2013-14 Ivy Basketball Prospectus
Every player on every Ivy men's hoops team previewed
October 28, 2013, 3:13 am·
Carolyn Lim | DP
#1 Longji Yiljep – Guard 6’ 5” 185 Jr.
After a second injury plagued campaign, Yiljep hopes to get back on track during his junior year. Before his injury last season, Yiljep had been averaging 2.1 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.4 assists in 17.1 minutes per game. Look for Yiljep to continue to have a solid role as long as he remains healthy during his junior season.
#2 Leland King – Forward 6’ 7” 215 Fr.
From the sunny state of California comes King, a freshman forward who played at Brentwood School. During his senior season, he was named League MVP and First-Team All-State while averaging 21.4 points, 14.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. King has the potential to bolster the Bears’ frontcourt, adding depth behind top rebounders Rafael Maia and Cedric Kuakumensah.
#3 Steven Spieth – Guard 6’ 6” 210 Fr.
The younger brother of PGA Tour player Jordan Spieth, Spieth looks to provide an immediate offensive option for the Bears. The oversized guard averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists as a senior for Jesuit College Prep in Dallas, TX. He should be able to contribute, helping to fill the scoring void left by graduated guard Matt Sullivan.
#10 Tavon Blackmon – Guard 6’ 0” 180 Fr.
Hailing from Maryland, Blackmon played his senior year at Gonzaga College HS, where he excelled on the defensive end, twice being named team defensive player of the year. He should help bolster an aging backcourt that has only upperclassmen other than the four freshman entering this year.
#11 Joe Sharkey – Guard 6’ 2” 190 Jr.
After missing his freshman season due to injury, Sharkey played in 27 games for the Bears last season, starting in 3. The sophomore averaged 1.4 points to go along with 1.5 rebounds and 0.4 assists in his 12.3 minutes per game. He had his best game against Daniel Webster, recording a double-double with career-highs in points and boards with 10 a piece. Sharkey should continue to play a minor role for Brown this year.
#12 Norman Hobbie – Guard 6’ 4” 185 Fr.
From the unloved state of New Jersey, Hobbie brings potential as an efficient bench shooter for the Bears. As a senior for Manasquan High School last year, Hobbie scored 22.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game, which resulted in his being named First-Team All-State. He should be able to contribute immediately for Brown off the bench.
#13 Aram Martin – Forward 6’ 10” 190 Fr.
Originally from Texas, Martin comes to Brown after completing a very successful senior season at The Miller School of Albemarle in Viriginia. Martin should help add depth to an already solid Bears frontcourt. His rebounding and blocking prowess should help him earn some minutes this year.
#14 Matty Madigan – Guard 6’ 4” 190 Fr.
Another member of Browns large crop of freshman, Madigan had a successful basketball career at Mount Tabor High School in North Carolina. Madigan averaged 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists per game during his senior season on the way to a selection to the All-State team. Madigan provides yet another freshman guard for a Bears team that appears to have reloaded this season after a thin recruiting class last year.
#21 Cedric Kuakumensah – Forward 6’ 8” 235 So.
As the reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the year, a lot is expected of Kuakumensah coming off of one of the most successful freshman campaigns in Brown’s history. Last season, Kuakumensah broke the school record for blocked shots with 66, the sixth highest total in Ivy League history. He was also a dominant rebounder, finishing one rebound short of the Ivy League lead, while starting 27 of 28 games for Brown. Look for Kuakumensah to continue to develop as a defensive force for the Bears.
#22 Sean McGonagill – Guard 6’ 1” 180 Sr.
A first-team All-Ivy selection last year as a junior, McGonagill looks to shoulder a heavy load for the Bears this season as he continues to mature as a player. Last season he finished fourth in the Ivy League in scoring (14.0 per game), fourth in assists (3.9), fourth in three-point field goals (2.2) and ninth in steals (1.3). McGonagill is projected as an All-Ivy selection again this year by various news sources. McGonagill also holds the Brown record for assists in a season with 157, a record he set sophomore year.
#32 Zeve Sanderson – Guard 6’ 1” 180 Jr.
Transferring in this season from NYU, Sanderson looks to provide some solid play for the Bears after his two seasons at NYU. Last season, Sanderson averaged 1.9 points, 1.2 rebounds, 0.6 assists in 10.3 minutes per game. It will be interesting to see how Sanderson fits into Brown’s game plan this season.
#33 Josh Biber – Guard/Forward 6’ 5” 220 Sr.
After not playing last season, Biber returns this season, having played minor roles in Brown’s teams his freshman and sophomore years. His sophomore year he averaged 1.4 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.4 assists in 7.2 minutes per game. He will likely play a minor role again this season as the Bears look to give serious minutes to their young talent.
#42 Dockery Walker – Forward 6’ 7” 215 Jr.
Coming off of a knee injury that prevented him from playing last season, Walker looks to continue the success he found during his previous two seasons with the team. As a sophomore, Walker averaged 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game. His highlights included scoring a career-high 23 points against Cornell to go with 17 rebounds. Walker’s return should be a bright spot for the Bears.
#45 Rafael Maia – Center 6’ 9” 235 Jr.
The other half of Brown’s dominant rebounding frontcourt with Kuakumensah, Maia led the Ivy League in rebounding last year with 7.5 per game. He also averaged 10.5 points per game, the third highest scorer for Brown last year. His best career game came against Cornell last season, scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. Maia is projected to once again be one of the Ivy League’s best big men this season.
#50 Jon Schmidt – Forward 6’ 7” 210 Jr.
Schmidt has seen limited action in both of his seasons so far, but should provide frontcourt depth for the Bears. He averaged 0.6 points and 1.0 rebounds in 4.8 minutes per game as a sophomore last season. It’s unlikely that he’ll see serious playing time this season, but should still have a solid role for the team.
#1 Jeff Coby – Forward 6’ 8” 220 FR.
Hailing from the Sunshine State, Coby spent his senior year of high school playing at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. Coby provides the Lions with a post presence that they will need to develop, especially after the graduation of center Mark Cisco. The key with Coby will be whether he can develop into a scoring option for the Lions as well, another place Columbia is lacking.
#2 Isaac Cohen – Guard 6’ 4” 210 So.
The Orlando native put up exactly two points per game in 24 games played last season for the Lions. He dealt with a knee injury for a few games last season, but he was still able to display some promise, particularly during Ivy play. In Columbia’s loss at Penn, he pulled down nine rebounds, just a few weeks after a seven-assist performance at Cornell. Unlike some of Columbia’s other guards, Cohen does not matriculate outside the three-point arc as often, shooting just one three pointer in his freshman season.
