CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's basketball team will welcome five student-athletes from the Class of 2016 to the program this fall. The class, which consists of three guards and two forwards, includes players from Georgia, Massachusetts and Minnesota, as well as two players from Canada (Ontario and Quebec).
"We are excited to welcome five freshmen to our team and university this fall," said Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker, who is entering his sixth season as head coach of the Crimson. "We look forward to their many contributions on the basketball court, as well as in the Harvard community."
Harvard, which reached the NCAA tournament last season for the first time since 1946, won its second straight Ivy League title, going 12-2 in league play. The Crimson also posted a program-record 26 victories, captured the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament crown and earned the first national ranking in team history, reaching as high as No. 21.
The Class of 2016:
Siyani Chambers, Guard/6-0/170/Golden Valley, Minn./Hopkins
Played varsity basketball at Hopkins High ... Captained the varsity basketball team in 2012 ... Led team to AAAA Minnesota State Basketball Championship in 2010 and 2011 and a third-place finish in 2012 ... Helped the varsity basketball team to state championship in 2009 ... Selected to the Boys Basketball State Championship All-Tournament team in 2011 and 2012 ... Awarded the 2012 Minnesota Mr. Basketball title ... Named the 2012 All-Metro first team by the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press ... Selected All-State first team in 2012 ... Named All-Lake Conference first team in 2011 and 2012 ... Selected as Boy's Basketball Classic Lake Conference All-Conference second team in 2010 ... The 2011 Boys Basketball Breakdown Tournament Player of the Game ... Named Minnesota Boys Basketball Star Tribune All-Metro second team in 2011 ... Also selected Best Buy Boys Basketball All-Tournament team in 2010 and 2011 ... Invited to the Lebron James Nike Basketball Skills Academy and Deron Williams Nike Skills Academy in 2011 ... Participated in the Nike Hoop Jamboree Top 100 in 2010 ... Selected as Jayhawk Boys Basketball Invitational All-Tournament team in 2009 ... Member of iHoops from 2009-11 ...Holds the State Tournament record for single game free throws made (22 of 24) ... An Academic Letter winner all four years of high school ... Member of National Honor Society in 2011 and 2012 ... Also enjoys playing video games, football, and bowling.
Evan Cummins, Forward/6-9/215/Westborough, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon
Played 3 years of varsity basketball at Northfield Mount Hermon ... Captain of the varsity basketball team in 2012 ... Led Northfield Mount Hermon to its first NEPSAC AAA league title in 2012 ... Named All-League second team in 2012 ... Also won the Coach's Award in 2012 ... Helped the Northfield Mount Hermon team to be the National Prep School runner up in 2010 ... An academic Honor Roll student in freshman, sophomore, and senior years ... Also enjoys listening to music, video games, and relaxing with friends.
Michael Hall, Forward/Center/6-10/205/Atlanta, Ga./Woodward Academy
Played three years of varsity basketball at Woodward Academy ... Elected captain of the basketball team in 2012 ... Led Woodward to the 3-AAA State Championship in 2011 and the region semifinals in 2012 ... Nationally ranked by Rivals.com in the 2012 top 150 players ... Also ranked by ESPN as the No. 8 high school basketball recruit in Georgia ... Recipient of the 2012 NAISMITH Flourish Award, given to a student athlete who flourishes in the classroom, on the court, and in the community ... Named the Best Defensive Player for Woodward Academy in 2012 ... Recognized as Athlete of the Month several times in his varsity career ... Participated in track and field at Woodward in the high jump and triple jump ... Received the Spirit Award, given to the student that best exemplifies the character and human spirit of a model student ... Contributed more than 100 hours of community service to the Jesse Draper Boys and Girls Club, church outreach basketball ministry, the Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, and Habitat for Humanity ... Also a mentor for the Boys Speak Out organization ... Cousins, Brian Guinn and Brian Guinn, Jr., played baseball for Cal Berkley and currently play minor league baseball ... Grandfather, Dr. Samuel J. Tucker, held a post doctorate at the Harvard Summer Institute ... Also enjoys dancing, ping pong, music, coaching kids, cards, and playing video games.
Agunwa Okolie, Guard/Forward/6-8/205/Ajax, Ont./Archbishop Denis O'Connor High
Played three years of varsity basketball at Denis O'Connor High ... Also the captain of the varsity basketball team all three years ... Named Ontario Basketball Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012 ... Awarded the Denis O'Connor Male Athlete of the Year in 2012 ... Named the basketball team MVP in 2012 ... Helped team to win silver in the Lake Ontario Secondary School Association (LOSSA) division in 2011 and 2012 ... Won the Ajax Invitational Championship in 2012 ... Won gold with the U-17 Ontario Team at the 2011 National Championships ... Won gold at the Ontario Cup Division One ... 2011... Selected as U-17 All-Canadian first team All-Star in 2010 ... Won silver with the U-17 Ontario team in 2010 ... Recipient of the 2010 James Rose Award, given to athletes that are members of Team Ontario and uphold the finest qualities of sport in their pursuit of athletic excellence ... Named MVP at St. David's basketball in 2009 and 2010 ... Won the 2009 National Championship with the U-15 Ontario team ... Earned Honor Roll status all four years of high school ... Worked as coach's assistant for the junior boy's team in 2011 and 2012 ... Part of the 2010 Harmony Movement: Leadership in Diversity… A peer tutor from 2010-12 ... Also enjoys books, music, and movies.
Patrick Steeves, Guard/Forward/6-7/220/Montreal, Que./The Hotchkiss School
Played one year of varsity basketball at Hotchkiss School in 2012 ... Helped the Hotchkiss School become Provincial Champions in 2012 ... Also played three years (2009-11) of varsity basketball at College Jean-de-Brebeuf ... Named Quebec Provincial AAA League MVP in 2011 ... Athlete of the Year at Jean-de-Brebeuf in 2011 ... Selected as a Montreal Basketball League All-Star in 2010 ... A First Honor Roll student in 2012.