Springfield, Mass. - Iona College senior guard Lamont Jones has been selected as the 2012-2013 Pepsi Max MAAC Player of the Year by the MAAC's head coaches.
Jones, a 6-foot, 196-pound senior guard from Harlem, N.Y., earned a spot on the All-MAAC First Team after finishing the regular season leading the league in scoring with 23.2 points per game. He netted 45 percent of his attempts from the field and 87 percent from the free throw line. Jones also contributed 3.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals a night for the Gaels. A two-time MAAC Player of the Week, he posted double figures in 29 out of 30 games played this year.
Amadou Sidibe from Fairfield University and Shane Richards from Manhattan College are the 2012-2013 MAAC Co-Rookies of the Year. Sidibe, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound freshman forward from the Bronx, N.Y., contributed 6.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in his first season with the Stags. He posted eight double-digit performances, and netted 55.6 percent of his shots from the floor. Sidibe was named MAAC Rookie of the Week on Jan. 28. Richards, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound freshman forward from New York, N.Y., averaged 7.3 points per game. He connected on 40.6 percent of his attempts from the field, 39.6 percent from behind the arc and 78.6 percent from the charity stripe. Richards recorded 11 double-digit scoring performances during his freshman campaign and was named MAAC Rookie of the Week on Jan. 14.
Additionally, Maurice Barrow was chosen as the 2012-2013 MAAC Sixth Man of the Year. Barrow, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound junior forward from Hollis, N.Y., averaged 8.8 points and 4.0 rebounds off the bench in 31 games played for the Stags. Through the regular season, he netted 45.1 percent of his attempts from the field and 71.7 percent from the charity stripe. Barrow recorded double-digit points in 14 contests along with two double-doubles this season.
Rhamel Brown of Manhattan College was voted as the 2012-2013 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year. Brown, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound junior forward/center from Brooklyn, N.Y., is currently leading the MAAC in blocks, averaging 3.0 per game for the Jaspers, tying him at 10th place in the NCAA statistics. The two-time honoree is also contributing 11.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Brown has netted double-digit points in 18 games and recorded five double-doubles this season.