Providence, Rhode Island - Brown junior forward Tucker Halpern (Brookline, MA) and junior guard Matt Sullivan (Wilmette,IL) have been named captains of the 2011-2012 Brown men's basketball team in an announcement made by Bears' head coach Jesse Agel.
"Both Tucker and Matt will provide us with fantastic leadership both on and off the court," said Agel. "On a team that lacks any returning seniors, the leadership will come from these two fine juniors. With their infectious enthusiasm and passion for the game and their team, our group could not be in finer hands."
An All-Ivy selection a year ago, the 6-8 Halpern averaged 12.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Bears. He scored in double figures 19 times, including a career high 29 points against Harvard, where he connected on 10 of 15 field goals, including 6 of 9 from behind the three-point arc, 10th best in Brown basketball history.
Halpern is a strong passer, who handed out 66 assists, including seven in the Bears' victory over Princeton. He grabbed a career best 12 rebounds against Quinnipiac and completed the double-double with 26 points against the Bobcats. Halpern ranked sixth in the Ivy League in scoring with 14.3 ppg in league games.
Sullivan is a hard-nosed player and team leader, who has started 35 games over the last two years, and saw action in 27 of Brown's 28 games in 2010-2011. He averaged 5.7 points per game last year as he transitioned from point guard to shooting guard. He scored in double figures five times last season, netting a career high 22 points at Princeton on 7 of 11 shooting from the field. He also turned in a strong performance against Hartford, connecting on 5 of 6 treys in scoring 19 points.
Sullivan follows his brother, Peter Sullivan '11, as team captain of the Bears, becoming the second set of brothers to captain the squad in 106 years of Brown basketball history, following in the footsteps of Brown Hall of Fame inductees Rick Lloyd '92 and Brian Lloyd '96.