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Manhattan No.1 in MAAC coaches poll

Manhattan's George Beamon looks to get inside during

Manhattan's George Beamon looks to get inside during a game against Hofstra. (Nov. 21, 2012) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

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

Manhattan (119)
Iona (108)
Canisius (100)
Rider (85)
Marist (69)
Fairfield (61)
Quinnipiac (58)
Niagara (39)
St. Peter’s (38)
Siena (35)
Monmouth (14)

Tags: Manhattan , Iona , MAAC , Tim Cluess , George Beamon

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