PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has announced its players of the week for men’s basketball, and once again Penn freshman Tyler Bernardini is recipient of the conference’s Rookie of the Week honor.
This is the second-straight week Bernardini has copped the award, and continues a streak that has seen a Penn player win the award every week it has been given this season. Jack Eggleston was the initial recipient, followed by Harrison Gaines and now Bernardini the last two weeks.
Bernardini earned the award after continuing his hot play with two more standout games last week. He started the week with a coming-of-age performance against No. 1 North Carolina, dropping 26 points on the Tar Heels as he went 10-of-17 from the field and 5-of-6 from the foul line. It marked the most points a Penn freshman had scored in a game since Jerome Allen dropped 31 on Cornell in the final contest of the 1991-92 season. Saturday night at Monmouth, Bernardini came on strong with 10 second-half points, finishing with 13 overall, as the Quakers overcame a four-point halftime deficit to outscore the Hawks 39-27 and earn the 69-61 win.
For the season, Bernardini is second on the Penn team in scoring (12.8 ppg), and has now scored in double figures in six of the Quakers’ last seven games.
Penn is off until Thursday, Dec. 20, when the Quakers host Elon at The Palestra.