Begley Named Player of the Year as Four Earn All-Ivy Nods

Philadelphia – Senior basketball player Tim Begley was named Ivy League Player of Year and unanimous first-team All-Ivy, while three other Quakers earned All-Ivy honors. Sophomores Ibrahim Jaaber, Steve Danley and Mark Zoller also earned All-Ivy accolades. Penn won the 2005 Ivy League title with a 20-8 overall record and a 13-1 conference mark.

Begley is a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court this season. The guard, who started every game this season, averaged 13.7 ppg and 5.4 rpg. A native of Freehold, N.J., Begley broke the all-time three point record at Penn with 248 trifectas and ranks second all-time in the Ancient Eight record books. He also tied Penn’s record for assists in a game (13) and moved into third all-time in career helpers (423). Begley was fifth in the League in scoring, eighth in rebounds and led the conference in assists, three pointers made and assist/turnover ratio. He recorded his 1,000th career point against Dartmouth on Feb. 5 and has scored 1,146 career points which ranks 23rd all-time at Penn. Begley is the 13th Penn player to earn Player of the Year honors and seventh under Head Coach Fran Dunphy. This is Begley’s third All-Ivy honor as he was named second-team in 2003-04 and honorable mention in 2002-03.

Jaaber earned his first All-Ivy honor with a spot on the second team. The guard from Elizabeth, N.J., who leads the Quakers and League in steals, averaged 11.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 3.0 spg. Jaaber recorded a season and career-high 26 points against Columbia in Pen’s title clinching win on Feb. 26. Jaaber broke the Penn and Ivy League single game (9) and single season (83) steals records this season.

Danley and Zoller received honorable mention for All-Ivy for their efforts in the frontcourt. Danley is third on the Quakers in scoring with 9.5 ppg, third in rebounding with 5.1 rgp and led the team in blocks with 26. Danley recorded a season and career-high 22 points in Penn’s victory over Brown on Jan. 29. The Germantown, Md. native ranks 10th in the League in rebounding and eighth in offensive boards (1.68).

Zoller leads the Quakers in rebounding with 6.4 rpg and is fourth in scoring with 9.3 ppg. Zoller recorded a season-high 22 points twice this season and recorded four double-doubles. The Blue Bell, Pa. native ranks fifth in the Ancient Eight in rebounds, fourth in defensive boards (4.46) and sixth in offensive rebounds (1.89).

The Red and Blue won their 23rd Ancient Eight title in 2005, Penn’s third in the last four years, and will make its 21st trip to the NCAA Tournament. Tune into the Selection Show on Sunday, March 13 on CBS at 6 p.m. to find out who the Quakers take on in the first round.

Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications