HANOVER, N.H. — The Ivy League announced its men’s basketball all-conference teams today, and Dartmouth sophomore forward/center Gabas Maldunas earned a spot on the second team. This is the 94th All-Ivy honor for a Big Green player (first or second team, honorable mention) but the first since Alex Barnett ’09 was named the league’s Player of the Year in 2009.
“This is a well-deserved honor for Gabas,” said head coach Paul Cormier. “He got better as the season went on and really carried us down the stretch to our best finish in the league in four years. I am very excited at the prospect of having him on our roster for the next two years, helping us ascend the ladder in the Ivy League standings.”
Maldunas, who played in all 28 games while starting 23, was one of three players to rank among the top 10 in the league in both scoring and rebounding, averaging a team-best 11.4 points (ninth) and 6.9 rebounds (third) per game. He also finished in the top 10 in blocked shots (1.4 per game, fourth) and field goal percentage (.470, ninth). In conference play, his numbers were even better, leading the Ancient Eight in rebounding at 7.4 per game while averaging 11.6 points over the 14 games.
The 6-9, 225-pound Lithuanian saved his best work for the end of the season, averaging close to a double-double over the final eight games at 14.6 points and 9.3 rebounds a night. In five of those eight contests, he recorded at least 16 points, including a career-high 28 against Cornell in a 76-62 victory on March 8
Twice Maldunas was named the Ivy League Player of the Week during the season, first after the season opener in which he scored 25 points in a win over Maine, then again to conclude the campaign with his 28-point performance against the Big Red and a 16-point, eight-rebound night in a 64-58 victory over Columbia.
Dartmouth won three of its last four games thanks in large part to Maldunas’ work on the court to climb out of the conference cellar into a tie for sixth place with a 5-9 league record.