Davis, Mavraides Tabbed as All-Ivy for Men's Basketball
The pair account for 41 percent of Princeton's scoring and are being recognized a day after helping lead the team to a 20-win season. In 2007-08, the year before the two came to Princeton, the Tigers won six games and finished tied at the bottom of the Ivy League. The last two seasons, with the help of Davis and Mavraides as well as the continued development of their teammates, Princeton has finished second in the Ivy.
It is the first time since 2004, when Judson Wallace '05 and Will Venable '05 were on the first-team All-Ivy, that Princeton has had two players as high as second-team all-league.
A year ago, Davis became the first freshman since the beginning of rookie eligibility in the 1978-79 season to lead the Tigers in scoring. This season, Davis' point total went even higher, with the sophomore sitting on 357 points and 12.8 per game. Davis has scored double-digit points in 17 games and 20-plus points six times, most recently last night against Penn with 21.
Davis has scored his points efficiently and from inside, outside and the free-throw line. In 13 games this season, Davis has made half his shots or better. Though he has the most three-pointers made (116) through his first two seasons than any Tiger since Brian Earl '99 in 1997, 45 percent of Davis' field goals this season have been of the two-point variety. At the stripe, Davis is shooting 86.4 percent (51 of 59) on the season overall and has missed only one free throw the entire Ivy League season to stand at 95.7 percent (22 of 23).
Last season also saw Davis earn honorable mention All-Ivy League as the only freshman to appear on any All-Ivy men's basketball team in 2009.
For his career, Davis has 690 points, the highest two-season total since Chris Young '02 had 801 points 10 years ago at this time. In more than 30 years of freshman eligibility, only Young and second-leading all-time career scorer Kit Mueller '91 (756) have had more points before their junior seasons.
After seeing limited action during his freshman season, Mavraides built on his breakout sophomore campaign to earn a place on the All-Ivy League team for the first time. Mavraides has had 18 double-digit scoring games this season and four 20-plus games including his career-high 24 scored at The Palestra to help Princeton to its first back-to-back wins at its archrival's home since 1998 and 1999.
Beyond being a scorer, Mavraides has helped the Tigers on the glass as the team's leading rebounder at 4.4 per game. Against Monmouth in December, Mavraides nearly had his first double-double as a collegian, grabbing nine rebounds to go with 11 points.
This season, Mavraides scored more points and had more rebounds than his first two seasons at Princeton combined. Mavraides broke the seasonal 300-point mark for the first time, now with 331 compared to 290 total as a freshman and sophomore. Following his freshman season, which saw Mavraides average 0.6 rebounds per game, the junior bumped it up to 3.1 a year ago and 4.4 this season, pulling down more than 100 boards (119) for the first time.
The Tigers, who were 11-3 in the Ivy with the three losses coming by a total of nine points, will wait to see if that and their 20-8 record will gain selection to a postseason tournament. Such an announcement will be made Sunday night or Monday.
All-Ivy Men's Basketball 2009-10
Louis Dale, Cornell (Sr., G, Birmingham, Ala.)
*Jeff Foote, Cornell (Sr., C, Lockwood, N.Y.)
*Ryan Wittman, Cornell (Sr., G/F, Eden Prairie, Minn.)
*Jeremy Lin, Harvard (Sr., G, Palo Alto, Calif.)
*Zack Rosen, Penn (So., G, Colonia, N.J.)
Matt Mullery, Brown (Sr., F, Millstone, N.J.)
Noruwa Agho, Columbia (So., G, New City, N.Y.)
Jack Eggleston, Penn (Jr., F, Noblesville, Ind.)
Douglas Davis, Princeton (So., G, Philadelphia, Pa.)
Dan Mavraides, Princeton (Jr., G, San Mateo, Calif.)
Alex Zampier, Yale (Sr., G, East Greenbush, N.Y.)
Chris Wroblewski, Cornell (So., G, Highland Park, Ill.)
Kyle Casey, Harvard (Fr., F, Medway, Mass.)
Michael Sands, Yale (Jr., F, Franklin Square, N.Y.)
Player of the Year
*Ryan Wittman, Cornell
Rookie of the Year
Kyle Casey, Harvard
Defensive Player of the Year
Jeff Foote, Cornell
* unanimous selection