Saturday, December 29, 2012

"Big" Happenings Highlight A Look Around The MAAC

News and notes from the here and there ... otherwise known as "ATM," or Around The MAAC.


The Connecticut Post is reporting that sophomore center Malcolm Gilbert will be transferring from Pittsburgh to Fairfield.

If Gilbert completes the transfer before the start of college's second semester, he'll be eligible after the conclusion of first-semester games next season.

The 6-foot-11 Gilbert was planning to redshirt this season after playing limited minutes in 19 games last season. He would have the second semester of next season and two full subsequent seasons of eligibility at Fairfield.

Gilbert, according to a statement released by Pitt coach Jamie Dixon, indicated he wants to join the Fairfield program to play alongside his brother, Marcus.

Marcus Gilbert is a 6-foot-6 freshman swingman who is averaging 6.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 18.4 minutes pr game thus far this season.

"(Malcolm) is a great kid, a hard worker and good player," said Dixon, in a statement issued through Pitt's sports information office. "We thank Malcolm for his contribution over the last year and a half and wish him much success in the future."

The 2011 graduate of the Academy of the New Church Boys School in Bryn Athyn, Pa., averaged 6.3 points, 4.0 blocks and 4.8 rebounds as a senior. Sports Illustrated rated him the No. 34 recruit coming out of high school in 2011.

The Stags recently had a scholarship open up when 7-footer Vince Van Nes opted to leave the program due to continued foot issues that were not corrected through surgery over the summer. Van Nes was a sophomore, but never appeared in a game for the Stags.


Iona is the ninth-highest scoring team nationally (81.9 ppg.), but has been even better at putting up points in its last two games, scoring 91 in a 96-96 setback against St. Joseph's on Friday and 100 in a 100-72 victory over Norfolk State on Dec. 23.

Trace that increased production to the addition of 6-8, 240-pound do-everything power forward David Laury, who became eligible in time for the Norfolk State contest.

Laury averages 20.7 points and 11.7 rebounds over his first two games with the Gaels.

Laury began his college career at Lamar State, a junior college, where he averaged 16.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game in the 2010-11 season. He sat out this year and missed the first semester of games while taking classes at Iona before he gained his eligibility.

Laury has two more years of eligibility after the current season.


Siena's 6-8 forward O.D. Anosike was leading all Division I players in rebounding with 12.4 per game entering the Saints' contest against La Salle on Saturday night.

But, that's nothing new for the Saints' inside force, who also led the country in rebounds last season with 12.5 per game.

Anosike currently leads rebound runner-up Jamelle Hagins of Delaware by two-tenths of a rebound per game.

If Anosike can finish out the season as the national rebound leader he will become just the sixth player since 1950 to win back-to-back rebound titles.

The others have been Leroy White of Pacific University (1958-59, 1959-60), Jerry Lucas of Ohio State (1960-61, 1961-62), Artis Gilmore of Jacksonville (1969-70, 1970-71), Kermit Washington of American University (1971-72, 1972-73) and Paul Milsap of Louisiana Tech, who led over three straight seasons (2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06).

Only one other player in MAAC history has previously led the nation in rebounding for a single season. Fairfield's Darren Phillip was the rebound leader in the 1999-00 season.

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