#3 Grant Mullins – Guard 6’ 3” 175 So.
Mullins brings some big expectations with him into his sophomore season after finishing second in scoring on the Columbia squad last season. Mullins is particularly effective from the outside, where he was 10th in the Ivies in three-point percentage. He also was solid as a rock from the free throw line, hitting 87 percent of his attempts. In his final game of the season, he displayed the promise that Lions fans are hoping he will carry over into his sophomore year, tallying 13 points and six rebounds against Dartmouth.
#4 Kendall Jackson – Guard 5’8” 160 Fr.
Hailing from California, Jackson will provide a ton of speed to the Lions backcourt. At just 5-foot-8, Jackson has a height disadvantage that he makes up for with his quickness and passing ability. With Brian Barbour graduating, the point guard spot is up for grabs, although that may not be Jackson’s for the taking just yet.
#5 Steve Frankoski – Guard 6’ 2” 175 Jr.
When one thinks of Steve Frankoski, one usually thinks about either his unbelievable three-point shot or his history of injuries. Frankoski was third in the Ivies last season in three-point percentage, and his quick release makes him very tough to guard. The epitome of his ability from the outside was his performance at Harvard last season where he drained five threes and led Columbia to an upset with 27 points. However, his injuries have held him back somewhat, as he missed a game last year with a wrist injury after not what would have been his sophomore year in 2011-12 due to injury.
#11 Zach En’Wezoh – Forward 6’ 8” 220 So.
The Washington state native played in 13 games during his freshman year, scoring a total of 24 points. En’Wezoh averaged 10 minutes per game but saw most of his time early in the season before Ivy play began. He put up a career-high 10 points against Haverford last season, but will need to perform even better on a consistent basis if he wants to crack Kyle Smith’s rotation.
#12 Maodo Lo – Guard 6’ 3” 180 So.
While many Columbia fans would like to forget last season’s Ivy play, Lo’s emergence when conference play began is a major reason for optimism heading into 2013-14. Lo put up double figures seven times against Ivy opponents. His ability to create and score will be key for Columbia this season. And for those suspicious as to why he only played seven minutes over the Lions’ final two games, he dealt with a mild ankle sprain from which he has recoverd.
#13 Alex Rosenberg – Forward 6’ 7” 215 Jr.
Ever since he arrived on campus two years ago, Columbia has had high hopes for the 6-foot-7 forward. And last season, Rosenberg was solid for the Lions, putting up 9.5 points per contest. His shining moment was a 21-point, six-assist performance against Villanova, helping the Lions pull an upset over a NCAA tournament-bound team. For Columbia to be successful, they will need Rosenberg to develop further as a strong go-to guy in the post and as a consistent scorer.
#15 Luke Petrasek – Forward 6’ 10” 205 Fr.
Petrasek averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks his senior season when he led Northport high school to the New York State semifinals. At Northport, he was also named First Team All-Long Island and First Team Class AA All-New York State. The freshman is a strong rebounder and defender. He’s known for his good handle and range despite his frame.
#20 Paddy Quinn – Guard 6’ 1” 175 So.
Quinn, from Ramsey, N.J., made two appearances last season, scoring his lone basket against Haverford. The Lions have plenty of more experienced guards; so don’t expect his minutes to skyrocket this year. The guard is known for his long range shooting.
#21 Noah Springwater – Guard 6’ 3” 175 Jr.
Springwater saw his minutes drop from 333 in his freshman year to 76 last year. His rebound total also dropped from 27 to 1 in his first two years. He made 44% of his 3-PT tries last year, and posted a season high six points against Colgate. Look for him to continue coming off the bench this season.
#22 Meiko Lyles – Guard 6’ 3” 190 Jr.
Lyles, who missed last season due to personal reasons, started 27 of Columbia’s 30 games his sophomore year while scoring 10.6 PPG, good enough for second on the Lions. He also posted 34 steals and shot 43.9% from beyond the arc in the 2011-2012 season. Lyles’ 58 threes in his sophomore year was 9th most in Columbia history. Look for Lyles to come back this season and give the Lions, who were sixth in threes made in the Ivy League last season, a boost from behind the arc.
#23 Cory Osetkowski – Center 6’ 11” 258 Jr.
Osetkowski posted 3.3 rebounds per game last season, good for fourth on the team. He was also second on the team in blocks, with 17. Osetkowski averaged 3.9 points per game last season. The center should see an increased role this season, as two of the Lions’ top three rebounders last year are gone.
#24 Van Green – Guard 6’ 3” 185 Sr.
Green missed last season due to personal reasons. The guard played in 15 games his sophomore year, seven less than in he did his freshman year. Green averaged 3.3 points per game on 50% shooting his sophomore year. Green posted a career high 10 points against Dartmouth in 2012. Green should see considerable action this year, but the magnitude of his role remains to be seen.
#32 Chris McComber – Forward 6’ 8” 225 Fr.
McComber averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds during his senior season at John McCrae Secondary School in Ottawa. He played at the 2011 and 2012 FIBA World Championships, winning the bronze medal in 2011 with the Canadian U16 Team. He’s know to be aggressive, and can shoot from outside while providing a solid post presence. He may not see too many minutes this season, but he will add versatility to the Lions roster going forward.
#52 Conor Voss – Center 7’ 1” 245 Fr.
A freshman out of St. Cloud Minnesota, Voss is a force down low. He was Defensive Player of the Year at his high school, St. Cloud Cathedral, his senior year. He also played AAU ball for the Minnesota Comets. Voss brings size and toughness, and is a strong rebounder and defender. About Voss, Lions coach Kyle Smith said, “He could be a big-time difference maker for us.”
#0 David Onuorah – Forward 6’ 9” 230 Fr.
Onuorah, a freshman, played his senior year at Marist High School in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was named first-team all-state. His presence on the glass will be important for Cornell in replacing honorable mention All-Ivy Errick Peck. Onuorah should also be able to contribute on the defensive side as he was named his team’s defensive player of the year as a senior.
#1 Darryl Smith – Guard 6’ 2” 180 Fr.
Fresh from Virginia, Smith should be able to provide a spark for the Big Red with his athleticism. A three-sport athlete in high school, Smith was a defensive back for his state championship football team and a sprinter on the track and field team. Smith has the potential to fill the shoes of Mile Asafo-Adjei, who averaged 2.6 assists per game as the team’s point guard. Smith averaged 14.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a senior.
