Courtesy: MAAC Sports

MAAC Announces 2016-17 Men’s Basketball All-Rookie Team

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  February 27, 2017

EDISON, NJ – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) announces the 2016-17 MAAC Men’s Basketball All-Rookie Team, selected by the leagues 11 head coaches.

The team is made up of Malik Johnson from Canisius College, E.J. Crawford of Iona College, Quinnipiac University’s Mikey Dixon & Peter Kiss and Rider University’s Stevie Jordan. One of these five players will be named the 2016-17 MAAC Rookie of the Year, also selected by the head coaches of the league. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Postseason Awards Show, which will be held at Albany Capital Center. The show will be broadcasted live on ESPN3.

Johnson, a 5-foot-10 guard from Richmond, VA started all 31 games for the Griffs in his rookie campaign. He ranked second in the MAAC with a 2.5 assist/turnover ratio and fifth in the conference with 4.2 assists per game.

Crawford, a 6-foot-6 guard/forward from Hartford, CT started 26 games for the Gaels this season. He averaged 9.7 points per game and recorded a 78.5 free-throw percentage. Crawford ranked third in the MAAC with a 44.7 three-point field-goal shooting percentage.

Dixon, a 6-foot-2 guard from New Castle, DE ranked sixth in the conference with 16.8 points per game, the best in his rookie class. He posted a 85.9 free-throw percentage, which ranked fourth in the MAAC. Dixon started 19 games for the Bobcats this season and was their leading scorer. Dixon is a six-time MAAC Rookie of the Week this season.

Kiss, a 6-foot-5 guard from New York, NY averaged 13.3 points per game for the Bobcats, right behind his teammate. Kiss ranked ninth in the MAAC with 1.2 steals per game and was named MAAC Rookie of the Week four times this season. Kiss was the leading scorer for Quinnipiac in eight games in his rookie campaign. Quinnipiac University claimed the Rookie of the Week Award 10 out of a possible 16 times this season.

Jordan, a 5-foot-10 guard from Bensalem, PA ranked first in the conference with 5.8 assists per game. His 157 total assists ranked second in the MAAC. Jordan’s 1.4 steals per game was seventh-best in the MAAC. Jordan posted a 1.7 assist/turnover ratio, which ranked ninth in the conference. Jordan ranked third on the Broncs with 11.5 points per game and was named MAAC Rookie of the Week three times this season.

The 2017 MAAC Championship title game will take place on Monday, March 6 at 9:00 p.m. and will air live on ESPN2 with the winner earning the leagues automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

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