Sunday, June 10, 2007

Cornell and Ivy League Recruiting Commitments


IVY LEAGUE 2010-2011 RECRUITING VERBAL COMMITMENTS


CORNELL
  • Dominic Scelfo G 6-1 180 New Orleans LA Jesuit HS
  • Jake Matthews G 6-2 Greensburg PA Greensburg Salem HS
  • Manny Sahota F 6-6 Bramton ONT Canada St. Marguerite d'Youville Secondary
  • Anthony Gatlin F 6-8 190 Pearland HS TX/Centenary College (Junior)
Brown
  • Hakeem Harris G 6-0 Blair NJ Blair Academy
  • Joe Sharkey G 6-2 Northfield MA Northfield Mt Hermon School (class f 2011)
  • Sean McGonagil G 6-1 Riverside-Brookfield IL HS
  • Dockery Walker F 6-7 Westtown PA HS
Columbia
  • Danny Feldman F 6-8 195 Helias HS MO
  • Dyami Starks G 6-2 Duluth East HS MN
  • Steve Frankoski G 6-2 Hanover NJ St. Benedict's Prep School of Newark
Dartmouth
  • James Herring G 6-4 Exeter NH Exeter Academy
Harvard
  • James Moore F 6-8 Carmichael CA Jesuit HS
  • Laurent Rivard G 6-5 Northfield MA Northfield Mount Hermon School
  • Ugo Okam C 7-0 Monteverde FL Monteverde Academy
  • Matt Brown G 6-2 Northfield MA Northfield Mount Hermon School
Penn
  • Fran Dougherty F 6-8 Warnminster PA Archbishop Wood HS
  • Miles Cartwright G 6-3 Los Angeles Loyola HS
  • Dau Jok G 6-2 Des Moines IA Roosevelt HS
  • Cameron Gunter F 6-8 Ridley PA HS
  • Casey James G 6-3 Mission Viejo CA Capistrano Valley HS
  • Steve Rennard G 6-0 Metuchen NJ St. Joseph's
Princeton
  • Tom Noonan F 6-7 Philadelphia PA Penn Charter HS
  • Ben Hazel G 6-4 Wheaton MD Good Counsel HS
  • Chris Clement G 6-1 Round Rock TX Stony Point HS
  • Daniel Edwards C 6-9 Highland Park TX HS
  • T.J. Bray G 6-3 Waukesha WI Catholic Memorial HS
Yale
  • Will Bartlett G 6-6 New York NY Collegiate School
  • Jesse Pritchard G 6-4 180 Ames IA Blair Academy NJ
  • Jeremiah Kreisberg F 6-8 Oakland CA Head Royce HS
  • Greg Kelley F 6-8 Newton MA New North HS
  • Isaiah Salafia G 6-3 Crowell CT HS

CORNELL BIG RED CLASS of 2010 RECRUITING PROSPECTS/TARGETS

POINT GUARDS/COMBO GUARDS
  • Kareem Thomas G 5-11 New York NY Christ the King HS (class of 2010)
  • Connor Sullivan G 6-2 Charlotte NC Providence Day School (class of 2010)
  • Joe Hudson G 6-0 Escondido CA HS (class of 2010) (committed Wyoming)
  • Ryan Lubreski G 6-3 Blairstown NJ Blair Academy (class of 2010)
  • Josh Fosenburg G 6-2 Monroe IA PCM Monroe HS (class of 2010)
  • Cameron Ayers G 6-4 Germantown PA Germantown Academy (class of 2010) (committed Bucknell)
  • Jeremy Underwood G 6-0 Washington, DC Coolidge HS (class of 2010) (committed North Carolina A&T)
  • Jason Desimone G 5-10 Manhasset NY PD Schreiber HS (class of 2010)
  • Mackey McKnight G 6-0 Houston TX Langham HS (class of 2010) (committed Lehigh)
  • Jason Brickman G 6-0 San Anotnio TX Clark HS (class of 2010) (committed LIU)
  • Drew Parker G 6-2 LaPorte TX HS (class of 2010) (committed UNCG)
  • Julian Clark G 6-3 Toronto ONT CAN Oakwood Collegiate (class of 2010)
  • Tim Douglas G 5-9 Lakewood CA Mayfair HS (class of 2010)
  • Jordan Jackson G 6-2 Como Park MN HS (class of 2010)
  • Kareem Thomas G 6-0 New York NY Christ The King (class of 2010)
  • Chris Clement G 6-1 Round Rock TX Stony Point HS (class of 2010) (committed Princeton)
  • Davon Marshall G 5-10 Niagara Falls NY HS (class of 2010) (AAU: Buffalo Hoops)
  • DeOliver Davis G 6-2 Princeton NJ Hun School (class of 2010)
  • Jesse Krasna G 5-10 Pennsbury PA HS (class of 2010) (AAU: Jersey Shore Warriors)
  • Andrew Madlinger G 6-2 Basking Ridge NJ Ridge HS (class of 2010)
  • Christian Pierce G 6-3 Western Albemarle VA HS (class of 2010)
  • Ethan Humphries G 5-10 James River VA HS (class of 2010)
  • Clarence Turpin G 5-9 Roanoke VA Roanoke Catholic (class of 2010)
  • Beau Gamble G 6-0 Boulder CO Fairview HS/New Hampton Prep NH (class of 2010)
  • Michael Fabiyi G 5-10 Gary IN West Side HS (class of 2010)
  • Brennan Wyatt G 5-10 Greensboro NC Dudley HS (class of 2010) (committed Navy)
  • Nik Stauskas G 6-4 Mississauga Ontario Loyola Secondary (class of 2010)
  • Nick Kladis G 6-1 Hinsdale IL Central HS (class of 2010) (AAU: Illinois Kings)
  • Ryan Bass G 5-11 Dayton OH Chaminade Julienne HS (class of 2010) (AAU: Gem City All Stars)
  • Julian Boatner G 6-0 165 Bloomington IN North HS (class of 2010) (committed William & Mary)
  • Geron Johnson G 6-3 Dayton OH Dunbar HS (class of 2010) (AAU: Gem City All Stars)
  • Derek Schell G 6-0 Waukeesha WI Catholic Memorial (class of 2010) (AAU: Wisconsin Playground Warriors)
  • AJ Spencer G 6-4 Shawnee Mission KS Shawnee Mission Northwest HS (class of 2010)
  • Kameron Ritter G 6-3 Albany NY Christian Bros. Academy (AAU: Albany City Rocks) (class of 2010)
  • Paul Garnica G 6-0 San Antonio TX Lee HS (class of 2010) (c0mmitted: Northern Colorado)
  • Mustafa Jones G 6-1 Philadelphia PA St. John Neuman Goretti HS (class of 2010) (committed Hartford)
  • Steve Rennard G 6-0 Metuchen NJ St. Joseph's (class of 2010) (committed Penn)
  • Bakari Turner G 6-3 175 Plano TX West HS (AAU: Seawolves) (class of 2010) (committed Baylor)
  • Hakeem Harris G 6-0 Blair NJ Blair Academy (class of 2010) (committed Brown)
  • Kody Ingle G 6-3 Pleasant Hill IA Southeast Polk HS (class of 2010) (AAU: Martin Bros.)

