A few weeks ago we looked at the Top 10 players in the NEC, now I want to do the same exercise with the MAAC. This league is a lot tougher because of all the turnover and transfers coming in. There is no dominant team, so six of the 10 teams probably think they have a legitimate shot at winning the title. There’s also the pesky problem of transfers that aren’t eligible immediately or might not be eligible at all this season. I’m leaving those players off my Top 10 for now, but I’d certainly be willing to consider them in the future.
Honorable Mentions: Ashton Pankey, Manhattan (might not be eligible); Nurideen Lindsey, Rider (eligible in December); Chavaughn Lewis, Marist; Michael Alvarado, Manhattan; Curtis Dennis, Iona; Antoine Mason, Niagara; Devin Price, Marist; Robert Olson, Loyola (MD
The honorable mentions list includes a lot of talented players. In fact, they might be more talented than the guys on my Top 10 list, but I think the players on the list below have the biggest opportunity to impact the league this season. Of course, Steve Amedio over at Keepin’ Track of the MAAC thinks that Alvarado is one of the most underrated players in the MAAC. I guess that trend continues here, even after he made an all-conference team following the 2012-13 season. Now onto the Top 10!
10. Harold Washington, Canisius
9. Emmy Andujar, Manhattan
8. Dylon Cormier, Loyola (MD)
7. Derek Needham, Fairfield
6. Sean Armand, Iona
5. Momo Jones, Iona
4. Juan’ya Green, Niagara
3. Erik Etherly, Loyola (MD)
2. George Beamon, Manhattan
1. O.D. Anosike, Siena
This Top 10 obviously involves some projection for the two sophomores on the list – Andujar and Green. I believe that the MAAC Player of the Year will come from one of the top three players on this list, unless Iona surprises and then either Armand or Jones will certainly have outplayed their ranking. Fairfield’s system makes it tough for me to evaluate Needham, he always seems out of place.
What do you think? Who is in your Top 10? Did I miss anyone?