Sports Briefs 9-11-09

M. Basketball Names Tri-Captains
Three seniors will step up to share the captain title for the men’s basketball team in 2009-10, head coach Steve Donahue announced on Tuesday: center Jeff Foote and forwards Alex Tyler and Jon Jacques, who serves on the Sun’s editorial writing board. Foote and Tyler are two of the five returning starters from last year, and Jacques has been a vocal leader on the team and played in 13 games last season.
Foote is the reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year after posting 7.2 rebounds per game and 2.1 blocks per game, both Ivy League-leading figures. He also bulked up in offseason while playing in the Howard Pulley Summer Pro League in St. Paul, Minn. — up to 265 from 245.

The Fearsome Foursome

It’s easy to lump generic platitudes onto the captains of any sports team. What’s hard is to actually get at the core of what makes each captain a leader. Each of this year’s four basketball captains brings a unique leadership style to this year’s squad.
While it is not infrequent for seniors to be named captain, it is rare that an entire senior class of more than two or three members all get the title of captain.
“I was kind of surprised,” said senior co-captain Conor Mullen. “But it’s kind of fitting because we’ve all been together all four years. We’re all real close knit.”