Saunders Named Ivy Player of the Year

Published by Andrew Farber on March 14, 2014 at 7:34AM
Saunders is Ivy Player of the Year

Junior wing Wesley Saunders will look to exact revenge should Harvard draw UMass Amherst to open up postseason play.

The culmination of the regular season has inundated the Harvard men’s basketball team (26-4,13-1) with awards, as six members of the Crimson were announced to the All-Ivy League team on Wednesday.

Junior guard Wesley Saunders led the pack, as he was unanimously voted to the first team for the second straight year. Saunders was also named the Ivy League Player of the Year, becoming only the third player in Harvard’s history to garner the award. Saunders averaged 14 points per game and dropped 20 points five times this year.

Sophomore point guard Siyani Chambers, the reigning Ivy League Freshman of the Year, was named to the list for the second straight year, as he once again showed why he is the teams floor general with his passing and high-intensity play. Joining Chambers on the second team All-Ivy were captain Laurent Rivard and junior forward Steve Moundou-Missi.

Senior point guard Brandyn Curry and senior forward Kyle Casey were both named The co-captain Curry, who missed almost half the season due to injury, still managed to win all conference awards for the third straight season. In his final campaign, Casey was named All-Ivy for a fourth time, as he anchored Harvard’s defense and joined the exclusive list of 1,000 career points.

Co-captain Rivard improved from his spot as an honorable mention last season, as he became the programs all-time three-point scorer and joined Casey with over 1,000 career points this season.

Moundou-Missi was named to the list for the first time in his career, after a dominating performance in the Ancient Eight. The junior poured in a double-double to help the Crimson beat Princeton at Jadwin Gym for the first time since 1989 earlier this year, and then helped the team cap of the season with a dominant 21 point 11 rebound outing at Brown on Saturday night.

The six All-Ivy selections helped Harvard in winning its fourth straight Ivy League, after clinching the title at Yale on Friday. The Crimson is currently awaiting its seed in the NCAA tournament before it step back onto the hardwood.