March 9, 2011

Sean McGonagill Named Ivy League Rookie of the Year; Tucker Halpern Earns All-Ivy Honors

Providence, RI - Brown freshman point guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL) became the fourth player in Bears' basketball history to be named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year in a vote by the Ancient Eight's men's basketball coaches.  In addition, sophomore forward Tucker Halpern (Brookline, MA) earned honorable mention All-Ivy honors for the Bears.
 
McGonagill, a unanimous selection for Ivy Rookie of the Year, joins Mike Waitkus (1983), Carlos Williams (1990) and Damon Huffman (2004) as Brown's previous Ivy Rookie selections.
 
A four-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, McGonagill was Brown's top Ivy League scorer, averaging 14.6 points per game, fourth best in the Ivy League.  He ranked third in the league in assists with 5.7 per game and seventh in the Ivies overall in free throw percentage (.819). McGonagill scored in double figures 18 times, including in Brown's final 11 games.
 
McGonagill set a Brown freshman record with 147 assists, third best in the Brown record book. The only Brown player to start all 28 games, McGonagill logged more minutes than any other Brown player, averaging 33.3 minutes per game.  He recorded two double-doubles in his rookie campaign, with 11 points and 11 rebounds against Yale, and 12 points and 10 assists against Penn.
 
The game that set McGonagill apart from the rest of the league was his 39-point performance in a win over Columbia, where he tied the Pizzitola Sports Center and Brown freshman scoring record with 39 points against the Lions. His phenomenal performance against the Lions took place less than 48-hours after a facial injury in practice that required 20 stitches from a plastic surgeon, major dental work and required him to wear a protective mask.  His 39 points rank 6th all-time at Brown for a single game, and are the most points scored by an Ivy League player in eight years (2003). McGonagill also connected on 15 of 19 field goals against Columbia, shattering the Pizzitola record for field goals in a game, seventh best in the Brown record book.
 
Halpern stepped up his game when the Ivy season commenced and was Brown's second leading scorer overall (12.6 ppg) and in Ivy games (14.3 ppg.), eighth best in the league.  He led the Bears in scoring nine times, including a career high 29 points in a close loss to Ivy Champion Harvard.  In addition, Halpern tossed in 26 points against Cornell and 25 points against Dartmouth.
 
Halpern also ranked third on the Brown team in rebounding, averaging 4.5 rebounds per game.  He pulled down a career high 12 rebounds against Quinnipiac, and completed the double-double with 26 points.
 
A prolific shooter from behind the three-point arc, Halpern's 58 treys ranked third best in the Ivy League. In addition, his 36 treys in Ivy games ranked second, just one behind the league-leader. He shot a strong 43-percent (37 of 86) from behind the three-point arc, third best in the Ivy League.
 
IVY LEAGUE:  2010-2011
 
Rookie of the Year
*Sean McGonagill, Brown (Fr., G, Brookfield, Ill.)
 
Player of the Year
Keith Wright, Harvard (Jr., F, Suffolk, Va.)
 
Defensive Player of the Year
Kareem Maddox, Princeton (Sr., F, Oak Park, Calif.)
 
First Team All-Ivy
Noruwa Agho, Columbia (Jr., G, New City, N.Y.)
*Keith Wright, Harvard (Jr., F, Suffolk, Va.)
Zack Rosen, Penn (Jr., G, Colonia, N.J.)
*Kareem Maddox, Princeton (Sr., F, Oak Park, Calif.)
*Greg Mangano, Yale (Jr., C, Orange, Conn.)
 
Second Team All-Ivy
Chris Wroblewski, Cornell (Jr., G, Highland Park, Ill.)
Kyle Casey, Harvard (So., F, Medway, Mass.)
Brandyn Curry, Harvard (So., G, Huntersville, N.C.)
Ian Hummer, Princeton (So., F, Vienna, Va.)
Dan Mavraides, Princeton (Sr., G, San Mateo, Calif.)
 
Honorable Mention
Tucker Halpern, Brown (So., F, Brookline, Mass.)
Brian Barbour, Columbia (So., G, Alamo, Calif.)
Christian Webster, Harvard (So., G, Washington, D.C.)
Jack Eggleston, Penn (Sr., F, Noblesville, Ind.)

Pictured:  Sean McGonagill '14.  photo by dspics.com