Jackson Stormo, who led San Marcos to a CIF basketball title in the 2017-18 season, is transferring from Pepperdine to Siena University in New York. (Noozhawk file photo)

Jackson Stormo, who helped lead the San Marcos High boys basketball team to a CIF-SS Division 2A basketball title in 2018, has transferred from Pepperdine to Siena University in Albany, N.Y.

The 6-foot-8 Stormo was at Pepperdine for two seasons, appearing in 35 games and playing 186 minutes.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady, N.Y., reported on Sunday that he made his commitment to Siena head coach Carmen Maciariello last Tuesday.

“I was looking for a school where I could really contribute to my team, more than what I was able to contribute with my previous team,” Stormo told the Daily Gazette. “I enjoyed my previous school, though, so I was really looking for a perfect situation and that’s what I found at Siena. Coach Carm is awesome.”

Maciariello led Siena to the 2020 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship in his first season. The Saints won the regular season title, finishing the season on a 10-game winning steak. After defeating Manhattan in the conference quarterfinals, the MAAC cancelled the tournament as a result of the pandemic.

Stormo has two years of eligibility remaining. He will sit out the 2020-21 season before taking the court for the Saints in the 2021-22 campaign.

Stormo was impressed with the culture at Siena.

“I wanted to be on the court more, but I didn’t want to sacrifice being on a winning team with a good culture, and that’s what they have at Siena,” he said.  “You can just tell by the way they act toward each other on the bench and during the game that they’re very much a team.”

He experienced that feeling while playing at San Marcos. The 2017-18 team was a special group, with Stormo being the dominant player in the middle. He averaged 17.8 points, shot 72 percent from the floor; grabbed 12.8 rebounds a game, dished out 2.3 assists and had 90 blocked shots.

The Royals routed Riverside Poly, 67-47, to win the CIF 2A championship and Stormo was named the division Player of the Year.

Noozhawk sports editor Barry Punzal can be reached at bpunzal@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk Sports on Twitter: @NoozhawkSports. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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