Mangano Named To Preseason Connecticut 6 Team

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Greg Mangano. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Adds Another Honor To Already Impressive Preseason Resume

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – On the final day before the start of the season, Greg Mangano added another honor to his already impressive resume. Mangano was named to the Preseason Connecticut 6 team.

Joining Mangano are Central Connecticut's Ken Horton, Fairfield's Derek Needham, Hartford's Genesis Maciel, Quinnipiac's James Johnson and Sacred Heart's Shane Gibson.

Mangano, who played for Team USA at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China, with many of the top college players in the nation over the summer, is coming off a season at Yale in which he finished ninth in the nation in blocked shots (3.0 per game) and 24th in rebounding (10.0 rpg.). He averaged 16.3 points and was a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection and earned all-district honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

Mangano led the Ivy League in rebounding and blocked shots and was second in scoring. He was the first Ivy player to average a double-double for the season since Harvard's Kyle Snowden in 1995-96. His numbers were even more impressive in Ivy games where he averaged 18.6 points and 10.4 rebounds, which both led the league.

Mangano, a four-time Ivy League Player of the Week selection, was dominant on both ends of the floor. His 85 blocks were the most in a season in school history and the third most in Ivy history. In addition, his 51 blocks in league games were a new Ivy record. He scored 20 points or more in nine games this season, including tallying a career-high 30 in a victory at Dartmouth. He led the Bulldogs in rebounding in all but four games and grabbed a career-high 17 at Brown.

In addition, he became the first Yale player since Chris Dudley in 1986-87 to average a double-double for the season.

The Connecticut 6 Classic, a tripleheader that includes six of Connecticut's Division I schools, is set for Friday. Sacred Heart and Hartford open the day at 3 p.m., followed by Fairfield and Quinnipiac tipping off at 5:30 p.m. The evening concludes with Yale battling Central Connecticut at 8 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity