Grandieri, Bernardini Earn All-Ivy Honors

PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has announced its All-Ivy men’s basketball teams for the 2007-08 season, and Penn players Brian Grandieri and Tyler Bernardini were among the honorees.

Bernardini was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and also received honorable mention accolades. He led all Ivy newcomers in scoring with 12.9 points per game, which was also good enough to finish in the League's top ten. Bernardini carried the scoring load for third-place Penn a few times this season, exploding for 26 points against top-ranked North Carolina, 21 at Villanova, and recently a huge 25-point performance in a tough two-point loss to League champion Cornell at The Palestra. Overall, Bernardini received the Ivy League Rookie of the Week five times this season, most recently Monday after his performances against Cornell and Columbia.

Bernadini is the seventh Penn player to receive the Rookie of the Year award since it started being given in 1970-71, and the first since Ugonna Onyekwe in 1999-2000.

Grandieri, meanwhile, earned second-team All-Ivy for the second year in a row. This season, he averaged 14.1 points and 6.6 rebounds in conference play, good for sixth among Ivy players.

Brown and Cornell each put two players on the first team, the Bears represented by Damon Huffman and Mark McAndrew and the Big Red by Ryan Wittman and Louis Dale. The fifth member of the first team is Columbia senior John Baumann.

Dale, a sophomore guard, was named the Ivy League Player of the Year.

The 2007-08 All-Ivy Men’s Basketball Teams

First Team
*unanimous selection
Damon Huffman, Brown
*Mark McAndrew, Brown
John Baumann, Columbia
*Louis Dale, Cornell
*Ryan Wittman, Cornell

Second Team
Chris Skrelja, Brown
Jeff Foote, Cornell
Adam Gore, Cornell
Alex Barnett, Dartmouth
Jeremy Lin, Harvard
Brian Grandieri, Penn
Noah Savage, Princeton
Ross Morin, Yale
Travis Pinick, Yale

Honorable Mention
Tyler Bernardini, Penn

Player of the Year
Louis Dale, Cornell

Rookie of the Year
Tyler Bernardini, Penn