BIG WING GUARDS/SMALL FORWARDS
  • Darius Stevens F 6-6 LaPorte IN LaLumiere School (class of 2010)
  • Raphael Veira F 6-5 Cleveland OH University HS (class of 2010_
  • Will Norman G 6-5 Lafayette LA St. Thomas More (class of 2010)
  • Cameron Ayers G 6-4 Germantown PA Germantown Academy (class of 2010) (committed Bucknell)
  • Trevor Fuller F 6-7 215 Dallas TX Episcopal HS (class of 2010) (committed San Diego)
  • Marin Kukoc F 6-6 Highland Park IL HS (class of 2010)
  • Jayon James F 6-5 215 Paterson NJ Paterson Catholic HS (class of 2010) (Committed Fordham)
  • Jesse Pritchard G 6-4 180 Ames IA Blair Academy NJ (class of 2010) (committed Yale)
  • Ryan Romich F 6-6 Groton MA Groton Dunstable School (class of 2010)
  • Jon Harris F 6-7 Twinsburg OH North HS (class of 2010) (committed Miami-OH)
  • James Herring G 6-4 Exeter NH Exeter Academy (class of 2010) (committed Dartmouth)
  • Laurent Rivard G 6-5 Northfield MA Northfield Mount Hermon (class of 2010) (committed Harvard)
  • Josh Elbaum G 6-4 185 Islip NY St. John Baptist HS Northfield Mount Hermon (class of 2010)
  • Hector Harold F 6-7 Northfield MA Northfield Mount Hermon (class of 2010) (committed Pepperdine)
  • Brett Ervin F 6-5 195 Eden Prarie MN HS (class of 2010) (AAU: 43 Hoops)
  • Elliot Owusu F 6-4 St. Paul MN Cretin Durham Hall HS (class of 2010) (AAU: 43 Hoops)
  • Dockery Walker F 6-5 Dover DE Westtown School PA (class of 2010) (committed Brown)
  • Michael Atwater F 6-6 Tustin CA IMG Academy/Foothills HS (class of 2010)
  • Taylor Epley G 6-4 Louisville KY Trinity HS (class of 2010)
  • Shawn King F 6-5 Gilbert AZ HS (class of 2010)
  • Kofi Mensa F 6-4 Beckley WV Mountain State Academy (class of 2010)
  • Melvin Ejim F 6-6 205 Wolfeboro, NH Brewster Academy (class of 2010) (committed Iowa State)
  • Eric Dortch F 6-3 Evantson IL Wilbraham & Monscon Acad. MA (class of 2010)
  • Rasi Jenkins F 6-6 Brooklyn NY Bishop Loughlin HS (class of 2010)
  • R.J. Samuels F 6-5 Burlington NJ Life Center Acad./Tyler Junior College (class of 2010)
  • Max Hooper F 6-6 205 Santa Ana CA Mater Dei HS (class of 2010)
  • Demon Brooks F 6-5 190 Huntersville NC Hopewell HS (class of 2010) (committed Howard)
  • Chris Welker F 6-5 Zionsville IN HS (class of 2010) (committed Army)
  • Will Sheehey F 6-5 Stuart FL South Fork HS (class of 2010)
  • Jon Keller G 6-5 Cedar Rapids IA Xavier HS (class of 2010)
  • Gerry Wixted F 6-6 210 Pennsauken NJ Camden Catholic HS (class of 2010)
  • Jack Isenbarger G 6-4 Zionsville IN HS (class of 2010)
  • Ben Hazel G 6-4 Wheaton MD Good Counsel HS ((AAU: DC Assault) class of 2010) (committed Princeton)
  • John Golden F 6-6 Freehold NJ Peddie School (class of 2010)
  • Marquis Mason F 6-5 210 Madison WI Madison East (class of 2010) (committed Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
  • Ben Vozzola G 6-4 Las Vegas NV Centernnial HS (class of 2010) (committed San Diego)
  • Pat Moore F 6-5 Utica NY Notre Dame HS (AAU: Albany Rocks) (class of 2010) (committed Colgate)
  • Rod Odom F 6-8 Middlesex MA Middlesex School (class of 2010) (committed Vanderbilt)
  • George Mathews G 6-4 185 Phoenix AZ St. Mary's HS (class of 2010)
  • Harrison Barnes F 6-6 187 Ames IA HS (class of 2010)
  • Harold Spears F 6-5 205 Pennington NJ Pennington (class of 2010) (c0mmitted New Hampshire)
  • Michael Atwater F 6-6 200 Lakewood CA IMG Academy of Bradenton FL (class of 2010)
LOW POST PLAYERS (POWER FORWARDS/CENTERS)
  • Nick Wuebker F 6-8 Emmetsburg IA HS (class of 2010)
  • James Moore F 6-8 Carmichael CA Jesuit HS (Class of 2010) (committed Harvard)
  • Mike Gabriel F 6-7 Chicago Lincoln Park HS (class of 2010)
  • Stefan Nastic C 6-11 Thornhill ONT CAN Vaughn Secondary (class of 2010) (committed Stanford)
  • A.J. Pacher F 6-8 Vandalia OH Butler HS (class of 2010) (c0mmitted Wright State)
  • Fran Dougherty F 6-8 Warminster PA Archbishop Wood HS (class of 2010)
  • Cameron Gunter F 6-8 Ridley PA HS (class of 2010) (committed Penn)
  • Clay Horne F 6-7 St. Paul MN Cretin-Derham HS (class of 2010)
  • Matt Lopez C 6-10 Washington NJ HS (class of 2010) (committed LaSalle)
  • Stuart Lagerson C 6-10 Converse TX Judson HS (class of 2010) (committed Texas Arlington)
  • Chris Fitzgerald F 6-8 Northfield MA Northfield Mount Hermon (class of 2010)
  • Thomas Noonan F 6-7 Philadelphia PA Penn Charter HS (class of 2010) (committed Princeton)
  • Adam Kemp C 6-9 230 Vernon NY Vernon-Vernona-Sherrill Central HS /Winchendon School MA (class of 2010) (committed Marist)
  • Logan Bucknor F 6-8 Ponte Vedra FL Nease HS (class of 2010)
  • Akil Mitchell F 6-6 Charlotte NC Charlotte Christian (class of 2010) (committed Virginia)
  • Carter Warnock C 6-10 Chandler AZ Seton Catholic HS (class of 2010) (committed E. Washington)
  • Peter Szostak F 6-6 Glenbrook IL Glenbrook North HS (class of 2010)
  • Greg Kelley F 6-8 Newton MA Newton North HS (class of 2010) (committed Yale)
  • Aleksander Nikolic C 6-10 230 DuPont Manual HS Louisville KY (class of 2010)
  • Griffan McKenzie F 6-9 21- Cincinnati OH Moeller HS (class of 2010) (committed Xavier)
  • Dave Dudzinski F 6-9 230 Kaneland IL HS (class of 2010) (AAU: Illinois Velocity Black) (committed Holy Cross)
  • Alex Tiffin F 6-8 195 Thounsand Oaks CA HS (class of 2010) (AAU: Simi Valley Cagers) (commited UC-Davis)
  • Ryan Duxbury C 6-8 Stillwater MN HS (class of 2010) (committed Minnesota-Crookston)
  • George Mangoue F 6-8 230 Lewisville NC Forsythe Country Day (class of 2010) (committed High Point)
  • Jacob "Jake" Kresuser C 6-11 220 Medota Heights MN Sibley HS (class of 2010) (committed Lafayette)
  • Jackson Jeffcoat F 6-5 230 Plano TX West HS (class of 2010)
  • Matt Kamieniecki F 6-7 210 Clarkston MI HS (class of 2010) (committed Ball State)
  • Steve Walker F 6-6 270 Chicago IL Simeon VoTech HS /Angelina College (class of 2010)
  • Fred Heldring C 6-10 New Trier IL HS (class of 2010) (committed William & Mary)
  • Erik Fromm C 6-9 200 Bloomington IN Bloomington South (class of 2010) (committed Butler)
  • Will Artino C 6-9 Waukee IA HS (AAU: Martin Brothers) (class of 2010)
  • Cameron Jefferson F 6-7 230 Las Vegas NV Desert Oasis HS (class of 2010) (AAU: Vegas Rebels)
  • Trevor Gruis C 6-9 200 Ellsworth MN HS (class of 2010) (AAU: South Dakota Schoolers) (committed South Dakota)
  • Nick Hinton F 6-9 190 Frisco TX Wakeland HS (class of 2010)
  • Steve Carver F 6-8 205 Shawnee Mission KS Shawnee Mission Northwest HS (class of 2010) (committed Holy Cross)
  • Kevin Noreen F 6-8 190 Minneapolis MN Transition Charter School (AAU: Minn. Magic) (class of 2010) (committed Boston College)
  • Tim Rusthoven F 6-8 West Chicago IL Wheaton Academy (AAU: Velocity) (class of 2010) (committed William & Mary)
CORNELL BIG RED CLASS of 2011 RECRUITING PROSPECTS/TARGETS

POINT GUARDS/COMBO GUARDS
  • David Sobolewski G 6-1 Chicago IL Benet Academy (class of 2011)
  • Matt Bohannon F 6-1 Marion IA Linn-Mar HS (class of 2011)
  • Garrett Jones G 5-11 Evanston IL HS (class of 2011)
  • Joe Sharkey G 6-2 Northfield MA Northfield Mount Hermon (class of 2011) (committed Brown)
  • Chandler Fraser-Pauls G 6-0 160 Pennington NJ Pennington (class of 2011)
BIG WING GUARDS/SMALL FORWARDS
  • Kyle Noreen F 6-5 Minneapolis MN Transitions HS (class of 2011)
  • Ryan McCoy F 6-6 180 Montgomery NJ HS (AAU: NJABC) (class of 2011)
  • Anthony Gaffney G 6-2 170 Pennington NJ Pennington (AAU: NJABC) (class of 2011)
LOW POST PLAYERS (POWER FORWARDS/CENTERS)
  • Dennis Clifford C 6-11 Milford MA Milford Academy (class of 2011)
  • Jacob Lawson F 6-6 Greensboro NC North Guildford HS (class of 2011)
PROFILES OF THE CORNELL VERBAL COMMITMENTS FOR THE 2010-2011 SEASON














Anthony Gatlin F 6-8 190 Pearland TX HS/Centenary College (Junior)
- Anthony Gatlin transfers to Cornell after two seasons at Centary College (Summit League). He maintains two years of eligibility and may begin playing in 2010-2011.

Gatlin told the Ithaca Journal, "I'm 6-8, I can shoot pretty good and I guess I can do a little bit of everything," he said. "I won't say I'm perfect at everything, but I can help in different areas. I can help in a lot of ways."

As a sophomore for Centenary in 2008-2009, Gatlin started 16 of 27 games and averaged 4.7 points and 2.6 rebounds over 18.0 minutes per game. He broke into double figures in four games and earned substantial minutes against major Division I competition, including Mississippi State, Baylor, LSU, Kansas State, Texas Tech, and Missouri. An inside-outside forward, he averaged better than 38% beyond the three-point arc in both of his seasons at Centenary.

