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Scott Machado, Iona
Machado was not only the best point guard in the MAAC this season, but he was even the best point guard in the entire nation. The senior leads the country in assists with 10.1 per game, and he also scores a very solid 13.1 points per game, making him one of two players in the MAAC to average a double-double. His 80.5 free throw percentage stands at No. 5 in the conference entering the tournament, and his 3.1 assists for every turnover was outstanding.
Machado posted nine double-doubles (including one triple-double), and his season-highs were 33 points against St. Joe's and 16 assists against Manhattan.
George Beamon, Manhattan
Thanks to a superb final weekend where he scored 28 points against Canisius and 24 points against Loyola, Beamon captured the MAAC regular season scoring title for the 2011-12 season with 18.4 points per game and 552 points overall. He also now stands at No. 32 in the nation in scoring.
Beamon showed his ability to be an explosive scorer last season, but he found more consistency this year by rounding out his game. He is the most improved player in the MAAC, jumping from six made three-pointers last season to 54 this year.
The junior has now scored in double digits in 45 consecutive games, and his season-high was 33 points against Canisius.
Rakim Sanders, Fairfield
Sanders did not disappoint as a transfer from an ACC school. The fifth-year senior posted 16.7 points per game this year in addition to 8.2 rebounds per game. Down the stretch, he averaged 17.8 points per game and 9.4 boards. And over the course of the entire season, he recorded eight double-doubles.
His season-high 25 points came in the second game of the season against Providence, and his high in rebounds was 15 against Old Dominion.
Without Derek Needham, Fairfield will now need Sanders to step up big-time in the MAAC tournament.
Michael Glover, Iona
Glover definitely lived up to expectations this season. The senior in his second year at Iona averaged 18.1 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game, both good for No. 2 in the MAAC in the respective categories. Additionally, he led the conference in field goal percentage (65 percent).
All season long, he was the one truly dominant big man in the MAAC, and at many points he could score against any defender in the conference. His lack of a mid-range game makes a future NBA career doubtful, but that does not take anything away from his complete dominance of the MAAC this season.
The 6'7" forward posted 13 double-doubles this year, with his season-high 34 points coming against St. Joe's.
O.D. Anosike, Siena
Anosike is the nation's leading rebounder and joins Machado as the only MAAC player to average a double-double this season. The junior from Staten Island posted an outstanding 17 double-doubles in a row from November 26 to January 29 before the streak ended against St. Peter's.
Even more amazingly, his body and attitude has held up despite needing to play 36.8 minutes per game for a depleted and thin Siena squad.
His season-high in points was 27 against Niagara, and his highest rebounding number was a whopping 22 boards against Fairfield.
Anosike also finished No. 5 in the MAAC in field goal percentage at 52.2 percent.
MAAC Player of the Year—Scott Machado, Iona