Sunday, February 23, 2014

Last of the Men's MAAC "Glue" Players Selected

Last installment identifying men's "glue players," or performers who do the so-called little things often unrecorded in box scores that keep a team together and helps it win games.


The 6-1 junior guard began his college career as a walk-on who barely played as a freshman and only averaged 2.1 points per game last year. But, after significant graduation losses from a year ago, DiLeo stepped up to average 7.6 points this year. Smart? He knows when to take a shot, as his 50-percent accuracy (26-of-52) on three-point attempts would attest. And, he also leads the team in steals with 39. One of the league's best "rags-to-riches" stories. Unfortunately for the Hawks, he has missed their last three games with a high ankle sprain.

FAIRFIELD: Amadou Sidibe

Here's all you need to know about the 6-8 forward's intangible contributions to his program: Sidibe is believed to be the first player in the history of the MAAC to be chosen as a team captain as a sophomore. But, it was a well-deserved honor after a freshman season of hustle and effort enabled him to get enough playing time to the a co-Rookie of the Year award winner a year ago. On the court Sidibe is far from the smoothest offensive player, but he makes significant contributions with court sense, positioning and physical play. He is only averaging 22.9 minutes per game this year, but is getting a team-best 6.5 rebounds per contest.

NIAGARA: Marvin Jordan

He is an undersized 5-11 shooting guard who has become adept enough at handling the ball to lead the Purple Eagles in assist this year. And, somehow, he has managed to far surpass the 1,000-point mark for his career (he currently has 1,214) despite never being remotely close to being the "featured" player in his team's offensive attack. Jordan, though, had his best "glue" moment this past off season when he texted, called and had face-to-face meetings with teammates imploring them to stay in the program even after former head coach Joe Mihalich moved on to take over at Hofstra. It didn't help as four players with remaining eligibility transferred out (two to join Mihalich), but at least he tried.

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