Late Monday night, the Harvard men’s basketball team scored its first victory of the 2015-2016 season when four-star Class of 2016 recruit Seth Towns announced his commitment to Harvard.
In a season that saw the Harvard men’s ice hockey team return to national prominence, the Crimson offense tallied 3.27 goals per game, the highest mark in the ECAC. In addition to having an eye for the back of the net, Harvard’s five highest-scoring forwards all shared another thing in common: They all played junior hockey prior to arriving in Cambridge.
Entering its tournament opener as a substantial underdog, the men's basketball team showed it was a force to be reckoned with, fighting back from a double-digit deficit before ultimately falling to the Tar Heels.
After six years with the Crimson, Christian Webster '13 is set to join the coaching staff of the University of Central Florida men's basketball team.
Having played his final game for the Harvard men's basketball team, senior forward Steve Moundou-Missi has signed with an agent to pursue a professional hoops career.
The Crimson performed an analysis of athletes on Harvard men’s basketball and football rosters from 1970-1971 to 2014-2015 using information listed on GoCrimson.com. The maps above show the distribution of hometowns for the athletes listed in the data set, with different ones for before and after coaches Tommy Amaker (men's basktball) and Tim Murphy (football) took the helm of their respective programs. The varsity athletes from the data set appear on the map only in the year they first were listed on their team's roster.
The growth in attention to the Harvard football and men's basketball programs is largely a byproduct of the work that the teams’ coaches—Tim Murphy and Tommy Amaker—have done rebuilding their respective programs into national powers.