PRINCETON, N.J. – On the heels of the program's sixth Ivy League title, sophomore Seth Towns has been named the Ivy League Player of the Year, as announced by the league office on Tuesday. Towns joined sophomore Chris Lewis on the All-Ivy League first team, while sophomore Justin Bassey earned honorable mention recognition.
Towns is the fourth player in program history to be named Ivy Player of the Year, joining Joe Carrabino '85, Keith Wright '12 and Wesley Saunders '15. He is the first underclassman to win the honor in a decade, as Cornell's Louis Dale earned the award as a sophomore in 2007-08, and just the second sophomore to garner the honor in the 43-year history of the award.
The Columbus, Ohio native was also a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy League first team. Towns led the Crimson with 15.8 points per game on the season, including 18.6 per night during Ivy play, which ranked second in the league. A versatile scorer, Towns hit 49.3 percent of his 3-point attempts in Ivy play while hitting the third-most triples. He also averaged 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists this season.
Towns was also named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District team on Tuesday. He is Harvard's first USBWA All-District selection since Saunders in 2014-15.
Lewis was also named to the All-Ivy League first team after establishing himself as the most dominant interior presence in the conference. Lewis scored 12.7 points per game with 5.5 rebounds and a league-best 1.6 blocked shots per game. Lewis shot 61 percent from the floor on the season, and improved to nearly 63 percent during conference play. In Ivy play, the Alpharetta, Georgia native improved to 13.4 points per game.
Bassey was an honorable mention selection, as Harvard had a league-best three players with All-Ivy honors. His defensive presence helped Harvard to a league-best scoring defense at 66.9 points per game, and 65.6 points during Ivy play. The Denver, Colorado native averaged a team-best 5.7 rebounds per game from the wing, while scoring 7.5 points and dishing 2.6 assists per game. During conference play, Bassey was one of four players scoring in double figures, with 10.2 points per game while shooting 49 percent from 3-point range.
The All-Ivy League recognition is the first for all three sophomores. The trio helped lead the Crimson to its sixth Ivy League championship and the top overall seed in the Ivy League Tournament. Harvard will face Cornell in the Ivy League semifinals on Saturday, March 10 at 12:30 p.m. on ESPNU.