#3 Nolan Cressler – Guard 6’ 4” 198 So.
Going into his sophomore season, Cressler looks to build off of his impressive freshman campaign. Cressler was deadly from long-range last season, hitting on 40.3% of his three point attempts, good enough for sixth in the Ivy League. Cornell fans are hoping that the last four games of last season were a look into the future of Cressler’s Cornell career as he averaged 16.8 points and 6.0 rebounds.
#4 Dave LaMore – Forward/Center 6’ 9” 225 Jr.
LaMore saw his minutes drop last season from 136 his freshman year to just 36 last season. His points dropped from 33 to 5 and the highlight of his season was a stolen pass against No. 1 Duke. Look for LaMore to continue to come off of the bench for the Big Red, offering depth at the forward position.
#5 Robert Hatter – Guard 6’ 2” 165 Fr.
Hailing from the state of Texas, Hatter should offer Cornell an offensive weapon from day one. After averaging 21.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game as a junior, Hatter followed it up with an impressive senior year, during which he shot 50-88-39. Hopefully, Hatter can bring some of that efficiency into his limited minutes this season.
#11 Desmond Fleming – Guard 5’ 11” 180 Fr.
Another freshman from Texas, Fleming was able to do a bit of everything for The Woodlands College Park High School as a senior last year. Fleming averaged 12.0 points, 3.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game, good enough for first-team all-district and all-county. Look for Fleming to provide a spark off of the bench for the Big Red this season.
#12 Dominick Scelfo – Guard 6’ 3” 185 Sr.
Scelfo had a bit of a breakout season last year, taking advantage of his 14.9 minutes per game in averaging 5.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists. He notched a career-high 15 points, four rebounds, and two steals in a win against Dartmouth. Scelfo also ranked third on the team in 3-pointers made with 30. Scelfo should be able to build off of this into his senior season as he embraces an even larger role on the team.
#15 Braxston Bunce – Center 6’ 11” 250 So.
After missing the entire season last year with a knee injury, Bunce looks to rebound during his first healthy season with the Big Red. Bunce has a history of knee injuries, missing parts of his sophomore and senior seasons in high school. Bunce was named high school player of the year in British Columbia during his senior year, as he averaged 16.4 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. He should provide a strong interior presence for a Cornell team missing Errick Peck.
#20 Jake Matthews – Guard 6’ 2” 160 Sr.
Another player who has had his share of injuries during his Cornell career, Matthews will return to play this season after missing the past two seasons with injuries. Since he only played during his freshman season, it is difficult to project what sort of production Cornell will get from Matthews. The senior out of Greensburg, PA averaged 1.4 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 8.9 minutes per game during 21 games his freshman year.
#22 Robert Mischler – Guard 6’ 3” 183 So.
Coming off of a freshman season where he saw very little playing time, Mischler should see an increased role on this year’s team. Last season he recorded two assists and a blocked shot during his nine minutes of playing time. Mischler should be a productive shooter off the bench this season, as he shot 41% from three during his senior season.
#23 JoJo Fallas – Guard 5’ 11” 175 Fr.
Making his way across the country to join the Big Red is Fallas, a California native, should provide a strong presence off the bench. Fallas averaged 21 points per game during the regular season as a senior, leading his team to the Southern Section 5A basketball championship game. Fallas is yet another freshman guard with the potential to fill the hole left by guard Jonathan Gray.
#24 Devin Cherry – Guard 6’ 3” 185 Jr.
Last season Cherry was a strong presence off the bench for the Big Red averaging 6.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists in 15.9 minutes per game. Cherry was also an effective three-point shooter, hitting on 35.4% of his attempts last season. He should be able to take on an increased role this year in his junior season, potentially seeing some starts this year for the Big Red.
#32 Shonn Miller – Forward 6’ 7” 210 Jr.
Projected as one of the top players on the team, if not the entire Ivy League, Miller has quite a bit of weight on his broad shoulders. Last season, Miller was first-team All-Ivy as a sophomore, averaging 11.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 1.9 blocks and 0.9 assists in 27 starts. Miller was first in the Ivy League in defensive rebounding and fourth in total rebounding. Miller should be one of the leaders of this team both statistically and emotionally.
#33 Dwight Tarwater – Forward 6’ 6” 230 Sr.
Tarwater saw a reduced role last year as a junior, seeing only 6.7 minutes per game after playing 14.0 per game as a sophomore. Tarwater hit three 3-pointers in a game against Boston University last season where he scored a career-high 11 points. He should continue to see limited playing time off the bench this season.
#35 Nenad Tomic – Forward 6’ 7” 220 Jr.
Tomic, a junior from Ohio, had limited playing time last season, only logging 23 minutes, during which he scored 8 points and snagged 8 rebounds. He will likely start the season on the bench once again, though could see a bit of an increased role.
#50 Deion Giddens – Forward/Center 6’ 9” 202 Jr.
With a strong stretch to end the season last year, Giddens showed his potential as a dominant rebounding and defensive presence for Cornell. Over the final four games, Giddens averaged 2.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in only 12.8 minutes per game. Look for him to see an increased role as a defensive stopper for the Big Red.
#0 Tommy Carpenter – Forward 6’10” 200 So.
Carpenter played sporadic minutes in his freshman year, as his points per game slipped from 4.0 to 1.7 as the season progressed. He saw less playing time in Ivy play and he didn’t impress during his 10 Ancient Eight games played, totaling more turnovers than points. Carpenter put up his season and career-high in points during Dartmouth’s third game of the year against IPFW.
#1 Tyler Melville – Guard 6’2” 180 Sr.
Melville provided solid minutes for Dartmouth last season, playing in 27 games while starting 14 of them. Averaging 7.5 points per game, Melville was one of the Big Green’s key role players, ranking third on the squad with 1.48 assists per game. He also ranked third on the team in free-throw percentage, giving the Big Green the chance to keep him on the floor at the end of tight games. Melville performed particularly well for Dartmouth down the stretch in 2012-13, putting up 10.2 points per game in Ivy play.
#2 Ikemefuna Ngwudo – Forward 6’6” 200 Fr.
The freshman committed to the Big Green last November while attending Milton Academy in Mass. He will likely play small or power forward in college, as some see him playing a wing-type position. Ngwudo chose Dartmouth partly because the Big Green offered him and stuck by him despite a foot injury that sidelined him in high school.
#3 Connor Boehm – Forward 6’7” 235 So.
