Stags Pre-Season Media Predictions - 10/28

September and October is the time of the year for Football, but its also the time of the year for publications and websites to give their pre-season college basketball predictions. Here is an accumulation of all predictions for the MAAC and Fairfield.

Fairfield was predicted as high as 4th and as low as 7th, with an average ranking between 5th and 6th. Here is a summarry of each publication.


Blue Ribbon Magazine

1. Siena
2. Loyola
3. Rider
4. Marist
5. Fairfield
6. Niagara
7. Manhattan
8. Canisius
9. St Peters
10. Iona

Synopsis: Blue Ribbon has the most detail by far of any publication. They rely on a lot of coaches comments. Here is what Cooley had to say.

Fairfield is looking to keep their same identity of being stingy defensively. The Stags game isn't especially pretty, but they know how to get the job done. They are a team that others in the MAAC do not enjoy playing against because of their physical style Controling the games defensively will give us the best chance of winning. Stags recruited extremely well and the young kids will come in and contribute. Fairfield is still young and the players will need to figure out their roles.

Cooley's comments on players: Greg Nero, can be counted on for his interior scoring. Anthony Johnson could become one of the top players in the league if he can add some polish to his raw ability. The Stags do not have a double-digit scorer returning, although Nero and Anthony Johnson appear ready to step up. Jon Han is a reliable playmaker, and has experience in close games. For what he brought to the table, Han didn't get enough love from the media and others. Devin Johnson showed grit and is a good offensive rebounder. Marty O'Sullivan gives the Stags the leadership of a fifth-year player and is a physical presence inside. If Herbie Allen can make some shots, it really gives the Stags a different look. Mike Evanovich is another outside option, he can really shoot it. Mamadou Diakhate and Geoff Middleton have been contributors off the bench.

Cooley's comments on the freshman: Yorel Hawkins may be the most ready. and could be an explosive addition to the lineup. He could be one of the top first-year players in the league. Warren Edney is a left-handed version of Hawkins, and are mirror images of each other. Lyndon Jordan has good leadership ability and a knack for scoring.

Cooley said that he does not know if we'll win 10 MAAC games again or have a better record, but he does know that we are a better program.


MAAC Coaches Poll

1. Siena - 95
2. Loyola - 93
3. Niagara - 73
4. Rider - 74
5. Marist - 53
6. Fairfield - 51
Manhattan - 51
8. Iona - 24
9. Canisius - 23
10. St Peters - 15

Synopsis: Greg Nero and Anthony Johnson were selected as 3rd team All-MAAC.


Draft Express

1. Loyola
2. Siena
3. Rider
4. Niagara
5. Fairfield
6. Manhattan
7. Marist
8. Canisius
9. Iona
10. St Peters

Synopsis: The Stag's lost their best player to graduation, but return 4 starters, and will be a well balanced team. Stags got off to a bad 3-15 start, but turned it around to finish 10-3.


Lindy's College Basketball

1. Loyola
2. Siena
3. Marist
4. Niagara
5. Rider
6. Manhattan
7. Fairfield
8. Iona
9. Canisius
10. St Peters

Synopsis: The Stag's strong defense was noted as one of the tops in the MAAC, but the big question mark is if we have enough consistent scoring to offset the loss of Mike Van Schaick. Greg Nero, Anthony Johnson, and Mike Evanovich were listed as honors players, which seemed to given to the top 2-3 players on each team. Nero was listed as the player to watch out for as he had a good freshman season despite having a hip injury all season.  Yorel Hawkins, Warren Edney and Evanovich were list as top Fairfield newcomers. No Fairfield player made the first or second team All-MAAC, nor were any players mentioned as tops in their category.


Athlon's College Basketball

1. Loyola
2. Siena
3. Rider
4. Fairfield
5. Manhattan
6. Marist
7. Niagara
8. Iona
9. St Peters
10. Canisius

Synopsis: The Fairfield recap mentioned the key loss of Mike Van Schaick, but they were quick to point out that he was the only significant loss on this team. Greg Nero and Anthony Johnson were noted as two players that were coming off good Freshman seasons. They also said that a lot more was expected from Jon Han. With a good freshman class and the 6-9 Mike Evanovich being eligible, the Stags were picked in the top 4. No Fairfield player made the first team All-MAAC.


Sporting News College Basketball

1. Siena
2. Loyola
3. Marist
4. Manhattan
5. Niagara
6. Rider
7. Fairfield
8. Canisius
9. Iona
10. St Peters

Synopsis: The Stag's preview focused on 6-9 Mike Evanovich being the key addition from Iowa State. The only other mention was that Greg Nero, Anthony Johnson and Jon Han were solid. No Fairfield player made the first team All-MAAC. The Sporting News and Street and Smith's have merged into one magazine, which has kept the Sporting News name. Unfortunately, they decided to take the worst of each magazine.