Photos courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications, Harvard Athletic Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Much of this Ivy League men's basketball season was about making a mark, whether that was creating strong first impressions or cementing lasting legacies.
Consider both missions accomplished as this year's postseason awards winners made their presences known throughout the 2012-13 season, headlined by Princeton senior forward Ian Hummer as Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, Harvard freshman guard Siyani Chambers as the unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year and a first-team All-Ivy pick and Brown freshman forward Cedric Kuakumensah as Defensive Player of the Year.
Hummer (Vienna, Va.) becomes the 10th different Princeton player to be honored as the Ivy League Player of the Year since the award was established for the 1974-75 season, joining Armond Hill (1975-76), Frank Sowinski (1976-77), Craig Robinson (1981-82, 1982-83), Bob Scrabis (1988-89), Kit Mueller (1989-90, 1990-91), Sean Jackson (1991-92), Sydney Johnson (1996-97), Steve Goodrich (1997-98) and Brian Earl (1998-99).
This season, Hummer is second in scoring (16.3 ppg) and assists (4.1 apg), fourth in field goal percentage (.527, 171-of-331), fifth in rebounds (6.4 rpg) and seventh in blocks (0.8 bpg). In four years on Old Nassau, he put together an impressive career that culminated in earning Player of the Year accolades and his second-straight first-team recognition by the League's eight head coaches. The Vienna, Va., product is the school's second all-time leading scorer with 1,625 points through the end of the regular season and the Ivy League leader in games played at 123, passing former Tiger and teammate Douglas Davis, who played 122 games from 2008-12. Beyond the legacy his father (Edward) and his uncle (John), who both wore the orange and black for the Tigers, Ian leaves an indelible mark in the school's records book -- second in field goals made (625), fourth in field goal attempts (1,225), fifth in rebounds (725), sixth in free throws attempted (521) and seventh in free throws made (349).
As Hummer was putting a stamp on his career, Chambers (Golden Valley, Minn.) was just getting started with his in becoming the first freshman in conference history to be named first-team All-Ivy (since freshman eligibility started in the Ivy League with the 1978-79 season) and Harvard's seventh Rookie of the Year recipient, following Joe Carrabino (1980-81), Bob Ferry (1981-82), Ralph James (1987-88), Tim Hill (1995-96), Dan Clemente (1997-98) and Kyle Casey (2009-10).
The Crimson's first-year floor general helped lead the team to a third-consecutive Ivy title and return trip to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. He has been one of the top distributors in the country all season, leading the League at 5.7 assists per game. Chambers enters the postseason ranked sixth in scoring (12.9 ppg) and tops in the conference in minutes per game (37.8). He earned six Rookie of the Week honors this year, tying him for fifth-most all-time in conference history.
Kuakumensah (Worcester, Mass.), a fellow rookie with about an eight-inch height advantage over Chambers, made his presence known in the middle, earning Brown its first Defensive Player of the Year award. He is the first freshman to win the award since it was established for the 2008-09 season.
Kuakumensah established a new Brown single-season record with 66 blocked shots, breaking the mark of 59 held by Matt Mullery from 2006-09. Twice this season, Kuakumensah swatted a school-record seven shots (Feb. 9 at Penn and March 1 at Cornell). His 66 blocks rank as the fifth-most single-season total in Ivy League history. Born in Lomé, Togo, he finished his first year second in the League in rebounding (7.5 rpg) and fifth on the team in scoring (6.9 ppg).
Once again, the first-team All-Ivy selections show great promise for the legacies still in progress as Hummer is the lone senior in the bunch. Harvard sophomore guard/forward Wesley Saunders (Los Angeles) burst on the scene in his second season for the Crimson, landing the only other unanimous spot on the first team. Saunders has reached double figures in scoring in all 28 contests and leads the Ivy League in scoring at 16.5 points per game and steals at 1.9 per game. He is third in field goal percentage (.536, 157-of-293), third in minutes per game (37.3), seventh in assists per game (3.4) and seventh in free throw percentage (.725, 137-of-189).
Chambers and Saunders are the first Harvard duo in school history to be named to the first team in the same season.
Two previous Rookie of the Year winners -- Brown junior guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, Ill.) and Cornell sophomore forward Shonn Miller (Euclid, Ohio) -- received their All-Ivy recognition on the first team.
McGonagill has followed his 2010-11 Rookie of the Year award with a second-team selection last year and now a spot on the first team after leading the Bears to their first top-half finish in the Ivy standings since 2007-08. He was fourth in the League in scoring (14.0 ppg) and assists (3.9 apg) and second in minutes per game (37.5 mpg).
Miller, last year's Rookie of the Year, did not show signs of a sophomore slump as he ranked among the conference's top 10 in scoring (6th, 11.5 ppg), rebounding (4th, 6.8 rpg), blocks (3rd, 1.9 bpg) and steals (2nd, 1.9 spg). The Big Red's only player to average double figures posted 18 double figure games and four double-doubles on the season.
The senior guard trio of Brown's Matthew Sullivan (Wilmette, Ill.), Columbia's Brian Barbour (Alamo, Calif.) and Yale's Austin Morgan highlighted the second team. All three became 1,000-point scorers at their respective schools this season to cap off their four-year careers.
The threesome of Dartmouth sophomore Gabas Maldunas (Panevezys, Lithuania), Penn junior guard Miles Jackson-Cartwright (Van Nuys, Calif.) and Princeton junior guard T.J. Bray (New Berlin, Wis.) garnered their first All-Ivy honor to round out the second team.
Including the honor mention selections, Harvard led the way with the most All-Ivy recognitions with four, while Princeton was close behind with three.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ian Hummer, Princeton (Sr., F - Vienna, Va.)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
*Siyani Chambers, Harvard (Fr., G - Golden Valley, Minn.)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cedric Kuakumensah, Brown (Fr., F - Worcester, Mass.)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
Sean McGonagill, Brown (Jr., G - Brookfield, Ill.)
Shonn Miller, Cornell (So., F - Euclid, Ohio)
Siyani Chambers, Harvard (Fr., G - Golden Valley, Minn.)
*Wesley Saunders, Harvard (So., G/F - Los Angeles)
*Ian Hummer, Princeton (Sr., F - Vienna, Va.)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY^
Matthew Sullivan, Brown (Sr., G - Wilmette, Ill.)
Brian Barbour, Columbia (Sr., G - Alamo, Calif.)
Gabas Maldunas, Dartmouth (So., F - Panevezys, Lithuania)
Miles Jackson-Cartwright, Penn (Jr., G - Van Nuys, Calif.)
T.J. Bray, Princeton (Jr., G - New Berlin, Wis.)
Austin Morgan, Yale (Sr., G - Reno, Nev.)
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Errick Peck, Cornell (Sr., F - Indianapolis)
Steve Moundou-Missi, Harvard (So., F - Yaounde, Cameroon)
Laurent Rivard, Harvard (Jr., G - Saint-Bruno, Quebec, Canada)
Tony Hicks, Penn (Fr., G - South Holland, Ill.)
Denton Koon, Princeton (So., G - Liberty, Mo.)
* Unanimous Selection
^ Due to ties in the voting, the second team expanded to six