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.