PHILADELPHIA - Brian Grandieri, a senior on this year’s men’s basketball team, has been named second-team All-Big 5. The announcement was made today by the Herb Good Basketball Club, which annually announces the All-Big 5 teams as well as the major Big 5 honors.
Grandieri joined La Salle’s Rodney Green, Villanova’s Dante Cunningham, and Ahmad Nivins and Rob Ferguson from Saint Joseph’s on the second team.
The Philadelphia Big 5’s first team this season consisted of La Salle’s Darnell Harris, Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds, Temple’s Mark Tyndale and Dionte Christmas, and Pat Calathes of Saint Joseph’s. In addition, Calathes and Tyndale were voted recipients of the Robert V. Geasey Award as the Big 5’s Co-Outstanding Players of the Year.
Grandieri -- who also earned second-team All-Ivy honors each of the last two seasons -- finished seventh in the Ivy League in scoring (13.2 ppg) and sixth in rebounds per game (5.9). He also finished among the Ivy leaders in field-goal percentage and assists per game. Grandieri led the Quakers in scoring a team-high 11 times in 2007-08, and was the team’s top rebounder in 17 games. He reached double figures in scoring 24 times this season and 51 times for his career, and had five collegiate double-doubles.
Grandieri and the rest of the All-Big 5 teams will be honored at the Club’s 63rd annual banquet on Monday, April 21 at Colleen’s by Les, located at the Philadelphia Holiday Inn on Packer Avenue. Tickets for the banquet can be reserved by calling Matt Beardsley at the Big 5 office (215-898-4747) or Al Shrier at Temple University (215-651-1821).