Oct. 28, 2008
NEW YORK CITY - Loyola College sophomore guard Brian Rudolph was tabbed for the All-MAAC Preseason Second Team and senior guard Marquis Sullivan was selected for the Third Team it was announced today as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference held its annual Media Day gathering at the ESPN Zone in Times Square in mid-town Manhattan.
The Greyhounds were predicted to finish fifth in the 10-team conference in voting by the head coaches. Siena College, which returns all five starters from a squad which won last season's regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round, was the unanimous selection for first place.
Both of the recognized Loyola players were MAAC major award winners last season. Rudolph was a six-time Rookie of the Week selection, a member of the MAAC All-Rookie Team and is the reigning MAAC Rookie of the Year. Sullivan was honored as the conference's Sixth Man of the Year by the league's coaches and was an All-MAAC Third Team pick as a sophomore.
Saints comprise three-fifths of the Preseason All-MAAC First Team led by Preseason Player of the Year Kenny Hasbrouck. He is joined by teammates Alex Franklin and Edwin Ubiles along with Rider's Ryan Thompson and Fairfield's Jonathan Han. Combining with Rudolph on the Second Team are Fairfield's Anthony Johnson, Iona's Gary Springer, Manhattan's Antoine Pearson, Niagara's Tyrone Lewis and Rider's Harris Mansell. Sullivan's Third Team teammates are Canisius' Frank Turner, Manhattan's Devon Austin, Marist's David Devezin and Saint Peter's Wesley Jenkins.
After picking the Saints as the unanimous selection for No. 1, the coaches selected Fairfield second, Rider third and Niagara fourth. Following the Greyhounds in fifth are Manhattan, Iona, Canisius, Saint Peter's and Marist, respectively.
The first chance to see the Greyhounds comes Friday, November 7, when Loyola hosts The Catholic University of America for an exhibition game in refurbished Reitz Arena at 7 o'clock. The regular season begins a week later when the Greyhounds renew the rivalry with long-time foe Mount St. Mary's in Reitz at 7:00 p.m. to kick off a weekend of festivities surrounding the 100th anniversary of the first season of basketball at Loyola College. A reception for basketball alumni will take place on November 15 and the celebration concludes the following day when the Greyhounds host Tennessee State at 1 o'clock.