Boehm was a big part of Dartmouth’s success in Ivy play in 2013, as he started nine of the 14 games and averaged 10.4 points per game, all while shooting over 90 percent from the free-throw line. Overall, Boehm was the Big Green’s third leading scorer last season, putting up 8.7 points per contest during his freshman campaign. He had strong performances against Penn in each matchup, averaging 13 points and 6.5 rebounds in two games against the Red and Blue.
#4 Mike Fleming – Guard 6’0” 175 Fr.
The guard from Illinois spent the 2012-13 season as a post-grad student at Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.). He was a two-time all-area performer in his final two years playing for Stevenson High in Illinois. The six-foot guard will likely play a combination of point guard and shooting guard in his early time with the Big Green.
#5 Matt Rennie – Sophomore 6’8” 220 So.
The N.J product put up three total points in his freshman campaign, as he saw just 49 minutes of court time for the Big Green. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Rennie was a standout performer at Rutgers Prep. in N.J. One place where Rennie showed some promise for the Big Green in 2012-13 was through his rebounding, getting five boards in one game against Elon last December.
#10 Malik Gill – Guard 5’9” 185 So.
Gill was another member of Dartmouth’s seven-man sophomore class in 2012-13, and he was a solid contributor for the Big Green. Like many of his teammates, he saw his number increase in Ivy play, drawing more minutes per game and increasing his points per contest from 5.1 to 5.6. His career-high point total came at Harvard in January, when he put up 15 points. The New Rochelle, N.Y. native displayed strong on-ball defense against other guard, especially in his 21 minutes in Dartmouth’s victory at Penn.
#11 Alex Mitola – Guard 5’11” 175 So.
Mitola was the most impressive member of Dartmouth’s sophomore class, wowing opponents with his play-making ability in such a small frame. Mitola is known for his quirky shooting motion, which proved very effective as he was eighth in the Ancient Eight in three-point percentage. He also was 10th in points per game in the Ivy League, and was the driving force behind many of Dartmouth’s Ivy victories, including a 17-point game at Penn in March.
#12 Gabas Maldunas – Forward/Center 6’9” 225 Jr.
One of just two juniors on the Big Green squad this season, Maldunas also figures to be one of the more productive players for Dartmouth. Maldunas was ninth in the Ivies in points per contest while he ranked third in the Ancient Eight in rebounds per game. Last season, he provided a much-needed post presence for the Big Green. In his final three games of the 2012-13 season, he averaged 20.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, as Dartmouth finished the year with two wins.
#15 Kevin Crescenzi – Guard 6’3” 190 So.
Like fellow-sophomores Mitola and Rennie, Crescenzi hails from New Jersey. The N.J native played a post-grad year at Tilton Academy, where he developed his three-point shot. While he struggled from behind the arc in 2012-13 for Dartmouth (he shot just 23 percent), Crescenzi will likely play the role of three-point specialist in the future as that is his major strength.
#21 Wesley Dickinson – Freshman 6’7” 220 Fr.
Dickinson, like many of his Dartmouth teammates, comes from the Garden State, where he played as a post-grad for the Peddie School last year, a rival of Mitola’s alma mater of Gill St. Bernard’s. He put up nearly 17 points per game there, and coach Paul Cormier sees him as a shot blocker for the Big Green. Furthermore, Dickinson will be a part of Dartmouth’s post game since he is a solid rebounder.
#23 John Golden – Forward 6’6” 200 Jr.
Also a graduate of the Peddie School, Golden has been a solid starter for the Big Green. After starting 18 of Dartmouth’s 30 games his freshman year, Golden started all 28 of the team’s games a year ago, putting up 7.5 points per game. His field-goal percentage took a turn for the worse last year, however, going from making over 40 percent of his shots to just 35.4 percent in 2012-13. But Golden also became a more efficient player in other facets, decreasing his turnovers while nearly doubling his total steals.
#25 Brandon McDonnell – Forward 6’8” 210 So.
McDonnell started six games while appearing in 26 total games for the Big Green last year, but played a limited role. He averaged just 1.1 points per game along with one rebound per contest, doing marginally better during Ivy play. His minutes also increased in conference play, getting more than three extra minutes per contest. With a forward-laden freshman class, it may get even tougher for McDonnell to increase his minutes this season.
#33 Eli Harrison – Forward 6’6” 185 Fr.
The Oregon native figures to be a factor for the Big Green at small forward this season. He scored over 1,000 points in his high school career and proved himself to be a strong shooter in the process. While he may not be receiving as much playing time early on for Dartmouth due to depth at the wing position, he may be similar to the Big Green freshmen from a year ago in that his numbers will increase in conference play.
#44 Cole Harrison – Center 6’10” 235 Fr.
First off, it must be mentioned that there is no relation between Cole and Eli Harrison. Cole, a Tenn. native, played his senior year of high school at powerhouse Montrose Christian (Md.) where he developed into a force in the post. Coach Cormier said in a press release that Harrison may have the biggest impact among the new freshmen crop, and that due to his size and ability, he may crack the starting lineup by the time Ivy play rolls around.
#1 Laurent Rivard – Guard 6’5” 215 Sr.
One of the major players in Harvard’s offense last season, Rivard will see his role decrease a bit with the return of Brandyn Curry, but his shooting touch will still be necessary for the Crimson to win the Ivy and perform well in the NCAA tournament. Rivard scored 10.3 points per game in addition to 3.6 rebounds per game. He shot 40.2 percent from the three-point line.
#2 Siyani Chambers – Guard 6’0” 170 Sr.
Siyani Chambers makes things happen for the Crimson. He’s one of the fastest players in the league, and he uses his quickness not only to get to the rim but also to drive and kick. He has good vision, dishing out 5.7 assists per game last year. If he can build up his outside shot, he’ll become even that much more of a threat. But on a team as strong as the Crimson, as long as he can dish out the ball, he’ll make a big impact.
#2 Alex Nesbitt – Guard 6’1” 175 Jr.
Nesbitt played in 18 contests, averaging 3.4 minutes per game. He scored six points on the year. Due to the amount of guards on Harvard’s roster, he won’t see much playing time in the 2013-14 season.
#3 Matt Brown – Guard 6’3” 205 Jr.
Matt Brown played in 21 games in 2011, but due to a shoulder injury last season, he played in only seven games as a sophomore. He didn’t score in any game. Look for him to get more time and be more of an impact player as he returns from injury.
#4 Zena Edosomwan – Forward 6’9” 245 Fr.
