Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  October 23, 2007

EDISON, N.J. Siena College, which tied for third during the 2006-07 MAAC regular season and advanced to the Championship title game, is the league’s choice to earn the 2007-08 conference title, according to the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

Despite the loss of Michael Haddix, the Saints have a deep and talented roster as the Green and Gold strive to claim their first MAAC title since 2002. Leading the charge will be a pair of All-MAAC picks junior guard Kenny Hasbrouck and sophomore Edwin Ubiles, who was the MAAC Co-Rookie of the Year last season. Sophomores Ronald Moore and Alex Franklin also return to the hardwood.

Coming off the most successful Division I season in school history, Loyola College looks to pick where they left off and continue on to the top of the MAAC standings. Seniors Gerald Brown, Hassan Fofana, Omari Isreal and Michael Tuck will work to make the most of their final campaign with the Greyhounds and win the MAAC crown in March.

Niagara University has won two of the last three MAAC titles, and the Purple Eagles will be hunting for another this season.  Senior guard/forward Charron Fisher, senior guard Stanley Hodge and sophomore guard Tyrone Lewis are back from last year's NCAA squad to help bring the program back to the top of the MAAC standings again this season.

Rider University welcomes back senior forward Jason Thompson, the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, as the Broncs vie for their first-ever MAAC postseason title.  Also back to help Rider in its quest are junior Harris Mansell and sophomore Ryan Thompson.

 Marist College graduated five seniors from last year's NIT squad, but a combination of seasoned veterans with hopeful newcomers could keep the Red Foxes in the top of the MAAC standings.  Seniors Ryan Stilphen, Spongy Benjamin and Louie McCroskey look to make their team a factor in the title race.

Fairfield University, Manhattan College, Iona College, Canisius College, and Saint Peter’s College make up picks six through 10, all capable of unseating any one of the top five teams as they vie for the MAAC regular season title this season.

2007-08 Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Siena (5) 95
2. Loyola (5) 93
3. Niagara 73
4. Rider 71
5. Marist 54
6. Fairfield 51
  Manhattan 51
8. Iona 24
9. Canisius 23
10. Saint Peter's 15




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