Juan’ya Green ranked third in conference scoring at 17.0 ppg (photo/ Buffalo News)
Canisius junior guard Billy Baron highlighted the All-MAAC first team announced Monday afternoon. He joins the stellar backcourt from Niagara as sophomores Juan’ya Green and Antoine Mason make their first appearance on the first team.Baron, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound junior point guard from East Greenwich, R.I., averaged 16.6 points per game this season, fifth in the conference, as well as a conference best 5.1 assists per game. He played his first season as a Golden Griffin after transferring from the University of Rhode Island.
Green, last year’s freshman of-the-year, and member of the All-MAAC third team, averaged 17.0 points per game, ranking third in the MAAC. Green was a key piece in the Purple Eagles capturing the regular season MAAC title. He was a two-time conference player of the week during the regular season.
Mason, a redshirt sophomore finished second in scoring in the regular season with 18.3 points per game and recorded double-digits in 25 of the 26 games he played in.
Lamont Jones, Iona, Dylon Cormier and Erik Etherly of Loyola also make up the first team. Etherly is the only repeat selection.
Harold Washington, the senior guard from Canisius was named to the third team. He was a member of the second team last year. This year, Washington averaged 13.7 points per game and was part of a lethal backcourt in Western New York that featured Baron and Isaac Sosa.
Canisius gained the fifth seed in the MAAC tournament and will play the fourth seeded Gaels of Iona who made the NCAA tournament last year with an at-large bid.
Niagara will face the winner of the 8-9 matchup between Marist and Siena.
The first round will tip off Friday. Niagara will play at 2:00pm on Saturday and Canisius will tip-off at 4:30.
Feature photo courtesy of Pickin’Splinters
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