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Monday, March 4, 2013

Six Rider players earn All-MAAC honors

Jon Thompson was a Second Team All-League selection/ Photo by JOHN BLAINE

Six members of the Rider men's and women's basketball teams were honored Monday when the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced its all-league teams.

Jon Thompson was a Second Team selection and Anthony Myles and Danny Stewart were both named to the Third Team.

Thompson leads the Broncs in scoring, assists, steals and minutes played. He's averaging a career-best 12.8 points per game and 14.3 per contest in MAAC games. The senior guard also ranks first in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (51.6) and third in total field goal percentage (56.8).


In addition to all-league honors, Thompson picked up MAAC Player of the Week after averaging 18 points, 3.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in a pair of wins over Niagara and Canisius that vaulted Rider (18-13, 12-6) to the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.

Both Myles and Stewart are averaging over 11 points per game.

The six players named to the First Team are eligible for the conference's Player of the Year. Those players are: Iona's MoMo Jones, Niagara's Juan'ya Green and Antoine Mason, Canisius' Billy Baron and Loyola's Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier.

On the women's side, junior forward MyNeshia McKenzie garnered First Team honors, making her eligible for Player of the Year.

She was joined on the First Team by Iona's Damika Martinez, Siena's Lily Grenci, Niagara's Lauren Gatto and Canisius' Ashley Durham.

McKenzie is averaging 13.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
MyNeshia McKenzie is eligible for POY/ Photo by JOHN BLAINE

Senior center Caitlin Bopp was named to the Third Team and freshman guard Mikal Johnson picked up Rookie Team honors.

Both the men's and women's Player of the Year will be announced Thursday in Springfield.

The men are the No. 2 seed and host the winner of the St. Peter's/Fairfield game Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The women open the tournament as the No. 4 seed against Niagara at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

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Here were my all-league picks plus a few more selections:

First Team: MoMo Jones (Iona), Juan'ya Green (Niagara), Antoine Mason (Niagara), Jon Thompson (Rider), Erik Etherly (Loyola).

Player of the Year: Jones

Defensive Player of the Year: Rhamel Brown, Manhattan

Coach of the Year: Jim Baron, Canisius

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