During 2008-2009, Gatlin played in 13 games last season where he played at least 20 minutes. In those 13 games of 20+ minutes, he averaged 28.7 minutes while posting 8.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. In the 4 games where he played at least 30 minutes, he averaged 13.5 points and 6.0 rebounds. On the season, Gatlin shot 41% from the floor and 38% from beyond the arc.

As a freshman during 2007-2008, Gatlin averaged 19.6 minutes per game, playing in all 31 Centenary games and starting 12. He was fifth on the team in scoring at 4.4 per game while averaging 2.4 rebounds per contest. He scored a then-career-high 13 points in the Gents 70-66 upset win over Texas Tech and pulled down a then career-best eight boards against IUPUI on Jan. 19, 2008.

According to TexasHoops.com, Gatlin committed to Centenary during October 2006 after receiving recruitment attention from Holy Cross, Nicholls State, and Stephen F. Austin. An excellent student, Gatlin was a member of Pearland (Texas) High School's National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, and graduated in the Top 5% of his class. He was also a first team All-District performer at Pearland.

When he was signed, Centenary's former head coach Rob Flaska commented, “Anthony has unlimited potential and will end up being an all-conference performer at Centenary. He is long, athletic, and has the ability to score inside or out, even to the three-point line. He is also a 4.0 student."

Gatlin appeared in Cornell's 2009 Red-White Scrimmage.














Dominic Scelfo G 6-1 180 New Orleans LA Jesuit HS (AAU: Mid City Cyclones)-
Scelfo brings excellent size to a backcourt as a 6'1" 180 lb. combo guard. Hailing from Jesuit High School in New Orleans, Scelfo indicated Cornell was his leader during the summer months, but once admissions and financial aid hurdles were cleared, Scelfo made his final decision during November. He was one of Cornell's top targets and was indentified early in the recruiting process by the Big Red coaching staff. The Louisiana Basketball Report refers to him as a "steal" for Cornell.

Before committing to Cornell, Scelfo had scholarship offers on the table from Rick Majerus' Saint Louis Billikins of the Atlantic 10 Conference, Conference USA's Tulane Green Wave, as well as from other D-Is such as Texas-San Antonio, New Orleans, Army, and Louisiana-Lafayette. Other southern programs such as LSU were also interested during the summer before it became apparent that he was headed in the direction of the Ivy League.

Known as a hard-nosed combo guard in the mold of an Adam Gore or Chris Wroblewski, Scelfo can run the offense as a point guard or play off the ball and bury shots. He also has a reputation as a hardworker and scrappy defensive player.

During 2008-2009, Scelfo averaged better than 18 points per game and shot a blistering 58% from behind the 3-point arc and 92% from the foul line. He earned All District MVP (coaches’ poll), The Clarion Herald's Elite Team, All New Orleans/St. Bernard Parish Team, CYO All Tournament Team, Newman Invitational All Tournament team, Country Day All Tournament Team, and the Jesuit National Christmas Classic All Tournament Team.

After playing with the Mid City Cyclones AAU program and tearing up his competition in the AAU National Championships, Slam Magazine wrote:
I’ve probably seen Scelfo more than any other kid in this event, due to him attending school in the N.O., but just like when I saw him play over the holidays (at a Christmas tournament in the DMV), he seems to rise to the occasion against upper-level national comp, as he not only drained treys in his typical fashion (the kid’s a pure shooter), but he did a nice job of running the show, played tough and scrappy D, got into the lane and finished with savvy and simply outworked his opponents.














Manny Sahota F 6-6 Brampton, ONT CAN St. Marguerite d'Youville School-Manny Sahota is an athletic 6'6" wing forward from St. Marguerite d’Youville Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario. He committed to Cornell during July shortly after receiving an offer from the program at the Big Red's Elite Prospect Camp.

Currently enrolled for a 5th year at d'Youville, Sahota was selected to the Peel Secondary School Athletic Association (ROPSSAA) senior boys’ all-star basketball game during April 2009 and was invited to the All Canada Camp during July. Hoop-La.com, a site run by Canadanian basketball scout, Jim Thomas, ranks Sahota as the No. 1 forward in Ontario.

After announcing his commitment, Sahota told HoopStarsCanada.com, “I decided to go to Cornell because I wanted to attend a school that has a high class educational system and also offers a reputable basketball program...Cornell seemed to be the perfect combination. Also, when I visited I felt like I would fit right into their program and the campus was amazing as well. [Head coach Steve] Donahue, [assistant coach Nat] Graham, and the rest of the coaching staff were really welcoming. They do a great job getting their guys in game shape and developing their game. I'm really excited to be a part of the program.”

Sahota has played for some of the better basketball programs in North America. His school, St. Marguerite d’Youville had five former students at elite U.S. prep schools last year, including highly-ranked 6’9” forward Tristan Thompson (Findlay). Others include Kofi Mensa (Mountain State), Jabs Newby (Mountain State), Kiefer Douse (Christian Life Center Academy), and RJ Stephens (Proctor). Despite their departures, Sahota helped lead d’Youville to a Peel Region championship and a quarterfinal appearance at the AAAA provincial championships.

Crown Magazine writes with respect to Sahota:
The Cornell Commit has a solid build and mixes up his game quite well, whether he is knocking down shots on the perimeter, creating in the midrange, or banging down low for tough buckets. He is active on the boards. Sahota is more athletic than he appears. He doesn’t standout in one department he just does everything well and has room to improve his overall game to become a better player.
“He has great work ethic, character and leadership abilities,” said d’Youville head coach Carlo Zoffranieri. “He was d'Youville's Athlete of the Year and he won the science award at this year's graduation. He will be looking to study life sciences or architecture at Cornell in 2010.” Team Takeover/CIA Bounce AAU Coach Tony McIntyre said, “Manny has worked hard to expand his game from the inside-out, and should do well at Cornell. Manny is a really solid player. He is also very serious about his school, just like he is about basketball, so Cornell is a good choice for him.”

AAU teammates of Sahota's are headed to programs such as Flordia, Iowa State and Eastern Kentucky.

Click here for some Manny Sahota video clips.














Jake Matthews G 6-2 Greensburg PA Salem HS
-Jake Matthews committed to Cornell during September out of Greensburg Salem High School near Pittsburgh, Pa. He is a 6'2" senior combo guard. A three-year starter for the Golden Lions, he was named by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette to its Terrific Ten all star team for the 2008-2009 season and was called, "One of the best shooters in the WPIAL." He averaged 16.1 points per game as a junior and had 815 career points at the close of the year. He made 73 3-pointers and shot 39 percent from 3-point range. He elevated his game in the state playoffs and averaged better than 20 points per game during a Cinderella run where his team finished as the state runner-ups in AAA, falling before 5,000 fans in the title game to Philadelphia's Archbishop Carroll High School, which is coached by former Penn player, Paul Romanucyzk.

Matthews told PittsburghLive.com, "Cornell has won the Ivy League title the past two seasons and has a great program. The Ivy League experience is another reason why I picked Cornell." While Cornell is the only school to make an offer to Matthews as of late August, he did receive interest from Columbia, Princeton, Air Force, Youngstown State, and Tennessee-Martin. "I'm glad I decided early. I know where I'm going and there will be no distractions for my senior season."

Matthews told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette during December 2009, "I went to see Cornell play the other day against St. Joseph's. I haven't seen anything I don't like about Cornell. Their offense is perfect for me. It's up-tempo and everyone is a smart player."

His high school coach Paul Sapotichne said, "He can handle the ball, pass the ball very well, and he's such a good scorer, he can score not only by shooting but also by taking it to the hoop. And he's worked so hard on his defense and become one of the best defenders I've had. It's all a credit to his work."

Click here for some Jake Matthews video clips.

IVY LEAGUE 2009-2010 RECRUITING VERBAL COMMITMENTS

CORNELL
  • Anthony Gatlin F 6-8 190 Pearland TX HS/Centenary College (junior)
  • Errick Peck F 6-6 210 Indianapolis IN Cathedral HS (AAU: Spiece Rising Stars)
  • Miles Asafo-Adjei G 6-1 175 Nashville TN The Ensworth School (AAU: Tennessee YOMCA Tigers)
  • Josh Figini F 6-9 200 Chisago Lakes MN HS (AAU: Minnesota Glory)
  • Mark Coury F/C 6-9 240 West Bloomfield MI Detroit Country Day High School/Univ. of Kentucky
  • Peter McMillan F 6-7 220 Brentwood CA Northfield MA Northfield Mt Hermon School
  • Eitan Chemerinski F 6-8 200 Potomac MD Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (AAU: Metro Sixers)
  • Max Groebe G 6-4 185 North Miami Beach FL Krop Senior High School/Univ. of Massachusetts (sophomore)
Brown
  • Tucker Halpern F 6-7 Dedham MA Noble and Greenough School
  • Andrew McCarthy F 6-7 Northfield NH Northfield Mount Hermon School
  • Matt Sullivan G 6-4 Willmette IL Loyola Academy (AAU: Full Package)
  • Tyler Ponticelli F 6-7 Glenbrook IL Glenbrook North HS
Columbia
  • Dean Kowalski G 5-9 St. Patrick's HS Westfield NJ
  • Brian Barbour G 6-3 Monte Vista CA HS
  • John Daniels F 6-7 New Hampton NH New Hampton Prep School
  • Max Craig C 7-0 260 Montreal Quebec CAN St. Thomas More Prep (CT)/Loyola Marymount University (junior)
  • Brian Grimes F 6-7 220 Fort Washington PA Germantown Academy/Brewster Academy/La Salle Univ. (sophomore)
  • Mark Cisco C 6-8 Mendham NJ HS
  • Sandeep Dhaliwal G 6-0 Farmingdale NY HS
Dartmouth
  • Josef Brown C 6-9 Houston TX Wheatley HS
  • R.J. Griffin G 6-4 Wilmington DE/Princeton NJ Hun School
  • Matt Labove C 6-9 Shrewsbury MA St. John's HS
  • Mbiyimoh Ghogomu F 6-5 Clear Brook TX HS (AAU: Houston Swoosh)
  • Garrett Brown G 6-2 185 Angleton TX HS (AAU: Houston Swoosh)
Harvard
  • Christian Webster G/F 6-5 Bethesda MD Landon School
  • Kyle Casey G 6-5 Chestnut Hill MA Brimmer & May School
  • Dee Giger G 6-5 180 Arden NC Arden Christ School (AAU: Carolina Raptors)
  • Jeff Georgatos F 6-8 215 Dallas TX Episcopal (AAU: Dallas Heroes)
  • Brandyn Curry G 6-1 Charlotte NC Hopewell HS
Penn
  • Sean Mullan G 6-6 Sydney AUS Illawara Hawks
  • Tommy Eggleston F 6-5 Indianapolis IN Heritage Christian
  • Malcolm Washington G 5-11 Los Angeles CA Windward School
  • Carson Sullivan G 6-1 175 Charlotte NC Charlotte Christian
  • Brian Fitzpatrick F 6-7 215 Northfield MA Northfield Mount Hermon School
  • Zach Gordon G 6-6 200 Miami FL Hebrew Academy/Yeshiva University (sophomore)
Princeton
  • Brendan Connolly C 6-9 240 Nashville TN Father Ryan HS
  • Ian Hummer F 6-6 Washington DC Gonzaga HS
  • Gus Gabel F 6-7 185 Scottsdale AZ Chaparral HS (AAU: Arizona Premier)
  • Jimmy Sherburne G 6-2 175 Whitefish Bay WI HS (AAU: Playground Warriors Elite)
  • Mack Darrow F 6-7 Barrington HS IL (AAU: Full Package)
  • Will Barrett F 6-7 Doylestown PA Central Bucks South HS
Yale
  • Sam Martin G 6-2 Worcester MA Worcester Academy
  • Mike Grace G 6-0 Winston-Salem NC Mount Tabor HS (AAU: Carolina Raptors)
  • Jesse Pritchard G 6-4 180 Ames IA HS (AAU: All Iowa Attack)
  • Austin Morgan G 5-10 165 Reno NV HS

CORNELL BIG RED CLASS of 2009 RECRUITING PROSPECTS/TARGETS

POINT GUARDS/COMBO GUARDS
  • Kyle Randall G 6-0 Hermitage PA Kennedy Catholic HS (Class of 2009) (committed UNCG)
  • Dee Goens G 6-0 Atlanta GA Marist HS (class of 2009) (AAU: Georgia Stars) (committed Holy Cross)
  • Bobby Keim 6-2 172 Mountain Brook AL HS (class of 2009)
  • Mike Felt 6-2 Redwood MN Redwood Valley HS (class of 2009) (committed North Dakota St.)
  • Jon Lee 6-1 G Flint MI Carman-Ainsworth HS/Princeton NJ Hun Prep (class of 2009) (AAU: Common Bond) (committed Northeastern)
  • Caleb Massey G 6-1 170 Sulligent HS AL (class of 2009) (committed Troy State football)
  • Dylan Frantz G 6-2 Phillispburg KS HS (class of 2009) (committed Hutchinson KS C.C.)
  • Greg Wooten G 6-2 180 Memphis TN Briarcrest Christian HS (class of 2009) (AAU: Memphis YOMCA) (committed Samford)
  • Enrico Di Loreta G 6-1 London ONT CAN H.B. Beal HS (class of 2009) (c0mmitted Windsor)
  • Mitchell Kates G 6-1 Colts Neck NJ Exeter NH Phillips Exeter Acad. class of 2009) (committed MIT)
  • Cameron Catlett G 6-3 San Antonio TX Madison HS (class of 2009) (committed Texas-Arlington)
  • Gabe Harris G 6-2 175 Birminham AL Altamont School (class of 2009) (AAU: Alabama Ice) (committed Stanford)
  • Kenny Ross G 6-0 Bryn Athyn PA Academy of the New Church (Class of 2009)
  • Garrett Brown G 6-2 185 Angleton TX HS (AAU: Houston Swoosh) (class of 2009) (committed Dartmouth)
  • Russell Braithwaite G 6-3 210 Southborough MA St. Mark's School (class of 2009) (committed Babson)
  • Simon Bilbeau G 6 -2 Saint Bruno Quebec CAN National Elite Development Academy (class of 2009) (committed Champlain-St. Lambert (CCAA))
  • Ryan Randolph G 6-3 190 Oklahoma City OK Bishop McGuinness HS (class of 2009)
  • Jonathan Garza G 5-10 160 Pflugerville TX HS (class of 2009) (committed Lamar)
  • Bryson Johnson G 6-1 Waterloo Ontario CAN St. David School (class of 2009) (committed Bucknell)
  • Joe Carr G 6-2 Conroe TX Woodlands Christian (class of 2009) (committed VMI)
  • Mike Grace G 6-0 Winston-Salem NC Mount Tabor HS (AAU: Carolina Raptors) (class of 2009) (committed Yale)
  • Trey Cox G 6-1 176 Lee Summit MO HS (AAU: KC Cowboys) (class of 2009)
  • Tevin Hall G 6-0 Shreveport LA Bossier HS (AAU: Louisiana Nike Select) (class of 2009)
  • Montez Blair G 6-3 Timber Creek NJ HS (class of 2009) (committed Navy)
  • Kevin Leatherwood G 6-2 195 Charlottesville VA HS (class of 2009) (committed Norfolk St. football)
  • David Boyce G 6-0 Hamilton Ontario CAN St. Thomas More HS (class of 2009)
  • Josh Bartlestein G 6-3 Highland Park IL Phillips Exeter Academy NH (AAU: Rising Stars) (class of 2009) (committed Michigan-walk on)
  • Tim Frazier G 6-2 160 Houston TX Strake Jesuit HS (AAU: Houston Elite) (class of 2009) (committed Penn State)
  • Dylan Hale G 6-1 Minneapolis MN Washburn HS (AAU: Howard Pulley) (class of 2009) (committed Texas State)
  • Anthony D'Orazio G 6-2 Cherry Hill NJ Camden Catholic (class of 2009) (committed Lehigh)
  • Kyle Erickson G 6-0 175 Kitsap WA North Kitsap HS (class of 2009)
  • Cory Stockmal G 6-3 Watertown MA HS (class of 2009) (committed NYU)
  • Kyle Stockmal G 6-3 Watertown MA HS (class of 2009) (committed NYU)
  • Tyreak Johnson G 6-0 185 Bronx NY St. Raymond's (AAU: NY Gauchos) (class of 2009) (committed Howard)
  • Sam Martin G 6-2 Worcester MA Worcester Academy (class of 2009) (c0mmitted Yale)
  • Jesse Pritchard G 6-4 180 Ames IA HS (AAU: All Iowa Attack) (class of 2009) (committed Yale)
  • Daniel Munoz G 6-1 170 Ft. Lauderdale FL St. Thomas Aquinas HS (AAU: Broward Ballas ) (class of 2009) (committed Boston University)
  • Simeon Marsalis G 6-1 178 New Rochelle NY Brewster Academy NH (AAU: Westchester Hawks) (class of 2009) (committed Vermont)
  • Adam Harris G 6-0 170 Cibolo TX Steele HS (class of 2009)
  • Ned Cox G 6-1 180 Converse TX Judson HS (class of 2009) (committed Evansville)
  • Josh Lenz G 6-0 180 Dubuque IA Hempstead HS (class of 2009) (committed Iowa State-Football)
  • Blake Jolivette G 6-0 Houston TX St. Thomas HS (class of 2009) (committed American University)
  • Justin Crosgile G 5-11 165 Wayne NJ Depaul HS (class of 2009) (committed St. Joseph's University)
  • Stan Okoye G 6-3 Raleigh NC Knightdale HS (class of 2009) (committed VMI)
  • Russell Powell 5-9 165 Newnan GA HS (class of 2009) (committed Jacksonville)
  • Josh Elbaum 6-4 185 West Islip NY St. John the Baptist H.S. (class of 2009)
  • Justin May G 6-0 180 Chantilly VA HS (2009) (committed Delaware State)
  • Andrew Owusu 6-3 Danville VA Westover Christian Academy (class of 2009)
BIG WING GUARDS/SMALL FORWARDS
  • Dylan Rodriguez F 6-6 Blaine MN HS (class of 2009) (committed Minnesota-Duluth)
  • Mbiyimoh Ghogomu F 6-5 Clear Brook TX HS (class of 2009) (AAU: Houston Swoosh) (committed Dartmouth)
  • Caleb Palkert F 6-8 195 Chaska MN Southwest Christian (AAU: Minnesota Magic) (class of 2009) (committed South Carolina Upstate)
  • Brady Brent F 6-7 Bend OR Mountain View HS (class of 2009)
  • Josh Figini F 6-8 Chisago Lakes MN HS (AAU: Minnesota Glory) (class of 2009) (committed Cornell)
  • Jordan Jahr G Austin TX Lake Travis HS (class of 2009) (c0mmitted Air Force)
  • Kyle Casey G 6-5 Chestnut Hill MA Brimmer & May School (class of 2009) (committed Harvard)
  • Sean Wildes 6-5 Mineola NY Chaminade HS (class of 2009)
  • Patrick Wildes 6-5 Mineola NY Chaminade HS (class of 2009)
  • Dan DiVietri G 6-4 170 Mineola NY Chaminade HS (class of 2009)
  • Taylor Johnston G/F 6-6 Toronto Ontario CAN West Hill Collegiate (class of 2009) (committed Binghamton)
  • Ross Erickson G 6-5 185 Sisters OR Sisters Middle Sr High School (class of 2009) (committed Hartford)
  • Kyle Tazioli F 6-7 Lake Mary FL Lake Mary Prep (class of 2009)
  • Luis Leao G 6-5 Santa Catarina Brazil Winchendon School MA (class of 2009) (committed St. Michael's)
  • Erick Smith G 6-3 Bel Air MD The John Carroll School (class of 2009) (committed Bryant University)
  • Boris Jeremic F 6-5 Dobbs Ferry NY Masters School (class of 2009)
  • Blake Davis F 6-5 205 Phoenix AZ St. Mary's HS (AAU: Arizona Premier) (class of 2009) (committed Weber State)
  • Ethan Michael F 6-7 200 Toledo OH Toldeo Christian (Class of 2009) (committed Air Force)
  • Eric Ducharme F 6-4 Espanola Ontario CAN HS (class of 2009)
  • Steven McFarland G 6-5 Boone County KY HS (Class of 2009) (committed Georgetown College KY)
  • Gozie Umeadi F 6-5 190 Bensenville IL Fenton HS (class of 2009) (committed Wisconsin-Green Bay)
  • Gus Gabel F 6-7 185 Scottsdale AZ Chaparral HS (class of 2009) (AAU: Arizona Premier) (committed Princeton)
  • Luke Apfeld F 6-6 Wolfeboro NH Brewster Academy (class of 2009) (committed Vermont)
  • Alex Godette G 6-2 170 Charlotte NC Hopewell HS (AAU: Team Phoenix) (class of 2009)
  • Zach Bohannon F 6-7 Marion IA Linn-Mar HS (AAU: Martin Brothers) (class of 2009) (committed Air Force)
  • Raymond Cowels G 6-4 Minneapolis MN Hopkins HS (AAU: Net Gain Sports) (class of 2009) (committed Santa Clara)
  • Ameer Brown G 6-4 190 Blair NJ Blair Academy (AAU: Long Island Lightning) (class of 2009) (committed Weslyan)
LOW POST PLAYERS (POWER FORWARDS/CENTERS)
  • Morgan Grim C 6-9 Riverton UT HS/University of Utah (committed Utah State University)
  • Andrew Zimmerman F 6-9 Oostburg WI HS/Santa Clara Univ. (committed Stanford)
  • Derek Baruch F 6-6 Madison WI Edgewood HS (class of 2009) (committed Lake Forest College)
  • Andre Mattison F 6-8 Washington DC Coolidge HS (committed Florida Atlantic)
  • Daylen Harrison F 6-6 Akron OH St. Vincent-St. Mary HS (class of 2009) (committed Wyoming)
  • Luke Scarlata F 6-7 Berwyn-Cicero IL Morton HS (class of 2009) (committed Augustana College)
  • Tyler Young F 6-6 New York NY Boys & Girls School (class of 2009)
  • Dejan Kravic F 6-8 190 London ONT CAN Westminster HS (class of 2009) (committed York College (CIS))
  • Brian Nahimana F 6-8 215 London ONT CAN Montcalm HS (class of 2009) (committed Brock)
  • Jordan Reves C 6-10 225 Louisville KY Jefferstown HS (class of 2009) (committed UT-Arlington)
  • Josef Brown C 6-9 Houston TX Wheatley HS (class of 2009) (committed Dartmouth)
  • Osas Ebomwony F 6-8 195 Pflugerville TX HS (class of 2009) (committed Lamar)
  • Kevin McCarthy C 6-10 240 Warren MI De La Salle Collegiate (AAU: Michigan Hurricanes) (class of 2009) (committed Lehigh)
  • Ryan Pembleton C 6-10 Frisco TX HS (class of 2009) (committed Army)
  • Kenny Onyechi F 6-6 210 Sugarland TX Fort Bend Kempner HS (class of 2009) (committed LIU)
  • Kelly Olynyk F 6-10 Kamloops British Columbia CAN South Kamloops Secondary (class of 2009) (committed Gonzaga)
  • Steve Walker F 6-6 270 Chicago IL Simeon VoTech HS (AAU: Illinois Stars) (class of 2009) (committed Angelina College)
  • Cody Shuffler F 6-7 220 Icard NC East Burk HS (AAU: Carolina Raptors) (class of 2009)
  • Chris Wacker F 6-6 205 Converse TX Judson HS (class of 2009) (committed St. Edwards D-II)
  • Taylor Hoffer F 6-7 185 Paulsbo WA North Kitsap HS (AAU: Portland Legends) (class of 2009)
  • Jeff Georgatos F 6-8 215 Dallas TX Episcopal (AAU: Dallas Heroes) (class of 2009) (committed Harvard)
  • Jeff Holton F 6-8 Germantown PA Germantown Academy (class of 2009) (committed American U.)
  • Mike Muscala C 6-9 205 Roseville MN HS (AAU: Minn. School of Basketball) (class of 2009) (committed Bucknell)
  • John Puk C 6-10 215 Waterloo IA West HS (AAU: Martin Brothers) (class of 2009) (committed Albany)
  • Andrew McCarthy F 6-7 Northfield NH Northfield Mount Hermon School (class of 2009) (committed Brown)
  • Paul Bilbo F 6-8 215 Oyster Bay NY St. Dominic's HS (AAU: NY Elite) (class of 2009) (committed Hofstra)
  • Jon Ward C 6-9 215 Parkland PA HS (AAU: PA Elite) (class of 2009)
  • Rhys Murphy F 6-7 Lee ME Lee Academy (class of 2009) (committed Oregon State)
  • Josh Claytor F 6-7 210 Oxford OH Talawanda HS (AAU: Ohio Force) (class of 2009) (committed Wooster)
  • Asauhn Tatum C 6-10 190 Anderson IN Highland HS (class of 2009) (committed Grand Valley State)
  • Julian Jones F 6-8 220 Gurnee IL Warren HS/College of Lake County (class of 2009) (committed Western Illinois)
  • Adam Kemp C 6-9 230 Vernon NY Vernon-Vernona-Sherrill Central HS (class of 2009)
  • Phil Beans F 6-7 Toledo OH Ottawa Hills HS (AAU: Ohio Gators) (class of 2009) (committed Holy Cross)
  • Colin Klebon F 6-8 220 Catawissa PA Southern Columbia HS (class of 2009) (committed Bucknell)
  • Kevin Janowski F 6-7 New Egypt HS NJ (class of 2009)
  • Gabe Knutson F 6-8 Waukee IA HS (AAU: Martin Brothers) (class of 2009) (committed Lehigh)
  • Will Carpenter F 6-6 195 Winston Salem NC RJ Reynolds HS (AAU: Charlotte Royals) (class of 2009)
  • Alex Novak F 6-7 Clear Creek-Amana IA HS (class of 2009)
  • Jesse Hazely F 6-6 Rancho Santa Margarita CA Santa Margarita HS (class of 2009) (Cal-Riverside)

PROFILES OF THE CORNELL VERBAL COMMITMENTS FOR THE 2009-2010 SEASON















Mark Coury F 6-9 240 West Bloomfield MI Detroit Country Day School/Univerrsity of Kentucky
-Mark Coury is an incoming junior via the University of Kentucky. Coury will have two years of eligibility for Cornell and is eligible in the fall of 2009.

Coury (pronounced "Curry"), a 6'8" 238 lb. power forward, appeared in 31 games for the Wildcats during 2007-2008 and started 29 games. He averaged 10.7 minutes per game with averages of 2.0 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.

Coury maintained a 4.0 GPA at Kentucky while majoring in Business Management. For his performance on the court and in the classroom, he was named First Team Academic All-District as announced by ESPN and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

During 2007-2008, Coury's most impressive performances included 13 points and 10 rebounds on November 7 against Central Arkansas, 6 points and 4 rebounds against San Diego on December 29, and 9 points and 5 rebounds against #13 Vanderbilt on January 12 before a CBS televised audience.

During 2006-2007, Coury was a walk-on and played in nine games for the Wildcats.

A native of West Bloomfield, Michigan, in high school, Coury played at Detroit Country Day, the same school that produced Shane Battier and Chris Webber. He averaged 10.2 points and 8.5 rebounds as a senior. He was an 8th Team All State selection by MichiganPreps.com and an honorable mention Class B All-State selection by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan. His senior year, he was ranked as the No. 4 power forward in the state by MichiganPreps.com.

Coury's father, Jerry, played basketball at Wayne State University and played an integral role in Coury's collegiate recruitment.


In high school, Mark Coury played football and threw the discus and shot put in track. He drew basketball scholarship offers during his 2004-2005 senior year from Division I schools such as Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Oakland University.

But Coury had aspirations of playing at a higher level of Division I, so he took off a year following high school and worked on his game and body. The Courys focused the recruitment process on Marquette, Northwestern, Oklahoma and Kentucky.

In explaining how his son got to UK, Jerry Coury told the Lexington Herald, "I talked to one or two assistants and told them there was a recruit out here they may want to look at." Coury, who played on the same AAU summer team as UK guard Joe Crawford, came for a visit to Lexington. He played well enough in pickup games to receive an invitation to walk-on from former Wildcat coach (and current Minnesota coach) Tubby Smith. Coury accepted.

Midway through the 2006-2007 season, Smith awarded Coury a full scholarship.

During 2007-2008, Coury played for new head coach, Billy Gillispie and received a substantial increase in playing time. But by the conclusion of the 2007-2008 season, Coury sought a transfer to find a better fitting academic environment and an opportunity to play an even bigger role for his next team.

During a press conference, Kentucky coach, Billy Gillispie confirmed that Coury was not asked to leave the team and was welcomed back in Lexington for his junior season.

Prior to transferring to Cornell, Coury reportedly explored opportunities at Duke, Stanford, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Cal, UCLA, and USC.

Known as a banger with toughness and a knack for playing defense and rebounding, Coury should be able to make an immediate impact in the Ivy League.















Max Groebe
G 6-5 205 North Miami Beach FL Krop Senior HS/University of Massachusetts-Max Groebe, a 6’5” 205 lb. shooting guard formerly of the Atlantic 10’s University of Massachusetts was among Cornell’s top recruiting targets. During 2008-2009, he will function as a member of the Big Red’s practice squad while he sits out the season per NCAA transfer rules. He becomes fully eligible in 2009-2010 and will have three years of eligibility at Cornell.

During 2007-2008, Groebe played in 19 games for UMass but had his season shortened when he missed the last six games of the season due to personal reasons.
When playing, he showed the ability to score quickly in limited playing time, including scoring 5 points in just 15 minutes against Northern Illinois on November 10, 5 points in 8 minutes against Boston University on December 29 and then exploding for 11 points in 10 minutes against Central Connecticut State on December 22. He averaged 2.1 points playing 5.5 minutes per game.

Former UMass head coach, Travis Ford described Groebe before his freshman season as a “phenomenal catch-and-shoot ball player with great range… He has got to work on his ball-handling skills and his defense. But again, the way that he approaches the game, he is going to find time just because of the way he shoots it…I like the fact that he is a big guard who can really shoot the basketball and score. He is very athletic which allows him to play great defense. The greatest thing about Max is the type of person he is. He is a 4.0 student who is committed not only on the court but off the court as well.”


Groebe decided to leave UMass after the season when Ford accepted the head coaching position at Oklahoma State.
Groebe had originally chosen UMass over recruitment interest from Georgetown, Princeton, Penn, Virginia Commonwealth, George Washington, Richmond, South Florida, Florida, California, Miami-FL, Purdue, Virginia, American, and Texas-Arlington among others. Groebe received an offer from Penn and even visited the Philadelphia campus before ultimately opting for UMass. Groebe previously told Rivals.com during October 2006, "My mother really wanted me to attend Pennsylvania because of the academics," he said. "I want to major in Sports Management, so UMASS has the No. 1 program in America for that specific major. Playing in the Atlantic-10 was also attractive to me.”

Prior to attending UMass, Groebe attended Krop High School in Miami, Florida. As a senior he was a McDonald's All-American nominee and was named First-team All-Miami-Dade while averaging 22.3 points along with 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He averaged 19 points per game as a junior and 18 points per game as a sophomore. Born in Brazil, but raised in Germany until he reached middle school, Groebe was a member of the German U-18 national team. HoopScoopOnline.com ranked Groebe #298 nationally in its final ranking of the high school class of 2007.














Errick Peck F 6-6 210 Indianapolis IN Cathedral HS
-Peck is a 6'6" 210 lbs. combo forward from Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Indiana that aspired to play in the Big 10. Peck's high school coach, Scott Hicks told The Cornell Basketball Blog, "I think Errick is good enough to play at the Big 10 level even at his size, he's very athletic, strong basketball IQ, just very smart. I think he is the most underrated player in the state." Hicks continued, "He has a post game, inside 15 feet he is the best player in the state, he can score on the blocks and has a nice 15 foot jumper. He was a four year starter for us and has great strength around the basket." And Hicks knows his Division I talent. Peck was just one of five players on his high school team standing 6'6" or taller. Teammate Kelsey Barlow is headed to Purdue. Cathedral also currently has alums playing at Xavier, Dayton and Indiana State among other D-I programs.

Hicks added, "Errick needs to work on his perimeter play, putting the ball on the floor, if he wants to play on the wing in college, but as a [power forward] he is just a complete player, very efficient, shot 56% from the field for us, lets the game come to him, he is just very coachable, Cornell got itself a gem."

Hicks was also able to give The Cornell Basketball Blog some detail on Peck's college recruitment. "He had a lot of scholarship offers," Hicks noted. Hicks confirmed that Peck turned down scholarships at various points during the recruiting process from a long list of schools including Akron, Cleveland State, Kent State, Colorado State, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Loyola-Chicago, Middle Tennessee State, IUFW, Butler, Missouri State, and Evansville and Wisconsin-Green Bay. Hicks also emphasized that Penn State and Saint Louis were very interested and could have offered if Peck remained available longer. Peck also drew interest from Stanford, Colgate, Miami (Oh.), Marquette, Harvard, Boston University, and Cincinnati among others.

Hicks noted that Peck took visits to Akron and Loyola-Chicago before ultimately selecting Cornell.

As a senior at Cathedral, Peck averaged 14.4 points and 11.1 rebounds per game and was identified by Rick Bolus' High Potential Basketball Recruiting Service, Inc. as one of the top two dozen seniors in Indiana. Additionally, Peck was named Top 60 Senior by Hoosier Basketball Magazine. Peck was also invited to play in several all-star games, including the Indiana/Kentucky All-Star Series and the 21st annual North/South Indiana All-Star Classic and the George Hill City-County All-Star Game. He also earned Associated Press All State Honorable Mention honors and was a McDonald's All-American nominee

As a junior, Peck was Second Team All Indianapolis by the Indianapolis Star. As a senior, he was selected First Team All-City by the City Coaches Association. GoldandBlack.com (a Purdue fan website) evaluated Peck during July 2008 and referred to him as a "a bouncy, irrepressible rebounder and inside scorer...[a] 6-6, 205-pound forward...[he] plays like a power forward, but being a few inches short of the prototype for that position in college, he's looking to diversify." Peck told GoldandBlack, "I've played the 4/5 my whole life, but I've worked all summer trying to get my handle up because in college, I might have to be like a big 3." Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star commented, the "question about Peck playing on the next level is whether he can develop his game facing the basket."

Indiana Hoops evaluated him as follows:

On many evenings, Peck is a beast, a man-child, and man amongst boys. His 6'6" frame is filled out solid muscle, and with his strength and supreme athleticism, he often simply overpowers and outleaps opposing big men. He does seem to coast on occasion, however, but if he ever brings it consistently, there is no doubt he is D1. He could be compared to other great undersized, high motor power forwards like Jason Maxiell or Leon Powe. He has has monster games this year, including his most recent outing, a 28 point and 16 rebound performance against Howe.
In another evaluation, Indiana Hoops reported about Peck, "He is a 6'6 power forward who is a superior athlete with solid post moves and has a nice mid-range shot. He is great defender and shot blocker, and he is one of the strongest players in the area. Peck would likely be a big-time D1 recruit if he were just two or three inches taller."

Peck played AAU basketball with Spiece Rising Stars which includes among its alumni, Greg Oden (Portland Trailblazers), Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies), Daequan Cook (Miami Heat).















