Two of the MAAC's most-prominent players of recent vintage are currently on NBA rosters for preseason games.
Rider's Ryan Thompson, a 6-foot-6 swingman who graduated in 2010; and Siena's Kenny Hasbrouck, a 6-3 guard who graduated in 2009, have been active in the preseason.
Thus far Thompson, playing for the Utah Jazz, has appeared in two games for a total of 32 minutes of court time. He is 0-for-4 from the field and 2-2 from the foul line. He has three rebounds, two assists, a steal and two turnovers.
Hasbrouck, with the star-studded Miami Heat, has played in four games. He is averaging 5.8 points, 3.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds. However, he is just 9-for-238 from the field (26.8 percent).
They're not the only two former conference players competing in preseason games. There's also Thompson's older brother, the 6-foot-11 forward Jason Thompson who already has played two full NBA regular-seasons.
The elder Thompson averaged 11.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.8 blocks per game through two seasons thus far with the Sacramento Kings. This preseason he is averaging 9.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists through five games.
It is believed to be the only time three former MAAC players have appeared in NBA preseason games in the same season.