Saunders Earns Second Straight Ivy League Player of the Week Nod
Saunders averaged 21.0 ppg and 3.5 apg as Harvard improved to 9-1 (Sam Wasson).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Wesley Saunders has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week, marking the second straight week he has garnered the award and seventh time in his career.
Saunders' seven player of the week honors rank him sixth in Ivy League history, matching the totals put up by Jeremy Lin '10, Dartmouth's Sea Lonergan and Cornell's Ryan Wittman. Princeton's Ian Hummer and Brown's Earl Hunt own the conference's all-time mark with nine.
Saunders received the accolade after leading Harvard to wins at Northeastern and Boston University, improving the team to 9-1 on the year and extending its win streak to five games. The Los Angeles native averaged 21.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 3.5 apg in the victories, while shooting 41.7 percent from the floor.
The junior began the week with a 17-point outing at Northeastern on 7-of-12 shooting. He followed that up with a season-high 25 points to push the Crimson past BU in overtime, adding five assists, five rebounds and four steals. Saunders netted 13 points after intermission, including seven in the extra session.
The 6-5 guard currently ranks fourth in the Ivy League in scoring (16.1) while also standing first in steals (2.1), third in assists (3.7), ninth in shooting percentage (48.3) and 10th in rebounding (5.9). He has scored at least 20 points three times this season and nine times in his career.