Oct. 24, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola College junior Gerald Brown (Baltimore, Md./Frederick Douglass HS) was selected by the conference's head coaches to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Preseason Third Team it was announced this afternoon by the conference at its annual Media Day gathering held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The Greyhounds were predicted to finish fifth in the 10-team conference in voting by the head coaches. Marist College, which returns all five returning starters from a squad that lost to eventual champion Iona College in last year's tournament semifinals, was tapped as the unanimous selection for first place.
Brown is the only one of the 16 individual selections to have not played in a game in the MAAC last season. The 6-4 guard transferred to Loyola from Providence College prior to the 2005-06 season and sat out last season as a redshirt while he established his residency. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining with the Greyhounds.
The Baltimore product played in 26 games over two seasons with the Friars, starting one game during his sophomore season. He enters this season with a career scoring average of 4.9 points per game while making 42.9 percent of his field goal attempts.
The MAAC Preseason First Team is led by the Preseason Player of the Year, Marist College senior guard Jared Jordan. The lone returning player from last year's postseason first-team selections, Jordan led the nation in assists as a junior (8.5) while scoring a team-high 16.1 points per outing. Also highlighting the preseason first team are Arturo Dubois, a junior forward/center from Manhattan College, and Jason Thompson, a junior forward from Rider University, both members of last year's postseason second team. Rounding out the five-man squad are senior guard/forward Will Whittington from Marist College, a third-team all-MAAC performer following his junior season, and junior guard/forward Charron Fisher from Niagara University, who missed much of last season following a knee injury.
On the second team are seniors Corey Herring (Canisius College), Michael Haddix (Siena College) and Clif Brown and Lorenzo Miles (both of Niagara University), junior Todd Sowell (Saint Peter's College) and sophomore Kenny Hasbrouck (Siena College). Joining Loyola's Brown on the preseason third team are senior Darnell Wilson (Canisius College), juniors Ryan Stilphen (Marist College) and Raul Orta (Saint Peter's College) and sophomore Devon Austin (Manhattan College).
After picking the Red Foxes as the unanimous selection for No. 1, the coaches selected Niagara University second, Siena College third and last year's champion Iona College fourth. Following the Greyhounds in fifth are Manhattan College, Rider University, Canisius College, Fairfield University and Saint Peter's College, respectively.
"I'm really happy that we were picked fifth," says third-year coach Jimmy Patsos. "It shows that our program continues to improve each year, but you still have to play the games. That's what matters and that's what we're looking forward to now."
The Greyhounds play an exhibition game against The Catholic University of America on Friday, November 3 at Reitz Arena. Just prior to the 7 o'clock tip-off, CBS Sports and ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas will address the audience. The game is open to the public. Loyola gets the regular season started in Queens, N.Y., against the United States Naval Academy in the opening round of the 2006 2K Sports College Hoops Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer on Friday, November 10. With a win in that game, the Greyhounds will play a second-round game the next night with a chance to advance to the championship round the following weekend to be held at Madison Square Garden.