Edosomwan comes in as a rebounding machine. He averaged 12.9 points per game and 10.7 rebounds per game while shooting 57 percent from the floor. Interestingly enough, before taking a post-grad year at Northfield, he shared time with Penn recruit Dave Winfield Jr. at Harvard Westlake, whose numbers were not as strong as Edosomwan’s. He will be another piece that can come off the bench for Harvard and give the Crimson a strong defensive presence inside.
#5 Hunter Myers – Forward 6’7” 225 Fr.
Myers graduated Douglas High School as the team’s second all-time leading scorer and led his team to back-to-back state titles in 2011-12 and 2012-13. While he may not see playing time as a freshman, he does bring a championship pedigree that will be helpful.
#10 Brandyn Curry – Guard 6’1” 195 Sr.
Curry too had to sit out the 2012-13 campaign after the Harvard cheating scandal. He will serve as the backcourt made with Siyani Chambers, and together, they will give teams headaches. In 2011-12, he averaged 7.9 points per game while assisting on 4.9 baskets every game. Both he and Chambers have an eye for passing the ball, so look for the ball-handling duties to be split between them.
#11 Matt Fraschilla – Guard 5’11” 165 Fr.
Fraschilla won’t see much playing time due to the amount of strong guards on the roster, but he does come in with quite a pedigree. He led the Dallas-Fort Worth Area in assists, average 8.1 as a senior.
#14 Steve Moundou-Missi – Guard 6’7” 225 Jr.
Moundou-Missi made the All-Ivy list as an honorable mention after averaging 7.9 points per game and leading Harvard with 5.1 rebounds per contest. He came off the bench for the Crimson, so look for him to continue with his sixth-man role this season. While lacking some of the size that other forwards have on the roster, he has a strong ability to position himself well. Over the years, his offensive skills have slowly improved.
#20 Patrick Steeves – Guard/Forward 6’7” 220 So.
He didn’t see any action as a freshman, but he was the top three-point shooter at the FIBA U17 Championships, so he does have range from downtown. If Rivard gets hurt and the Crimson desperately need as many three-point shooters on the floor as possible, then Steeves may see some playing time.
#21 Dee Giger – Guard 6’6” 180 Sr.
Giger sat out last season. As a junior in 2011-12, he appeared in five games. He played the most in his freshman year, where he hit 19 three-pointers on the season, averaging 4.5 points per game in his rookie campaign.
#23 Wesley Saunders – Guard/Forward 6’5” 215 Jr.
Saunders led Harvard and the Ivy League with his 16.2 points per contest and was third with steals in the Ancient Eight. Without Casey and Chambers, Saunders took over the bulk of the scoring load for the Crimson and did so in style. His smooth style of play – a true jack of all trades – makes him dangerous from anywhere on the court. He shot 52 percent from the field on the year as Harvard’s go-to guy.
#24 Jonah Travis – Forward 6’6” 225 Jr.
Travis had a great shooting percentage from the field as a sophomore, draining 59.5 percent of his shots. He averaged 6.2 points per contest as well as 3.1 boards per game. He was in Tommy Amaker’s rotation last year, and even though Harvard may be deeper in 2013-14 than the Crimson were in 2012-2013, Travis should still see time.
#25 Kenyatta Smith – Center 6’8” 250 Jr.
Smith grew into his role in his sophomore season, serving as a strong defensive presence who rebounded well and controlled the rim. While his offensive production wasn’t fantastic, Smith became a staple in Tommy Amaker’s sets and had a lot to do with the success of the Crimson. He shouldn’t be expected to do much of anything on the offensive end, but with so many players who can score, he doesn’t even need to be asked.
#30 Kyle Casey – Forward 6’7” 225 Sr.
After sitting out last season after a cheating scandal forced him to stay off of the court, Kyle Casey returns to the Crimson lineup and will be a major cog for Harvard as the team makes a run that seems destined for an Ivy League title. As a junior, he started all 31 games. In Ivy play, he scored 11.7 points and added 5.4 rebounds per game. His rebounding ability will definitely help make an impact.
#32 Charlie Anastasi – Forward 6’6” 225 So.
Charlie Anastasi didn’t play at all last season. He is one of Harvard’s four true forwards and will not make much of an impact this season. He was a three-year letter winner at Council Rock North, where he led his team to 27-3 mark in 2010-11, making it all the way to the elite eight of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association.
#33 Evan Cummins – Forward 6’9” 215 So.
Evan Cummins played in six contests last year, starting in Harvard’s contest against Fordham on Dec. 1. He has size, always an important attribute in the Ivy League, but due to the depth that Harvard has, he has only seen spot minutes so far in his career. He comes into the game more for size than anything, as any baskets he scored were few and far between.
#34 Tom Hamel – Forward 6’9” 235 Sr.
Hamel played in just one game as a junior. His playing time won’t increase in his senior campaign due to the amount of forwards on the roster.
#44 Michael Hall – Forward/Center 6’10” 205 Fr.
Michael Hall saw action in seven games last year, scoring his first-career basket in the Crimson’s win over Manhattan on Nov. 16. He started against Fordham. He scored two points, a block and a rebound against Rice. In garbage time against Arizona in the third round of the NCAA tournament, he also scored a bucket. He gives Harvard size off of the bench.
#0 Miles Cartwright – Guard 6’ 3” 175 Sr.
Cartwright returns as captain for the Red and Blue and he will be looking to improve after making second team All-Ivy last season. The senior guard led the team in points and assists last year, but also led the Quakers in turnovers as he had an inconsistent season. While Cartwright was called upon as the team’s point guard to lead Penn after the graduation of Zack Rosen, he underwhelmed. We’ll see if he can live up to the expectations as leader of the team.
#1 Tony Hicks – Guard 6’ 2” 170 So.
Of any player for Penn last season, Hicks showed the most promise in the 2012-13 campaign. Hicks led Penn in points per game during Ivy play, including scoring 95 total points over a four-game span late in the year, which included a strong performance to help Penn upset Harvard. The Quakers will look to Hicks as a go-to scorer this season, as Penn fans must hope that he can pair his improved jump shot with his driving ability.
#3 Henry Brooks – Forward 6’ 8” 215 Jr.
After starting 24 games his freshman year, Brooks was expected to be a big part for the Red and Blue in 2012-13. However, he took a step back, averaging 3.3 fouls per game. While Brooks has his mid-range jumper down, his shot selection and screen-setting needs to take a step forward if he is going to play a large role for Penn moving forward.
#4 Jamal Lewis – Guard 6’ 0” 160 So.
