Jaaber Named Unanimous Ivy Player of the Year

PHILADELPHIA - Junior guard Ibrahim Jaaber has been selected unanimously as the Ivy League Player of the Year in men's basketball, the League office announced Thursday. The vote came from the league's eight head coaches.

Jaaber also was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, and was joined on the first team by classmate Mark Zoller. In addition, senior Eric Osmundson and junior Steve Danley were named honorable mention All-Ivy.

Jaaber's award marks the fourth time in five years that a Quaker has been named Player of the Year, following Ugonna Onyekwe (2002, 2003) and Tim Begley (2005). Overall, 12 Penn players have earned a total of 14 Ivy League Player of the Year honors, including seven players who have done it nine times during Head Coach Fran Dunphy's 17-year tenure (both Onyekwe and Jerome Allen were two-time recipients).

Jaaber -- who was also a Mid-Major All-America selection by www.collegeinsider.com -- finished the regular season leading the Ivy League overall in points (18.4) and steals (3.39) per game, and finishing in the top 10 in four other categories. He also brokehis ownsingle-season Ivy and Penn records for steals in a season with 95, and in the Quakers' most recent game he went over the 1,000-point mark for his career. Only a junior, Jaaber is already the school's all-time leader in steals with 212. Hewas named Ivy League Player of the Week four times this season.

Zoller had a tremendous second half of the season and ended up averaging close to a double-double in league play with 13.1 points and nine rebounds per game. He finished as the conference's leader in rebounds per game, and was in the top 10 in six other categories. Overall, he averaged 12.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest.

Danley averaged 9.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, while dishing out a team-high 81 assists. The CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection also led the team with 25 blocked shots. He finished among the Ivy League leaders in assists per game and assist/turnover ratio.

Osmundsonhad a solid season running the point for Penn, averaging 9.9 points per game and handing out 70 assists. Osmundson drained 57 three-pointers, tied for the team lead and sixth in the Ivy League with Jaaber.

The Quakers finished the season 20-8 overall and 12-2 in League play, winning the Ivy title for the second year in a row, the fourth time in five years, and the 10th time since 1993.

Pennwill learnits NCAA tournament opponentSunday, when the pairings are announced on CBS at 6 p.m.


First Team All-Ivy
*Scott Greenman, Princeton (Sr., Guard, Linwood, N.J.)
*Ibrahim Jaaber, Penn (Jr., Forward, Elizabeth, N.J.)
Dominick Martin, Yale (Sr., Center, Asheville, N.C.)
Matt Stehle, Harvard (Sr., Forward, Newton, Mass.)
Mark Zoller, Penn (Jr., Forward, Blue Bell, Pa.)

Second Team All-Ivy
John Baumann, Columbia (So., Forward, Westport, Conn.)
Lenny Collins, Cornell (Sr., Forward, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
Adam Gore, Cornell (Fr., Guard, Monrovia, Ind.)
Keenan Jeppesen, Brown (So., Guard, Stoney Creek, Ont.)
Mike Lang, Dartmouth (Sr., Forward, Chicago, Ill.)

Honorable Mention
Justin Conway, Princeton (Jr., Center, Santa Fe, N.M.)
Brian Cusworth, Harvard (Jr., Center, St. Louis, Mo.)
Steve Danley, Penn (Jr., Forward, Germantown, Md.)
Eric Flato, Yale (So., Guard, Piedmont, Calif.)
Jim Goffredo, Harvard (Jr., Guard, La Crescenta, Calif.)
Eric Osmundson, Penn (Sr., Guard, Carlsbad, Calif.)
Luke Owings, Princeton (Jr., Forward, Hyattsville, Md.)

Player of the Year
*Ibrahim Jaaber, Penn (Jr., Forward, Elizabeth, N.J.)

Rookie of the Year
*Adam Gore, Cornell (Fr., Guard, Monrovia, Ind.)

*unanimous selection