Wright Named Ivy Player of the Year; Four Crimson Earn All-League Selections
Keith Wright had 12 double-doubles during the regular season (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior forward Keith Wright of the Harvard men's basketball team has been tabbed the Ivy League Player of the Year, joining three other Crimson on the all-conference team.
Wright was also a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team, while sophomore forward Kyle Casey and sophomore guard Brandyn Curry earned All-Ivy League second team nods. Sophomore guard Christian Webster rounded out the group of Harvard players, as he garnered honorable mention.
Wright, a co-captain of the Crimson from Suffolk, Va., led the Crimson in scoring with 14.9 points per game and rebounding with 8.5 boards per contest. He also earned 12 double-doubles on the season, including seven in Ivy League games, and stands 14th in the nation with a 58.8 shooting percentage overall. Wright is the second Harvard player to have been named Ivy Player of the Year, as Joe Carrabino '84-85 took home the honor after the 1983-84 season.
Wright, a NABC All-District first team pick, finished third in the Ancient Eight in scoring and second in rebounding overall, averaging 15.4 ppg and 8.9 rpg during Ivy contests, reaching double figures in scoring in all 14 conference games. Wright, who blocked a career-high six shots against Princeton March 5, has 49 rejections on the season, which stands third in Harvard single-season history, and has blocked 101 shots in his career, fourth most in the Harvard record books. The junior has started all 28 games for the Crimson this season.
Casey, who hails from Medway. Mass., missed the first three games of the season due to injury, but came back to average 10.8 ppg and 6.0 rpg, while starting 18 games for Harvard. During Ivy play, Casey, the 2010 Ancient Eight Rookie of the Year, was second on the team in scoring with 13.4 points per contest and rebounding with 6.6 boards per game. He tallied a season-best 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting in the Crimson's win against Princeton March 5, which lifted Harvard to a share of its first Ivy League title. Casey also earned two double-doubles this season and is shooting 51.1 percent from the floor.
Curry, a native of Huntersville, N.C., led Harvard and the Ivy League with 5.9 assists per game, good for 16th in the nation. Curry handed out 24 assists in the final weekend of Ivy play, including a career-high 14 in the Crimson's 79-64 win over Penn March 4. Curry's 14 assists against the Quakers is also an Ivy League high for this season. He averaged 9.5 points per game overall and has started all 28 games for the Crimson. Curry scored slightly better in Ivy contests with 9.8 ppg and closed out the regular season with back-to-back double-doubles against Penn and Princeton March 4-5, respectively.
Webster, who ranked second on the Crimson with 13.3 points per game, started all 27 games he appeared in during his sophomore season. He stands eighth in the nation in free-throw shooting (.906) and buried 51 3-pointers on the season at a 39.5 percent clip. A native of Washington, D.C., Webster shot 93.3 percent from the free-throw line in Ivy games and averaged 12.6 ppg.
Harvard (23-5, 12-2 Ivy), which finished the 2010-11 regular season with the most wins (23), conference wins (12) and home victories (14) in program history, will face Princeton (24-6, 12-2) in an Ivy League playoff for the league's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament Saturday, March 12. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com at 4 p.m. GoCrimson.com will also provide a free audio feed of the contest. Harvard and Princeton concluded the season as Ivy co-champions, as both teams finished with 12-2 conference marks. A Harvard win on Saturday would give the Crimson its first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 1946.
2010-11 All-Ivy League Men's Basketball
Player of the Year
Keith Wright, Harvard (Jr., F, Suffolk, Va.)
Rookie of the Year
*Sean McGonagill, Brown (Fr., G, Brookfield, Ill.)
Kareem Maddox, Princeton (Sr., F, Oak Park, Calif.)
First Team All-Ivy
Noruwa Agho, Columbia (Jr., G, New City, N.Y.)
*Keith Wright, Harvard (Jr., F, Suffolk, Va.)
Zack Rosen, Penn (Jr., G, Colonia, N.J.)
*Kareem Maddox, Princeton (Sr., F, Oak Park, Calif.)
*Greg Mangano, Yale (Jr., C, Orange, Conn.)
Second Team All-Ivy
Chris Wroblewski, Cornell (Jr., G, Highland Park, Ill.)
Kyle Casey, Harvard (So., F, Medway, Mass.)
Brandyn Curry, Harvard (So., G, Huntersville, N.C.)
Ian Hummer, Princeton (So., F, Vienna, Va.)
Dan Mavraides, Princeton (Sr., G, San Mateo, Calif.)
Tucker Halpern, Brown (So., F, Brookline, Mass.)
Brian Barbour, Columbia (So., G, Alamo, Calif.)
Christian Webster, Harvard (So., G, Washington, D.C.)
Jack Eggleston, Penn (Sr., F, Noblesville, Ind.)
* - Unanimous Selection