Duren Earns Honorable Mention Recognition
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Justin Sears' breakout season has earned him a special honor. Sears, who leads the Bulldogs in scoring (17.7 ppg.) and rebounding (7.2 rpg.), was named first team All-Ivy. He is the first Yale sophomore to earn first team recognition since Chris Dudley '87 in 1985 and only the third in school history. John Lee '58 was honored in his sophomore year in 1956.
Sears was one of two Bulldogs to be named All-Ivy. Junior Javier Duren, who leads the team with 81 assists and 31 three-pointers, earned honorable mention recognition.
Sears, a Plainfield, N.J., native, is enjoying a remarkable season. He is among the Ivy League leaders in several categories, including scoring (3rd), rebounding (3rd), field goal percentage (6th, .511), steals (6th, 1.3 per game) and blocked shots (2nd, 52). In addition, his 81 offensive rebounds are the most in the league.
In Ivy League games, Sears raised his play. His 19.5 points average was tied for the league lead, and he averaged a league best 7.9 rebounds. In the final four games of the season, with Yale battling for the Ivy title, Sears averaged 25 points and nine rebounds, highlighted by a 28-point, 13-rebound performance against Harvard last Friday.
Sears did his damage in a number of ways. His 223 free throw attempts are the fifth most in a season in school history and his 158 free throws made are the sixth most. He also has showed an effective mid-range jump shot as the season progressed in addition to being a force in the low post.
Joining Sears on the first team are Brown's Sean McGonagill, Columbia's Alex Rosenberg, Harvard's Wesley Saunders and Princeton's T.J. Bray. Saunders was selected as the league's player of the year. Princeton's Spencer Weisz was named rookie of the year, while Brown's Cedric Kuakumensah earned defensive player of the year honors.
Duren started 26 games for the Bulldogs at point guard. He is 10th in the league in scoring (12.4 ppg.), eighth in assists (3.1 per game) and seventh in free throw percentage (.808).
The Bulldogs, who finished second in the Ivy League with a 9-5 record, are currently awaiting word on a postseason berth.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity