Ivy hoops roundup – April 27, 2019

Former Dartmouth assistant coach John Andrzejek has joined Kyle Smith’s staff at Washington State as its director of analytics.  This will be Andrzejek’s third stint with the former Lions head coach.  While completing his undergraduate degree in philosophy in just two and a half years from Columbia in 2013, Andrzejek served as the Lions’ team manager during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons before being hired as the team’s director of basketball operations in July of 2014.  He stayed in that spot until the 2016-2017 season, when he went west to join Smith as the University of San Francisco’s director of basketball operations for a year.

Former Princeton star Devin Cannady opens up to the South Bend Tribune about the downs and ups of the last few months.  He discusses the circumstances around his January arrest and his return to the team in early February, as well as the emotional toll that these events had on his psyche.  The Tigers fifth all-time leading scorer, ultimately, decided to take time off from Princeton and get himself back in shape, physically and emotionally.  In a healthier place, Cannady is preparing for a career in pro ball, either in the U.S. or abroad, and returning to Princeton in the fall, either on campus or online, to complete his sociology degree.

Brown men’s basketball postseason banquet:
Co-MPV: Obi Okolie, Tamenang Choh; Defensive Player of the Year: Obi Okolie
Newcomer of the Year: David Mitchell

Andy Katz of NCAA.com has Harvard’s Bryce Aiken as one of his 12 rising stars for the 2019-20 campaign.  Meanwhile, Mitchell Northam of NCAA.com chose the Crimson as one of three teams that could be Cinderellas in next year’s NCAA Tournament.

The Yale men’s team held its postseason banquet at the New York City Athletic Club:
MVP – Miye Oni; Comeback Player of the Year – Jordan Bruner
Rising senior Eric Monroe was elected captain for the 2019-20 season

Bulldogs junior Jameel Alausa met with Yale alum Joseph Tsai during the team’s season opener against Cal in China and impressed the Alibaba Group cofounder (and Nets & Liberty co-owner) enough to secure an internship this summer.  The 6′ 7″ forward from Chicago, who is fluent in Chinese, will split his time in the U.S. and Hong Kong.

David Tannenwald of Harvard Magazine looks back at the men’s and women’s seasons.

Better late than never – Dartmouth junior and Academic All-American (Econ major with 3.96 GPA) James Foye was interviewed by Jon Teitel for HoopsHD in late March.

The Dartmouth women’s team announced the completion of its four-person Class of 2023:
Emma Koch G (Iowa City West H.S., Iowa), Kaiyah Corona F (Winward H.S., California), Allie Harland G (Yarra Valley Grammar School, Australia), Karina Mitchell (Mallard Creek H.S., North Carolina)

The Princeton women’s team announced its four-person Class of 2023:
Maya McArthur F (Dana Hills H.S, California), Ellie Mitchell F (Georgetown Visitation Prep, Maryland), Maddie Plank G/F (Briarcliff H.S., New York), Nicole Young G (St. Mary’s H.S., California)

Incoming Yale first-year August Mahoney was named the boys’ basketball Class A Player of the Year by the New York State Sportswriters Association.  The 6′ 4″ shooting guard averaged 24.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals for Albany Academy.  He finished the year shooting 47 percent (97-205) from beyond the arc.  Also, incoming forward E. J. Jarvis, who averaged 22.2 points per game, was named first team All-USA District of Columbia by the USA Today.

Not to be outdone, incoming Harvard first-year Chris Ledlum was named Player of the Year and first team ALL-USA Massachusetts by the USA Today.  Ledlum, a 6′ 7″ forward, was also chosen as Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year. The Staten Island native, who played at Northfield Mount Hermon this year, averaged 25.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game this past season.

Former Colgate and present Yale Director of Athletics Vicky Chun brought Nina Lindberg from the Red Raiders to be the Athletic Department’s first-ever Director of Creative Services and Digital Strategy.  As part of Chun’s efforts to brand the Bulldogs, Lindberg will be tasked with improving the department’s multimedia presence.  Since her arrival in February, Lindberg has been working with the school’s ticketed teams (basketball, football, lacrosse and hockey) and increased its Instagram following by 800.

New Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young has asked former Harvard player (’09-’13), captain (’12-’13) and assistant coach (’13-’15) Christian Webster to remain in his assistant coaching role for the 2019-20 season.  Webster has been with the Hokies since the ’16-’17 season.  At Cambridge, Webster sits sixth in program history with 176 made three pointers and seventh in games played at 117.

In other former Harvard coaching news, former Crimson assistant coach (’07 – ’09) and present LSU head coach Will Wade has been reinstated. Wade had been suspended for 37 days after media reports detailed a wiretapped conversation between Wade and former Adidas consultant Christian Dawkins.  During that time, Wade missed the NCAA Tournament, including a contest with Yale in the first round.

While former Penn head coach (’09-’15) and present Boston Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen awaits sentencing in federal court for his acceptance of bribes from a Florida businessman who had Allen place his son on the 2015-16 recruited athlete list, the Daily Pennsylvanian looks back at Allen’s remarkable undergraduate (’91-’94) career.

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