Iona place third in MAAC preseason polls, McGill name to conference first team

Ryan McFadden , Sports Editor

The Iona College men’s basketball team finished in third place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was announced on Oct. 23.

The Gaels, who have won three straight MAAC Championships, were tied for third with Quinnipiac.

Canisius placed second, while Rider took the top spot in the preseason poll.

Senior point guard Rickey McGill was named to the All-MAAC Preseason First Team. McGill averaged 13.4 points and 5.6 assists per game last season. McGill is the only player on Iona’s roster that has played on the last three championship teams.

Junior guard E.J. Crawford received All-MAAC Third Team honors. Crawford, a Connecticut native, shot 46 percent from the floor and averaged 12.4 points per game. Senior forward Roland Griffin was named to the conference second team after being named the MAAC Sixth Man of the Year last season.

Canisius junior guard Isaiah Reese was named MAAC Preseason Player of the Year.

Iona will kick off its 2018-2019 season at home against the University of Albany on Nov. 9. The game is scheduled for a 8 p.m. tip-off.