PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men’s basketball program handed out its end-of-season awards Thursday night at the postseason banquet, which was held at The Inn at Penn.
Senior Brian Grandieri was honored with the Arthur Kiefaber Most Valuable Player Award. Grandieri was a second-team All-Ivy and All-Big 5 honoree this season, and led the Quakers in scoring (13.2 ppg) and rebounding (5.9 rpg). He was the only player to start all 31 games Penn played this season. Grandieri also dished out 68 assists this season, and came up with 25 steals. He had 24 double-figure scoring games this season, a team high, and led the Quakers in scoring in 11 games. For his career, Grandieri -- a three-year letterwinner -- scored 950 points, grabbed 479 rebounds, dished off 204 assists and had 99 steals.
The G. Fred DiBona Award, in honor of the outstanding newcomer, was given to freshman Tyler Bernardini. Bernardini was honored as the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and on Monday he will become the first Penn player to receive the Philadelphia Big 5 Rookie of the Year honor. Bernardini finished the season second on the team in scoring, with 12.9 ppg, the best scoring average by a freshman in the program’s history. He had 18 double-figure scoring games -- including six games with 20 or more points -- and led the Quakers in scoring in eight contests. He drained a team-leading 45 three-point shots.
Freshman Jack Eggleston was presented with the Jack Saxenmeyer Award, given to the team’s most improved player. One of the team’s steadiest presences throughout the season, Eggleston finished third on the team in scoring (8.0 ppg) and second in rebounding (4.2 rpg). He also had a team-high 27 steals and dished off 52 assists. Eggleston led Penn in scoring in three Ivy League games, and hit double figures in the scoring column eight times.
Senior Joe Gill was honored with the Bus McDonald Award, given to the Most Inspirational Player. A reserve throughout his four years with the Quakers, Gill saw time in nine games this season, scoring 11 points including his first collegiate field goals.
Under second-year head coach Glen Miller, a young and inexperienced Penn squad still managed to finish third in the Ivy League with an 8-6 conference record, and went 13-18 overall.