaged 19.6 points and grabbed nine rebounds per game during his senior season at Aquinas. He earned All-Tournament team honors as a junior when AQ won the Section V title under then head coach Mike Grosodonia. He was named MVP when Aquinas won the program’s first state title in a run which included a win over reigning champ Shenendehowa and current NBA player Kevin Huerter. He also earned another All-Tournament nod in the Federation Tournament of Champions when the Li’l Irish fell in the final to Jefferson, 72-65.

 

Pickett played one season at SPIRE Institute in Ohio after Aquinas.

Siena plays at Canisius on March 1 and Niagara on March 3rd.

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