Miles Asafo-Adjei G 6-1 Nashville TN Ensworth School
-Asafo-Adjei committed to play basketball at Cornell after visiting the campus over his spring break. Asafo-Adjei is a 6'1" point guard from The Ensworth School in Nashville. He is described by Scouts Inc./ESPN as a "quick point guard who takes the ball from point A to point B very quickly. He makes good moves to the basket and can set up teammates or score it himself." Meanwhile, Tennessee Preps Hoops calls him "without question the best on ball defender in the state." Hoopscooponline observed him during July 2008 at the Top 30 All-Star Game in the High Potential "Blue Chip" Basketball Camp at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky. Clark Francis of HoopScoop commented, "Asafo-Adjel has great body control and athleticism, which allows him to score in a variety of ways."

Rick Bolus' High Potential Basketball Recruiting Service's Tennessee rankings, placed Asafo-Adjei among the Top Twelve players in the state.

Asafo-Adjei's high school coach, Richard Bowers told The Cornell Basketball Blog that Asafo-Adjei "always wanted to play at a place like Cornell" and that he also considered top academic schools such as Columbia and Furman before choosing Cornell. "His intensity of play is obvious to anyone that sees him... with his defensive intensity and ability to slash the ball to the basketball. He has exceptional quickness... there was nobody that we played that could stop him from getting to the basket," said Bowers. Bowers explained that the one area where Asafo-Adjei needed to improve was a build up of his strength. Familiar with Division I talent, Bowers added that The Ensworth School has two other players headed to play collegiate basketball next season, including a commitment to Middle Tennessee State. "Miles is just a remarkable ambassador for our school, he is very engaging, just a hardworking person," said Bowers.















Josh Figini F 6-9 200 Chisago Lakes MN HS (AAU: Minnesota Glory)
-Figini made his decision to commit to Cornell following a visit during the weekend of February 13. He is a 6'9" combo-forward from Chisago, Minnesota and Chisago Lakes High School where he averaged 24.7 points, 13.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. He finished his senior ranked as the No. 21 prospect in Minnesota by MinnesotaPreps.com.

His high school head coach, Herb Jangor stressed, "Josh is a better person that he is a basketball player. He volunteers, he is a good student, No. 1 in his class, just an outstanding young man." Fifini's AAU Coach Charlie Paxson of Minnesota Glory expressed similar sentiments. But both coaches emphasized that Figini is a legitimate Division I basketball player and that he drew a wide range of college recruitment interest.

"He's a 6'9" inside/outside player," said Paxson. Jangor added, "We've asked him to play all five positions, even point guard. Depending on the college system, he can play either the 4 or the 3."

Paxson noted that Figini was recruited by Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Boston University, Belmont, Samford, Wisconsin Green Bay, Navy, Army, Lafayette, and Columbia among others. Paxson even noted that Minnesota asked if Figini would commit as a non-scholarship walk-on. Colorado's interest was noted at a serious level. Jangor added that North Dakota State was another D-I program interested in Fingin's services.

When asked what precluded more Division I interest in Figini, Jangor noted that Figini lacked strength at 200 lbs. But he also added, "When Josh gets up to Cornell and works with the great strength and conditioning coach they have up there, adds weight and muscle, he is going to get better." Paxson emphasized that Cornell was not influenced in any way by the level of interest in Figini from the other Division Is.

"Cornell was on him a year ago," Jangor noted. "When they watched the full range of Josh's skills in the game against Princeton High School [where Figini scored 46 points and grabbed 22 rebounds], I think that is when they were sold on him. Coach Zach Spiker was persistent and did a great job in his recruitment of Josh."

As a high school junior Figini averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks per game. Josh shot 55% from the floor 42% from three point range, and 76% on free throws.

Figini was All-North Suburban Conference as a sophomore and junior. He earned the Minneapolis Tribune February 1, 2008 Player of the Week and finished on the St. Paul Press Third Team All-State Team. Also as a junior, he was also named to Minnesota Basketball News' second team All-State squad. The Chisago County Press noted, "Figini is the rare breed of ball-handling big man. His ability to not only score inside with his 6'8" frame, but to also break the press bringing the ball up the court, or shoot effectively from beyond the arc has catapulted him to all-star games around the state, and numerous awards."

Heading into the summer of 2008, MinnesotaPreps.com ranked Figini as the #16 player in the state and evaluated him during the summer of 2008 as f0llows:
He runs a lot like Jon Leuer and there are parts of his game that are reminiscent of Leuer although Josh is at least two inches shorter as well as thinner. Figini was versatile enough to bring the ball up some for the Glory and he also showed some quality pull-up jumpers. Josh has a soft touch on his shot with range.
As a senior during 2008-2009, he was the Pioneer Press Athlete of the Week on December 9 and February 17. He was also the Minneapolis Tribune Athlete of the Week on December 9 after exploding for 46 points and 22 rebounds in a game against Princeton High School. He was also nominated for the McDonald's All-American Game, was named Academic All-State and was invited to play in the Minnesota All-Star Series. Additionally, Figini was All-Conference and named to the Honorable Mention All-State squad by the Pioneer Press.

Figini is also one of 15 finalists for Minnesota's Mr. Basketball. The list includes the following:

Josh Figini, Chisago Lakes (committed to Cornell)
Rodney Williams, Cooper (signed with Minnesota)
Mike Bruesewitz, Henry Sibley (signed with Wisconsin)
Chris Halvorsen, Henry Sibley (signed with Valparaiso)
Royce White, Hopkins (signed with Minnesota)
Mike Broghammer, Hopkins (signed with Notre Dame)
Trent Lockett, Hopkins (signed with Arizona State)
Raymond Cowels, Hopkins (signed with Santa Clara)
Sam Dower, Osseo (signed with Gonzaga)
Tydan Storrusten, Pelican Rapids
Mike Felt, Redwood Valley (signed with North Dakota State)
Mike Muscala, Roseville (signed with Bucknell)
Jordair Jett, St. Bernard's
Nate Wolters, St. Cloud Tech
Marc Sonnen, Tartan (signed with Northern Iowa)
An excellent student, Figini's GPA is 4.0, and he is a member of the National Honor Society. Josh is also a student council member, and plays saxophone in his high school jazz band.














Eitan Chemerinski
F 6-8 200 Potomac MD Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (AAU: Metro Sixers)-Chemerinski is a 6'8" 200 lb. combo forward from Rockville, Maryland's Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. As a senior during 2008-2009, Chemerinski averaged approximately 20 points, 9 rebounds, 6 blocks and 4 assists a game and was a repeat selection as Honorable Mention All-Maryland Gazette. He was also named as the Potomac Valley Conference Player of the Year and as an Honorable Mention All Met selection by the Washington Post. He was also a McDonald's All-American nominee and was invited to compete in the 2009 McDonald's Roundball Classic Mid Atlantic Premier All Star Game on March 22 at Hagerstown C.C. More than a dozen Division I players were invited. At the conclusion of his senior season, CapitolHoops.com ranked Chemerinski the No. 42 prospect in the region.

During 2007-2008, Chemerinski was an Honorable Mention All-Maryland Gazette selection and 1st Team All Potomac Valley Athletic Conference. He averaged 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assist per game.


"He's going to be the best player you've never heard of, without a doubt," his coach, Matt Feldman told the Washington Post.


When asked to describe Chemerinski, Eyal Fierst, Chemerinski's former coach at Jewish Day School noted, "He is explosive...he can dunk in a step... he is aggressive, a good shot blocker, even from the weak side." When asked about his shooting range, Fierst noted that Chemerinski primarily played inside at the high school level for Smith, but added that he is capable of hitting the three-point shot out to the high school arc and is working on improving his range and ball handling. "He also has to get stronger... He is a workaholic... he'll get better," Fierst said.

Feldman described Cherminski as "very athletic" with an all-around offensive skill-set.

Fierst added that Chemerinksi has grown about an inch in the last year and projects to add more weight to his current frame. Feldman noted that he expects Chemerinski to grow another inch and with his wide shoulders, to eventually fall in the 205-225 pound range, depending on the position he plays in college.

When asked about Chemerinski's college recruitment, Fierst and Feldman both noted that Chemerinski was extremely focused on attending an Ivy League school and eliminated recruitment attention from schools outside of the conference. "He was going to attend one of those eight schools," Feldman said. Nevertheless, because Chemerinski really only played on the AAU basketball and camp circuit this past summer, he did not get as much exposure as other top high school prospects.

In discussiong schools of interest, Feldman said that Cornell, Penn, Harvard, Columbia and Princeton all recruited Chemerinski with varying levels of interest. Virtually all of top academic schools in the Division III ranks, including Williams College, Amherst and Tufts recruited him. "If he went to one of those D-III schools, he'd be All-League as a freshman," said Feldman.

Chemerinski took campus visits to Penn, Princeton, and Columbia, met with the coaching staffs and was visited down at Smith by the coaching staff of Harvard. Within a two-week period, he also participated in both Penn's and Cornell's Elite Basketball Camps.

Cornell also had the opportunity to scout him at the Hoop Group Elite Academic Camp and soon thereafter extended an "offer" to him to join the Big Red's roster, pending admission and a suitable financial aid package. The other Ivies, including Penn remained very involved and interested in his recruitment, but Cornell was too much of an opportunity to pass down.

