PHILADELPHIA - Mark Zoller is the inaugural recipient of the Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week for 2006-07. The announcement was made Monday by the Big 5 office. It is the second time Zoller has been so honored; he also received the weekly award once last season.
Zoller -- a second-team All-Big 5 and first-team All-Ivy player a year ago -- got off to a strong start in 2006-07, earning all-tournament honors at the Black Coaches Association (BCA) Invitational at Syracuse University. He began with a double-double in the Quakers’ first game, a 69-66 loss to UTEP, scoring 23 points and snaring 12 rebounds. Zoller followed that up with 11 points, five boards and four steals against No. 20 Syracuse in a 78-60 loss. He concluded the weekend (and Penn’s third game in three days) with 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three more steals in the Quakers’ 86-56 win over St. Francis (N.Y.).
One week later, in Penn’s home opener against Florida Gulf Coast, Zoller matched a career high with 26 points (shooting 9-of-11 from the field) while also snaring five rebounds, dishing out a career-high six assists and collecting two steals.
For the four games, Zoller averaged 20.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, shot 58.3 percent from the field and came up with 12 assists and 11 steals.
Penn (2-2) plays its first game against a city rival Tuesday night, when Drexel comes to The Palestra. Tip time is slated for 8 p.m., and the game will be televised live on CN8.