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Saunders, Chambers Tabbed to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District Teams

Chambers earned a spot on the second team (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's basketball's Wesley Saunders and Siyani Chambers have been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 13 teams, association officials announced Wednesday.

Saunders was honored on the first team while Chambers garnered a second team nod, marking the second consecutive year that each has been recognized. Saunders and Chambers were each named to the first team a year ago.

Saunders, who was named to the United States Basketball Writers Association All-District I Team yesterday, finished the regular season ranked eighth in the conference in scoring (14.0), third in assists (3.9) and first in steals (1.7), and also ranked in the top 10 in field goal percentage (46.6), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7), blocked shots (0.8) and minutes (33.7). He was named Ivy League Player of the Week three times, and earned MVP honors at the Great Alaska Shootout after leading the Crimson to the title.

Saunders has turned in five 20-point performances on the year and led the team in scoring 10 times. He has also led the team in assists nine times and in rebounding on six occasions. Some of his best work this season came on the defensive end, where each night he was tasked with defending the opposition's top perimeter player. Harvard's defensive numbers have reflected his efforts, as the Crimson rank 13th in the NCAA in scoring defense (60.5) and have put up the lowest opponent shooting percentage (40.7) and three-point percentage (32.0) in head coach Tommy Amaker's seven years.

Chambers the floor general for the Ivy League's highest scoring offense (73.6), averaging 11.1 ppg while ranking second in the conference in assists (4.7) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1). Under his direction the Crimson also led the league in field goal percentage (46.7) and three-point percentage (38.7), and outscored opponents by 13.1 ppg.

Chambers enjoyed three 20-point performances on the year, including Dec. 21 when he went for a career-high 27 points against Vermont. The sophomore was on fire from the floor, connecting on 9-of-10 attempts while going a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond-the-arc to equal the program record for most three-pointers in a game without a miss. Chambers, who was named player of the week three times and earned selection to the Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament team, also turned in five or more assists on 14 occasions with Harvard going a perfect 14-0 in those games.