Bernardini Earns Big 5 Rookie of the Year

PHILADELPHIA - The Herb Good Basketball Club has announced its postseason awards for the 2007-08 college basketball season, and Penn freshman Tyler Bernardini has been named the Dave Zinkoff Award winner as the Big 5 Rookie of the Year.

Bernardini is the first Penn player to receive the Zinkoff Award, which has been given every year since 1999. He will be presented with the award Monday night at the 63rd annual Herb Good Basketball Club banquet, which is slated to be held at Colleen’s by Les in the Philadelphia Holiday Inn, 900 Packer Avenue.

Bernardini finished the season second on the team in scoring, with 12.9 ppg, the best scoring average by a freshman in the program’s history. He had 18 double-figure scoring games -- including six games with 20 or more points -- and led the Quakers in scoring in eight contests. He drained a team-leading 45 three-point shots.

In other awards that will be presented Monday, Temple’s Fran Dunphy has been selected the Eastern College Coach of the Year and will receive the Harry Litwack Award. Temple’s Chris Clark has won the George Paull Award as the Big Five’s Most Improved Player. Pat Calathes of Saint Joseph’s is the Big Five’s Most Accurate Foul Shooter (82.6 average) and earns the Cy Kaselman Award. Rob Ferguson of Saint Joseph’s will receive the Harry Merrill Sportsmanship Award. Temple’s Dionte Christmas gets the Palumbo Award as the Big Five’s top scorer (19.7 average, 670 points).

The Club also will honor Frank Elegar for his outstanding career at Drexel, and the Eddie Gottlieb Award to the Outstanding 76ers goes to Andre Miller. The Club will also honor high school standouts Gary Lawrence, Chestnut Hill Academy; Maalik Wayns, Roman Catholic; and Andrew “Scootie” Randall, Communications Tech.