PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton’s Spencer Weisz, Harvard’s Bryce Aiken and Princeton’s Myles Stephens received the Ivy League’s postseason awards, the league announced Wednesday in advance of the Inaugural Ivy League Men’s Basketball Tournament, which begins Saturday at The Palestra.
Princeton’s Mitch Henderson was unanimously voted Ivy League Coach of the Year. Princeton senior forward Spencer Weisz was named Player of the Year and a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team. Harvard’s Bryce Aiken was voted Rookie of the Year, while Princeton’s Myles Stephens earned Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Henderson, in his sixth season at the helm, led the Tigers to a perfect 14-0 Ivy League record for the sixth time in program history and first since 1998. With 117 wins, Henderson became the third-winningest coach in program history this year. Henderson has guided Princeton to a top-three Ivy finish in each of his six seasons.
Weisz led Princeton to a perfect 14-0 mark in league play, helping the Tigers to their 27th Ivy League championship and the top seed in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament. Princeton finished the regular season on a 17-game win streak, the fourth-longest single-season winning streak in program history.
Weisz averages 10.6 points per game, which ranks fourth among team leaders and 5.5 rebounds per game. The Florham Park, N.J., product enters the postseason ranked 13th in program history in points at 1,210 and fourth in assists with 370 career helpers. The senior captain is the only player in program history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 three-pointers.
Aiken (Randolph, N.J.) was an offensive force from the beginning for Harvard, which finished 10-4 in the Ivy League. Aiken netted 20-plus seven times and double-figures 17 times to lead the Crimson in scoring at 14.0 points per game. It marks the first time since 1987-88, a freshman lead the Crimson in scoring. He closed his freshman campaign ranked fifth in the league in scoring (14.0 points per game), ninth in assists (2.9) and second in the league in free throw percentage (.883).
Aiken is the first Crimson player to be named Rookie of the Year since senior captain Siyani Chambers won the award in 2012-13.
Stephens (Lawrenceville, N.J.) earned the League’s Defensive Player of the Year award. Stephens is averaging 11.9 points per game while adding 4.3 boards per game, 0.6 blocks per game and 0.6 steals per game. The guard has shot at least .500 from the field in 19 of the team’s 27 games this season. Stephens has scored in every game, netting double figures 15 times, all in the team’s last 20 games.
Starting all 27 regular-season games for the Tigers, Cook averaged 13.8 points per game, which ranks seventh among league leaders, while also chipping in 5.2 boards per game and a league-best 1.6 steals per game. The senior sits 18th in Princeton history with 1,113 career points. The Winnetka, Ill., product reached double-figure scoring 19 times, including two 20-plus performances and two 30-point outings.
Also receiving a first-team All-Ivy nod was Harvard senior co-captain Siyani Chambers. Chambers leads the Ivy League with 5.9 helpers per game. The Golden Valley, Minn., native ranks 18th in the country in helpers per game and No. 15 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.96). Chambers ranks second all-time in program history in assists (600), sixth in steals (162) and 12th in points (1,283).
Rounding out the All-Ivy first team was Brown senior forward Steven Spieth.
Spieth led the Ivy League with 19.5 points per game in league contests while ranking third in overall scoring with 17.3 points per game. Spieth scored 20-or-more points 14 times, including a career-high 33 points against Yale. An Academic All-American, Spieth finished his career as Brown’s fifth all-time scorer with 1,367 points. His 118 games played are first at Brown and 11th in Ivy League history, while his 117 career starts are second in the Ivy record book.
Player of the Year
Spencer Weisz, Princeton (Sr., F – Florham Park, N.J.)
Rookie of the Year
Bryce Aiken, Harvard (Fr., G – Randolph, N.J.)
Defensive Player of the Year
*Myles Stephens, Princeton (So., G – Lawrenceville, N.J.)
Coach of the Year
*Mitch Henderson, Princeton
Bryce Aiken, Harvard (Fr., G – Randolph, N.J.)
Siyani Chambers, Harvard (Sr., G – Golden Valley, Minn.)
*Steven Cook, Princeton (Sr., F – Winnetka, Ill.)
Steven Spieth, Brown (Sr., F – Dallas, Texas)
Myles Stephens, Princeton (So., G – Lawrenceville, N.J.)
*Spencer Weisz, Princeton (Sr., F – Florham Park, N.J.)
Evan Boudreaux, Dartmouth (So., F – Lake Forest, Ill.)
AJ Brodeur, Penn (Fr., F – Northborough, Mass.)
Matt Morgan, Cornell (So., G – Concord, N.C.)
Miye Oni, Yale (Fr., G – Porter Ranch, Calif.)
Luke Petrasek, Columbia (Sr., F – East Northport, N.Y.)
Devin Cannady, Princeton (So., G – Mishawaka, Ind.)
Sam Downey, Yale (Sr., F – Lake Forest, Ill.)
Matt Howard, Penn (Sr., G - Columbia, S.C.)
* Unanimous Selection
^ first team expanded to six due to ties in the voting.