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Kirkwood Named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Aiken Unanimous First Team Pick

Kirkwood Named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Aiken Unanimous First Team Pick

Aiken was also selected to the USBWA All-District team (Photos by Gil Talbot, Steven Ryan and Tod Fierner).

PRINCETON, N.J. – Helping Harvard to its seventh Ivy League championship in nine seasons, first-year Noah Kirkwood was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, while junior guard Bryce Aiken was a unanimous choice to the All-Ivy League first team. Additionally, Aiken was one of three Ivy League players added to the U.S. Basketball Writers' Association All-District team.

Kirkwood set a program record with seven Ivy League Rookie of the Week awards throughout the season; and, he is the ninth player in Harvard history to earn the honor, and the first since Aiken in 2016-17. Kirkwood has averaged 10.4 points per game on the season, and 10.8 per game against Ivy League opponents, which leads all first-year players in the conference.

Aiken has established himself as the top scorer in the conference, averaging an Ivy League-best 22.2 points per game in conference play. The first team honor is the second in Aiken's career, as he was also named to the first team in 2016-17. The Randolph, New Jersey native has tallied three games of at least 30 points, including the second-highest output in school history (44) earlier this season against Columbia.

Harvard has won seven Ivy League titles in a span of nine years, while the program's back-to-back championship is its first since 2015, when it capped a stretch of five-straight crowns. The Crimson qualified as the top seed for the Ivy League Tournament, presented by TIAA, for the second year in a row, and will face fourth-seeded Penn at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

 

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