Haverford College men's basketball sophomore forward Jeremy Bass, from Bronx High School of Science in The Bronx, N.Y., will be honored on Tues., Dec. 9, as Samuel Cozen Player of the Week by the Philadelphia Area Small College Basketball Association (PASCBA).
Bass started his season as All-Equinox Classic and Centennial Conference Player of the Week with a game-highs of 15 points vs. Rensselaer (N.Y.) and 25 points versus Whittier (Calif.). He shot 15-of-25 from the field (60.0%) and 10-of-10 at the line as the Fords opened their season with two wins for the first time since 1997-98.
In the first of three November games against top national Division III opponents, Bass scored a Centennial Conference-record 35 of his career-high 38 points in the second half at Catholic, including a run of 24 consecutive points for the Fords. Bass was perfect for a span of 6:29 between the 7:07 mark and 38 seconds remaining against the Cardinals, hitting 7-of-7 shots, 3-of-3 three-pointers and 7-of-7 at the line.
The 38 points are the most in a game by a Haverford player since then-junior Chris Guiton scored 38 at Muhlenberg on Jan. 18, 1995. The only Fords sophs to score more than 38 points are Dick Voith '77 and Jeremy Edwards '92, who recorded 39 against Ursinus (Dec. 5, 1974) and Vassar at Drew (Nov. 18, 1989), respectively. No Ford has scored more points on a hostile floor since then-senior Mike Racke '81 hit for 43 points at Eckerd (Fla.) on Jan. 10, 1981.
Bass hit 10-of-15 shots from the field and 10-of-13 tries from the line and scored 15 points in each game against host Southwestern and Trinity (Tex.) at a Thanksgiving weekend classic in Texas, then added 10 points in Haverford's Dec. 4 Centennial Conference opener at Muhlenberg. In six games, Bass has hit 43-of-61 shots from the field (70.5%), 33-of-38 free throw attempts (86.8%) and averaged 19.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest.
Fords coach Michael Mucci was named PASCBA Sam Cozen Coach of the Year for 2002-03 for tripling the Fords' win total from 3-21 in 2001-02 to 10-14 last year. Cozen was head coach of Haverford's then-nemesis Drexel from 1952-68 as well as head coach for Wilt Chamberlain at Philadelphia's Overbrook High in the early 1950s. Cozen's son Steve, who played basketball at Penn, is a major sponsor of the PASCBA through the Cozen Foundation.