|George Beamon Named Menís Basketball Co-Captain|
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan first year head men's basketball coach Steve Masiello has named junior guard George Beamon the Jaspers' co-captain for the 2011-2012 campaign. Beamon joins senior guard Kidani Brutus to serve as the Manhattan men's basketball team's designated leaders. Beamon becomes the 123rd team captain in the storied program's 105-year history.
Beamon is coming off a break out sophomore campaign as he garnered 2011 All-MAAC Third Team honors after finishing third in the conference in scoring with 16.3 points per game. A native of Roslyn, N.Y., Beamon started 30 of 31 appearances for the Jaspers in 2010-2011, which included 28 double-digit scoring performances and led the Jaspers in the points column 18 times.
"The reason we did not make George team captain when we took this job was because anytime you have a good player and they are your hardest worker, like Luis Flores was, then it makes our job easier as a coach. I wanted to see George's ability to make people around him better, and he is starting to do that," said Masiello. "George needs to learn how he can make people around him achieve greatness and he is starting to get that. He picks every teammate up when they are down, he pushes guys to achieve goals they never thought they could, and that is what being a captain is all about."
Beamon, a 6'4" wing, was also one of the top players in the region last season as he received All-Metropolitan Third Team honors, a prestigious accolade granted by the MET Basketball Writers Association. Beamon averaged 6.1 rebounds per contest and was 10th in the MAAC with a 73.8% free-throw percentage. He led Manhattan with eight 20-point performances, including a career-high 35 points in a victory over Siena on Feb. 13. Beamon finished with a team-high 45 steals and ranked fourth in the league averaging 1.5 per game. He also harbored a 43.7% field goal mark and was third in the MAAC logging 36.8 minutes per game.
Manhattan opens the 2011-2012 season at home on Nov. 12 against NJIT in a newly renovated Draddy Gymnasium.