Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Beamon, Brown Capture All-Met Honors, Masiello Named Coach of the Year

George Beamon wraps up Manhattan career with first team All-Met selection shortly after leading Jaspers to MAAC championship, with teammate Rhamel Brown named to second team and head coach Steve Masiello recognized as Coach of the Year by MBWA. (Photo courtesy of Jaden Daly)

The accolades still have not stopped for Manhattan College as they enter their second month removed from a near-upset of Louisville in the NCAA Tournament.

Three Jaspers were recognized last night at the annual MBWA Haggerty Awards dinner, held at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown; with guard George Beamon leading the group once more before his graduation next month.

The 6-4 Beamon, who rebounded from an ankle injury that cost him nearly all of last season by leading Manhattan in scoring on their way to a 25-8 record, was one of six players named to the MBWA All-Met first team. The senior guard was considered a strong candidate for the Haggerty Award, given to the best player in the metropolitan area, but was passed over in favor of St. John's guard D'Angelo Harrison.

In somewhat of a surprise, Beamon's highly regarded teammate Rhamel Brown did not join him on the first team, instead landing on the second team despite winning his third consecutive MAAC Defensive Player of the Year Award and being considered the MVP of a Manhattan team that won its first conference championship since 2004.

Finally, head coach Steve Masiello joined the list of honorees when he was recognized with the Peter A. Carlesimo Award, given the the metropolitan area Coach of the Year. It is the second time in Masiello's three-year tenure that he has captured this prize, having shared it two years ago with Dan Hurley, then the head coach at Wagner before taking over at Rhode Island. In his time with the Jaspers, the 36-year-old Masiello has guided the program for whom he once served as an assistant coach to a 60-39 record, reaching the postseason twice and narrowly losing the MAAC championship game in 2013 to Iona before avenging that defeat this past March. 

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