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MAAC Awards Race: Iona's Scott Machado and Michael Glover Lead POY Candidates

Jesse KramerCorrespondent IDecember 31, 2016

MAAC Awards Race: Iona's Scott Machado and Michael Glover Lead POY Candidates

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    Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play is seven games deep, and the conference has both the nation's assists and rebounding leaders, Scott Machado and O.D. Anosike.

    So, while a few MAAC players have a chance at garnering national honors, let's take a look at who is in the running to earn conference awards.

    Here is a breakdown of all the candidates for all the major MAAC awards: Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year and Coach of the Year.

    Follow Jesse Kramer on Twitter @Jesse_Kramer for more MAAC and college basketball news.

Player of the Year Candidates

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    Scott Machado, Iona

    Machado is currently the favorite for MAAC Player of the Year. The senior point guard leads the nation in assists (10.3 APG) and is one of two players in the MAAC to average a double-double (13.1 PPG).

    He has had two of the best performances by a point guard this season. Against Manhattan, he dished out 16 assists while only committing one turnover. And in Puerto Rico, he had 15 assists and no turnovers against Maryland.

    He has posted six double-doubles and has come close to recording a triple-double on two occasions. Despite being only 6"1", Machado is averaging 4.8 rebounds per game and has had six games with six or more rebounds.


    Michael Glover, Iona

    Glover was the preseason favorite for MAAC Player of the Year, but so far he has been outplayed by his point guard. However, a good finish to the season could still put the award in Glover's hands.

    He recorded his seventh double-double of the season against Loyola on Sunday, notching 20 points and 15 rebounds.

    On the season, he is averaging 19 points per game on 67.7 percent shooting, good for the No. 4 spot in all of college basketball, in addition to 8.6 rebounds per game.


    O.D. Anosike, Siena

    Anosike is the second player in the MAAC averaging a double-double, with 14.8 points per game and a nation's best 12.7 rebounds per game. He is chasing Tim Duncan's streak of 15 consecutive double-doubles, currently with 13 in a row.

    The junior has recorded a double-double in all but one game this season, and in that game, Anosike had 13 points and nine rebounds.

    Anosike has had five 20-point outings, and his best overall game came against Niagara, when he scored 27 points on 12-of-15 shooting and 14 rebounds.

    Most recently, he had 16 points and 16 rebounds in a loss at Manhattan.

Player of the Year Candidates (Continued)

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    George Beamon, Manhattan

    Beamon remains one of the most explosive scorers in the MAAC, scoring 17.1 points per game, but he has become a Player of the Year candidate by rounding out his game. This year, he is shooting 49.5 percent from the field, 44 percent from beyond the arc and a MAAC-best 83.9 percent from the foul line.

    Additionally, he dishes out two assists per game.

    Beamon has scored in double figures in every game this year, and he is averaging 18.7 points per game and 1.9 steals per game in MAAC play.


    Rakim Sanders, Fairfield

    Sanders has not disappointed in his only year of eligibility with Fairfield. He leads the Stags in scoring with 15.7 points per game and is one of the top rebounders in the MAAC at 8.1 per game. Sanders has posted five double-doubles this year and five 20-point performances.

    He is arguably the most valuable player on a Fairfield team that is competing for the MAAC title.


    Juan'ya Green, Niagara

    Green has emerged as one of the best freshmen in the country. His 18.6 points per game are No. 1 among freshmen.

    However, Green does not do much aside from scoring. He does average four assists per game, but he also averages 3.7 turnovers per game.

    His scoring ability makes him a legitimate candidate for Player of the Year, but between being a freshman and not being a complete player, his chances of actually winning the award are small.

Defensive Player of the Year Candidates

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    Rhamel Brown, Manhattan

    Brown is far and away the front-runner for MAAC Defensive Player of the Year.

    Although he plays just 18.6 minutes per game, Brown is the best shot-blocker in the MAAC, standing at No. 25 in the nation and leading the MAAC with 2.5 per game.

    In addition to the shots that he blocks, Brown also alters many shots in each game.


    Adam Kemp, Marist

    Kemp stands at No. 2 in the MAAC in blocks with 2.2 per game. He has had two games with six blocks, and six games with three blocks or more.

    At 6'10" he will cause problems on offense for every MAAC team.


    Dylon Cormier, Loyola (MD)

    Cormier does not get a lot of blocks like Brown and Kemp do, but that is understandable since he is only 6'2". However, he does lead the MAAC in steals with 1.9 per game. 