Lewis stepped onto campus last fall and made an impact right away for the Quakers. Lewis started 19 games his freshman year despite playing a limited role offensively. He struggled midseason, losing his starting job, but he quickly gained it back. Instead of offensive impact, Lewis was used more as an on-ball defender, earning the praises of coach Jerome Allen for his defensive effort. Expect him to play a similar role this season.
#5 Julian Harrell – Guard 6’ 5” 195 So.
Harrell, a California native, didn’t receive any playing time during his freshman season due to an injury before the year. Harrell still hasn’t hit the court for Penn, sitting out the Red & Blue Scrimmage before the year. Whether Harrell has an impact or begins to even see the court for Penn this season remains to be seen.
#10 Darien Nelson-Henry – Center 6’ 11” 265 So.
Nelson-Henry got off to a slow start during his freshman year but he finished very strong, providing Penn with hope for this season. After Fran Dougherty went down with an injury, Nelson-Henry stepped up as a strong post performer, having seven consecutive games with double-digit points starting in early January. However, he saved his best performance for a big stage, helping Penn upset Harvard with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Expect him to team with Dougherty to give Penn a solid frontcourt in 2013-14.
#11 Tony Bagtas – Guard 5’ 11” 160 Fr.
After committing to Penn while attending Westlake High School (Ga.), Bagtas told the DP in an interview that the coaching staff said he would “run the team next year.” Next year is now upon us and Bagtas has impressed in the preseason, displaying his ability to drive to the basket. While Bagtas may not start to begin the year, he has showed promise to provide Penn with a solid presence at the point.
#12 Fran Dougherty – Forward 6’ 18” 225 Sr.
In a dozen games last year, Dougherty was Penn’s top performer, improving immensely from his sophomore season. He led Penn in points per game early in the year, wowing fans early on by putting together four consecutive games of 20 or more points. However, injuries derailed Dougherty’s season. After a summer of work getting ready for 2013-14, Dougherty will be expected to take the leading role for Penn, both as captain and on offense.
#13 Dylan Jones – Forward 6’ 8” 215 Fr.
Jones put up big point totals in his senior year for The Village School (Texas) last year. Yet at the same time, Jones was not facing significant competition from his area schools. He is very much a wild card for Penn this year, but it is likely that he takes a backseat behind a strong Penn back court. It will be interesting to see how coach Allen uses him this year.
#15 Camryn Crocker – Guard 6’ 3” 175 Jr.
After receiving limited playing time his freshman year, Crocker bloomed into a solid role player for Penn last season, playing in 27 games and starting eight, including Penn’s final six games. While Crocker doesn’t distinguish himself as a scorer and instead factors into Penn’s rotation as a distributor and solid defender. Crocker put up just 2.2 points per game last year but he’ll be a solid part of Penn’s rotation this season.
#20 Dau Jok – Guard 6’ 4” 180 Sr.
After playing very little his first two seasons, Jok became a factor for the Penn last year as he stepped into a role as captain. Jok played in 29 games for the Red and Blue, and was versatile for the Quakers. After injuries to Dougherty and others, Jok played some forward for Penn in Ivy play. He likely won’t have to play the four again this year, thus giving him the chance to further show off his solid three-point shot.
#21 Cameron Gunter – Forward 6’ 9” 205 Sr.
Gunter was placed near the end of the bench of Penn for much of last season until injuries arose in the Quakers’ frontcourt. Gunter filled in admirably for the Red and Blue, giving Penn some size. His best game came in a loss at Harvard, when he put up 10 points and nine rebounds. Despite his solid performance last season, he will likely not be a consistent member of Penn’s rotation this year.
#22 Steve Rennard – Guard 6’ 2” 175 Sr.
After starting six of Penn’s final seven games in 2011-12, Rennard was expected to take a bigger role for Penn. But unfortunately, injuries and, at times, lackluster play derailed Rennard, holding him to just 4.2 points per game over 19 games. He missed the final 11 games of conference play, and it remains to be seen how Rennard will begin this season, whether in the rotation or not.
#23 Greg Louis – Forward 6’ 7” 215 Jr.
After missing all of his freshman season with injury, Louis proved to be Mr. Durable for Penn, the only player to play in all 31 games for the Quakers. He scored in double figures twice, including a career-high 19 points against Delaware in December. Louis put up 3.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, and may play a similar role this season after getting 13.7 minutes per game last year.
#24 Matt Howard – Guard 6’ 4” 185 Fr.
Howard hails from South Carolina, where he was significant contributor for A.C Flora. Now the freshman guard takes his talents to Philadelphia and the Palestra, where he will likely be a solid role player in his first year at Penn. Howard received some solid playing time in the Red & Blue scrimmage for the Quakers and it remains to be seen how exactly he’ll slot in for coach Allen moving forward.
#25 Dave Winfield Jr. – Center 6’ 10” 280 Fr.
Winfield, the son of the MLB Hall of Famer, played his high school basketball at Harvard-Westlake in California. Winfield dealt with injuries during his senior year, limiting his minutes and points for much of the year. While Winfield will give height (and a big name) to the Penn roster, he may not find too many minutes available behind upperclassmen like Fran Dougherty and Darien Nelson-Henry.
#30 Patrick Lucas-Perry – Guard 5’ 11” 165 Jr.
While he was the smallest player for the Quakers last year, he certainly had a large impact. PLP, as he is known, displayed a knack for providing a spark off the bench with big three pointers. He shot over 44 percent from beyond the arc, helping stretch defenses when he came off the bench. His best performance was at Temple in January, when he hit four three pointers. Look for him to be one of Penn’s first guards off the bench again this year.
#32 Preston Troutt – Guard 5’ 11” 165 Fr.
Troutt, similar to Winfield Jr., dealt with an injury during his final season of high school, missing a large chunk of playing time shortly after committing to Penn. Troutt will have a lot of players slotted for playing time above him, so it may take a year or so before he gets significant playing time. He displayed some long-range shooting ability in the Red & Blue scrimmage.
#2 Jimmy Sherburne – Guard 6’3” 197 Sr.
The Wisconsin native took the 2012-13 season off from the team in order to heal from a shoulder injury sustained the season before. Prior to his injury, Sherburne was a key reserve player for the Tigers. He featuring in 28 games during the 2011-12 season, all of them from the bench, as he averaged 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. It will be interesting to see if the redshirt senior has fully healed and will be able to contribute for an entire season.
#3 Clay Wilson – Guard 6’3” 170 Jr.
