Springfield, Mass. - Iona College senior forward Mike Glover has been named the 2011-2012 MAAC Men's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year, as selected by the league's 10 head coaches.
Glover is joined on the first team by Fairfield University junior guard Derek Needham and senior center Ryan Olander, Iona senior guard Scott Machado and Rider University senior guard/forward Novar Gadson.
Glover, who was named to the Preseason Top 50 List for the John R. Wooden Award, ranked 48th in the nation in scoring last season, netting 18.4 points per game for the Gaels. He also tied for 21st place on the NCAA rebounding chart with 10.1 caroms an outing during his junior campaign. Glover proved he was an expert marksman last season, connecting on a conference-high 61 percent of his attempts from the field.
Needham was an All-MAAC First Team selection last season. He ranked sixth in the MAAC in scoring, averaging 14.1 points per outing for the Stags. He also ranked third in the league in assists (4.5 per game), fifth in steals (1.4 per game) and 13th in free throw percentage (70 percent) during his sophomore campaign.
Olander, an All-MAAC Second Team choice last season, was second on the team in scoring as a junior with 10.4 points per game, good for 21st place on the MAAC scoring chart. He also recorded 6.8 rebounds per game (ninth in the MAAC) along with 2.1 blocks (third) an outing for the Stags. Olander owned a 53.2 percent field goal percentage, ranking him second in the league behind Glover.
Machado was a member of the All-MAAC First Team last season. He is the league's top assists leader, dishing out down 7.6 a night for the Gaels, good for second in the nation. Machado also contributed 13.2 points per game (eighth in the MAAC) and netted 67.5 percent of his shots from the charity stripe (15th).
Gadson, a 2010-11 All-MAAC Second Team pick, finished his junior campaign seventh on the MAAC scoring list, netting 13.7 points a night for the Broncs. He finished 15th in rebounding last season, pulling down 5.8 boards per game. Gadson also ranked ninth in the MAAC with his 47 percent field goal percentage.
The preseason second and third teams are listed to the right.
2011-2012 Preseason All-MAAC Teams
First Team Derek Needham, Fairfield Jr. G 5-11 Dolton, Ill. Ryan Olander, Fairfield Sr. C 7-0 Mansfield, Conn. Mike Glover, Iona Sr. F 6-7 Bronx, N.Y. Scott Machado, Iona Sr. G 6-1 Queens, N.Y. Novar Gadson, Rider Sr. G/F 6-7 Philadelphia, Pa.
Second Team Gaby Belardo, Canisius Jr. G 6-2 San Juan, P.R. Rakim Sanders, Fairfield Sr. G 6-2 Pawtucket, R.I. Erik Etherly, Loyola Jr. F 6-7 Alexandria, Va. Shane Walker, Loyola Sr. F 6-10 Northampton, England George Beamon, Manhattan Jr. G/F 6-4 Roslyn, N.Y.
Third Team Kyle Smyth, Iona Jr. G 6-4 River Edge, N.J. Jeff Jones, Rider Sr. G 6-4 Chester, Pa. Daniel Stewart, Rider So. F 6-7 Philadelphia, Pa. Darius Conley, Saint Peter's Jr. F 6-7 Newport News, Va. OD Anosike, Siena Jr. F 6-8 Staten Island, N.Y.
2011-2012 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year: Mike Glover, Iona