Steve Danley named Academic Performer of the Year

PHILADELPHIA - Steve Danley, a junior forward on the Penn men's basketball team, was named as The Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Performer of the Year in his sport. The announcement was made in Sunday's edition of The Inquirer.

Danley finished the season averaging 8.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, and he led the Quakers with 84 assists. He ranked in the top 10 in the Ivy League in four categories -- rebounds per game, blocked shots per game, assists per game, and assist-to-turnover ratio. An honorable mention All-Ivy selection each of the last two seasons, Danley helped Penn finish 20-9 overall and 12-2 in the Ivy League, which was enough for the Quakers to earn their second-straight Ivy title. In the NCAA Tournament, the Quakers fell to Texas, 60-52, in a first-round game in Dallas.

Danley was one of six athletes from the area recognized as a top performer. The others were Leah Shumoski (University of the Sciences) in women's basketball, Cody Clauser (West Chester) in men's swimming, Tammy Leane (West Chester) in women's swimming, Eddie Murray (Ursinus) as a wrestler in the men's at-large category and Michelle Bauer (University of the Sciences) as a track athlete in the women's at-large category.

Other Penn athletes who were named to the Academic All-Area Teams...

Men’s Swimming
Devon Carr, So.
Jason McGrath, Jr.

Men’s At-Large
David DiPaola, Jr. (Fencing)
Lior Zamir, So. (Wrestling)

Women’s At-Large
Laura Duros, Sr. (Gymnastics)
Eve Overton, Jr. (Fencing)
Emily Petkun, Sr. (Gymnastics)

The Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Teams is a new honor for 2005-06, and recognizes the students who were best able to balance athletics with academics and excel at both. Sports information directors from 28 area institutions chose the teams based on grades and athletics performances.