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Chambers, Saunders Named to NABC All-District Team

Wesley Saunders reached double figures in scoring 29 times this season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman point guard Siyani Chambers and sophomore guard Wesley Saunders of the Harvard men’s basketball team have been tabbed to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I All-District 13 team, it was announced Tuesday afternoon/.

Chambers, a native of Golden Valley, Minn., became the first freshman in Ivy League history to be named to the all-conference first team. The Ivy Rookie of the Year, Chambers led the Ancient Eight with 5.7 assists per game and was fourth in free-throw shooting (.814). A six-time Ivy Rookie of the Week, Chambers started all 30 games and led the nation’s freshmen in assists per contest.
 
Chambers scored 12.4 points per game and reached double figures in scoring 21 times. He averaged 37.8 minutes per game, good for first in the conference and fourth in the nation, and he recorded three double-doubles.
 
Saunders, a unanimous first-team All-Ivy choice, led Harvard and the Ivy League with 16.2 points per game and was third in the conference with 1.8 steals per contest. He reached double figures in scoring in the first 29 games of the season and stood second in the Ivy in field-goal shooting (.524).
 
A product of Los Angeles, Calif., Saunders averaged 37.3 minutes per game, which ranked third in the conference, and started all 30 games, while recording one double-double. He scored 17.1 points per contest in conference games and was named Ivy Player of the Week on five occasions.
 
Chambers and Saunders helped the Crimson win its third straight Ivy League title and make its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament. Harvard finished 20-10 overall, winning 20 games for the fourth straight season, and was 11-3 in Ivy action.
 
The Crimson, seeded 14th, knocked off No. 3 seed New Mexico, 68-62, in the second round of the NCAA tournament, earning the program’s first NCAA victory.