Canisius, Niagara shut out of MAAC preseason awards

By Nick Veronica

maaclogoThe MAAC announced its all-conference preseason teams and preseason poll Wednesday night, and the results were not pretty for Western New York teams.

Neither Canisius nor Niagara had any players listed on the MAAC’s preseason first, second or third teams.

Niagara was picked to finish 11th in the conference — dead last — and Canisius was picked 10th.

Iona forward David Laury was named Preseason Player of the Year. He and Quinnipiac’s Ousmane Drame were unanimous first-team selections (denoted by asterisks). How A.J. English wasn’t unanimous I’ll never understand.

All-MAAC Preseason First Team

A.J. English, Iona, Jr., G, 6-4, Wilmington, Del.
David Laury, Iona, Sr., F, 6-9, East Orange, N.J.*
Ousmane Drame, Quinnipiac, Sr., F, 6-9, Boston, Mass.*
Marvin Dominique, Saint Peter’s, Sr., F, 6-7, Miramar, Fla.
Rob Poole, Siena, Sr., G, 6-6, Cherry Hill, N.J.

Second Team

Emmy Andujar, Manhattan, Sr., F, 6-6, Bronx, N.Y.
Khallid Hart, Marist, So., G, 6-2 Newark, Del.
Chavaughn Lewis, Marist, Sr., G/F, 6-5, Queens, N.Y.
Zaid Hearst, Quinnipiac, Sr., G, 6-4, Bethesda, Md.
Desi Washington, Saint Peter’s, Sr., G, 6-2, Harrisburg, Pa.

Third Team

Marcus Gilbert, Fairfield, Jr., F, 6-6, Smyrna, Del.
Isaiah Williams, Iona, Jr., G, 6-7, Newark, N.J.
Ashton Pankey, Manhattan, Jr., F, 6-10, Bronx, N.Y.
Deon Jones, Monmouth, Jr., G, 6-6, Wilmington, Del.
Jimmie Taylor, Rider, So., G, 6-3, Branford, Fla.
Brett Bisping, Siena, Jr., F, 6-8, Peoria, Ill.

About the only good news for Canisius and Niagara came on the women’s side: