2009: 3rd Place. 19-12 (12-6)
A solid team in 2008-2009 finishing third in the conference, Rider should once again be a respectable opponent this season. Novar Gadson had a strong freshman campaign last year averaging nearly 11 ppg, and his 6’7” height presents match up problems for most small forward defenders. Junior guard Justin Robinson is a dangerous three point threat, and junior Mike Ringgold has offensive talent down low. However, Rider will go as far as Preseason POY Ryan Thompson will take them. This team will need another year of 18 ppg and 42.2 three-point % from its senior leader to be successful this season.
2009: 7th Place. 12-19 (7-11)
Iona is trying to bounce back from a disappointing season where they finished with a losing record in the conference. To show how young this team was last year their leading scorer was MAAC rookie of the year Scott Machado with 9.3 ppg. Obviously everyone will be a year older and more experienced, but Iona will still have to rely heavily on its underclassman. What makes this team unique in the MAAC is senior center Jonathon Huffman, a seven-footer with the ability to draw defenders away from the basket and hit consistently at even long-range levels.
Canisius Golden Griffins:
2009: 9th Place. 11-20 (4-14)
The Griffins hope to climb out of the gutter this season after finishing tied for last place in the MAAC last year. A positive for Canisius is the return of three of their top scorers Frank Turner (15.6 ppg), Julius Coles (12.1 ppg), and Greg Logins (11.3 ppg). For years this blue collar team has had a reputation for staying in games longer than expected, and with the return of the core starters this shouldn’t change. Expect to see most of the offensive scoring come from guard play.