, N.J. -- Harvard’s Seth Towns
, Brown’s Desmond Cambridge
and Princeton’s Amir Bell
received the Ivy League’s postseason awards, the league announced Tuesday in advance of the 2018 Ivy League Men’s Basketball Tournament, which begins Saturday at The Palestra.
Penn’s Steven Donahue
was voted Ivy League Coach of the Year. Harvard sophomore Seth Towns
was named Ivy League Player of the Year and a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team. Brown’s Desmond Cambridge
was voted Rookie of the Year and Princeton senior Amir Bell
earned Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Donahue, in his third season at the helm of Penn, led the Quakers to a share of its first Ivy League Championship since 2006-07 season and it’s 26th overall. Donahue finished 22-8 overall and 12-2 in Ivy action. Donahue became the seventh coach in conference history to reach the 100 Ivy League wins, but the first to do it with two different schools; he had 78 at Cornell and 23 so far at Penn. Penn earned the second seed in the Ivy League Tournament.
Towns becomes just the third sophomore to earn Player of the Year honors since the Ivy League implemented the award in the 1974-75 season as the 6’7 forward guided Harvard to a share of its sixth Ivy League title in program history and a No. 1 seed in the tournament. 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 joins Penn’s Jerome Allen (1992-93) and Cornell’s Louis Dale (2007-08) as the only sophomores to earn the league’s top offensive award. Towns was also unanimously selected to the first-team.
Cambridge was an offensive force from the beginning for Brown, which finished 11-16 overall and 4-10 in League play. Cambridge, a six-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week selection, set a Brown freshman scoring record with 468 points, eclipsing the previous mark of 460 points by Brown’s all-time leading scorer Earl Hunt in 2000. The Nashville, Tenn., native ranked third in the Ivy League in overall scoring with 17.3 points per game and second in conference scoring with 18.6 points per game. His 2.5 treys per game were fifth in the Ivy League, while his 27 blocked shots ranked sixth.
Cambridge is the first Bears’ player to be named Rookie of the Year since Sean McGonagill earned the honor in 2010-11. Cambridge earned second-team All-Ivy recognition.
Bell earns the League’s Defensive Player of the Year award after the Tigers went 13-16 overall and 5-9 in League play. Bell led the team with 40 steals and was third in the league at 1.4 per game. He finished his career 31st in program history in scoring at 1,043 points and sixth in assists at 308. It's just the second time in the 10-year history of the award that the Defensive Player of the Year honoree was not included on the All-Ivy League teams, as happened last in 2013 with Brown's Cedric Kuakumensah.
The East Brunswick, N.J., native is the third Princeton player to earn the top defensive honor joining Keem Maddox
in 2010-11 and Myles Stephens
Joining Towns as unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team is Cornell’s Matt Morgan, Yale’s Miye Oni and Penn’s AJ Brodeur. Harvard’s Chris Lewis rounded out the first-team.
Morgan, the ninth-leading scorer in the country entering the week, has now reached double figures in scoring in a school-record 50 consecutive games after scoring 16 point at Dartmouth – the fourth-longest streak of any player in the country. Morgan upped his career scoring total to 1,627 points, a total that ranks tied for 20th
all-time in Ivy history. The league's leading scorer for the last three seasons, has been on a tear all season, averaging 22.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists this year.
Morgan becomes just the eighth unanimous first-team selection from the Big Red since the turn of the century and just the 22nd first-team All-Ivy pick from the school
Miye Oni led Yale to a 16-14 overall mark and a 9-5 league record. Oni paces the Bulldogs with 15.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The Porter Ranch, Calif., reached double figures in 21 games in scoring throughout the season, including a dominant 23-point performance against Penn.
AJ Brodeur finished the regular season averaging 12.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, numbers that jumped to 14.8 and 7.6 in Ivy play. In conference play, he finished the year second among Ivy players in rebounding, tenth in scoring, tied for second in steals per game, third in blocked shots per game, and fourth in field-goal percentage. Brodeur ended the year with 19 double-figure scoring games including four with at least 20 points, and he had three double-doubles and five games with more than 10 rebounds. Brodeur becomes the 42nd player in program history to earn first-team All-Ivy, but he is the first since Zack Rosen in 2011-12. In addition, he is just the 11th Quakers player to earn the award as a sophomore, the most recent of those being Rosen in 2009-10.
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.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Seth Towns, Harvard (So., F – Columbus, Ohio)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
*Desmond Cambridge, Brown (Fr., G – Nashville, Tenn.)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Amir Bell, Princeton (Sr., G – East Brunswick, N.J.)
COACH OF THE YEAR
Steve Donahue, Penn
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
*AJ Brodeur, Penn (So., F – Northborough, Mass.)
*Matt Morgan, Cornell (Jr., G – Concord, N.C.)
*Miye Oni, Yale (So., G – Porter Ranch, Calif.)
*Seth Towns, Harvard (So., F – Columbus, Ohio)
Chris Lewis, Harvard (So,. F/C – Alpharetta, Ga.)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY^
Stone Gettings, Cornell (Jr., F – Malibu, Calif.)
Myles Stephens, Princeton (Jr., F – Lawrenceville, N.J.)
Ryan Betley, Penn (So., G – Downingtown, Pa.)
Mike Smith, Columbia (So., G – Burr Ridge, Ill.)
Desmond Cambridge, Brown (Fr., G – Nashville, Tenn.)
Devin Cannady, Princeton (Jr., G – Mishawaka, Ind.)
Trey Phills, Yale (Jr., G – Charlotte, N.C.)
Darnell Foreman, Penn (Sr., G – Camden, N.J.)
Justin Bassey, Harvard (So., G – Denver, Colo.)