Haggerty Award (Player of the Year) - Lamont "Momo" Jones (G - Iona) (Photo courtesy of Iona College)
2012-13 Stats: 22.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.2 SPG, 44% FG, 89% FT, 32% 3pt
Jones becomes the second straight Iona guard to be honored with this award in this space, as his former teammate Scott Machado received this title a year ago. Machado's departure allowed Jones to move back to the point guard position for the Gaels this season, and the Harlem product did not disappoint, ranking in the top five in the nation in scoring throughout the season, ultimately finishing third behind Erick Green of Virginia Tech and Creighton's Doug McDermott. Already the recipient of MAAC Player of the Year and MAAC Tournament Most Valuable Player honors this season, Jones has been invited to the Portsmouth Invitational in an effort to improve his NBA Draft stock, and has too many highlight reel performances to mention in a season capped off by a 35-point effort off the bench against Loyola and a 33-point performance in the MAAC quarterfinals against Canisius in which he battled a 102-degree fever, but managed to score nearly half of those 33 in the final seven minutes, including eight in the final 3:09 to start the Gaels' eventual run to a second straight NCAA Tournament.