Made significant improvements between his freshman and sophomore year. He went from 0.5 to 4.0 points per game during that time. Coming in to 26 games last season from the bench, Wilson often occupied the role of sharp-shooter. The junior guard has a knack for shooting from long range, as 83 of his 99 field goal attempts from last year were three-pointers.
#4 Denton Koon – Forward 6’8” 210 Jr.
With the loss of Ian Hummer, Princeton will need last years’ other starters to step up and Koon needs to be one of them. The junior forward came into his own during his sophomore campaign. He started the season coming off the bench, but by late November Koon had worked himself in to the Princeton starting lineup. The Missouri native ranked second in the Ivy League in field-gial percentage at 53.2 percent. Averaging 10.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, Koon was named to the All-Ivy honorable mention team last year.
#5 TJ Bray – Guard 6’5” 207 Sr.
Hailing from New Berlin, Wisconsin, Bray has been a significant part of the Tigers’ program for the last three years, as he has played in every single one of Princeton’s games since the 2010-11 season. Bray will need to step up to fill the gap left by last year’s Princeton senior class, including last season’s Ivy League Player of the Year Ian Hummer. Scored a career-high 23 points off six three-pointers last January against Penn. Was named Second-Team All-Ivy League last year, averaging 9.9 points 3.6 assists.
#10 Spencer Weisz – Forward 6’4” 180 Fr.
Weisz enters Princeton from Seton Hall Prep, where he averaged 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists during his senior campaign. The frosh has been tapped as an under-the-radar threat by some who believe he fits in perfectly in to coach Mitch Henderson’s system. Also played for USA’s U-19 team at the Maccabiah Games this past summer.
#12 Ben Hazel – Guard/Forward 6’5” 191 Jr.
The redshirt junior withdrew from school last spring and did not participate in the Tigers’ 2012-13 season. Before taking a year off, Hazel featured in 19 games during his sophomore year. Hazel featured mainly as an outside threat, 29 of his 39 field goal attempts came from beyond the arc. Set a career high of 12 points – all with three-pointers – in a 2012 game against Brown.
#13 Mike Washington Jr. – Guard 6’3” 190 So.
Played in just 10 games during Princeton’s 2012-13 campaign. Came to Princeton from Oak Harbor High School in Washington, where he averaged over 18 points per game during his junior year. The sophomore is still yet to score his first career points for the Tigers, but may need to step up this year in the absence of last year’s senior leadership.
#14 Khyan Rayner – Guard 5’11” 165 Fr.
Won back-to-back Oregon state championships during his junior and senior years at Jesuit High School. Rayner earned plenty of awards during his prep career, as he was twice awarded Metro League Player of the Year and was a nominee for the McDonalds All-America team his senior year. The under-sized guard should be able to fit in well in the Ivy League and could provide a spark off the bench for the Tigers.
#15 Hashim Moore – Forward 6’5” 220 Fr.
Spent last year at the Hun School, a college prep school in New Jersey. Moore is widely regarded as the top recruit of Princeton’s incoming class this year. The forward has a nice mixture of size and athleticism that are rare in the Ivy League and should serve him well in his first season at Princeton.
#21 Henry Caruso – Forward 6’4” 190 Fr.
Caruso left as the second-leading scorer all time at his high school. He averaged 21 points and nine rebounds per game during his senior year at Junipero Serra High School. May have to gain some muscle to compete on the front lines in the Ivy League. Played more as a power forward in high school due to necessity, but has suggested that he is able to play as a guard when he takes the step up to the college game.
#22 Chris Clement – Guard 6’2” 190 Sr.
The Round Rock, Texas native began 2012-13 as a starter for the Tigers, but after four games was moved to a role coming off the bench. Clement’s slump continued as the season went on, with the guard nearly falling out of coach Henderson’s lineup completely. Persistence paid off for Clement though, as he worked his way back in to the rotation and set back-to-back career highs in an Ivy weekend against Cornell and Columbia.
#24 Will Barnett – Forward 6’10” 197 Sr.
The lengthy forward will lead the frontcourt for the Tigers in 2013-14. One of Barnett’s weaknesses from 2012-13 was consistency, as he scored three points or less in eight games last year while averaging an impressive 9.3 points per game. Barnett will have to make an impact every game in Ivy play for the Tigers to have a shot. His big frame fooled some opponents, but Barnet was also a big threat from downtown. Barnett led the Ivy League in three-point field-goal percentage last year.
#25 Stephen Cook – Forward 6’5” 185 Fr.
While not spectacular in any specific areas, Cook has plenty of versatility in that he is capable at just about everything. “Well-rounded” is how many people would survive this Illinois native, who offers a threat from inside and beyond the arc. His high school stats agree, as he stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists, and two blocks per game during his senior year.
#30 Hans Brase – Forward 6’8” 231 So.
Brase probably went further than anybody else in the Ivy League when looking for the right environment to work on his game over this past summer. The sophomore spent the summer playing for the German U-20 National Team in the FIBA U-20 European Championships, and that experience should serve him well in 2013-14. In his first collegiate start last season, Brase exploded for a career-high 17 points against Rider. The sophomore could be one of the breakout players of the Ivy League this season if he gets more starts.
#31 Pete Miller – Forward 6’10” 225 Fr.
Miller won’t have to bulk up much, since he already carries plenty of weight on a big frame. Scouts and coaches have described Miller as a post with some skill and touch to his game. The frosh is expected to be part of a rotation from the bench this season, but should see more time as he adapts to college game.
#32 Daniel Edwards – Forward 6’8” 225 Jr.
Princeton will look elsewhere to fill the void left by last year’s strong senior class. In two seasons with the Tigers, Edwards only has 24 minutes. The redshirt junior took last year off, so his game may have improved over that time. But we should expect Edwards to continue in his role as a bit-part player in 2012-13.
#33 Edo Lawrence – Center 7’1” 220 So.
The British center barely played in his first collegiate season – only one minute in one game. But that just means he can only improve on last year’s numbers. Lawrence still needs to add some bulk to his frame in order to compete on the glass and in the low post.
#40 Bobby Garbade – Center 6’11” 234 Jr.
Garbade saw limited playing time in 2012-13, as he only appeared in 12 of 28 games. His highlight of the season came against TCNJ, when he set career highs in both minutes (17) and points (7). Expect similar numbers this season, as there have been no indications that the junior center has made big strides in his game.
#1 Anthony Dallier — Guard 6’6” 190 Fr.
