Iona point guard Scott Machado, the nation's assists leader, was named the Pepsi Max MAAC Player of the Year
Iona point guard Scott Machado, the nation's assists leader, was named the Pepsi Max MAAC Player of the Year
Courtesy: MAAC Sports

MAAC Announces 2011-12 Men's Basketball Awards

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  March 01, 2012
Springfield, Mass. - Iona College senior guard Scott Machado has been selected as the 2011-2012 Pepsi Max MAAC Player of the Year by the MAAC's head coaches.

Machado, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior guard from Queens, N.Y., is also a two-time member of the All-MAAC First Team. A finalist for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year award, he leads the nation in assists with 10.1 a night for the Gaels, while adding 13.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Machado is shooting 47.7 percent from the field, 40.2 percent from three-point range and 80.5 percent from the free throw line stripe. Named MAAC Player of the Week four times this season, he posted double digits in 22 games and 11 double-doubles during the regular season as well as his first career triple double on Feb. 12.

Niagara University's Juan'ya Green was named the 2011-2012 MAAC Rookie of the Year. Green, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound freshman guard from Philadelphia, Pa., led all active freshmen in MAAC scoring during the regular season with 17.5 points per game (third overall in scoring). He also owns the second highest points average among all Division I men's basketball freshmen players. Green contributed 4.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals an outing for the Purple Eagles. He recorded 27 double-digit scoring performances during his freshman campaign and was named MAAC Rookie of the Week three times for his efforts.

Additionally, Justin Drummond of Loyola University Maryland was chosen as the 2011-2012 MAAC Sixth Man of the Year. Drummond, a 6-foot-4, 187-pound sophomore guard from Bowie, Md., averaged 11.2 points and 4.2 rebounds off the bench in 29 games played for the Greyhounds. Through the regular season, he netted 37.7 percent of his attempts from the field and 75.9 percent from the charity stripe. Drummond recorded double-digit points in 16 contests this season.

Rhamel Brown of Manhattan College was voted as the 2011-2012 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year. Brown, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound sophomore forward/center from Brooklyn, N.Y., is currently leading the MAAC in blocks, averaging 2.5 per game for the Jaspers, good for 19th place in the NCAA statistics. He is also contributing 7.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Brown has netted double-digit points in nine games and recorded three double-doubles this season.


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