PHILADELPHIA - Penn senior guard Ibrahim Jaaber was named the Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week for the first week of 2007. The announcement was made Tuesday by the Big 5 office.
Jaaber -- the defending Ivy League Player of the Year and a first-team All-Big 5 selection last year -- was honored by the Big 5 for the first time this season; earlier in the year he was the Ivy League Player of the Week. This is the third time Penn has had a player receive the Big 5’s weekly award already this season; Mark Zollerhas beena two-time winner.
Jaaber scored just nine points in Penn’s win over Illinois-Chicago, but controlled the game with nine assists and had all six of his steals in the second half when the Quakers pulled away. In the process, He became the Ivy League’s all-time leader in steals; his first of the game gave him 243 for his career, allowing him to surpass Harvard graduate Andrew Gellert.
Two days later, Jaaber scored an incredible 28 points in the second half and had a career-high 32 overall as the Quakers nearly overcame a 16-point second-half deficit before falling to Seton Hall. He shot 15-of-22 from the field against the Pirates, grabbed six rebounds (five offensive), and had two assists and two steals.
Penn (6-5) will face North Carolina and Elon University this week; the Quakers meet the second-ranked Tar Heels Wednesday night at 8 p.m. in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN, and then take on the Phoenix Saturday afternoon.