Chambers Named Ivy Rookie of the Year; Four Crimson Earn All-League Selections
Siyani Chambers was named Ivy Rookie of the Week six times this year (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman guard Siyani Chambers of the Harvard men's basketball team has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in a unanimous decision, joining three other Crimson on the all-conference team.
Chambers was also a selection to the All-Ivy first team while sophomore Wesley Saunders was a unanimous first team selection. Junior guard Laurent Rivard and sophomore forward Steve Moundou-Missi rounded out the group of Harvard players, as they garnered honorable mention.
In the process, Chambers became the first freshman in Ivy League history to be named to the all-conference first team.
The quartet of underclassman have helped the Crimson win its third straight Ivy League title this year, going 19-9 overall and 11-3 in the Ancient Eight. In the process, Harvard has advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season and third time in program history.
Chambers, a Golden Valley, Minn., native, passed out 161 assists this season to lead the nation's freshman in assists per game. The floor general who dished out a career-high 11 assists at Cornell Feb. 8, also leads the league with 5.4 assists per game in conference play. He sits second on the team and sixth in the Ancient Eight in scoring with 12.9 points per game. The 6-foot guard, also earned three double-doubles on the season, and stands fourth in Ivy League with an 81.9 shooting percentage from the foul line.
A six-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week selection, Chambers ranks first in the league and fourth in the nation in minutes played (37.8), as the freshman started all 28 games for the Crimson this season. Chambers is the seventh Harvard player to have been named Ivy Rookie of the Year, as Kyle Casey took home the honor after the 2009-10 season.
Saunders, a native of Los Angeles, Calif., has reached double figures in scoring in all 28 contests to lead the Crimson and Ivy League in scoring with 16.5 points per game. A NABC All-District first team pick, he dished out 1.9 assists per game to sit seventh in the league, and Saunders is third in minutes per game (37.3). The sophomore standout is shooting 53.6 percent from the field and 72.5 percent from the foul line. A five-time Ivy League Player of the Week choice, Saunders has started all 28 games for Harvard and has recorded one double-double on the season.
Rivard, a co-captain of the Crimson from Saint-Bruno, Que., has drained 74 3-pointers this year to tie the program record for a single season. The junior long-distance threat sits second in program history with 201 career 3-pointers made and fourth in Harvard record books in career 3-point shooting percentage (.403, 201 of 409). The 6-foot, 5-inch guard drained two or more 3-pointers in 19 games and made at least one shot behind the arc in 26 straight contests, between Feb. 24, 2012 through Feb. 16, 2013, to hold the second longest streak in team history.
Rivard finished third on the team with 10.4 points per game while averaging 9.6 points per contest in Ivy play and scoring in double figures 14 times. He played in each of the Crimson's 28 games this season starting all but one to sit fifth in the conference in minutes played (35.2).
Moundou-Missi, who ranked first on the Crimson with 5.1 rebounds per game, started five games of the 28 he appeared during his sophomore season. A Yaounde, Cameroon native, averaged 7.9 points per contest, shooting 54.2 percent from the field and 70.7 from the free throw line.
On Sunday evening, Harvard will learn its NCAA tournament opponent and destination during the Selection Show on CBS at 6 p.m.