PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) has announced its 2011-12 All-District teams in men's basketball, and Penn senior guard Zack Rosen was one of 10 players named to the District II squad.
Rosen is the only player from the Philadelphia-area schools to make the team; in fact, he is joined by seven Big East players and two from MAAC champion Iona. The USBWA's District II consists of the NCAA Division I programs in the states of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Rosen has led Penn to the verge of an Ivy League title in recent weeks. The Quakers (11-2 Ivy) must beat Princeton tonight to earn a share of the championship with Harvard. If that happens, Penn and the Crimson will meet in a one-game playoff to determine the Ivy League's representative in the NCAA Tournament. Overall, Penn is 19-11 this season.
A two-time first-team All-Ivy selection, Rosen leads the Ivy League in scoring (18.5 ppg), three-point field-goal percentage (.406), and minutes played per game (38.0). He is also second in assists per game (5.3) and third in free-throw percentage (.892), three-point field goals per game (2.3) and assist/turnover ratio (2.0). He has been named Ivy League Player of the Week five times this season, including each of the last three weeks.
Rosen is Penn's all-time leader in assists and minutes played, and he will tie the program's all-time record with his 113th collegiate start Tuesday night at Princeton. He needs three assists to become Penn's single-season leader in that category. Rosen is also third all-time in scoring (1,677 points), fourth in three-pointers made (219) and steals (150), and fifth in free throws made (412).
In addition to his USBWA honor, Rosen is a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and the Lou Henson Award as the nation's top mid-major player. He was one of 20 semifinalists for the Bob Cousy Award, which is given to the nation's top point guard.
Kevin Jones (West Virginia) was named the District II Player of the Year, while Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim was named the District II Coach of the Year.