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21 Alejo Rodriguez

Iona’s top returning post presence and fifth-year senior performer that will continue his leadership role in the Gaels front court... Named to the 2010-11 Preseason All-MAAC Third Team... Appeared in all but one contests (vs. Baylor) and made 19 starts including the last 18 games that saw Iona post a 13-5 record since the turn of the calendar... No. 2 scorer (9.0 ppg) and No. 1 rebounder (7.5 rpg), posting career-highs in both statistics... Recorded a team-high five double-doubles with 13 double-digit point and 10 double-digit rebounding efforts... Held a 67.7% field-goal percentage, the highest in the MAAC and No. 2 single-season effort in school history (behind Anthony Bruin’s 69.7% in 2005-06)... Possesses great hands and finishing ability around the basket... Played in the New York City CHSAA.

AS A JUNIOR (2009-10):
Named to the MAAC All-Academic Team for his performance in the classroom... Held an incredible 93.8 field goal percentage (15-of-16) through the first three games of the season and still leads the MAAC at 67.9% this season... Has fouled out six times in his last 28 appearances after just once in his first 57 in Maroon & Gold... Posted a double-double 12 points and 10 rebounds in the season opening win over BU on Nov. 13... Led the team with 17 points and five rebounds and shot 7-of-8 from the field over Hampton on Nov. 17... Posted 10 points and eight boards vs. Florida State on Nov. 26... Sat out vs. Baylor on Nov. 27 with a sore ankle... Returned to tally seven points and a team-leading six rebounds in 16 minutes due to foul trouble in win over Creighton on Nov. 27... Posted 11 points and eight boards vs. Saint Peter’s on Dec. 4.... Had his fifth collegiate double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds vs. Fairleigh Dickinson on Dec. 23... Had eight points and five rebounds at No. 11 Connecticut on Dec. 27... Posted 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds at Niagara on Jan. 2... Scored six of the teams last 10 points in the victory... Posted eight points on 3-of-4 shooting at Canisius on Jan. 4... Tallied just two points but dominated the boards with a career-high 17 rebounds including 14 off the defensive glass at Rider on Jan. 9... Had 11 points and nine rebounds in win at Loyola on Jan. 11... Averaged 6.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in the two MAAC games down South... Netted a team-best 12 points in just 15 minutes due to foul trouble, shooting 6-of-7 from the field... Recorded eight points and a team-best nine rebounds against Rider on Jan. 18... Had eight points and four rebounds in just 13 minutes of play at Manhattan on Jan. 22... Posted a team best eight boards vs. Fairfield on Jan. 24... Posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in win over Marist on Jan. 28... Netted his second straight double-double with a team-leading 15 points and 10 rebounds - his fourth of the season - in win over Canisius on Feb. 1... Had a third double-double in a row with 16 points and 15 rebounds at Siena on Feb. 5... Just missed a fourth straight double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds vs. Marist on Feb. 7... Posted 12 points and eight rebounds in win over William & Mary on Feb. 19... Had 10 rebounds at Fairfield on Feb. 26... Posted six points and his ninth double-digit rebounding effort with 13 win a one-point win over Saint Peter’s on Feb. 28... Bookended the 2009-10 campaign with a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double vs. Niagara in the MAAC Championship quarterfinal round on Mar. 6.

Appeared in all but one game as a sophomore (suspension) and made 19 starts.. Averaged 4.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 15.0 minutes of play... Shot 50.0 percent from the field (49-of-98)... Recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds at Ohio State on Dec. 20... Had one other contest with 10 or more points, tallying 14 at Loyola on Feb. 13... Reserve post player made his first start vs. Robert Morris on Nov. 29... Tallied three points vs. Wisconsin on Nov.  21... Had four rebounds the next night vs. Valparaiso on Nov. 22... Had a season-high five rebounds at Marist on Dec. 5... Had eight points on 4-of-6 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in Iona’s win at LIU on Dec. 10... Tallied six points and four rebounds vs. Saint Francis (Pa.) on Dec. 14... Has started the last three games in the absence of Gary Springer... Posted eight points in 11 minutes at Western Michigan on Dec. 18... Posted his first double-double of the season with a team-high 17 points and 11 rebounds on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and an Iona season-best nine offensive rebounds at Ohio State on Dec. 20... Played a season-high 28 minutes, recording six points and a team-best eight rebounds in win at Hofstra on Dec. 23... Posted six points and nine rebounds in the Gaels win over Fairfield on Jan. 4... Had seven points and seven boards in 18 minutes of play at Canisius on Jan. 17... Received a fighting ejection with eight minutes left in the first half of the Manhattan game on Jan. 24... Sat out vs. Siena due to the ejection as per NCAA rules on Jan. 26... Had 14 points and five rebounds and shot 6-of-10 from the field including two thunderous dunks that sparked a Gael rally in the second half at Loyola on Feb. 13... Named the Pepsi Player of the Game on the MAAC-TV/ESPNU telecast... Grabbed seven boards vs. Siena on Feb. 16

AS A SOPHOMORE (2007-08):
Sat out the entire season due to off-season back surgery.


AS A FRESHMAN (2006-07):
Iona’s top rookie in 2006-07 despite battling through back problems for the majority of the season... Appeared in 23 games and made 16 starts including his last eight appearances on the season... Had six double-digit point efforts, four double-digit rebounding efforts and two double-doubles as a rookie... Averaged 7.1 points and was second on the team with 5.9 rebounds per game... Rebounding total led all MAAC rookies in 2006-07... Limited to just 23.2 minutes per game with the sore back... Was the fourth Gael on the season to record 10 or more points in his first start in Maroon & Gold with 10 points at Rhode Island (Milan Prodanovic, Kyle Camper and De’Shaune Griffin)... Had seven points and 10 rebounds at Rider on Dec. 7... Also grabbed 10 boards in his second New Jersey appearance of the season at Rutgers on Dec. 16... Had back-to-back 11 point nights on Iona’s Maryland trip on Jan. 4 and 6... His 11 points led the squad and came on 3-of-4 shooting from the field vs. the Terps... Recorded his first collegiate double-double vs. the Greyhounds with 11 points and 11 rebounds... Missed his first two games of the season at Marist and vs. Manhattan on Jan. 9 and Jan. 12... Had 14 points and eight rebounds in 28 minutes at Niagara on Jan. 20... Had 13 points and eight rebounds in next contest at Fairfield in a career-high 42 minutes... Led the team with a career-high 19 points and 13 rebounds vs. Canisius on Jan. 29... Missed his third and fourth games of the year, both vs. Siena on Feb. 1 and 9... Had eight points and four rebounds in win vs. Rider on Feb. 3... Did not dress vs. Saint Peter’s and at Manhattan in final two regular season match-ups.


Earned numerous accolades including Daily News First Team All-New York City, NYC Player of the Year Nominee, New York Post First Team All-Westchester, First Team All-New York State, and 2006 McDonald’s All-American Nominee after a stellar senior season at Mt. St. Michael under head coach Tommy Fraher in 2005-06... Averaged 15.0 points and 15.0 rebounds per game as a senior, netting double-digit point totals in all but three contests... Had four games with 20 or more points including a season-high 24 against Bishop Ford... Had 21 points and 20 rebound in the NYCCHSAA Class A semifinal win vs. McClancy... Was named MVP of the CHSAA Final in a win over Cardinal Hayes Led his team to a 26-2 overall record, 11-0 in CHSAA-A regular season play, and an appearance in the 2006 CHSAA State Championship Game... As a junior averaged 12.8 points, nine rebounds and four blocks earning All-Bronx and New York Daily News All-Star honorable mention... Helped lead the New York City team to a gold medal at the 2005 Empire State Games.

2006-07 | 2008-09 | 2009-10 | 2010-11

Year GP-GS Min FG Pct 3FG Pct FT Pct Reb Avg A TO Bk St Pts/Avg 2006-07 23-16 533 64 .512 0 .000 36 .474 136 5.9 22 36 17 21 164/7.1 2008-09 30-19 450 49 .500 0 .000 23 .397 119 4.0 6 33 16 17 121/4.0 2009-10 30-19 670 113 .677 0 .000 43 .489 226 7.5 23 39 30 20 269/9.0 TOTAL 83-54 1653 226 .579 0 .000 102 .459 481 5.8 51 108 63 58 554/6.7

Position: Forward
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 235
Year: Senior
Hometown: New York, NY
High School: Mt. St. Michael
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