Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Harvard's potent 2013-14 lineup
By Luke Lapinski
After a 66-year drought, Tommy Amaker has Harvard back in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. And while an opening matchup with surging New Mexico might not be all that conducive to picking up the program's first ever win at the Big Dance, it's a sign of how far Crimson basketball has come lately. And the future could be even brighter.
Regardless of what Amaker's group does against the Lobos on Thursday, next season's lineup has the potential to be one of the best the Ivy League has seen in quite some time. This year's top three scorers -- Wesley Saunders (16.5 points per game), Laurent Rivard (10.4) and freshman Siyani Chambers (12.9) -- are all eligible to return. As is leading rebounder Steve Moundou-Missi. On top of that, former senior co-captains Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry may very well return after being forced to sit out the entire 2012-13 campaign. Casey led last year's team in scoring, while Curry dished out a team-best 4.9 assists per contest. And, as if that weren't enough, a strong recruiting class is making its way to Cambridge in the fall, led by one-time ESPN 100 prospect Zena Edosomwan -- a 6-foot-8, 220-pounder who figures to patrol the paint. Matt Fraschilla and Hunter Myers will join him, giving Harvard the sort of lineup that should roll through conference play -- and could make a little noise after that as well.