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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

August 19th, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball


Pennsylvania Quakers


Overall Rank: #82

Conference Rank: #1 Ivy


2005-06: 20-9, 12-2, 1st

2005-06 postseason: NCAA


The big news for Pennsylvania is the move of Coach Fran Dunphy to Temple.  Dunphy, who won a school record 310 games with the Quakers, leaves the coaching reigns to Glen Miller.  Miller is well known for turning around struggling programs, but now he’ll have to orchestrate a successful squad and keep them at the top.  With three starters returning, Penn is the early favorite to once again reach the NCAAs. 


Who’s Out: Eric Osmundson is the big loss for Penn.  The 6-5 guard averaged 9.9 points, 2.5 assists and 2.1 rebounds last year en route to Honorable Mention All-Ivy accolades.  David Whitehurst isn’t eligible to play this campaign and would have likely found himself in a starting role once again.  As a sophomore, Whitehurst averaged 5.8 points and he is expected to return for the 2007-2008 season.  Friedrich Ebede started ten contests on the wing as a senior and leaves some depth questions with his departure.  Seldom used Greg Kuchinski has also run out of eligibility.


Who’s In: Depth is the main problem for Penn this year and a little help from the newcomers would put an end to most of those concerns.  Power forwards Andreas Schreiber and Justin Reilly have the most potential to contribute right away.  Schreiber, who has experience with the youth Swedish National team, moves well for a 6-9, 235 pounder.  His toughness is a question, but that should come with time.  Reilly is a little smaller than Schreiber at 6-8 and 225 pounds, but has the skills to battle in the paint.  Darren Smith, a native of Linden, New Jersey, is a sharp shooting guard who hopes to make an impact off the bench this year.


Who to Watch: This team is all about the returning Ivy League Player of the Year Ibrahim Jaaber.  The 6-2 guard averaged 18.2 points as a junior and big things are expected for his final season in Philadelphia.  Jaaber anchors a young backcourt and will have to be the team leader on the court.  Brian Grandieri won’t add too much long range shooting to the two spot, but the junior does have some experience and always seems to be around on the defensive end.  Tommy McMahon is a decent shooter off the catch, but lacks the athleticism to create his own shot.  The 6-7 wing averaged just over ten minutes per game in 17 contests as a freshman and may be forced into a starting role this year.   


Final Projection: After Jaaber, the frontcourt duo of Mark Zoller and Steve Danley carry the hopes of Penn fans.  Zoller has the skills to play just about anywhere on the floor.  As a junior last year, the 6-7 forward averaged 12.7 points and 7.3 rebounds and earned First-team All-Ivy honors.  Zoller is a shooting threat out to the three-point line and no slouch on the defensive end either.  Danley tacked on 8.9 points and 5.1 boards and the 6-8 forward has done a solid job on the defensive end handling the opposition’s big man.


Projected Post-season Tournament: NCAA


Projected Starting Five:

Ibrahim Jaaber, Senior, Guard, 18.2 points per game

Brian Grandieri, Junior, Guard, 6.1 points per game

Tommy McMahon, Sophomore, Forward, 2.9 points per game

Mark Zoller, Senior, Forward, 12.7 points per game

Steve Danley, Senior, Forward, 8.9 points per game

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