When he arrived on campus in September, rookie point guard Siyani Chambers, the reigning Minnesota Mr. Basketball, likely was not expecting to end his first collegiate season with another significant award.
Chambers was projected to receive sparse minutes off the bench behind then-senior co-captain Brandyn Curry as the former slowly came to adapt to the collegiate game.
But within weeks, Curry had left school, and Chambers was handed the keys to the car far sooner than anyone had expected coming into the year.
The last time the Harvard men’s basketball team won a game in Jadwin Gymnasium, Tommy Amaker—who had finished college eight months earlier—was a graduate assistant for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, and none of the players he currently coaches had been born.
Rookie forwards Greg Gozzo and Kyle Criscuolo each had two goals, classmate Brayden Jaw had one score, freshmen Brian Hart and Jimmy Vesey both had two assists, and fellow newcomer Peter Traber made 29 saves to spark the Crimson to a 6-2 win over Clarkson.
I still remember the day it became clear that Keith Wright ’12 had made the leap.
It was Oct. 30, 2010, and it was at Harvard coach Tommy Amaker’s annual preseason coaching clinic—the first chance for fans to get a glimpse of the upcoming season’s squad.
On a night when most of the Ivy basketball world was looking ahead to Saturday, the Harvard men’s basketball team made sure it took care of business at home on Friday night first.
The Crimson (14-7, 6-1 Ivy) cruised to an easy victory over Penn (5-18, 2-4) at Lavietes Pavilion—its first stress-free win of conference play thus far—to set up a much-anticipated contest against Princeton on Saturday that will place one of those two teams alone atop Ivy standings midway through the conference season.