Saunders, Chambers Make All-District Team

Published by Andrew Farber on March 14, 2014 at 11:10AM
Saunders Makes All-District

Saunders, shown here in action earlier this season, earned all-district first team honors.

As the Harvard men’s basketball team (26-4,13-1) heads into post-season play for the third straight season, individual honors continue to pour in for the Crimson. Junior guards Wesley Saunders and Siyani Chambers, who helped Harvard capture its fourth straight Ivy League Title, were tabbed to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District Teams in District 13.

Saunders, who has led Harvard in scoring, was named to the first-team for the second year in a row. Saunders was also named to United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District I Team, association officials announced Tuesday.

Chambers, last season’s unanimous choice for Ivy League rookie of the Year, was named to the second team, after garnering first team recognition as a freshman.

The duo has led a dynamic offense this season and shown the capability to score in bunches. Nonetheless, it has been the often-underrated defense of the two that has led to the team’s success, as each draws the toughest defensive assignments on a nightly basis.

Saunders, who burst onto the scene his sophomore year, has continued his productive play, averaging 14 points per game while shooting 47% from the field

Meanwhile, Chambers has been the floor general since his freshman campaign and has averaged nearly 5 assists per a game and 1.3 steals per game this year.

Friday night, the Crimson punched its ticket to the NCAA tournament, with a 70-58 victory over Yale. Chambers showed why he has been arguably the most dominant point guard in the Ivy League against the Bulldogs, as he poured in 17 points and 7 assists.

The following night, Saunders reminded the Ivy League why he has been its most feared scorer the past two years, as dropped 19 points in the Crimson’s overtime victory at Brown.

Chambers and Saunders won’t take the floor again until the NCAA tournament, as Harvard eagerly awaits the announcement of its place in the tournament bracket.

Chambers and Saunders won’t take the floor again until the NCAA tournament, as Harvard eagerly awaits the announcement of its place in the tournament bracket.