March 13, 2013

Sean McGonagill and Matt Sullivan Named All-Ivy; Cedric Kuakumensah Named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year

Providence, R.I. - The All-Ivy Men's Basketball Team was released today with Brown junior point guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL) earning First Team All-Ivy honors and senior guard Matt Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) being named Second Team All-Ivy in a vote of the Ancient Eight men's basketball coaches.  In addition, Bears' freshman forward Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA) was named the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first freshman to claim the award for defensive prowess.

McGonagill was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer with 14.0 points per game and also ranked fourth in the league in assists. His 1,113 career points in three-years at Brown are 19th best in Brown history, while his 413 career assists rank third in the Brown record book. 

A Second Team All-Ivy selection a year ago, McGonagill scored 20 or more points six times, including a season high 24 points in Brown's win over Princeton that eliminated the Tigers from Ivy title contention. McGonagill led the Bears with 61 treys, while his 156 career treys are seventh all-time at Brown.

Sullivan also reached the 1,000-point mark, scoring 1,033 career points, 22nd in the Brown record book.  He was the Ivy League's third leading scorer with 14.1 points per game, and scored a career high 27 points in Brown's win over Columbia, connecting on 6-of-9 treys. 

A First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American, Sullivan is a true Iron Man, averaging 36.7 minutes per game this season and playing in a school-record 117 career games for the Bears. He connected on 165 career treys, fourth all-time at Brown.  His six steals vs. Columbia rank fourth in the Brown record book, and he also ranked fourth in the league with 48 steals overall.

Kuakumensah turned into the premier defensive player in the Ivy League by blocking a Brown record 66 shots, a mark that ranked sixth in Ivy League history, and was the most ever by a first-year player. He led the Ivy League with 2.4 blocks per game, and scored a season high 19 points against Cornell. 

Kuakumensah ranked second in the Ivy League in rebounding with 7.5 per game, just one rebound behind teammate Rafael Maia '15. He turned in the Ivy League's top rebounding performance with 19 rebounds against Cornell. Kuakumensah, who played at the St. Andrew's School in Barrington, RI, blocked seven shots against both Penn and Cornell to tie the Brown single-game record. His 66 blocked shots also rank fifth on Brown's career list.

The trio helped first year head coach Mike Martin's team to a 13-15 overall record and a fourth place finish in the Ivy League with a 7-7 mark.  The 13 wins are the 12th most at Brown since the Ivy League was formed in 1955.  The Bears also finished in the top half of the league for the 22nd time, and the first time since 2008.  This year's squad also earned a stunning victory over Providence College at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ian Hummer, Princeton (Sr., F - Vienna, Va.)

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

*Siyani Chambers, Harvard (Fr., G - Golden Valley, Minn.)

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Cedric Kuakamensah, Brown (Fr., F - Worcester, Mass.)

 

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY

Sean McGonagill, Brown (Jr., G - Brookfield, Ill.)

Shonn Miller, Cornell (So., F - Euclid, Ohio)

Siyani Chambers, Harvard (Fr., G - Golden Valley, Minn.)

*Wesley Saunders, Harvard (So., G/F - Los Angeles)

*Ian Hummer, Princeton (Sr., F - Vienna, Va.)

 

SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY^

Matthew Sullivan, Brown (Sr., G - Wilmette, Ill.)

Brian Barbour, Columbia (Sr., G - Alamo, Calif.)

Gabas Maldunas, Dartmouth (So., F - Panevezys, Lithuania)

Miles Cartwright, Penn (Jr., G - Van Nuys, Calif.)

T.J. Bray, Princeton (Jr., G - New Berlin, Wis.)

Austin Morgan, Yale (Sr., G - Reno, Nev.)

 

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY

Errick Peck, Cornell (Sr., F - Indianapolis)

Steve Moundou-Missi, Harvard (So., F - Yaounde, Cameroon)

Laurent Rivard, Harvard (Jr., G - Saint-Bruno, Quebec, Canada)

Tony Hicks, Penn (Fr., G - South Holland, Ill.)

Denton Koon, Princeton (So., G - Liberty, Mo.)

 

* Unanimous Selection

^ Due to ties in the voting, the second team expanded to six