MAAC Media Day Off and Running

By Josh Herwitt - October 23, 2007

NEW YORK -- We're here at Madison Square Garden after sorting out a few issues with internet in the Theatre Lobby.

Things kicked off with the women's preseason poll and the conference's preseason player of the year candidates, and it looks like Marist, last year's Cinderella story after reaching the Sweet 16, is the favorite once again to top the MAAC.

The men's preseason poll and player of the year picks just got finished being announced, and despite losing two fifth-year seniors starters from last year, Siena seems to be the favorite to win the conference and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Here's how the coaches voted:

1. Siena
2. Loyola
3. Niagara
4. Rider
5. Marist
6. Fairfield
7. Manhattan
8. Iona
9. Canisius
10. Saint Peter's

MAAC Preseason First Team
Gerald Brown, Sr., Loyola
Charron Fisher, Sr., Niagara
Tyrone Lewis, So., Niagara
Jason Thompson, Sr., Rider
Kenny Hasbrouck, Jr., Siena
Edwin Ubiles, So., Siena

MAAC Preseason Player of the Year:
Jason Thompson, Sr., Rider

Thompson on his team competing in the MAAC this season:
I'm really excited for our team this year. We have a core of the team coming back and we should do pretty well.

Posted by Josh Herwitt at 12:49 PM on October 23, 2007

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