Wednesday's Statement Issued by Jimmy Vesey's Camp

Published by Jake Meagher on March 30, 2016 at 7:26PM

After their client, Jimmy Vesey, elected to test August's NHL free agency period rather than sign immediately with the Nashville Predators, Peter Fish and Peter Donatelli of Global Hockey Consultants, Vesey’s agency, issued this statement Wednesday afternoon:

After being fully advised of his options and upon the recommendation of his advisors and counselors, Jimmy Vesey shall become an Unrestricted Free Agent on August 15, 2016. The Nashville Predators were informed of this decision. Nashville now claims and it has been widely reported that they were without knowledge of this possibility and that this lack of knowledge precluded the hockey club from acquiring a player at the Trade Deadline. This contention is not accurate. The Nashville Predators were informed prior to the Trade Deadline that they should conduct their business as they saw fit and that the potential of signing or not signing Jimmy Vesey should not be a factor in their decision.

The club has further claimed that the decision to elect Unrestricted Free Agency is bizarre and does not make sense financially. If this election was based solely in regard to money Jimmy would have signed after his third college season, burned a year off of his Entry Level Contract, and been eligible for both signing bonus and salary compensation. A full analysis of his options was conducted. Whether Jimmy will lose any money is speculative at best. However, it is believed such a loss, if any, can be more than made up as a result of on ice and off ice opportunities in the City and Organization of his close. Without question there will be excellent opportunities presented to Jimmy and his success, including financial success on and off the ice, will be determined by hard work, ability, and the opportunity to choose the City and Organization that best suits his skill set.

The decision to become an Unrestricted free Agent was ultimately determined by what was best for Jimmy Vesey’s hockey career. This election, although unrelated to the determining hockey factors, will also allow Jimmy to graduate from Harvard University this spring. Jimmy and his family are very proud and pleased that this will indeed happen. The Harvard community and alumni have rallied around him. Jimmy is very appreciative of this support and the fact that he will now be able to graduate.

Yale's Makai Mason Declares for NBA Draft

Published by David Freed on March 25, 2016 at 2:02PM
Makai-ing Moves

Yale sophomore point guard Makai Mason, shown above being defended by Harvard point guard Siyani Chambers in the 2015 Ivy League playoff, has declared for the NBA Draft.

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Monday, Yale sophomore point guard Makai Mason shook the Ivy League by declaring for the NBA draft. Seniors declaring for the NBA draft is rare enough in the Ancient Eight; Mason’s decision, even coming on the heels of a 31-point outburst against fifth-seeded Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, is nearly unprecedented.


Athlete of the Week Runners-Up: Week of 3/14

Published by Bryan Hu on March 25, 2016 at 9:40AM

Although men’s baseball junior pitcher Nick Gruener posted a 2.81 ERA over 16 innings with 11 K’s in two starts, Harvard spring break athletics featured another prominent team star whose performance warranted recognition.

In eight starts for the No. 19 Harvard women’s water polo team, sophomore goalkeeper Cleo Harrington recorded a total of 91 saves and provided core defensive reliability to power the Crimson to a 7-2 record on its annual spring break California roadtrip. Harrington was rewarded with six wins, posted a career-high 20 saves in a victory over Azusa Pacific, and made several critical stops during Harvard’s six-game win streak. The California native also recorded totals of 13, 12, 11, 15 saves in four other games.

During the Crimson’s streak, Harrington’s goals-against average was 7.6. The Crimson offense averaged just under ten goals per game to back her up.

In losses to No. 20 SDSU and No. 11 UCSD, Harrington made 13 and nine saves, respectively, but posted double-digit save totals in a shootout against No. 25 CSUN and in a win over No. 13 UCSB. Harrington was also efficient, allowing only 4 and 5 goals in defensive grinds against No. 14 LMU and Santa Clara.

Harrington now has 182 saves, to go along with 15 assists and 6 goal-saving steals, on the season. With one non-conference and seven games of conference play still remaining, the sophomore has already surpassed the mark she set last season with 162 saves.

The team has placed a focus on defense throughout the season, and Harrington’s consistent performance have been a central component to the team’s 18-4 record. Senior captain Yoshi Andersen has attributed some of the success on improved communication in the pool, increased trust amongst the players, and more recently, taking good care of their physical state through icing, warm-ups, and warm-downs in the face of its busy nine-game stand.

In the one game that Harrington did not start, backup goalie freshman Sam Acker performed solidly, making nine stops while allowing through four goals against Redlands.

–Staff writer Bryan Hu can be reached at

Former Men's Basketball Assistant Coach Caught Up In Scandal

Published by David Freed on March 17, 2016 at 10:27AM

On the eve of the first NCAA Tournament Harvard won’t be participating in since 2011, the Crimson made their way into the news for the wrong reasons. Tuesday afternoon, former Harvard assistant Yann Hufnagel was fired from his post in the same role at The University of California (Berkeley). In a statement, the school said that Hufnagel’s firing directly follows a ruling that he violated the university’s sexual harassment policy.

Hufnagel is fighting the ruling, denying the incident in an interview with ESPN.


Three Things to Watch: Men's Basketball Closes Season Against Penn

Published by David Freed on March 06, 2016 at 6:55PM

After securing its best win of the season, a 73-71 victory over rival Princeton, the Harvard men’s basketball team (13-16, 5-8 Ivy League) wraps up its regular season by hosting the Penn Quakers (11-15, 5-7) Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion. Staff writer David Freed has three things to watch as Harvard looks to sweep an Ivy League weekend for the first time this year.

1. Which Team Shows Up — If Harvard had played all year the way it played Friday night, it would be in the title conversation. From the opening tip, the Crimson played with aggression. Captain Evan Cummins had eight early points by aggressively going at the rim, something that has been missing all year. Seniors Patrick Steeves and Agunwa Okolie repeatedly took smaller Tigers defenders off the dribble and helped Harvard ring up a 40-28 advantage in points scored in the paint.

After the performance of the season, the question is how Harvard will respond. Historically, the answer is well: the Crimson has won the last two Saturdays after dispiriting losses on the front half of the back-to-back. A day after beating Brigham Young, its then-biggest victory of the year, Harvard trounced Auburn in the Diamond Head Classic. Against Penn, it will draw on those memories to try and come out with energy on Senior Night.

2. Battle of the Freshmen — Last time the two teams played, Penn’s freshman backcourt of Jake Silpe and Jackson Donahue got the better of Harvard’s rookie tandem of Tommy McCarthy and Corey Johnson. While Johnson drilled a trifecta of threes early in the game, he missed all seven shots he took in the second half—including five triples. McCarthy faired worse, getting his shot twice blocked by Silpe and letting frustration boil over, committing a flagrant foul on the opposing rookie.

The Penn backcourt has taken divergent paths since the last outcome, however. Silpe has struggled, posting nine or more points just twice in seven outings. Against Columbia at home a week ago, he didn’t attempt a shot in 19 minutes. Donahue, by contrast, has flourished, draining three or more triples in six of seven. Yet it will be Silpe’s defense against an improved McCarthy that will be key if Penn wants to walk away victors.

3. Containment — Without leading scorer and rebounder Zena Edosomwan, Harvard could not contain Penn’s forwards in the last outing. Three different Quakers finished the game with double-doubles, with senior Darien Nelson-Henry pacing the team with 18 points and 12 rebounds. The glass will be a focus for Harvard, not a great rebounding team, in the rematch. Given Edosomwan’s recent struggles with foul trouble, perhaps the biggest key to the game is simply whether he can stay on the floor.

—Staff Writer David Freed can be reached at