POY/ROY Tracker

If Princeton can make a run in the Ivy League, Hummer will warrant some consideration for Player of the Year. (Photo credit: goprincetontigers.com)

Player of the Year

The Contenders 

1. Zack Rosen

It was not the best week for Penn’s point guard. On Friday, the Quakers lost a crucial game at home to the Crimson, 56-50, and Rosen’s six-for-21 shooting performance left Penn fans feeling a little cold. The senior was off the next night as well, hitting just five of 13 shots against the Big Green. But despite his struggles, Rosen still showed up when it mattered most. He scored 10 points in the final 10 minutes against Harvard’s lockdown defense to bring the Quakers within a bucket of tying the game, and he nailed a game-winning three

from the wing to send Dartmouth packing on Saturday. Those late heroics were enough to keep the senior ahead of the competition for Player of the Year for at least another week.

2. Greg Mangano

Yale’s big man also had an up-and-down weekend. In Ithaca on Friday night, Mangano was mired in foul trouble, picking up his fourth with over eight minutes left in regulation. The senior, who finished with 14 points and only five rebounds, attempted just two shots from that point forward, as Cornell went on to win in overtime, 85-84. The next night Mangano struggled out of the gate, missing his first six shots, and Yale found itself in a 22-point hole six minutes into the second half. Of course, the Elis pulled off a comeback for the ages, and Mangano was no small part of that. Although he would finish with only 11 points (his second lowest scoring output since late November), his eight points down the stretch were crucial to keeping the Bulldogs” Ivy League hopes alive.

The Dark Horse

3. Ian Hummer

By most statistical measures, it was not a great weekend for Hummer. He went 0-for-11 from the field against Dartmouth and 5-of-16 from the floor against Harvard. But in the process the junior led Princeton to a pair of decisive victories, including an eight-point win over the No. 21 team in the country. As a result, Hummer’s hat is now in the ring for Player of the Year. He sits third in the conference in scoring and rebounding (fourth and seventh, respectively, since the start of league play). He shoulders the largest offensive burden in the league (the 11th highest in the entire country), using almost a third of his team’s possessions, and yet his offensive rating is still a very respectable 100.5. What’s more, he’s taken a largely inexperienced team and poised them for a run up the Ivy League standings. The fifth-place Tigers are only a game and a half out of second place, and, with five of the next seven at Jadwin, they could be knocking at Harvard’s doorstep in a matter of weeks (especially with a win at Lavietes).

The Long Shot

4. Keith Wright

As long as Harvard keeps winning, the reigning POY will receive some deserved consideration, even if the same numbers are not there. Wright was an absolute monster on the glass against Penn on Friday, grabbing 13 rebounds in 28 minutes, although he could not get his shot to drop early (finishing one-for-five) and then simply deferred to his teammates. The next night, the Crimson got a typically efficient performance from the big man—16 points on seven-of-11 shooting, and 12 rebounds—but the senior hardly contributed in the final eight minutes, as the game slowly but surely slipped away from Harvard.

 

Rookie of the Year

The Contenders 

1. Shonn Miller

The Big Red rookie had a solid if unspectacular performance this week that resulted in two wins and did little to loosen his reins on the ROY race. Miller averaged 9 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks in 26 minutes per game. Since the start of conference play, he’s second among rookies in scoring, third in rebounding (around 50th in the nation in defensive rebounding percentage), first in steals, and first in blocks.

2. Jvonte Brooks

The Ivy League’s leading freshman scorer and rebounder is Brooks, who had a monster weekend against the Killer Ps. He scored 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against Princeton and followed up that performance with an 18-point, 10-rebound encore at Penn. Of course, the Big Green dropped two more games to fall to 0-8, but Brooks is beginning to eclipse his classmate, Gabas Maldunas, as Dartmouth’s lux in tenebris.

The Others

3. Corbin Miller

Twice now in Ivy League play Miller has single-handedly picked up Harvard’s offense. First he put up 13 points on six shots against Dartmouth, and most recently he scored a team-best 17 points with a 65 effective field goal percentage against Penn. On Saturday, the sharpshooter looked to be locked in again, as he hit three of his first four jump shots to start the game, but that would be all for the guard. Still, Miller, whose role is growing, has shown that he can carry the offense for a night, which is more than you can hope for a freshman.

4. Gabas Maldunas

Much has been asked of Maldunas this season, and, even if he has slowed somewhat, the big man has continued to put up numbers. This week he averaged 6.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, and, perhaps most importantly, he was able to avoid whistles and play more than 30 minutes each night. He is tied with Brooks for the most rebounds among freshmen, and he is second in blocked shots.

5. Steve Moundou-Missi

Behind Wright and Kyle Casey, Moundou-Missi won’t get the reps to challenge for ROY, but he’s making the most of his minutes. Against Penn, the Cameroonian scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds in limited action. It was his fourth Ivy game with at least that many points.

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