It was another highly successful season for Yale on the court, capturing the Ivy League regular season and tournament titles and nearly upsetting No. 3 seed LSU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs also excelled in the classroom, and they have been rewarded by earning an NABC Team Academic Excellence Award for the sixth straight year.
Miye Oni’s professional basketball career will likely begin with the Utah Jazz. Oni was selected by the Golden State Warriors in the second round of Thursday’s NBA Draft, but his rights were rumored to be traded to the Jazz. He was chosen 58th overall.
Miye Oni, the Ivy League Player of the Year who helped lead Yale to a league title and an NCAA Tournament appearance this winter, has elected to remain eligible for the NBA Draft to pursue his lifelong dream of playing professional basketball.
Trey Phills ’19 excelled on the court during his Yale career, earning a number of accolades, including All-Ivy recognition. He also was active in the community. And for that, he has received another prestigious honor. Phills was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2019 Give Back Team, which recognizes 10 men’s student-athletes from across the nation for their outstanding community service efforts.
Six seniors were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual senior student-athlete reception Saturday afternoon at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. Trey Phills (Charlotte, N.C.) of the men’s basketball team and Kate Zendell (Suffern, N.Y.) of the women’s cross country and track and field teams were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Carrie Heilbrun (Fairfax Station, Va.) of the women’s swimming and diving team and Simon Whiteman (Trumbull, Conn.) of the baseball team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Shelby Kennedy (Vail, Ariz.) of the softball team and James Kochanski (Colorado Springs, Colo.) of the men’s soccer team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award.
James Jones, the winningest men’s basketball coach in Yale history, has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the helm of the program through 2026, Director of Athletics Vicky Chun announced.
It’s been a busy spring for Miye Oni. Since announcing in March that he would request an NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee evaluation to help identify his professional basketball options, Oni has been hard at work fine tuning all aspects of his game in addition to taking a full load of classes as a political science major.
First year Michael Feinberg will compete on the international stage this summer. Feinberg, who appeared in eight games for the Bulldogs this winter, has been named to the USA Open Men’s Basketball Team for the 15th European Maccabi Games, which will take place July 28-Aug. 7 in Budapest, Hungary.
It was a special night for the Yale men’s basketball team at the New York Athletic Club on Thursday. The Bulldogs gathered one final time for a banquet to celebrate a championship season, hand out the team awards and honor four seniors who will leave a special mark on the program.
The Ivy League released its list of student-athletes selected for 2018-19 Academic All-Ivy honors in its winter sports today. There were 10 Bulldogs who thrived in their sport and in the classroom, as starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point averages honored.
Another highly successful season has earned James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs, another prestigious honor. Jones was the recipient of the 2019 Ben Jobe Award as the top minority coach in Division I men’s basketball presented by CollegeInsider.com at its awards event in Minneapolis.
Alex Copeland made the most of his time in the national spotlight at the Final Four in Minneapolis. Copeland scored seven points and added two steals and an assist in helping the East squad to a 110-105 victory over the West in the 2019 Reese’s College All-Star game at the US Bank Stadium.
Another Bulldog is headed to the Final Four to represent Yale Basketball. Alex Copeland, a first team All-Ivy selection this winter, has been selected to play in the 2019 Reese’s College All-Star game, which will be held on Reese’s Final Four Friday, Apr. 5, at the US Bank Stadium at 3:30 p.m. CDT in Minneapolis.
Miye Oni, the Ivy League Player of the Year, announced he intends to request an NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee evaluation to help identify his professional basketball options. Oni recently completed his junior season at Yale and led the Bulldogs in scoring and assists for the second straight year.
Blake Reynolds’ memorable senior season will continue at the Final Four. Reynolds, who captained the Bulldogs to Ivy League regular season and tournament championships, has been selected to participate in the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship scheduled for April 5-7 at Minnesota’s Mall of America.
The honors continue to come in for Miye Oni. The 2019 Ivy League Player of the Year had added all-district honors from both the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association to his already impressive resume.
James Jones, fresh off guiding the Bulldogs to their second NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four years, will appear as a guest analyst on CBS Sports Network on Sunday. Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach at Yale, will be on the set of the Network’s March Madness 360 show following Sunday night’s tournament action.
Yale’s magical season that included Ivy League regular season and tournament titles came to an end on Thursday. But not without a serious fight. The Bulldogs nearly pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in NCAA Tournament history before dropping a hard-fought 79-75 decision to LSU before a big crowd at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Join fellow Yale alumni and fans at the Official Yale Athletics gathering location before the Ivy League champion men’s basketball team takes on the LSU Tigers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Jacksonville. The Bulldog Brunch will be held at the Baseball Ground of Jacksonville, which is directly across the street from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the site of the game.
Yale’s trip to Florida in December resulted in one of the highlights of what has been a memorable season, a 77-73 victory over Miami in the Hoophall Classic. The Bulldogs are returning to the Sunshine State this week with the hope of generating even greater lasting memories. Yale, a No. 14 seed, meets No. 3 LSU on Thursday at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Tipoff is slated for 12:40 p.m., and the game will be televised on truTV.
Yale didn’t have to wait long to learn its NCAA Tournament draw. The Bulldogs were among the first teams revealed during the selection show. Yale, the No. 14 seed in the East Region, will play No. 3 LSU on Thursday at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.
Yale is headed back to March Madness. Alex Copeland scored 25 points to lead five players in double figures as the Bulldogs rolled to a 97-85 victory over Harvard in the championship game of the Ivy League Tournament. Miye Oni added 17 points, Azar Swain scored 15, Blake Reynolds had 14 and Jordan Bruner scored 10.
Yale’s experience was never more important than the final five minutes of Saturday’s IvyMadness semifinal game vs. Princeton. Led by their upperclassmen, the Bulldogs overcame a seven-point deficit, playing nearly flawlessly down the stretch in outscoring the Tigers 21-8 to earn a hard-fought 83-77 victory before a big crowd at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
After a very successful regular season, Yale is set to begin its quest to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs, who shared the Ivy League title with Harvard, are the No. 2 seed in the Ivy League Tournament, presented by TIAA, and meet No. 3 Princeton in the second semifinal on Saturday in the friendly confines of the John J. Lee Amphitheater. The tip is slated for 3 p.m. after No. 1 Harvard and No. 4 Penn play at 12:30 p.m. in the first semifinal. Both games will be televised on ESPNU with Mike Couzens and Dalen Cuff on the call.
Miye Oni sits among the Ivy League leaders in just about every statistical category. So it shouldn’t come as a great surprise that he has been named the Ivy League Player of the Year. Oni is the third Bulldog to win the award, joining Paul Maley, the 1988 recipient, and Justin Sears, who won the award in both 2015 and 2016.
Yale’s success this season is starting to bring recognition to the Bulldogs. The latest is for James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs, who was named a finalist for the CollegeInsider Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award.
For the seventh time in school history and third time in the last five years, Yale is the Ivy League champion. Blake Reynolds scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures as the Bulldogs rolled to an 81-59 victory over Princeton at Jadwin Gym to clinch the crown.