Carpenter Picks Siena
Lee Academy and Rhode Island Elite guard Aidan Carpenter made a verbal commitment to Siena on Tuesday night before publically announcing his decision on Wednesday.
Carpenter, who was one of the biggest stock-risers in New England this summer, earned over a dozen full division I scholarship offers before ultimately trimming his list to Akron, UAB, Hofstra, Siena, and South Dakota.
He ended up taking official visits to Akron and Siena before announcing for the Saints and first year head coach Carmen Maciariello.
Carpenter is a Connecticut native who spent the last two seasons at the Hyde School in Maine where he led the team to a NEPSAC Class C championship and was named MVP while averaging 24 points and 6 assists per game.
"Aidan is a shifty guard who excelled in his two years with the Hyde School basketball program," said former Hyde head coach Ray Pena. "He made his mark in New England in that first season and returned as a polished junior and carried us to a few notable wins against some AA schools last year."
Carpenter joined Rhode Island Elite following the April recruiting period and thrived as the team's primary playmaker. He seemed to get better with each passing weekend and was playing with unprecedented confidence by the time the June and July recruiting periods came around.
"I think Aidan is just scratching the surface of his talent and we will see him have a superb college career," said RI Elite head coach Nick Light. "I'm beyond proud of him and his family for picking a great fit in Siena. I truly believe Coach Carm and his whole staff will put Aidan in the best positions to succeed on and off the court."
Carpenter is a big guard with great pace playing north to south. He's had an instinctive feel for the game since he was younger, has developed his scoring tools in recent years, and has the potential to continue to develop into a modern-day lead guard.