Manhattan Jaspers

NCAA Division: Division I
Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Past Conferences: Metropolitan New York Conference, Metropolitan Collegiate Conference, New Jersey-New York 7 Conference, Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Metro
City: The Bronx, New York

Arena: Draddy Gymnasium
NCAA Tournaments: 8 (1956, 1958, 1993, 1995, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2015)
National Championships – 0
Conference Titles – 13 (1949, 1953, 1955, 1959, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2003, 2004, 2006)

Team History

The Manhattan Jaspers have a solid college basketball tradition, having begun play in the 1904-05 season. The Jaspers have bounced around and played as an independent and in five different conferences during their history, becoming one of the original six teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference which began play in the 1981-82 season.

The Jaspers have won or shared the conference title on 12 occasions, with the first seven of those occurring before there was a conference tournament in the Metropolitan New York Conference or Metropolitan Collegiate Conference. Its five Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles are a result of winning the MAAC conference tournament.

The Jaspers are no strangers to postseason play, making the first of 18 appearances in the NIT in 1943, while its first NCAA Tournament appearance came in 1956, when the Jaspers were in the middle of their greatest run, advancing to the NIT or NCAA Tournament for six straight seasons between 1953 and 1958.

Manhattan Jaspers All-Time Records
Points Scored
Luis Flores, 2,046
Keith Bullock, 1,992
Tim Cain, 1,872

Bill Campion, 1,070
Keith Bullock, 1,012
Steve Grant 940

Ed Lawson, 447
Phil Lane, 419
Charlie Mahoney, 384


How Many Manhattan Players Have Been Drafted by NBA Teams?

The Jaspers have had 20 players drafted by NBA teams, although none of them made much of an impact. Luis Flores was the last player to be drafted when he was taken by the Houston Rockets in the second round of the 2004 draft. That was the highest any Manhattan player has ever been selected.

Have the Jaspers Ever Been Ranked in the Associated Press Poll?

Manhattan was ranked by the AP in two seasons, the first being the 1952-53 season, when the Jaspers were ranked for seven weeks. Manhattan reached No. 13 that season. The Jaspers were also ranked No. 13 in the 1956-57 poll, although they were only ranked for one week.

What Is Manhattan’s Longest Winning Streak?

The 1930-31 Manhattan team opened the season with 17 straight wins, which included victories over the likes of Georgetown, Villanova, and Temple, only to lose its final two games of the season. The 17 straight wins remain the team record.

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