Ibby Jaaber. The preseason Player of the Year favorite is off to a white-hot start, averaging 20.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.2 steals through his first five games. Even more impressively, Jaaber is shooting 37.5 percent from three-point range and 58.7 percent overall.
Columbia frontcourt. John Baumann has picked up where he left off at the end of last season, putting up 15.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest. The surprise has been Ben Nwachukwu, who has quadrupled his scoring average from last season (12.3 points per game) and tripled his rebounds (7.5 per game).
Leon Pattman. Terry Dunn wasn’t sure how much he could expect from Pattman this year, but Dartmouth’s prodigal son has returned with his game intact. The 2003-04 Ivy League Rookie of the Year is averaging 15.7 points and 7.3 rebounds despite coming off the bench for the Big Green.
Harvard backcourt. The Crimson big men get all the attention, but it’s the perimeter players who are carrying the offensive load for Frank Sullivan’s team. Jim Goffredo (15.5 ppg), Drew Housman (10.0 ppg), and Michael Beal (9.8 ppg) are shooting a combined 49.3 percent from the floor.
Noah Savage. Somewhat obscured by his team’s rough start, the Princeton sophomore is off to an amazing start offensively. Savage has scored just under one-third of his team’s points, averaging 15.8 points per game while shooting 61.9 percent from the perimeter and 58.1 percent overall.