Men’s College Basketball
Stewart, Myles MAAC Preseason Second Team
“I am happy for Danny and Anthony that they were recognized by the league as preseason second team All-MAAC players,” said Rider head coach Kevin Baggett. “I am really counting on them to lead our team. If we are going to have a chance to be good in the league then it is going to have to start with those two guys.”
Stewart (Philadelphia, Pa./Neumann-Goretti) is a 6’7” forward and Myles (Dover, Del./Poly-Tech) is a 6’5” guard. The pair combined for 23 points and 11.8 rebounds last season, both earning Third Team All-MAAC honors for 2012-13.
Stewart has been a solid presence inside for the Broncs throughout his career. He has played in 100 games at Rider, and has started 95. Stewart averaged 10.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest as a junior.
“Danny made strides last year with his third team honors after being on the All-Rookie team as a freshman, but I need Danny to get to second or first team all-conference,” Baggett said.
Stewart, who wears lucky number 13 on his uniform, has 13 career ‘double-doubles’ and enters the season 13th in career rebounds. “We’re still trying to get Danny out on the perimeter more,” Baggett said. “He needs to average a ‘double-double’ for us to be as good as we want to be.”
Myles earned Third Team All-MAAC honors last year and ranked among the top 18 in the conference in scoring, rebounding and three-pointers, starting all 34 games. “I need Anthony to be the leader this year,” Baggett said. “He will be our go-to guy. He played really well the first half of last year and is very talented.”
The versatile Myles was 16th in the league in scoring (12.4 points), 15th in 3-point field goals made (57-167) and 18th in rebounding (4.6 rebounds). Myles enters his senior season needing 86 points to surpass the 1,000 point mark in his career.
Stewart, the MAAC Rookie of the Year in 2010-11, enters his senior season needing just 36 points to surpass the 1,000 point mark for his career.
As a team Rider is picked to finish fourth in the 11-team MAAC this year. Last year Rider (19-15, 12-6 MAAC) was picked to finish seventh in the 10-team conference and finished in second place.
The season begins 11/12/13 in Bethlehem, PA with a contest at Lehigh.