PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania's John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men's Basketball, Jerome Allen, has announced that juniors Miles Cartwright, Fran Dougherty and Dau Jok will serve as captains for the program this season.
"I am proud to announce these three young men as our captains for the upcoming season," said Allen. "I think they will be great leaders for our program and great ambassadors on our campus, and they will work hard to represent the values that we consider important in this program."
Miles Cartwright has been a two-year starter for the program, and last year he played a total of 1,063 minutes which is tied for third on Penn's single-season list. He was third on the team in scoring (10.8 ppg), assists (66), three-point baskets (60) and free throws (60), and was fourth with 35 steals. Cartwright had 16 double-figure scoring games in 2011-12 including three outings with 20 or more points. As a freshman, Cartwright was a four-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week as he averaged 11.9 points per game.
A local product (Archbishop Wood), Fran Dougherty played in all 33 of Penn's games last year as a sophomore, starting 10. He averaged 4.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game. He finished the season ninth among Ivy League players in blocked shots per game (0.8) and 20th in rebounds per game. He had three double-figure scoring games, and led the Quakers in rebounding five times.
Dau Jok is perhaps the most inspirational member of the program. Last year he played in 14 games, totaling 37 minutes, and drained his first collegiate field goal at Davidson. Off the basketball court, Jok -- a Southern Sudan native -- is making his mark with his Dut Jok Youth Foundation, named after his deceased father. Following his freshman year, Jok was honored with the Kathryn Wasserman Davis 100 Projects for Peace Award by the University.
Penn finished 20-13 last year, advancing to the postseason for the first time since 2007 with a CBI appearance. The Quakers return two starters and six other letterwinners from that squad. Practices begin this Friday, and Penn will host UMBC in its regular-season opener on Friday, Nov. 9.