Oni Becomes Third Bulldog To Earn Player Of Year Recognition
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.
"It means a lot. I really appreciate the coaches voting for me," said Oni, a junior. "It's really more of a team award than an individual award. No guys at the bottom of the league are going to get it so you have to have a great team."
Oni also was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team. He was joined on the first team by senior Alex Copeland, who has averaged 15.7 points in 14 league games.
Oni, who also was a unanimous first team selection last year, is third in the league in scoring (17.4 ppg.), third in assists (3.6 per game), eighth in rebounding (6.4 rpg.), sixth in free throw percentage (.761), third in three-point field goal percentage (.393), fifth in three-point field goals made (2.0 per game) and sixth in blocked shots (1.3 per game).
Oni, who reached double figures in all but one game he appeared in, scored 30 or more points in three Ivy games this season, tallying 31 in the win at Dartmouth, 35 in the home win over Princeton and 30 in the home victory over Cornell. In 14 Ivy games, he averaged 17.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and had a team-best 47 assists.
Copeland has enjoyed an outstanding senior season as well. He is second in the league in free throw percentage (.838), fourth in assists (3.3 per game), eighth in steals (1.3 per game) and 10th in scoring (13.3 ppg.).
He established a new school record by making 40 consecutive free throws, a streak that began late season and carried over to this year. In addition, he became the 29th player in school history to score 1,000 career points, a milestone he reached in the home win over Dartmouth.
Oni and Copeland helped the Bulldogs earn a share of the Ivy League championship. Yale finished the regular season at 20-7 overall and 10-4 in lvy play. The Bulldogs are the No. 2 seed in this weekend's Ivy League Tournament and meet No. 3 Princeton on Saturday in the second semifinal at Lee Amphitheater.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity