Matt Brady, Corey Osinski & Howie Tucker

Matt Brady, Corey Osinski, and Howie Tucker were among the best Siena basketball players ever.  Brady was one of the most talented guards in Siena history.  He played in 114 games during his four-year career that began in 1983.  Brady helped Siena to its first 20-win season at the Division I level as a sophomore.  Siena’s record that season was 22-7, and Brady averaged 8.7 points and 6 assists per game.  His average playing time was 36 minutes.  As a junior, Brady broke the Siena all-time assist rercord and was the team’s top free-throw shooter at 82%.  His assist mark was later broken by Marc Brown.  Brady became the 13th player in Siena history to score more than 1,000 career points, and when he graduated, ranked 16th on the all-time Siena list with 1,106 career points.  He was named to the All-North Atlantic Conference team in each of his final three seasons.  Some of the records held by Brady when he graduated are most three-point  field goals in a game (8) and most free-throws attempted in a game (17).  He also held four of the top-ten single-season totals in the assist category.  Siena was 74-40 during Brady’s career.  Later, he applied for the Siena head coaching position twice, and he lost out to Paul Hewitt and then Ron Lanier.  He became the Marist head coach the 2004-2005 season.  Corey  Osinski helped Schalmont High School to what, perhaps, was the greatest run the Rotterdam school has ever had in basketball.  From 1993 to 1996, Osinski, who was coached by his dad Ron, led the Sabres to an overall record of 65-9.  Corey was named to the Section II Class B All-Star team all three years.  He went on to play for Siena, where he was a starter for four years.  Osinski was Siena’s Co-MVP in 1999.  After graduation, he played some ball in Portugal.  Howie Tucker, who was Siena’s first recipient of an athletic scholarship, was their first great star.  He played from 1938 to 1942 and averaged 15 points per game at a time when an entire team scored around 40 points.  He had a deadly set shot and a nice drive to the hoop.  Later, Tucker became the head basketball coach of Raven-Coeymans-Selkirk, and then an assistant under Billy Kirsch at Siena.



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