PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball, Steve Donahue, has announced the captains for the 2016-17 season. Senior Matt Howard and junior Matt MacDonald will lead the Quakers this season.
“The voting results from our players were pretty clear, as Matt and Matt were unanimous picks by their teammates,” said Donahue, who enters his second season at the helm. “I completely agree with these two choices! Both have proven not only to be leaders on the court, in the weight room and in the classroom, but they are also tremendously mature individuals. In addition, Matt and Matt have shown that they want to win, no matter how it gets done, and that is a concept we constantly stress to our student-athletes. With these two leading us, the program is in great hands! Matt and Matt are poised to help the program take that next step toward ultimate success.”
Howard was the only player to start every game for Penn last season, and overall he started 52 of 56 games the last two years. Last year, he finished second on the team in points (12.3 ppg), rebounds (5.7 rpg) and minutes (30.7 mpg). Howard also had 18 double-figure scoring games in 2015-16, including four with 20 or more points, and compiled three double-doubles. He was second on the team with 25 steals and third with 10 blocked shots.
MacDonald, meanwhile, will make his debut for Penn this year after sitting out last year due to NCAA transfer rules. He spent his first two years at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he started 59 of 60 games and averaged nearly nine points per game while putting up 26 double-figure scoring efforts. MacDonald was a member of the Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team following the 2013-14 season.
Penn will open the 2016-17 season on Friday, Nov. 11, at Robert Morris. The Quakers’ home opener will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 29, when they host defending NCAA champion Villanova at The Palestra.