When Patson Siame plays his first game for LMU in mid-November, nearly 32 months will have passed since he first committed to Max Good and the Lions in March 2012. And things have certainly changed since then. At that time, LMU had just gone 11-5 in WCC play, Max Good was named coach of the year in the conference, and the Lions, led by Anthony Ireland, Drew Viney, Ashley Hamilton, and Jarred Dubois, made the quarterfinals of the CIT.
Two injury plagued seasons later, Max Good has been fired, but the now 21 year old Siame has made the decision to stick around and usher in the Mike Dunlap era at LMU.
Born in Zambia, Siame traveled to the US to play high school basketball at Impact Academy, while attending school at Trinity International School, where he graduated in 2012. He then played one season at the prep school Kingdom Christian Academy, leading them to an NACA Division III Championship while averaging a triple double in points, rebounds and blocks. He then sat out this past season for LMU as a partial qualifier.
Prior to his time at LMU, Siame participated in the Adidas Nations Camp, the Nike Hoops Summit, and the Pangos All-American Camp.
Impact at LMU
Siame is a 6’11 center who uses his combination of height and athleticism to block shots, grab rebounds, and convert dunks. He is effective in the pick and roll game but his post game and outside shot still need some improvement.
While there are many bodies in LMU’s frontcourt this season, none are as big as Siame. While Godwin Okonji and Marin Molnar are experience veterans, neither impose the defensive presence like Siame to fluster players like Przemek Karnowski and Brad Waldow. Therefore, it shouldn’t be a surprise if Siame see’s major minutes in Mike Dunlap’s rotation.