Brian Barbour earns first team All-Ivy distinction
The Lions’ leading scorer, go-to ball handler, and clutch play maker this year, junior point guard Brian Barbour, earned All-Ivy League first team honors Wednesday afternoon.
Since November, when point guard Noruwa Agho suffered a knee injury in the second game of the season, Barbour has been the offensive leader for the men’s basketball team.
In conference play, he led the league with 5.6 assists per game and was the second highest scorer with 16.9 points per game. Known for his near-perfection from the foul line, he finished with a 90.1 free throw percentage—the third-best in the nation.
Barbour—who earned an All-Ivy honorable mention last year—was the reason for much of the Light Blue’s success this season.
His game-high 23 points and five assists against Ivy champion Harvard last Saturday exemplified his role as the team’s offensive catalyst.
“Brian was being Brian,” head coach Kyle Smith said after the overtime loss to the Crimson. “He has to play that way to give us a chance.”
Barbour was the only Columbia player to receive post-season honors this year.
Also named to the All-Ivy first team was Cornell’s senior guard Chris Wroblewski, Harvard’s junior forward Kyle Casey, Penn’s senior guard Zack Rosen, Princeton’s junior forward Ian Hummer, and Yale’s senior guard Greg Mangano.
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