PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has announced its weekly awards for men’s basketball, and for the second time in as many weeks this season Penn has had a player named Ivy Rookie of the Week.
Freshman Harrison Gaines actually shares the award this week with Peter Sullivan of Brown.
Gaines came into his own last week, running the Penn offense efficiently as the Quakers went 2-1. For the week, Gaines scored 11.0 points per game, grabbed 3.3 rebounds per contest, and dished out 22 assists. He had 12 assists -- one shy of the school record -- in Penn’s win over The Citadel, against just two turnovers. Against Virginia (where he was matched up with the Cavaliers’ All-America guard, Sean Singletary), Gaines had eight more assists as well as his first double-figure scoring game as a collegian with 12 points. He capped the week with another 12-point effort in the win over Navy, and snared seven rebounds.
Gaines is the second Penn freshman to be honored by the Ivy League already this season; last week, classmate Jack Eggleston was the first Ivy Rookie of the Week for the 2007-08 campaign.
Penn (2-4) is on the road twice this week, traveling to Lafayette Wednesday night and Villanova Saturday night. Tipoff for both games is 7 p.m.