#119 Harvard Men's Basketball 2021-2022 Preview

Harvard Crimson
2021-2022 Overall Rank: #119
Conference Rank: #3 Ivy
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It has been a while since we last saw Harvard play. They had just beaten Yale on March 7th, 2020 and were preparing to face off against Princeton in the Ivy League Tournament when the season came to a screeching halt. The conference sat out the 2020-2021 campaign and are now finally preparing to get back into the swing of things in 2021-2022.
2019-20 Record: 21-8, 10-4
2020-21 Postseason: None
Coach: Tommy Amaker
Coach Record: 250-138 at Harvard, 426-277 overall
Key Departed Players:
Chris Lewis, Forward, 11.4 ppg
Robert Baker, Forward, 7.0 ppg
Christian Juzang, Guard, 6.7 ppg
Justin Bassey, Guard, 6.5 ppg
Rio Haskett, Guard, 6.2 ppg
Danilo Djuricic, Forward, 6.1 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Noah Kirkwood, Senior, Guard, 12.1 ppg
Chris Ledlum, Junior, Forward, 7.3 ppg
Idan Tretout, Junior, Guard, 3.8 ppg
Mason Forbes, Senior, Forward, 3.6 ppg
Luka Sakota, Junior, Guard, 2.1 ppg
Spencer Freedman, Senior, Guard, dnp
Key New Players:
Justice Ajogbor, Sophomore, Forward
Josh Hemmings, Sophomore, Forward
Louis Lesmond, Freshman, Guard
Bennett Pitcher, Freshman, Forward
Samuel Silverstein, Sophomore, Guard
Tyler Simon, Freshman, Guard
Denham Wojcik, Freshman, Guard
Harvard returns just one starting holdover from last time they took the floor in 2019-2020. Noah Kirkwood was the team’s top scorer that season, averaging 12.1 points per game and adding 2.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals. The 6-7 senior guard will be a nice piece for Coach Tommy Amaker to build around. Chris Ledlum has plenty of experience as well after averaging 7.3 points and 3.8 rebounds last time around. Idan Tretout, Mason Forbes, Luke Sakota and Spencer Freedman, who hasn’t played since 2018-2019, all have some experience in the program. Like all Ivy League teams though, Harvard basically has two years of newcomers to bring along as quickly as possible. It is an issue that will affect the entire league, but Coach Amaker has a talented group of newcomers, both freshmen and sophomores from an academic standpoint, that should be ready to make an impact. This group is loaded with solid three-star prospects so in a league that will generally lack experience due to missing last season, Harvard is in a very good position to get more out of their freshmen and sophomores than most teams in the Ivy League.
Projected Postseason Tournament: CBI/CIT
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