Monday, December 23, 2013
Harvard's Chambers named Player of Week
By Jack McCluskey
He hasn’t been in Cambridge for very long, but sophomore guard Siyani Chambers has already left his mark on the Crimson.
Chambers was a unanimous pick as Ivy League Rookie of the Year and a first-team All-Ivy selection after a spectacular freshman season. A native of Golden Valley, Minn., he led the conference in assists (5.7 per game) and minutes (37.8 per game) and combined with Wesley Saunders to push the Crimson to a second straight Ivy title and NCAA berth.
Chambers is now leading the Ivy in assists (4.7 per game) and is third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7).
Then the 6-foot, 170-pounder played all 40 minutes in Harvard’s upset of No. 3 seed New Mexico, the first postseason win in school history.
But Chambers isn’t resting on his laurels. He shot 9-for-10 from the floor, including 6-for-6 on 3-pointers, for a career-high 27 points in a come-from-behind win over Vermont on Saturday, Harvard’s sixth straight win.
For that effort, Chambers was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday. It’s the first such honor for Chambers, and the third in the past four weeks for Harvard after Saunders won the honor on Dec. 2 and Dec. 9.
After Chambers' career day against the Catamounts, he is leading the Ivy in assists (4.7 per game) and is third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7), fifth in steals (1.4 per game) and 14th in scoring (11.6 points per game).
Coach Tommy Amaker’s team is 10-1 to date in its nonconference schedule, which continues with a road game Saturday at Fordham (4 p.m. ET) before a marquee home matchup against Boston College on New Year’s Day (4 p.m. ET).
Whatever happens the rest of the way for the Crimson, it’s safe to say Chambers will be in the middle of it.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.