Sam Cassell Jr.
Sam Cassell Jr. - Men's Basketball
Graduate guard Sam Cassell Jr. led the Iona College men's basketball team to the 2016 GCI Great Alaska Shootout championship earning MVP honors for his performance in the three games in Anchorage.
Cassell Jr. averaged 17.7 points, 4.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals. He played 108 minutes and had 14 assists to just two turnovers in the three contests. Cassell was named Player of the Game in the Gaels opening win over Drake scoring 15 points with seven assists, four rebounds and two steals. He scored a team-leading 18 points in a 22-point rout on day two vs. defending Big Sky champion Weber State and earned CBS Sports Network's Moose Hat.
In the championship game vs. Nevada, Cassell helped the Maroon & Gold avenge a loss from six-days earlier with 20 points and five assists in route the MVP award. He hit two big three-pointers down the stretch, including one that broke a 59-59 tie with 5:38 remaining and another with 3:35 left to give Iona a four-point advantage.
The Gaels became the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference program to win the nation’s oldest regular-season college basketball tournament, which completed its 39th edition. Cassell was the third MVP for the Gaels joining Jeff Ruland in 1979 and Steve Burtt Sr. in 1981.