Dallier, a wiry guard, is the product of an Ancient Eight basketball factory in Northfield Mouth Hermon (Mass.), which currently has more of its alumni playing in the Ivy League than any other school. A teammate of Top 100 recruit (and Harvard freshman) Zena Edosomwan, Dallier averaged 16.8 points per game as his team’s secondary scoring option. It will likely be tough for Dallier to find playing time at first in Yale’s deep guard rotation.
#3 J.T. Flowers — Guard 6’6” 190 Fr.
A newcomer from Choate Rosemary Hall (Ore.), Flowers projects long-term as a scoring 2-guard. Long and tenacious on perimeter defense, Flowers could be a useful asset on the back end of the floor, but his skinny frame could hold back his development. He’ll need to improve on his endurance majorly if he wants to improve and become a viable rotation player in the future.
#4 Jack Montague — Guard 6’0” 170 So.
Montague received very little playing time in his freshman campaign for the Bulldogs, appearing in only nine contests and averaging only 4.8 minutes of playing time per game. While on the court, Montague displayed a decent 3-point stroke, hitting four of the six treys he attempted for a .667 clip. He’ll likely be fighting for minutes at the back end of Yale’s rotation.
#10 Khaliq Bedart Ghani — Guard 6’5” 205 So.
A center in high school (and former teammate of Penn guard Julian Harrell) at Los Angeles Loyola (Calif.), Ghani’s transition to guard was put on hold, as he missed much of his freshman campaign due to injury, only appearing for two minutes against Columbia and three against Oberlin (a D3 school). Until we see him healthy, it’s hard to project much of anything for him.
#11 Jesse Pritchard — Guard 6’5” 210 Sr.
A Bulldogs captain, Pritchard is looking to bounce back after only being held to 13 games of action last year due to injury. Pritchard appeared in 28 games off the bench as a sophomore, but found his role diminished in his junior campaign, only averaging 13.1 minutes per game in his limited time on the floor. Pritchard’s best assets for the Bulldogs are his drive and leadership abilities more so than any one physical tool.
#12 Armani Cotton — Guard 6’7” 215 Jr.
Cotton established himself as the Bulldogs’ best rebounder last year, as his 5.3 rpg average was ninth-best in the Ancient Eight and tied him for the team lead. He earned playing time in all 31 games last year and made significant progress on the offense end, averaging 6.2 ppg. He should be a key figure in Yale’s frontcourt rotation moving forward, despite being listed as a guard.
#20 Javier Duren — Guard 6’4” 185 Jr.
Duren burst onto the scene in 2012-13, finishing 10th in the Ivy League in assists (2.6 apg) while demonstrating impressive floor vision at times. However, Duren also struggled with turnovers, giving the ball away at a 30% rate. With Michael Grace now graduated, it’s all up to Duren to run the point for the Bulldogs. Whether or not he can step up will go a long way in determining Yale’s success this season.
#21 Nick Victor — Guard 6’5” 205 So.
Victor found it difficult to find playing time at first, but was able to carve out a niche for himself one Ivy play started, appearing in all 14 league games. An effective perimeter defender, Victor should play a significant role in Yale’s rotation moving forward as a breakout candidated. Questions remain, though, as to whether his offensive capabilities can develop in turn.
#22 Justin Sears — Forward 6’8” 205 So.
Lost in the shuffle amidst the emergence of Harvard’s Siyani Chambers, Sears may have been the Ivy League’s most explosive freshman in 2012-13. Averaging 9.5 points per game, Sears displayed a knack for cleaning up the offensive glass, scooping up 78 rebounds as well. Sears has impressive athleticism and length, and should be a focal point of Yale’s offense.
#23 Isaiah Salafia — Guard 6’3” 185 Sr.
After appearing in 25 games off the bench as a freshman, Salafia took a leave of absence from the program for personal reasons as a sophomore, which continued all the way through his junior season. It remains to be seen as to whether the former McDonalds All-America nominee will ever step onto the floor again.
#25 AJ Edwards — Guard 6’5” 190 Fr.
A lefty, Edwards is a catch-and-shoot three-point specialist with a quick release that he can get off in traffic. Not exactly imposing physically, Edwards will need to bulk up and improve on the defensive end if he wants to have a viable long-term role in Yale’s offense as a role player.
#32 Greg Kelly — Forward 6’8” 215 Jr.
Appearing in only 13 games of the bench, Kelly established himself as an efficient scoring player both from the charity stripe (23-28 on free throws) and behind the arc (20 treys, third-best on the team). It will be difficult for Kelly to find minutes in Yale’s crowded frontcourt, but when given a shot, he has shown that he can produce.
#34 Will Childs-Klein — Center 6’11” 225 Jr.
Childs-Klein only played in 11 games last year, but made the most of his playing time, shooting 57.1 percent from the field. It has been somewhat disappointing that Childs-Klein hasn’t been able to capitalize on his exceptional size and make a name for himself in the frontcourt, but given the Bulldogs’ solid depth, coach James Jones isn’t about to throw him into the fire anytime soon.
#35 Brandon Sherrod — Forward 6’6” 240 Jr.
Despite missing significant time due to injury early in the year, Sherrod worked hard to get back onto the court, eventually scoring 18 points in the season finale against Penn. For his efforts, Sherrod received the Josh Hill award, which is presented for “hard work and dedication to the Yale Basketball program.” A healthy Sherrod will aid Yale immensely on the offensive glass.
#42 Matt Townsend — Forward 6’7” 240 Jr.
Townsend was another solid rebounder for the Bulldogs last season, averaging 4.0 rpg. The team’s defensive player of the year, he has also displayed a scoring touch, dropping in double-digit efforts in four of Yale’s final five games. Though Townsend may not be a starter in this year’s rotation, the Bulldogs will need his presence in the paint.
#44 Sam Downey — Forward 6’9” 230 Fr.
An All-State selection at Lake Forest High School (Ill.), Downey averaged 16.0 points per game. Downey developed his game immensely on both sides of the court over his high school career, earning himself a spot on Jones’ radar. Long-term, he could be a big catch for the program, which he picked over Brown, Cornell and Kent State, among others.
#50 Jeremiah Kreisberg — Center/Forward 6’10” 240 Sr.
Fully healthy at last after undergoing back surgery in the summer of 2012, Kreisberg’s presence makes Yale’s frontcourt look that much more intimidating. Kreisberg has averaged 4.2 rebounds per game over his career and boasts a size that few in the Ivy League can match. There are very few players in the Ancient Eight that can bully a healthy Kreisberg in the post, and a big season out of him could spell big-time success for Yale.