    Cormier is definitely an underdog for the award, but he is in the hunt.

Rookie of the Year Candidates

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    Juan'ya Green, Niagara

    Green is an underdog to win the MAAC Player of the Year award, but he is easily the favorite to win Rookie of the Year. Not only is Green the best freshman in the MAAC, but he is one of the best mid-major freshmen in the entire nation.

    Green leads MAAC freshmen in scoring, assists and steals.


    Emmy Andujar, Manhattan

    Despite being a freshman, Andujar has been a huge part of Manhattan's success this year. He has already shown that he is a complete player, averaging 8.9 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game and 2.6 assists per game.

    He has also been an efficient scorer, shooting 50 percent from the field.


    Evan Hymes, Siena

    Despite being extremely undersized at just 5'7", Hymes has put together a great freshman season. So far, he is averaging 14.7 points per game and 3.5 assists per game. He has had six 20-point games and one 30-point game.

    From Dec. 22 to Jan. 12, he scored in double-digits in six straight games, but that streak ended when he scored six in a loss at Manhattan.


    Chavaughn Lewis, Marist

    Lewis is the fourth player in the running for MAAC Rookie of the Year. His 12.8 points per game are in the top 20 in the MAAC, but he has not done much this year aside from score.

    The freshman is averaging 3.9 rebounds per game and 1.4 assists per game.

Sixth Man of the Year Candidates

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    Jeff Jones, Rider

    There was a lot of hype surrounding Jones, a transfer from Virginia, in the preseason. After starting the first few games with Rider, he ended up being the first man off the bench.

    This year, he has given the Broncs a good boost as the sixth man with 12.6 points per game and 2.5 rebounds per game.


    Rhamel Brown, Manhattan

    Defensive Player of the Year is not the only award that Brown might achieve.

    Off the bench, Brown is averaging 7.6 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game and 2.5 blocks per game. In addition, he is shooting 58.6 percent from the field. He adds a huge spark to the Jaspers off the bench and has been an impact player in many games this year.

    In MAAC play, Brown is averaging 9.2 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per game and 3.2 blocks per game.


    Chavaughn Lewis, Marist

    Lewis' position in the Sixth Man race is similar to his position in the Rookie of the Year race. He scores 12.8 points per game off the bench this year, making him Marist's No. 2 scorer.

    If he ends up leading the Red Foxes in scoring, his chances at being MAAC Sixth Man of the Year will increase.


    Kidani Brutus, Manhattan

    Brutus has a very small chance of being the MAAC Sixth Man of the Year. After starting the first few games, he has been coming off the bench, which makes him eligible for the award.

    Brutus is a deadly three-point shooter at 39.1 percent, and he is averaging 9.2 points per game in MAAC competition.

    In his last five games, he is averaging 10.6 points per game.

Coach of the Year Candidates

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    Steve Masiello, Manhattan

    The Manhattan Jaspers were picked to finish No. 8 in the MAAC this year, and rightly so. The Jaspers had mainly the same squad as last year's 6-25 team, plus they had a rookie head coach at the helm.

    However, this coach, Steve Masiello, has already doubled Manhattan's win total from last year. The Jaspers currently stand at 12-7.

    Masiello has led Manhattan into a tie for second place through more than a third of conference play, and the Jaspers have already knocked off the preseason No. 1 and No. 2 teams, Iona and Fairfield. His squad is a buzzer-beater away from being in control of first place in the MAAC.

    Purely in terms of the best coaching job, Masiello is No. 1, although Jimmy Patsos and Tim Cluess are not far behind.


    Jimmy Patsos, Loyola (MD)

    Patsos' squad was picked to finish No. 3 in the MAAC in the preseason, but there were still many MAAC fans who doubted Loyola, even after its 8-1 start.

    Loyola is currently 12-5 and stands in second place in the MAAC at 5-2. It has beaten two of the top four teams (Manhattan and Fairfield) and nearly beat Iona on Sunday.

    If the Greyhounds finish in the top two in the MAAC, Patsos will be a very legitimate candidate for Coach of the Year.


    Tim Cluess, Iona

    Iona has been slightly disappointing this year, but there is no doubt that the job Cluess has done has been well above average.

    The Gaels are clearly the dominant team in the MAAC despite losing at home to Manhattan. They nearly knocked off Purdue in Puerto Rico and ended up picking up some nice wins in non-conference play.

    However, in order for Cluess to get the award, Iona will have to win the conference. Not fulfilling expectations will leave him as a runner-up.

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