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Ivy League Men's Basketball Abound with Preseason Honors Entering the 2010-11 Season

Columbia's Noruwa Agho

Photo courtesy of Newark Star-Ledger

PRINCETON, N.J. -- It's hoops time again in the Ivy League as its eight men's basketball teams hit the court Friday, Oct. 15 for their first team practices of the 2010-11 season.

Coming off a thrilling conclusion to the 2009-10 season that saw Cornell make a Cinderella run to the Sweet 16, the 2010-11 edition of Ivy men's basketball will feature some new faces manning the sidelines -- in Columbia's Kyle Smith, Cornell's Bill Courtney and Dartmouth's Paul Cormier with Penn's Jerome Allen entering his first full season at the helm after spending half of last season as the Quakers' interim coach -- and some familiar faces on the hardwoods.

Preseason honors have been abound for the League, including Columbia junior guard Noruwa Agho and Penn senior guard Zack Rosen being named to the preseason All-Ivy first teams by four different publications with Rosen being selected the preseason Player of the Year selection by Athlon Sports and Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.  Harvard sophomore forward Kyle Casey and Princeton junior guard Doug Davis were named to preseason All-Ivy first teams by three different publications with Casey also honored as a "Player to Watch" by Yahoo! Sports. Cornell junior guard Chris Wroblewski was named the Sporting News' preseason prediction as the League's top player, which also named him to its preseason All-Ivy first team as did Lindy's and Rivals.com.

Princeton was the near unanimous choice to win the Ivy League this season having been selected to the top spot by Athlon's, Blue Ribbon, Lindy's and Rivals.com. The Tigers are coming off a 22-9 finish last season, the team's most wins since 1999, and a run to the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational.

Here is a look at the 2010-11 preseason accolades for Ivy men's basketball:

ATHLON SPORTS
Predicted Order of Finish
1. Princeton
2. Harvard
3. Cornell
4. Penn
5. Columbia
6. Brown
7. Yale
8. Dartmouth
 
Preseason All-Ivy First Team
Noruwa Agho, Columbia
Kyle Casey, Harvard
Doug Davis, Princeton
Zack Rosen, Penn
Peter Sullivan, Brown
 
Player of the Year
Zack Rosen, Penn
 
BLUE RIBBON COLLEGE BASKETBALL YEARBOOK
Predicted Order of Finish
1.  Princeton
2.  Harvard
3.  Penn
4.  Brown
5.  Cornell
6.  Yale
7.  Columbia
8.  Dartmouth
 
Preseason All-Ivy Team
Noruwa Agho, Columbia
Doug Davis, Princeton
Zack Rosen, Penn
Kyle Casey, Harvard
Peter Sullivan, Brown
 
Player of the Year
Zack Rosen, Penn
 
Newcomer of the Year
Miles Cartwright, Penn
 
LINDY'S SPORTS ANNUALS
Predicted Order of Finish
1. Princeton
2. Harvard
3. Penn
4. Cornell
5. Brown
6. Columbia
7. Yale
8. Dartmouth
 
Preseason All-Ivy First Team
Noruwa Agho, Columbia
Doug Davis, Princeton
Zack Rosen, Penn
Chris Wroblewski, Cornell
Kyle Casey, Harvard
 
Preseason All-Ivy Second Team
Dan Mavraides, Princeton
Jack Eggleston, Penn
Errick Peck, Cornell
Michael Sands, Yale
Peter Sullivan, Brown
 
Player of the Year
Zack Rosen, Penn
 
Newcomer of the Year
Laurent Rivard, Harvard
 
Best Shooter
Chris Wroblewski, Cornell
 
Best Rebounder
Jack Eggleston, Penn
 
Best Playmaker
Zack Rosen, Penn
 
Best Defender
Brandyn Curry, Harvard
 
Most Versatile
Kyle Casey, Harvard
 
Best NBA Prospect
Noruwa Agho, Columbia
 
RIVALS.COM
Predicted Order of Finish
1. Princeton
2. Harvard
3. Cornell
4. Penn
5. Columbia
6. Yale
7. Brown
8. Dartmouth

Preseason All-Ivy First Team
Jack Eggleston, Penn
Michael Sands, Yale
Noruwa Agho, Columbia
Zack Rosen, Penn
Chris Wroblewski, Penn
 
Preseason All-Ivy Second Team
Mark Coury, Cornell
Peter Sullivan, Brown
Kyle Casey, Harvard
Doug Davis, Princeton
Dan Mavraides, Princeton
 
Player of the Year
Zack Rosen, Penn

Newcomer of the Year
Andrew Ferry, Cornell

SPORTING NEWS
Predicted Order of Finish
1. Cornell
2. Princeton
3. Harvard
4. Yale
5. Penn
6. Columbia
7. Brown
8. Dartmouth
 
Top Player
Chris Wroblewski, Cornell
 
Top Newcomer
Miles Cartwright, Penn
 
Top Coach
Tommy Amaker, Harvard