Harvard senior point guard Siyani Chambers is taking a voluntary leave of absence and will be out for the 2015-16 season after tearing his ACL in workouts, according to a release.
Chambers has to leave school for the year because of Ivy League rules against athletic redshirts and will look to re-enroll for the 2016-17 academic year to finish out his college eligibility.
This is a huge loss for the Crimson as Chambers has been the lead guard behind a number of huge wins in the last three years. The 6-foot-0 native of Minnesota has averaged at least 34 minutes per game during all three years of college and put up 9.9 points, 4.3 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game last season.
Without Chambers, Harvard suddenly looks very inexperienced, especially in the backcourt. The Ivy League could be a wide open race now and the Crimson will have to fight to win the league’s regular season crown and NCAA tournament bid for the fifth consecutive season.
Harvard landed a key commitment on Monday night as the Crimson pulled in a national top 150 caliber player. Ohio native and small forward Seth Towns committed to Harvard and the 6-foot-7 wing is a really nice grab for the Ivy League program.
A combo forward with the ability to play a bit inside as well as on the wing, getting Towns out of the Midwest is a nice grab for Harvard. Rivals rates Towns as the No. 125 overall prospect in the Class of 2016.
The Crimson now have commitments from Towns and 6-foot-8 power forward Chris Lewis. If head coach Tommy Amaker and his staff continue to get high-level players like this, they’ll continue to be a major threat in the Ivy League.
Harvard picked up a Class of 2016 point guard on Friday as California native Christian Juzang pledged to the Crimson.
The 6-foot-2 Juzang attends Viewpoint High School in Calabasas, California and plays on the grassroots circuit with Earl Watson Elite. Juzang’s commitment was announced on Twitter on the official athletics page of his high school.
Through eight games in the Under Armour Association this spring, Juzang is averaging a team-leading 13.1 points per game to go along with 2 assists per contest. The guard is also shooting 40 percent from the field, 32 percent from 3-point range and 76 percent from the free-throw line.
Juzang joins three-star forward and Georgia native Chris Lewis in the Harvard Class of 2016.
Here is a recent video of Juzang from the spring from Courtside Films.