Three Penn Players Earn All-Ivy in Men's Basketball

PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League office has announced the 2006-07 All-Ivy teams for men’s basketball, and Ivy champion Penn had three players receive awards from a vote of the eight Ivy head coaches.

Most notably, senior guard Ibrahim Jaaber was named the Ivy League Player of the Year for the second season in a row. In the process, Jaaber becomes just the fifth player in Ivy League history to win the award two times, and the third Penn player to be so recognized (the others were Jerome Allen in 1993 and 1994, and Ugonna Onyekwe in 2002 and 2003).

This mark the third-straight year Penn has boasted the Ivy League Player of the Year, a Tim Begley won it in 2004-05. Overall, Penn has had 12 players earn a total of 15 Ivy League Player of the Year honors, and since 1993 seven Quaker players have won the honor a total of 10 times.

Senior forward Mark Zoller -- who made a compelling case for Ivy League Player of the Year in his own right -- joined Jaaber and Yale’s Eric Flato as the only unanimous first-team All-Ivy selections. This marks the second year in a row both Jaaber and Zoller earned first-team All-Ivy. Columbia’s John Baumann and Brown’s Mark McAndrew rounded out the All-Ivy first team.

Junior forward Brian Grandieri received the first All-Ivy honor of his career, garnering second-team recognition from the coaches. He was joined on the second team by Yale’s Casey Hughes, Dartmouth’s Leon Pattman, and Andrew Naeve and Ryan Wittman from Cornell.

Jaaber finished the season leading the Ivy League in assists per game (5.30), steals per game (3.00) and assist/turnover ratio (1.81). He also finished second in the conference in overall scoring (15.9 ppg) and third in field-goal percentage (.525). Jaaber will graduate as the Ivy League’s all-time leader in steals; he collected his 300th career theft in Tuesday night’s regular-season finale at Princeton, shattering the previous mark of 242 held by Harvard graduate Andrew Gellert. In Ivy play, Jaaber was among the League leaders in five separate categories.

Zoller led the Ivy League in overall scoring (18.2 ppg) and was second in rebounds per game (7.5) and field-goal percentage (.566). In Ivy games, Zoller ended the season among the conference leaders in a staggering eight categories. He finished the season with 10 consecutive double-figure scoring games, shot 50 percent or better 24 times in 30 games this season, and had 12 games with 20 or more points along with eight double-doubles. Zoller led Penn in scoring 14 times this season.

Jaaber and Zoller also ended the regular season in the unique position of both being listed among Penn’s all-time Top 10 scorers. Jaaber is currently seventh with 1,502 points, while Zoller is 10th with 1,410 points.

Grandieri finished the season third on the Penn squad in scoring (12.0 ppg) and was second in rebounds per game (5.3). In addition to placing eighth in the Ivy League in rebounding, he was also fourth in field-goal percentage (.513) and ninth in assists per game (2.70). Grandieri led Penn in scoring in three games, the only other player besides Zoller and Jaaber to lead the team in a game, and finished the year with 81 assists and 36 steals. He had 19 double-figure scoring games in 2006-07.

Penn, which won the Ivy League title with a 13-1 record and went 22-8 overall, will learn its NCAA Tournament fate Sunday evening.

2006-07 MEN'S BASKETBALL ALL-IVY TEAMS

First Team (*unanimous selection)
John Baumann, Columbia (Jr., F, Westport, Conn.)
*Eric Flato, Yale (Jr., G, Piedmont, Calif.)
*Ibrahim Jaaber, Penn (Sr., G, Elizabeth, N.J.)
Mark McAndrew, Brown (Jr., G, Barrington, R.I.)
*Mark Zoller, Penn (Sr., F, Blue Bell, Pa.)

Second Team
Brian Grandieri, Penn (Jr., G, Media, Pa.)
Casey Hughes, Yale (Sr., G/F, New Haven, Conn.)
Andrew Naeve, Cornell (Sr., C, Miles, Iowa)
Leon Pattman, Dartmouth (Sr., G/F, Memphis, Tenn.)
Ryan Wittman, Cornell (Fr., F, Eden Prairie, Minn.)

Honorable Mention
Alex Barnett, Dartmouth (So., G/F, St. Louis, Mo.)
Louis Dale, Cornell (Fr., G, Birmingham, Ala.)
Jim Goffredo, Harvard (Sr., G, La Crescenta, Calif.)
Drew Housman, Harvard (So., G, Calabasas, Calif.)
Damon Huffman, Brown (Jr., G, Petoskey, Mich.)

Player of the Year
Ibrahim Jaaber, Penn

Rookie of the Year
Ryan Wittman, Cornell