New York, NY - Marist College, which finished third during the 2005-06 MAAC regular season race, is the league’s unanimous choice to win the 2006-07 conference title, according to the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
The Red Foxes’ head coach Matt Brady welcomes back a host of talented veterans that he hopes will make his peers prognostications correct. Senior guards Jared Jordan and Will Whittington, along with junior forward/center Ryan Stilphen, give Marist hopes of claiming their first MAAC title in school history this season.
Niagara University is expected to make some noise at the top of the league standings. The Purple Eagles will be led by junior guard/forward Charron Fisher, senior forward Clif Brown and senior guard Lorenzo Miles as the team looks to claim their second MAAC title in three years.
Siena College also figures to spend the majority of its time near the top of the MAAC standings. Senior center Michael Haddix returns to the hardwood this season after a year hiatus to help senior forward David Ryan and sophomore guard Kenny Hasbrouck build upon their successful run from last season.
Iona College, the defending MAAC Champion, was picked to finish in fourth place. The Gaels welcome back senior forward Anthony Bruin and junior forward/center Gary Springer from last season’s NCAA squad, and add several newcomers to this year’s roster, including junior forward Dexter Gary (transfer from St. John’s University) to help bolster Iona’s chances of garnering another league title this year.
Loyola rounds out the top five, with third-year head coach Jimmy Patsos leading the charge. Senior center Hassan Fofana, senior forward Michael Tuck and junior guard Gerald Brown will work to have the Greyhounds finish even higher at the end of the 2006-07 season.
Manhattan College, Rider University, Canisius College, Fairfield University and Saint Peter’s College make up picks six through 10, all capable of unseating any one of the top five teams as they vie for the MAAC regular season title this season.
Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Marist 100
2. Niagara 83
3. Siena 73
4. Iona 69
5. Loyola 67
6. Manhattan 51
7. Rider 40
8. Canisius 29
9. Fairfield 21
10. St Peter's 17