SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – Senior guard Billy Baron of Canisius College has been selected as the 2013-2014 Pepsi MAAC Player of the Year by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s head coaches.
Baron, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound standout from East Greenwich, R.I., was a unanimous selection to the All-MAAC First Team, announced earlier this week. Baron finished the regular season as the second leading scorer in the MAAC, and third nationally, in scoring, averaging 24.4 points per game. Baron was also the second leading playmaker in the MAAC, averaging 5.2 assists per game. He led the MAAC in free throw percentage (.888), 3-point field goals made per game (3.2) and minutes played (39.0 per game). Baron. a four-time Player of the Week in 2013-14, is a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, presented to the NCAA Division I’s top point guard.
Khalid Hart of Marist College was selected as the MAAC’s Rookie of the Year. The 6-2, 180-pound red-shirt freshman from Newark, Del., was Marist’s second leading scorer, averaging 14.6 points per game. He was ranked in the Top 15 in the MAAC in scoring, assists (No. 13, 2.5), field goal percentage (15th, .454), free throw percentage (9th, .806), steals (9th, 1.3), 3-point field goals (12th, .381) and minutes played (9th, 33.8). Hart was a seven-time Rookie of the Week selection during the season, and was named to the MAAC’s All-Rookie Team.
The MAAC’s 6th Man of the Year is Maurice Barrow of Fairfield. Barrow, who receives this honor for the second consecutive year, was the Stags’ second leading scorer, averaging 14.0 points coming off the bench. The 6-5, 210-pound forward from Hollis, N.Y. , was Fairfield’s second leading rebounder with 5.1 caroms per outing. Barrow, who averaged 29.3 minutes per game, shot .439 from the floor and .741 from the foul line, also second for the Stags. In his final regular season game, Barrow scored 22 points to climb into 15th place on the Stags all-time scoring list with 1,295 points.
Rhamel Brown of Manhattan was selected as Defensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. The 6-7, 230-pound senior forward/center from Brooklyn, N.Y., leads the MAAC and is second nationally in blocked shots with 3.8 per game. Brown recorded four or more blocks in 15 games, and twice rejected nine shots (vs. Fordham, Nov. 26 and vs. Siena, Feb. 21). Brown, who averaged 9.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, was second in the MAAC in field goal percentage (.528) and 14th in rebounding. He was a second-team All-MAAC selection.