Men’s basketball All-Ivy picks
“The 14-Game Tournament” wraps up tonight as Penn visits Princeton.
Although it didn’t take all 14 games for Harvard to clinch the title, the Ancient Eight men’s basketball field was as deep as it’s been in recent memory. Five teams—Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Brown—finished above .500 and are eligible for postseason tournament selection.
But this week, before those tournaments get sorted out, the Ivy League will announce its postseason player honors. We asked columnists and Ancient Eight basketball buffs Peter Andrews, Ryan Young, and Daniel Radov who they’d pick on their All-Ivy teams.
Bray, McGonagill (first team a year ago), and Sears were the top three per-game scorers in the conference, while Rosenberg finished fifth and Saunders (a unanimous first-teamer last season) finished eighth. Sears also finished third in rebounds per game, while Bray (second team in 2013) topped all Ivy players in assists per game.
Daniel: Harvard guard Siyani Chambers is the hardest player to omit as a first team All-Ivy selection. In those two overtimes at Levien, he was the best player on the floor.
Three selections were unanimous: Columbia guard Maodo Lo (above), Harvard guard Siyani Chambers (first team a year ago), and Harvard forward Steve Moundou-Missi. But they differed on the final two.
Ryan: Cornell guard Nolan Cressler and Penn forward Fran Dougherty.
Peter: Dartmouth guard Alex Mitola and Brown forward Rafael Maia.
Daniel: Dougherty and Maia.
As well as players already mentioned, they included Crimson guard Laurent Rivard and forward Kyle Casey, Bulldog guard Javier Duren, Bear forward Cedric Kuakumensah, and Penn guard Tony Hicks.
Ryan: Strong year for All-Ivy candidates, weak year for rookies (outside of Providence).
Player of the Year
Saunders was the guy in January, and Bray has received some love from other outlets, but our columnists unanimously went with the sophomore Sears (above). Rosenberg got one nod as co-Player of the Year.
Peter: It’s hard for me to separate Sears and Rosenberg—both players put up fantastic performances throughout the league campaign, averaging 19.5 points per game. While Sears was a more dominant rebounder, it’s hard to ignore Rosenberg’s efficiency: 44 percent shooting from the field, 43 percent from beyond the arc, and 213 made free throws (good for fifth in the nation and an insane 82 percent overall). Both players deserve this recognition, though I predict it will go to Sears.
Daniel: Sears is one of the easier choices for Player of the Year. He carried the Bulldogs for large stretches of the entire Ivy season without the support that, say, Rosenberg or Saunders received.
Ryan: Sears. Rosenberg would be my next choice for POY.
Defensive Player of the Year
Their pick was Kuakumensah, who is the reigning winner. The sophomore averaged over three blocks per game.
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