Saunders was also named the Great Alaska Shootout Most Outstanding Player (Sam Wasson).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After helping the Harvard men's basketball team win the 2013 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout and being named the tournament's most outstanding player, conference officials announced on Monday that junior guard Wesley Saunders has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week.
Saunders led the Crimson in scoring (14.3 ppg) and assists (4.7 apg), and ranked second in rebounding (8.0 rpg) as Harvard defeated Denver, Green Bay and TCU for its first tournament title since taking the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis in 2011. Saunders shot 53.3 percent (16-30) through the three games and was 11-of-15 at the line.
The Los Angeles, Calif., native opened the tournament with a 19-point, nine-rebound effort against Denver before turning in 20 points and seven boards versus Green Bay. 14 of his points and four of his rebounds came in the second half against the Phoenix, after the teams went into the intermission tied at 34. Saunders added a season-high nine assists, eight rebounds and four steals versus TCU in the title game.
Saunders currently leads the Ivy League in steals (2.0) while also ranking third in assists (3.8), sixth in scoring (14.9) and ninth in rebounding (6.4). This marks the sixth time in his career that he has been named the conference's player of the week after having received the award five times last year.
Harvard, which is 7-1 on the year and receiving votes in both the Associated Press Top 25, will return to the court Wednesday, Dec. 4 as it travels across town to face Northeastern at 7 p.m.