Wednesday, March 13, 2013

All Ivy Awards

2012-13 All-Ivy MBKB




ITHACA, N.Y. -- A pair of Cornell forwards were honors when the 2012-13 All-Ivy League Men's Basketball team was announced on Wednesday afternoon by the conference office. Sophomore Shonn Miller was a first-team selection, while senior Errick Peck closed his Cornell career by being named honorable mention. Voting was done by the league's eight head coaches.

Miller, the 2011-12 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, was elevated to the first team as a sophomore after averaging 11.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 1.9 blocks and 0.9 assists in 27 starts. He shot 48 percent from the floor and 79 percent from the free-throw line. Miller posted 18 double figure games and four double-doubles on the season. He led the Ivy League in defensive rebounding (5.5 per game) and was third in blocks and second in steals. He joined Ivy League Player of the Year Ian Hummer as the conference's only players to rank in the top 10 in the Ancient Eight in scoring, rebounding blocks and steals.

An all-tournament selection at the Las Vegas Invitational, Miller had some monster games during the season, including a 23-points, 10-rebound effort against Princeton. He dominated in the win over Colgate with career highs of 20 points and 14 rebounds to go along with four blocks and three steals and notched 15 points, seven blocked shots and five steals in the win over Dartmouth. Miller became the first player in Cornell history to notch at least five blocks and five steals in a single game. He was named Ivy League Player of the Week once during the season.

Peck earned his first All-Ivy honor with his honorable mention selection. Peck averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 29 contests, including 11 starts. He was even better in Ivy play, averaging 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 46 percent from the floor overall and from 3-point range. He tied a single-game school record by making all eight field goals as part of a 20-point, five-rebound effort in the win at Penn. Peck scored a career-high 28 points at Dartmouth and closed his career by averaging 18.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals in his final four contests. Peck scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished three assists and blocked two shots against Old Westbury and had 21 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists in the win at Saint Francis (Pa.).

Cornell finished the season with a 13-18 record (5-9 Ivy) in its third season under head coach Bill Courtney. The Big Red will return two starters and seven letter winners in 2013-14.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ian Hummer, Princeton (Sr., F - Vienna, Va.)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
*Siyani Chambers, Harvard (Fr., G - Golden Valley, Minn.)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cedric Kuakamensah, Brown (Fr., F - Worcester, Mass.)

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
Sean McGonagill, Brown (Jr., G - Brookfield, Ill.)
Shonn Miller, Cornell (So., F - Euclid, Ohio)
Siyani Chambers, Harvard (Fr., G - Golden Valley, Minn.)
*Wesley Saunders, Harvard (So., G/F - Los Angeles)
*Ian Hummer, Princeton (Sr., F - Vienna, Va.)

SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY^
Matthew Sullivan, Brown (Sr., G - Wilmette, Ill.)
Brian Barbour, Columbia (Sr., G - Alamo, Calif.)
Gabas Maldunas, Dartmouth (So., F - Panevezys, Lithuania)
Miles Cartwright, Penn (Jr., G - Van Nuys, Calif.)
T.J. Bray, Princeton (Jr., G - New Berlin, Wis.)
Austin Morgan, Yale (Sr., G - Reno, Nev.)

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Errick Peck, Cornell (Sr., F - Indianapolis)
Steve Moundou-Missi, Harvard (So., F - Yaounde, Cameroon)
Laurent Rivard, Harvard (Jr., G - Saint-Bruno, Quebec, Canada)
Tony Hicks, Penn (Fr., G - South Holland, Ill.)
Denton Koon, Princeton (So., G - Liberty, Mo.)



PRINCETON, N.J. -- Much of this Ivy League men's basketball season was about making a mark, whether that was creating strong first impressions or cementing lasting legacies.

Consider both missions accomplished as this year's postseason awards winners made their presences known throughout the 2012-13 season, headlined by Princeton senior forward Ian Hummer as Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, Harvard freshman guard Siyani Chambers as the unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year and a first-team All-Ivy pick and Brown freshman forward Cedric Kuakamensah as Defensive Player of the Year.

