Oct. 26, 2010
New York, N.Y. - Loyola senior guard Jamal Barney was selected for the Preseason All-MAAC Second Team for the second consecutive season and the Greyhounds were tabbed for sixth place in voting by the league's coaches it was announced today at the annual MAAC Media Day held in mid-town Manhattan.
"Once again, the coaches made fair judgments on our league," Greyhounds seventh-year head coach Jimmy Patsos remarked about the announcement. "Fairfield was five minutes away from winning it all last year and the tournament will be at their house this year so it is a solid pick. I'm glad Jamal was recognized by the coaches for what he has done for our program. We are expecting big things from him and others and are looking forward to getting it all started in a couple of weeks."
Last year's runners-up, Fairfield University (96 points), received six first-place votes and was tabbed as the preseason favorite. This year's championship will be played at the Stags' home court, the Arena at Harbor Yard. Three-time defending champion Siena (91) collected three first-place votes to place second. The lone remaining first-place nod went to Saint Peter's (77) to give the Peacocks a third-place showing. Iona (73) and Rider (51) both placed ahead of the Greyhounds while Canisius (45), Niagara (40), Manhattan (19) and Marist (11) rounded out the group of 10.
The Saints' Ryan Rossiter was picked as the MAAC's Preseason Player of the Year and was joined on the Preseason All-MAAC First Team by teammate Clarence Jackson, Fairfield's Derek Needham, Scott Machado of Iona and Saint Peter's Wesley Jenkins. Rossiter was an All-MAAC First Team selection last year while Needham and Machado were named to the second team and Jackson and Jenkins landed on the third team.
Loyola's leading scorer each of the last two seasons and the MAAC's leading scorer as a sophomore, Barney was joined on the Preseason All-MAAC Second Team by Julius Coles from Canisius, Rider's Mike Ringgold and Justin Robinson and Ryan Bacon and Nick Leon of Saint Peter's. Tabbed for the Preseason All-MAAC Third Team were Greg Logins (Canisius), Yorel Hawkins (Fairfield), Alejo Rodriguez (Iona), Anthony Nelson (Niagara) and Novar Gadson (Rider). No player from Manhattan or Marist was selected for a preseason team.
Loyola opens its 2010-2011 season on November 4 when it hosts Shepherd in an exhibition game in Reitz Arena at 7 o'clock. The regular season gets underway eight days later on November 12 when the Greyhounds host Drexel starting at 8:00 p.m.