CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's basketball freshman Bryce Aiken has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in a vote by the conference's eight head coaches, as Aiken and senior co-captain Siyani Chambers were selected to the All-Ivy League first team.
This marks the fourth All-Ancient Eight accolade for Chambers and his second appearance on the first team. Aiken becomes the first Rookie of the Year since Chambers in 2012-13 and the eighth overall for the Crimson. Chambers is the first four-time All-Ivy selection for Harvard since Kyle Casey from 2009-14. Aiken is just the second freshman ever, joining teammate Siyani Chambers, to be named to the first team.
Aiken finished the regular season averaging 14.0 points per game – best of all freshmen – and 2.9 assists. The rookie from Randolph, New Jersey ranked second in free throw percentage (88.3), fifth in the league in scoring and 3-point field goals made per game (2.2), and ninth in assists. Aiken paced Harvard in scoring 12 times this year.
Chambers became the lone Harvard student-athlete to ever post 1,000-plus points and 600-plus assists over his career. This season, Chambers averaged 10.1 points per game and a conference-best 5.9 helpers. The Golden Valley, Minnesota native picked up his play during league action, scoring 11.4 points and dishing out 5.7 assists. He paced the team in helpers in 24 of 27 games played.
Harvard will take part in the inaugural Ivy League tournament Saturday, March 11, facing Yale at 4 p.m. on ESPNU.