Gonzaga grad Ian Hummer named Ivy League player of the year

March 13, 2013

Ian Hummer, right, was named the Ivy League’s player of the year. (Jessica Hill/AP)

Ivy League men’s basketball coaches on Wednesday voted Princeton senior forward Ian Hummer, a Vienna native and Gonzaga graduate, the league’s player of the year.

The 6-foot-7 Hummer, who became the first Princeton player since 1991 to lead the team in scoring (16.3 points per game), rebounding (6.4 per game), assists (115) and blocks (23), was named the Ivy League player of the week a league-record seven times this season.

2009 All-Met, Hummer will depart Princeton as the program’s second-leading scorer with 1,625 points and will rank fifth in rebounds with 725, fourth in assists with 308 and third in blocks with 109. His 123 games played are the most ever for a Princeton player.

The only two players in Princeton’s 113-year basketball history with more than 1,300 points and 600 rebounds are Hummer and program legend Bill Bradley.

Hummer’s father, Edward, and an uncle, John Hummer, also played at Princeton, in the 1960s. Edward Hummer is 10th on the school’s all-time rebounding list, and John Hummer was a 1,000-point scorer and two-time all-Ivy choice who played six years in the NBA. Bradley was a teammate of Ed Hummer’s on the 1965 national semifinal team.

Hummer this season was four points shy of the conference scoring title, which is based on Ivy League games only. He ranked fifth in rebounding, fourth in field goal percentage (.517), second in assists (4.1 apg), 10th in free-throw percentage (.721), tied for ninth in steals (1.3 spg) and was seventh in blocks (0.8 bpg).

Hummer, praised in high school for his basketball IQ and who held his own against more celebrated players such as McNamara’s Talib Zanna, now at Pitt, scored 18 points Tuesday night in a season-ending 71-58 win at Penn.

The Tigers finished 17-11, 10-4.

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