Providence, R.I. - Brown men's basketball coach Mike Martin turned to the State of Illinois to select the leadership of this year's team, naming of junior guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL), senior forward Tyler Ponticelli (Northbrook, IL) and senior guard Matt Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) tri-captains of the 2012-2013 Brown men's basketball team.
"Sean, Matt and Tyler have certainly proven that they deserve to be our captains for the upcoming season," said Martin. "Each has earned the respect of their teammates through their work ethic and selfless approach throughout our pre-season workouts. Our coaching staff is confident in their ability to lead our program as we prepare for the challenges that await."
A second team All-Ivy selection, McGonagill led the Ivy League in assists last year with 5.4 per game, which ranked 34th nationally. He was the Ivy League's fifth-leading scorer, averaging 13.5 points per game for the Bears. The 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year handed out 157 assists to set a new Brown record, breaking the previous mark of 155 assists by Jason Forte in 2002-03. An Economics concentrator, McGonagill has posted 721 career points.
Sullivan, who played in all 31 games last season, starting 29 times, is Brown's most consistent player on the court. He averaged 9.8 points per game and scored in double figures 17 times. Sullivan netted a career high 26 points against Albany, hitting 5 of 9 treys against the Great Danes. He later nailed 5-of 8-treys in scoring 21 points against Columbia. Sullivan, who has scored 648 career points, is also a CoSIDA Academic All-American, concentrating in Economics.
Ponticelli played in all 31 games last year, earning 23 starts for the Bears. He scored in double figures six times, including a career high 17 points vs. Johnson & Wales. Ponticelli, an Economics concentrator for the Bears, also pulled down a career best 10 rebounds against Cornell.
Brown opens 2012-13 basketball season on the road at Binghamton on Sunday, November 11th at 2:00 p.m.