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Oliver lands transfer Jordan King from Siena

CONTRIBUTED BY ETSU ATHLETICS

JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University men’s basketball head coach Desmond Oliver and his staff announced on Wednesday that Jordan King (Albany, N.Y.) is transferring to ETSU from Siena.

King, a 6-foot guard, averaged 7.4 points in 23.7 minutes in 47 games played (19 starts) the last two seasons for the Saints.

“We expect Jordan to make an immediate contribution to our program,” said Oliver. “Jordan has already shown he can play at this level. We are going to ask him to take his game to an even higher level.

“Jordan has the unique skill set to play just as well off the ball as he does on the ball. I’m hoping he can bring some of that New York (Albany) cold weather toughness to our program!”

This past season, King was Siena’s third-leading scorer, averaging at 12.2 points per game, while he led the team with 31 made three-pointers. As a sophomore, King started all 17 games, scoring in double figures nine games with three 20-plus point performances.

King scored a career-high 22 points on 6-of-9 shooting (4-of-6 from three) with six assists against Rider on Jan. 16, while a day prior, the guard posted 21 points with a career-high five made threes versus the Broncs.

King also scored 21 points with two assists and two steals on Jan. 22 against St. Peter’s.

King ranked sixth in the MAAC in free-throw shooting (.828), 10th in three-pointers made per game (1.8), and 15th in scoring and field goal percentage (.413).

As a freshman, King played in all 30 games, making two starts, while averaging 4.7 points in 18.1 minutes. King helped guide Siena to the MAAC regular-season championship as he netted 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting in the clinching win over Monmouth on March 6. King ranked fifth in the MAAC in three-point shooting (.431) in conference-only games.

“I’m really excited to be a part of the ETSU family,” said King, who earned third-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) honors this past season. “I’m ready to get down there and start working with my new teammates and coaching staff so we can bring home a championship this season.”

King, an Albany, N.Y. native, played his high school ball at Christian Brothers Academy. He was named 2019 Suburban Council Player of the Year after averaging 24.1 points, 4.5 assists, and 4.3 rebounds his senior season en route to earning Albany Times Union Large School first-team honors.

King is just one of seven players in Christian Brothers Academy history to score over 1,000 career points. The Albany, N.Y. native played AAU for the Albany City Rocks and Mass Rivals.

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