PHILADELPHIA -- In light of his outstanding play during the first full weekend of Ivy play, Penn junior guard Ibrahim Jaaber was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for January 16. It is the third time he has been honored this season, and the second time this month (he was also Player of the Week on Jan. 2).
Jaaber led the Quakers to Ivy victories over Cornell and Columbia this past week by a combined margin of 72 points. In three overall games -- including a non-conference loss to Fordham --Jaaber averaged 18.7 points, 4.7 steals and 4.3 assists, highlighted by his 20 points, eight assists and seven steals against the Big Red on Friday (in just 32 minutes, more than four below his average). Jaaber also had 18 points and five steals against Fordham, and 18 points against Columbia. He shot 14-for-20 in the two Ivy games. Currently, Jaaber leads the Ancient Eight in scoring (18.8 ppg) and steals (3.23 spg), and is second in field-goal percentage (56.2 percent).
Jaaber has 42 steals this season, giving him 159 for his career and leaving him justseven shy of Jerome Allen's all-time Penn record of 166. Currently, Jaaber's 3.23 average for the season is seventh nationally.
Junior forward Mark Zoller joined Jaaber in earning Ivy honors, as he was named to the conference's weekly honor roll. Zoller was coolly efficient over the Ivyweekend, making 15 of 18 shots in victories over Cornell and Columbia. Zoller had 12 points, a game-high seven rebounds, a career-high five steals and three assists against the Big Red Friday night,then added a game-high 21 points in 21 minutes against the Lions Saturday (going 8-of-9 from the field including a pair of three-pointers). In a non-League game against Fordham earlier in the week, Zoller had 17 points and 12 boards for his first double-double of the season.
The Quakers, winners of five of their last six, host Lafayette Monday night at 7 p.m. It will be Penn's third game in four days.