Recipient Of 2011-12 Josh Hill Award To Lead Bulldogs
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Jesse Pritchard, who was introduced as the captain of the 2013-14 Yale men's basketball team at the postseason banquet on Wednesday night, has a simple philosophy when it comes to leading the team. It's the same philosophy he used when he served as a captain for his high school team back in Ames, Iowa.
"Every day, every practice and every game is an opportunity to win," said Pritchard, who was limited to 13 games due to an injury this winter as a junior. "That is the number one thing I remember stressing."
Pritchard, who has played in 67 games in his career, was elected in a team vote.
"Being selected captain is an unbelievable honor," he said. "I love this team and am going to do everything I can to make sure we accomplish our goals."
Pritchard has been one of the hardest working players throughout his tenure at Yale. As a sophomore, he was the recipient of the Josh Hill Award, presented for hard work and dedication to the Yale Basketball program. That season he had career highs in games (28), starts (7), points (63), rebounds (56) and three-pointers (12).
This winter, he appeared in 13 games, including making two starts, and averaged 1.9 points and 1.6 rebounds. He suffered an injury in December and didn't return until mid February.
Pritchard, who will spend the summer in New York working for a music booking agency, will be one of only two seniors on the roster next year, joining Jeremiah Kreisberg.
"As far as I see it, Jeremiah and I are co-captains, and I look forward to what I know we can accomplish together," Pritchard said. "One of our biggest weaknesses last year was [lack of] experience, but this year I expect all of the upperclassmen to take a more active role in making sure we push each other every day so that we can compete to the best of our abilities."
Pritchard inherits the captaincy from Sam Martin.
"I have had the privilege of playing under some great captains," Pritchard said. "Mike Sands, Reggie Willhite and Sam Martin have all been tremendous leaders for this program, and I will do my best to encompass Mike's daily positive energy, Reggie's unbelievable work ethic and Sam's vocal skills so I can be the best captain possible for this team."
The Bulldogs (14-17, 8-6 Ivy) finished third in the Ivy League this year, their third straight year with a winning league mark. Six of the top seven scorers will return in 2013-14.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity