PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has announced its weekly awards for men's basketball, and freshman Tyler Bernardini was named the Rookie of the Week.
He is the third different Penn player to win the award this season; coincidentally, the award has only been given three times. Jack Eggleston was the first honoree, for the week of Nov. 19, while Harrison Gaines was the honoree for Nov. 26.
Bernardini earned his honor was a bright light in Penn’s 87-61 loss at No. 21 Villanova; the freshman scored 21 points to tie for game-high honors with Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds. In the game he hit four three-pointers (on six attempts) and was 9-of-12 from the foul line. Bernardini also had four rebounds and two steals in the contest. In Penn’s loss at Lafayette, Bernardini scored seven points, added a board and two other steals.
In the last five games, Bernardini has scored 74 points (14.9 ppg) including four games in double figures. He is currently second on the team in scoring (11.1 ppg) and leads the Quakers with 10 steals and 12 three-point baskets.
The Ivy League Player of the Week was Harvard’s Evan Harris.
Penn is in action twice this week, beginning Tuesday night when the Quakers host No. 1 North Carolina at The Palestra. On Saturday, Penn is at Monmouth. Both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.