MAAC Announces 2009-2010 All-MAAC Men's Basketball Awards

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  March 04, 2010
Courtesy: MAAC Sports
Albany, N.Y. - Siena College senior forward Alex Franklin has been named as the 2009-2010 Pepsi Max MAAC Player of the Year by the MAAC's head coaches.

Franklin, a 6-foot-5, 226-pound senior forward from Reading, Pa., makes his first appearance on the All-MAAC First Team. He is currently sixth in the MAAC in scoring with 15.8 points an outing and fifth in rebounds with 7.8 caroms a night for the Saints. Franklin is shooting 56.6 percent from the field, ranking him second in the league, and 66.4 percent from the charity stripe (14th in the MAAC). He posted double digits in 22 games and five double-doubles during the regular season.

Fairfield University's Derek Needham was named the 2009-2010 MAAC Rookie of the Year. Needham, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound freshman guard from Dalton Ill., was a top performer for the Stags this season. He led all freshmen and ranked fifth in the MAAC scoring chart during the regular season with 15.9 points per game. Needham is also ranked third in assists (5.4), third in steals (1.9), 11th in field goal percentage (.384) and 11th in free throw percentage (.711). He posted double digits in 28 of 29 games and two double-doubles during the regular season. Needham earned 10 MAAC Rookie of the Week awards this season.

Additionally, Fairfield's Mike Evanovich was named the 2009-2010 MAAC Sixth Man of the Year. Evanovich, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound senior forward, recorded 7.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in 29 games for the Stags. Through the regular season, he netted 45.3 percent of his attempts from the field, 46.0 from behind the arc and 76 percent from the charity stripe. Evanovich recorded double-digit points in nine contests this season.

Fairfield's Anthony Johnson was chosen as the 2009-2010 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year. Johnson, a 6-foot-8, 245-pound senior center from Lake Wales, Fla., is also a member of the 2009-2010 All-MAAC First Team. He is currently averaging 15.6 points for game, good for seventh place on the MAAC scoring chart, while pulling down 9.9 rebounds a night, ranking him second in the conference. Johnson leads the MAAC in blocks per game, recording 2.3 an outing. He has netted double-digit points in 24 games and recorded 15 double-doubles this season.

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