PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League and Philadelphia Big 5 have announced their weekly award winners in men's basketball, and University of Pennsylvania sophomore forward Sam Jones was honored as the Ivy League Player of the Week and co-Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week (with DeAndre Bembry of Saint Joseph's).
Jones earned the awards after scoring a combined 44 points in a pair of wins this weekend. He knocked down 21 in Friday's season-opening, 76-75 win over Robert Morris. On Sunday, the sophomore tied a career high as he scored 23 points in the Quakers' 77-61 win over Central Connecticut State. In that game, 15 of his points came in a decisive second half that saw Penn outscore CCSU, 48-32.
This is the second Ivy League honor for Jones, who was Ivy League Rookie of the Week once last season. It is his first Big 5 recognition.
Under first-year head coach, Penn is 2-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season. The Quakers are at Delaware State on Tuesday night at 7 p.m., and are looking to start 3-0 for the first time since 1981-82.
Download: Big 5 POW -- November 16.pdf