Princeton is in the Sweet 16 for the first time since Bill Bradley led the Tigers there in 1967. That’s eight years before Princeton’s current head coach, Mitch Henderson, was even born. After a brief interlude by Fairleigh Dickinson, Princeton has established itself as 2023’s Saint Peter’s. There’s something in that New Jersey water. It feels weird calling Princeton a Cinderella, considering its $36 billion endowment, but here we are. There’s got to be a better term for this riches-to-more-riches story. Let’s maybe reel back the Cinderella reference and dub them the tournament’s Snow Whites, as a nod to their history as a dormant basketball royalty reawakened by Prince(ton) Charming, Mitch Henderson.
On the court, Ivy League Player of the Year, Tosan Evbuomwan has been the catalyst. The 6-foot-8, 219-pound point forward hailing from Newcastle, England, is the closest thing to a Cinderella story. Evbuomwan was a late bloomer whose father sent highlight tapes to Ivy League schools hoping one would take a chance. Princeton did and Evbuomwan is paying Princeton back for doing so by registering 15 points, 6.2 boards, and dishing nearly five assists a night this season.
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