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MAAC Preseason Polls and Awards Announced

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The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Announced the Coaches’ Polls and the Preseason Awards for men’s and women’s basketball Wednesday night for the 2015-2016 season.

Both the Siena men’s and Siena women’s teams were picked to finish 5th in the polls as picked by the league’s head coaches.

On the men’s side junior point guard Marquis Wright was chosen to the Preseason All-MAAC Second Team while teammate R-junior Brett Bisping was a Preseason All-MAAC Third Team selection.

As for the women’s awards, both junior captain Meghan Donohue and sophomore Margot Hetzke were chosen to the Preseason All-MAAC Second Team.

2015-2016 Preseason All-MAAC Men’s Teams
First Team
Marcus Gilbert, Fairfield, Sr., F, 6-6, Smyrna, DE
Schadrac Casimir, Iona, So., G, 5-10, Stamford, CT
A.J. English, Iona, Sr., G, 6-4, Wilmington, DE*
Justin Robinson, Monmouth, Jr., G, 5-8, Lake Katrine, NY
Teddy Okereafor, Rider, Sr., G, 6-4, London, England

Second Team
Isaiah Williams, Iona, Sr., G, 6-7, Newark, NJ
Shane Richards, Manhattan, Sr., G, 6-5, New York, NY
Khallid Hart, Marist, Jr., G, 6-2 Newark, DE
Deon Jones, Monmouth, Sr., G, 6-6, Wilmington, DE
Marquis Wright, Siena, Jr., G, 6-0, Waldorf, MD

Third Team
Phil Valenti, Canisius, Jr., F, 6-7, Victor, NY
RaShawn Stores, Manhattan, Sr., G, 5-10, Bronx, NY
Emile Blackman, Niagara, R-Jr., G, 6-4, Dix Hills, NY
Jimmie Taylor, Rider, Jr., G, 6-3, Branford, FL
Brett Bisping, Siena, R-Jr., F, 6-8, Peoria, IL

Preseason Player of the Year
A.J. English, Iona
2015-16 Preseason Men’s Coaches’ Poll
1. Iona (10) 119
2. Monmouth 105
T3. Manhattan (1) 91
T3. Rider 91
5. Siena 84
6. Canisius 67
7. Quinnipiac 49
8. Fairfield 42
9. Saint Peter’s 37
10. Marist 23
11. Niagara 18

All-MAAC Women’s First Team

Joy Adams, Iona
Sydney Coffey, Marist
Tori Jarosz, Marist
Victoria Rampado, Niagara
Casey Smith, Fairfield

All-MAAC Women’s Second Team:

Sajanna Bethea, St. Peter’s

Meghan Donohue/Margot Hetzke, Siena

Robin Perkins, Rider

Aaliyah Robinson, Iona

Kristin Schatzlein, Fairfield

All-MAAC Women’s Third Team

Shayna ErickseN, Manhattan

Marina Lizaraz, Iona

Tiahana Mills, Canisius

Maria Napolitano, Quinnipiac

Sarah Olson, Monmouth

MAAC Women’s Preseason Poll:

1)Fairfield

2)Marist

3)QU

4)Iona

5)Siena

6)Canisius

T7)Saint Peter’s/Manhattan

9)Monmouth

10)Niagara

11)Rider

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