Hummer (Vienna, Va.) becomes the 10th different Princeton player to be honored as the Ivy League Player of the Year since the award was established for the 1974-75 season, joining Armond Hill (1975-76), Frank Sowinski(1976-77), Craig Robinson (1981-82, 1982-83), Bob Scrabis (1988-89), Kit Mueller (1989-90, 1990-91), Sean Jackson (1991-92), Sydney Johnson (1996-97), Steve Goodrich (1997-98) and Brian Earl (1998-99).

This season, Hummer is second in scoring (16.3 ppg) and assists (4.1 apg), fourth in field goal percentage (.527, 171-of-331), fifth in rebounds (6.4 rpg) and seventh in blocks (0.8 bpg). In four years on Old Nassau, he put together an impressive career that culminated in earning Player of the Year accolades and his second-straight first-team recognition by the League's eight head coaches. The Vienna, Va., product is the school's second all-time leading scorer with 1,625 points through the end of the regular season and the Ivy League leader in games played at 123, passing former Tiger and teammate Douglas Davis, who played 122 games from 2008-12. Beyond the legacy his father (Edward) and his uncle (John), who both wore the orange and black for the Tigers, Ian leaves an indelible mark in the school's records book -- second in field goals made (625), fourth in field goal attempts (1,225), fifth in rebounds (725), sixth in free throws attempted (521) and seventh in free throws made (349).

As Hummer was putting a stamp on his career, Chambers (Golden Valley, Minn.) was just getting started with his in becoming Harvard's sixth Rookie of the Year recipient, following Joe Carrabino (1980-81), Bob Ferry (1981-82), Ralph James (1987-88), Dan Clemente (1997-98) and Kyle Casey (2009-10).

The Crimson's first-year floor general helped lead the team to a third-consecutive Ivy title and return trip to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. He has been one of the top distributors in the country all season, leading the League at 5.7 assists per game. Chambers enters the postseason ranked sixth in scoring (12.9 ppg) and tops in the conference in minutes per game (37.8). He earned six Rookie of the Week honors this year, tying him for fifth-most all-time in conference history.

Kuakamensah (Worcester, Mass.), a fellow rookie with about an eight-inch height advantage over Chambers, made his presence known in the middle, earning Brown its first Defensive Player of the Year award. He is the first freshman to win the award since it was established for the 2008-09 season.

Kuakamensah established a new Brown single-season record with 66 blocked shots, breaking the mark of 59 held by Matt Mullery from 2006-09. Twice this season, Kuakamensah swatted a school-record seven shots (Feb. 9 at Penn and March 1 at Cornell). His 66 blocks rank as the fifth-most single-season total in Ivy League history. Born in Lomé, Togo, he finished his first year second in the League in rebounding (7.5 rpg) and fifth on the team in scoring (6.9 ppg).

Once again, the first-team All-Ivy selections show great promise for the legacies still in progress as Hummer is the lone senior in the bunch. Harvard sophomore guard/forwardWesley Saunders (Los Angeles) burst on the scene in his second season for the Crimson, landing the only other unanimous spot on the first team. Saunders has reached double figures in scoring in all 28 contests and leads the Ivy League in scoring at 16.5 points per game and steals at 1.9 per game. He is third in field goal percentage (.536, 157-of-293), third in minutes per game (37.3), seventh in assists per game (3.4) and seventh in free throw percentage (.725, 137-of-189).

Two previous Rookie of the Year winners -- Brown junior guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, Ill.) and Cornell forward Shonn Miller (Euclid, Ohio) -- received their All-Ivy recognition on the first team.

McGonagill has followed his 2010-11 Rookie of the Year award with a second-team selection last year and now a spot on the first team after leading the Bears to their first top-half finish in the Ivy standings since 2007-08. He was fourth in the League in scoring (14.0 ppg) and assists (3.9 apg) and second in minutes per game (37.5 mpg).

