Providence, R.I. - Brown freshman guard Desmond Cambridge (Nashville, TN) is the fifth player in Brown basketball history to be named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, earning the unanimous vote of the Ancient Eight head basketball coaches. Cambridge was also named a Second Team All-Ivy selection.
Cambridge is the first Brown freshman to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors since Sean McGonagill in 2011, and joins Mike Waitkus in 1983, Carlos Williams in 1990 and Damon Huffman in 2005 as Brown's Ivy League Rookie of the Year honorees.
A six-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, Cambridge set a Brown freshman scoring record with 468 points, eclipsing the previous mark of 460 points by Brown's all-time leading scorer Earl Hunt in 2000.
Cambridge, a graduate of The Hun School, ranked third in the Ivy League in overall scoring with 17.3 points per game and second in conference scoring with 18.6 points per game. His 2.5 treys per game were fifth in the Ivy League, while his 27 blocked shots ranked sixth.
In one of the greatest weekend performances in Brown basketball history, Cambridge scored 32 points, including the game-winning trey, in Brown's 102-100 overtime win at Princeton, snapping the Tigers' 19 game home winning streak and earning its first win over the Tigers in the last 10 games. He connected on 10-of-16 field goals, including 7-of-9 treys against the Tigers, hit two free throws to tie the game in regulation and then blocked Princeton's layup attempt at the end of regulation. Cambridge also tossed in 29 points in the Bears' overtime loss at Penn the previous day.
Cambridge scored in double figures in 24 of Brown's 27 games and scored 20 or more points eight times, including a career high 33 points against Marist. His seven treys against both Princeton and Marist rank eighth best in Brown basketball history. He posted his first career double-double at Columbia with 26 points and a career high 10 rebounds.
2017-18 Men's Basketball All-Ivy Team
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Seth Towns, Harvard (So., F – Columbus, Ohio)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
*Desmond Cambridge, Brown (Fr., G – Nashville, Tenn.)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Amir Bell, Princeton (Sr., G – East Brunswick, N.J.)
COACH OF THE YEAR
Steve Donahue, Penn
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
*AJ Brodeur, Penn (So., F – Northborough, Mass.)
*Matt Morgan, Cornell (Jr., G – Concord, N.C.)
*Miye Oni, Yale (So., G – Porter Ranch, Calif.)
*Seth Towns, Harvard (So., F – Columbus, Ohio)
Chris Lewis, Harvard (So,. G – Alpharetta, Ga.)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY^
Stone Gettings, Cornell (Jr., F – Malibu, Calif.)
Myles Stephens, Princeton (Jr., F – Lawrenceville, N.J.)
Ryan Betley, Penn (So., G – Downingtown, Pa.)
Mike Smith, Columbia (So., G – Burr Ridge, Ill.)
Desmond Cambridge, Brown (Fr., G – Nashville, Tenn.)
Devin Cannady, Princeton (Jr., G – Mishawaka, Ind.)
Trey Phills, Yale (Jr., G – Charlotte, N.C.)
Darnell Foreman, Penn (Sr., G – Camden, N.J.)
Justin Bassey, Harvard (So., G – Denver, Colo.)
^second team expanded due to ties in the voting