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Manhattan No.1 in MAAC coaches poll
Manhattan narrowly missed making the NCAA Tournament last as Iona nipped the Jaspers in the MAAC championship game, 60-57.
With several starters back, including conference defensive player of the year Rhamel Brown, Michael Alvardo and Emmy Andujar, The Jaspers have a good chance to make another run to the MAAC championship game.
Also returning for Manhattan is MAAC Co-Rookie of the year Shane Richards and 6-4 swingman George Beamon, an All-MAAC selection in 2012 who missed most of last season with an ankle injury. The Roslyn (L.I.) High School grad averaged 19 points per game in 2011-2012.
The Jaspers will also have the services of 6-9 Ashton Pankey, a Maryland transfer who sat out last season per NCAA transfer rules.
Iona, picked second, will be right on Manhattan’s heels. The Gaels return hot-shooting guard Sean Armand, forward David Laury and Tre Bowman. Iona coach Tim Cluess will also have Rutgers transfer, 6-5 guard Mike Poole, for depth.
MAAC Preseason Coaches Poll
St. Peter’s (38)