Miller, last year's Rookie of the Year, did not show signs of a sophomore slump as he ranked among the conference's top 10 in scoring (6th, 11.5 ppg), rebounding (4th, 6.8 rpg), blocks (3rd, 1.9 bpg) and steals (2nd, 1.9 spg). The Big Red's only player to average double figures posted 18 double figure games and four double-doubles on the season.

The senior guard trio of Brown's Matthew Sullivan (Wilmette, Ill.), Columbia's Brian Barbour (Alamo, Calif.) and Yale's Austin Morgan highlighted the second team. All three became 1,000-point scorers at their respective schools this season to cap off their four-year careers.

The threesome of Dartmouth sophomore Gabas Maldunas (Panevezys, Lithuania), Penn junior guard Miles Cartwright (Van Nuys, Calif.) and Princeton junior guard T.J. Bray (New Berlin, Wis.) garnered their first All-Ivy honor to round out the second team.

Including the honor mention selections, Harvard led the way with the most All-Ivy recognitions with four, while Princeton was close behind with three.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ian Hummer, Princeton (Sr., F - Vienna, Va.)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
*Siyani Chambers, Harvard (Fr., G - Golden Valley, Minn.)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cedric Kuakamensah, Brown (Fr., F - Worcester, Mass.)

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
Sean McGonagill, Brown (Jr., G - Brookfield, Ill.)
Shonn Miller, Cornell (So., F - Euclid, Ohio)
Siyani Chambers, Harvard (Fr., G - Golden Valley, Minn.)
*Wesley Saunders, Harvard (So., G/F - Los Angeles)
*Ian Hummer, Princeton (Sr., F - Vienna, Va.)

SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY^
Matthew Sullivan, Brown (Sr., G - Wilmette, Ill.)
Brian Barbour, Columbia (Sr., G - Alamo, Calif.)
Gabas Maldunas, Dartmouth (So., F - Panevezys, Lithuania)
Miles Cartwright, Penn (Jr., G - Van Nuys, Calif.)
T.J. Bray, Princeton (Jr., G - New Berlin, Wis.)
Austin Morgan, Yale (Sr., G - Reno, Nev.)

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Errick Peck, Cornell (Sr., F - Indianapolis)
Steve Moundou-Missi, Harvard (So., F - Yaounde, Cameroon)
Laurent Rivard, Harvard (Jr., G - Saint-Bruno, Quebec, Canada)
Tony Hicks, Penn (Fr., G - South Holland, Ill.)
Denton Koon, Princeton (So., G - Liberty, Mo.)

* Unanimous Selection
^ Due to ties in the voting, the second team expanded to six


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Denton Koon has got to be the best name in basketball

Anonymous said...

No honorable mention for Cressler?

Anonymous said...

Tough as a freshman. Lots of other good frosh too this year. Cressler is solid; he'll earn his all-ivy due before his career is done.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Nolan was a "marked" man. Cornell did not have a lot of shooters--- so teams really defended him hard. (A case could be made that the only other "shooters" on the team were Scelfo and Gray.)

In spite of Cressler drawing some tough perimeter defenders, he was very effective and never really hit a freshman wall, playing strong most of the year.

In fact, he scored in double figs 4 of the last 5 and 19+ pts three times in that stretch.

On the year, he averaged 9.3 pts and 3.7 rpg in just 23.1 mpg. He shot 40% beyond the arc (close to Wittman numbers) and 43% from the floor (ideal for a guard).

Give him 37 minutes per game like Siyani Chambers and those numbers could've been much higher.

I like Nolan's upside. I think he becomes a better rebounder and defender next year as he gets stronger and more athletic.

Anonymous said...

A summer in a D1 weight program will help him get stronger, as most freshmen do.

How does he get 'more athletic'?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

A guy can become "more athletic" by improving his (1) speed/quickness, (2) vertical leap, (3) stamina, and (4) strength. You can also improve your coordination/techniques and instincts/understanding of the game (studying).

Improvement in these core areas and, taken together, you will find yourself a better athlete and making plays that you once could not make.