The 2012-13 season has been nothing short of a struggle for the Manhattan Jaspers, who were picked to finish second in the MAAC but are currently only 5-11 and 3-3 in conference play. One of the big reasons why the Jaspers have disappointed is because senior wing George Beamon, who led the MAAC in scoring last season with 19 points per game, has missed all but four games with an ankle injury, and even in those four contests he was playing hurt.
As anticipated by many college basketball fans, Beamon was officially announced as out for the season, and Manhattan will now seek a medical hardship waiver so that he can receive a fifth year of eligibility and play next season, according to a tweet by Vin Parise.
This is bittersweet news for Manhattan fans.
The chances of the championship season that 2012-13 had the potential to be is now a stretch, although even without their star the Jaspers are only two games out of first place with a third of the MAAC season in the books.
But, if Beamon does get the medical redshirt and is back for the 2013-14 season, Manhattan will be a clear favorite in the MAAC.
In addition to Beamon, Manhattan would add Maryland transfer Ashton Pankey, who averaged 4.7 points and 4.9 rebounds as a freshman; junior college transfer Chris Thomas, who was ranked a top-five recruit by Rivals coming out of high school; and two freshmen, Carlton Allen and Tyler Wilson.
Meanwhile, the Jaspers will also bring back all-MAAC guard Mike Alvarado and reigning MAAC Defensive Player of the Year Rhamel Brown. Also returning will be Emmy Andujar, who made the all-MAAC freshmen team in 2011-12, and Shane Richards, a freshman who is averaging 13 points in his last four games and recently won a MAAC Rookie of the Week award.
Although this news hurts the hopes for Manhattan to revive the current season, the return of a healthy Beamon in 2013-14 would help the Jaspers to their most memorable season in a long time.