Monday, April 21, 2014

ATM: News and Notes From Around The MAAC

Here's a feature we like to call "ATM," an acronym for "Around The MAAC."


Although nothing has been officially announced, it appears that former Manhattan men's basketball coach Barry Rohrssen will be joining John Calipari's staff with national champion Kentucky.

Rohrssen, universally known by his nickname "Slice," is one of the all-time nice guys to have come through the MAAC.

He was at Manhattan for five seasons and had a 52-98 record there, precipitating his firing after the 2010-11 season.

Three seasons later, his replacement, Steve Masiello, had Manhattan in the NCAA Tournament this year. But, even Masiello has regularly credited Rohrssen for the players he brought in that had significant impact in the program's recent turnaround.

Rohrssen is widely recognized as one of the better recruiters nationally. At Manhattan, he brought in George Beamon, Mike Alvarado and Rhamel Brown, the team's top three players this past season.

For the past two years Rohrssen has been an assistant at Pittsburgh, the position he also held prior to becoming Manhattan's head coach.


A couple of weeks ago it looked like Aleesha Powell of the Iona women's team would be part of a strong returning group expected to help the Gaels contend for the 2014-15 regular-season's championship.

Instead, it now appears that she is transferring to Seton Hall, according to one internet source that tracks women's players who are changing schools.

Powell, a 5-foot-6 rising junior guard, was the team's third-leading scorer (11.7 points) this past season and was No. 2 on the Gaels in total assists (122).

Her move to Seton Hall reunites her with former Iona coach Tony Bozzella, who recruited Powell to play at Iona and coached her there when she was a freshman.


Iona's senior guard Sean Armand was the only player from the MAAC who participated in last week's Portsmouth Invitational, a showcase event for strong college players not expected to be drafted by the NBA.

The 6-foot-4 Armand averaged 12.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and seven assists per game in three contests.

Players are divided between six teams that play three games each in a round-robin format to determine squads that advance to the event's championship game.

Canisius guard Billy Baron had also been invited to the event, but opted not to participate.


As has been the case in every post season since Keepin' Track of the MAAC's humble beginnings, we've produced "team reports," and will do so again in coming weeks.

The reports take a look back at regular season play from the just-concluded season as well as a crystal-ball look at what might be ahead.

We give the full treatment to every men's and every women's program. The reports will begin within a few days, so keep checking in early and often.

There won't be any order to when reports appear. But, when we do a report on a men's team, that school's women's report will immediately follow ... or, vice versa.

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