One MAAC coach not a fan of O.D. Anosike
Today, the guys posted a blog handicapping the some of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference individual award races.
In the post, one MAAC coach takes a dig at Siena senior O.D. Anosike, saying “He doesn’t play defense because he doesn’t want to foul…He just wants to get his rebounds.”
The coach isn't listed, as the entire blog asked coaches from around the league for answers on the condition of anonymity.
I'm sure Anosike, who is second in the country in rebounding (11.6 rpg), would say his senior season hasn't lived up to expectations, as his team is 7-21.
As the Siena Athletic Department points out, however, Anosike is just one of seven active plays in Division I with 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. The other six are not in the MAAC. They also point out that only nine MAAC players have ever done that, including Anosike's teammate Ryan Rossiter, who was named MAAC Player of the Year during his season season (2010-11).
This blog entry from Big Apple Buckets is asking about things like player of the year, rookie of the year and coach of the year, so it's a little surprising that a coach would offer up such a negative feeling about one of the more accomplished players in the league.
It's also worth noting that Anosike, who was a preseason all-conference selection didn't receive any support from the 15 coaches/administrators polled by Big Apple Buckets. None listed him as 1st, 2nd or 3rd for MAAC Player of the Year.
This is something that I would think would motivate Anosike, who could have as few as three games remaining in his college career.
Anosike will be honored Friday evening, on Senior Night, when the Saints host Marist in downtown Albany .