The Ivy League did something interesting Thursday – it tweeted out its all-time best women’s and men’s teams as selected by the Ivy League office, consisting of five players each. Check out the league’s selections with thoughts after the jump…
ALL-TIME WOMEN’S TEAM
Courtney Banghart, Dartmouth – G – 1996-2000
Diana Caramanico, Penn – F – 1997-2001
Allison Feaster, Harvard – G/F – 1994-98
Gail Koziara, Dartmouth – F – 1978-82
Niveen Rasheed, Princeton – G/F – 2009-13
Thoughts: Courtney Banghart would be on any all-time women’s coaches list too, but she’s also the greatest three-point shooter in Ivy hoops history … Diana Caramanico unquestionably belongs here and is on another level than even the other players on this shortlist, excepting Gail Koziara … Caramanico is still the all-time scoring leader and only three-time Ivy Player of the Year besides Koziara … Now Caramanico is a leading sports psychologist, but don’t expect her to help Princeton anytime soon … Allison Feaster easily belongs on this list too almost on the strength of her dominant senior season alone (league record 28.5 points per game en route to a third straight league championship) … Koziara also won four straight shot put titles at Dartmouth and is now the CEO of United HealthCare from 2011 to 2014. Highly successful in every phase of her life – it doesn’t get any better than that … Rasheed simply dominated and I remember being in awe of how consistent her greatness was … Hana Pelijto, Ann Deacon, Jayne Daigle, Alyssa Baron and Donna Yaffe all deserve serious consideration on any all-time list as well.
ALL-TIME MEN’S TEAM
Jerome Allen, Penn – SG – 1991-95
Bill Bradley, Princeton – PF/C – 1962-65
Jeremy Lin, Harvard – G – 2006-10
Matt Maloney, Penn – PG – 1992-95
Jim McMillian, Columbia – SF – 1967-70
Thoughts: For full disclosure, I’m working on a list of the 60 greatest Ivy men’s basketball players of all time in connection with the upcoming season marking the 60th anniversary of modern Ivy men’s hoops. I’ve missed most of those 60 years unfortunately, but I think I can make a pretty strong case for a very different top five than the Ivy League office’s. But that’s the fun of personal rankings from anybody’s perspective, and that being said, Jerome Allen was one of the most important players of all time because he was the unquestioned spark behind one of the most untouchable dynasties in conference history (42-0 in league play in his final three seasons) … Bill Bradley is Bill Bradley, and that’s all that needs to be said … Jeremy Lin would only belong here if we were judging by all-time NBA careers among Ivy players … there are plenty of Crimson legends that were more dominant in their careers than the still tremendous Lin, like Joe Carrabino, Don Fleming, Dan Clemente, and of course, Wesley Saunders … Maloney also might be questionable for a top five list since there are probably a handful of Quakers alone that surpass him in individual accomplishments, but his leadership and three-point shooting helped fuel Penn’s incredibly successful mid-’90s dynasty … McMillian absolutely belongs, a three-time All-American and prolific scorer and rebounder who earned his first-round selection by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1970 NBA Draft.
What do you think about the Ivy League office’s selections?