Bridgeport, Conn. - Siena College senior forward Ryan Rossiter has been named as the 2010-2011 Pepsi Max MAAC Player of the Year by the MAAC's head coaches.
Rossiter, a 6-foot-9, 260-pound senior forward from Staten Island, N.Y., became the first player since La Salle's Lionel Simmons (a three-time MAAC Player of the Year) to lead the league in both scoring (19.1 ppg) and rebounding (13.4 rpg). He also finished the regular season ranked ninth in the conference in field goal percentage (47.1) and sixth in free throw percentage (77.6). A five-time MAAC Player of the Week this season, Rossiter registered 24 double-doubles during his senior campaign.
Rider University's Danny Stewart was named the 2010-2011 MAAC Rookie of the Year. Stewart, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound freshman forward from Philadelphia, Pa., led all freshman in rebounding with 7.3 boards an outing (fifth overall in the MAAC) and field goal percentage with 58.1 percent. He also averaged 7.7 points and 1.1 blocks per game for the Broncs. Stewart claimed the MAAC Rookie of the Week award twice this season.
Additionally, J'hared Hall of Loyola University Maryland was named the 2010-2011 MAAC Sixth Man of the Year. Hall, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior guard, recorded 9.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in 26 games for the Greyhounds. Through the regular season, he netted 46.2 percent of his attempts from the field, 41.0 from behind the arc and 85.4 percent from the charity stripe. Hall recorded double-digit points in 13 contests this season.
Anthony Nelson of Niagara University was chosen as the 2010-2011 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year. Nelson, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior guard from Plainfield, N.J., is also a member of the 2010-2011 All-MAAC Second Team. He is currently leading the nation in steals, averaging 3.4 takeaways per game for the Purple Eagles. Nelson is also contributing a team-high 15.0 points per game along with 5.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game and a 1.4 assist/turnover ratio. He has netted double-digit points in 24 games and recorded three double-doubles this season.