"[Assistant] Coach [Zach] Spiker and [Head] Coach [Steve] Donahue were both really involved in Eitan's recruitment and that was important to us... they were really excited about Eitan," said Feldman.

Raised in a Modern Orthodox Jewish household, Fierst and Feldman both confirmed that Chemerinski plans on participating in Cornell practices and playing in games during the Jewish Sabbath. "It was something he understood when he decided he wanted to play in the Ivy League," said Fierst.

An excellent student, Chemerinski is a National Merit Scholar. "He speaks five languages," said Feldman.















Peter McMillan F 6-7 220 Brentwood CA Northfield Mount Hermon School NH
-McMillan a 6'7" forward is a post graduate student at Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) playing for head coach, John Carroll. "I've coached 40 or 50 kids over the past four years and I don't know if I've coached a kid that's a better fit for a program or school like he is for Cornell," Carroll told Scout.com.

As a postgrad at NMH, McMillan averaged
McMillan averaged 6.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He shot 74% at the free throw line, 34% from beyond the collegiate distance arc, and 41% on field goals. He was invited to participate in the Academic All American Classic. New England Recruiting Report ranked McMillan No. 69 in New England in its final rankings for the class of 2009.

"He's a multi-positional,very skilled perimeter player for them and he'll fit into their system perfectly," Carroll said. McMillan played at Brentwood High School in California, before transfering to Mount Hermon as a postgraduate student. In HoopScoop's final ranking of the Class of 2008 seniors, McMillan was ranked No. 707 in the nation.

McMillan was the 4th member of the NMH team to commit to a division I school this year. New England Recruiting Report noted that McMillan and temmate Brian Fitzpatrick (a 6'7" Penn recruit) "are very similar face-up four-men with extremely high skill sets. Fitzpatrick may be slightly better on the block while McMillan may have a small edge off the dribble, and both are terrific with their perimeter jumpers."


Carroll told The Cornell Basketball Blog, "[McMillan] is 6'7" 220 lbs., he has a high basketball I.Q., he's skilled, athletic, he can defend." Carroll also noted that McMillan can play either forward position and has a shooting range that extends out to the college three-point arc.

When asked about McMillan's recruitment, Carroll noted that at various points in the recruiting process, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth and William & Mary all extended offers while other schools such as Quinnipiac encouraged McMillan to visit the campus. He also noted that all three assistant coaches at Cornell played critical roles in recruiting McMillan.

The Big Red opted to make an offer when it became clear to the Cornell staff that McMillan's versatility, athleticism and conditioning had taken a leap forward since joining the NMHS basketball program.

IVY LEAGUE 2008-2009 RECRUITING VERBAL COMMITMENTS

CORNELL
  • Max Groebe G 6-4 185 North Miami Beach FL Krop Senior High School/Univ. of Massachusetts-Sophomore
  • Marc Van Burck C 6-11 280 Star City Saskatchewan CAN Luther College HS/Univ. of Colorado/Salt Lake CC-Junior
  • Chris Wroblewski G 6-1 Highland Park IL HS (AAU: Rising Stars)
  • Alex Hill G 6-4 Toronto CAN Canada Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute
Brown
  • Jean Harris G 6-2 Los Angeles HS CA/Manhattan Community College
  • Marques Coleman G 6-3 185 Glendale AZ HS
  • Stefan Kaluz F/C 6-9 220 Newport CA Corona Del Mar HS
  • Noel Hollingsworth F/C 6-9 215 Salt Lake City UT Judge Memorial HS
Columbia
  • Chris Crockett G 5-11 Columbus OH Columbus Academy
  • Blaise Staab F 6-6 Tulsa OK Memorial HS
  • Steve Egee G 6-3 185 Ridley Park PA HS
  • Noruwa Agho G 6-3 200 Montvale NJ St. Joseph's HS/The Peddie School
  • Brian Grimes F 6-7 220 Fort Washington PA Germantown Academy/Brewster Academy/La Salle Univ. (sophomore)
  • Matt Johnson F 6-6 190 Westlake Village CA Oaks Christian HS
  • Issa Masse (Mase) F 6-6 Claymont DE Archmere Academy
Dartmouth
  • Herve Kouna Metsam F 6-8 Cameroon Canterbury School CT
  • David Rufful G/F 6-5 Warwick RI Northfield Mount Hermon School NH
  • Josh Riddle F 6-8 Centennial CO Northfield Mount Hermon School NH
  • Kirk Crecco G 6-2 Gilford HS NH
  • Jabari Trotter G 6-1 Exeter NH Phillips Exeter Academy
Harvard
  • Oliver McNally G 6-3 180 Ross CA Branson HS
  • Peter Boehm F 6-7 Winnetka IL New Trier HS (AAU:Rising Stars)
  • Max Kenyi F 6-5 180 Washington DC Gonzaga HS
  • Keith Wright F 6-7 245 Norfolk VA Collegiate HS
  • Andrew Van Nest F/C 6-10 Weston MA Northfield Mount Mount Hermon School NH
  • Peter Swiatek C 6-10 Tula OK Cascia Hall Prep School
  • Hugh Martin F 6-5 215 Anderson SC Hanna HS
Penn
  • Zach Rosen G 6-0 170 Newark NJ St. Benedict's Prep HS
  • Rob Belcore G/F 6-5 190 Wilmette IL Loyola Academy (AAU: Illinois Wolves)
  • Garvin Hunt C 6-9 225 Nassau Bahamas Weston FL Sagemont Upper School
  • Mike Howlett F 6-9 190 Amesbury MA New Hampton Pep School NH
  • Larry Loughery F 6-6 Bryn Athyn PA Academy of the New Church HS

Princeton
  • Doug Davis G 5-10 Princeton NJ Hun School
  • John Comfort F/C 6-6 Oak Park IL Fenwick HS
  • Patrick Saunders F 6-7 New Hampton NH Prep School
  • Max Huc G 6-2 Rosemont PA The Hill School/Brewster Academy NH
  • Zane Ma F 6-7 West Hollywood CA Harvard-Westlake School
Yale
  • Rhett Anderson F 6-8 215 La Canada CA HS
  • Greg Mangano C 6-10 West Haven CT Notre Dame HS
  • Brian Katz G 6-3 175 Oyster Bay NY St. Dominic HS
  • Reggie Willhite G 6-3 180 Portola Valley CA Woodside Priory HS/Phillips Exeter NH
PROFILES OF THE CORNELL VERBAL COMMITMENTS FOR THE 2008-2009 SEASON















Max Groebe
G 6-5 205 North Miami Beach FL Krop Senior HS/University of Massachusetts-Groebe, a 6’5” 205 lb. shooting guard formerly of the Atlantic 10’s University of Massachusetts was among Cornell’s top recruiting targets. During 2008-2009, he will function as a member of the Big Red’s practice squad while he sits out the season per NCAA transfer rules. He becomes fully eligible in 2009-2010 and will have three years of eligibility at Cornell. During 2007-2008, Groebe played in 19 games for UMass but had his season shortened when he missed the last six games of the season due to a death in his family.

He averaged 2.1 points playing 5.5 minutes per game. Former UMass head coach, Travis Ford described Groebe before his freshman season as a “phenomenal catch-and-shoot ball player with great range… He has got to work on his ball-handling skills and his defense. But again, the way that he approaches the game, he is going to find time just because of the way he shoots it…I like the fact that he is a big guard who can really shoot the basketball and score. He is very athletic which allows him to play great defense. The greatest thing about Max is the type of person he is. He is a 4.0 student who is committed not only on the court but off the court as well.” Groebe decided to leave UMass after the season when Ford accepted the head coaching position at Oklahoma State. Groebe had originally chosen UMass over recruitment interest from Georgetown, Princeton, Penn, Virginia Commonwealth, George Washington, Richmond, South Florida, Florida, California, Miami-FL, Purdue, Virginia, American, and Texas-Arlington among others. Groebe received an offer from Penn and even visited the Philadelphia campus before ultimately opting for UMass. Groebe previously told Rivals.com during October 2006, "My mother really wanted me to attend Pennsylvania because of the academics," he said. "I want to major in Sports Management, so UMASS has the No. 1 program in America for that specific major. Playing in the Atlantic-10 was also attractive to me.”

Prior to attending UMass, Groebe attended Krop High School in Miami, Florida. As a senior he was a McDonald's All-American nominee and was named First-team All-Miami-Dade while averaging 22.3 points along with 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He averaged 19 points per game as a junior and 18 points per game as a sophomore. Born in Brazil, but raised in Germany until he reached middle school, Groebe was a member of the German U-18 national team. HoopScoopOnline.com ranked Groebe #298 nationally in its final ranking of the high school class of 2007.















Marc Van Burck
C 6-11 280 Star City, Saskatchewan CAN Luther College HS/Univ. of Colorado/Salt Lake CC-Van Burck, a rising junior from Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) committed to Cornell University to play basketball as a transfer. He is eligible immediately and will play two seasons for the Big Red.


Binghamton, Denver, Portland State, IUPUI and Penn were reportedly among the schools involved in Van Burck's transfer recruitment at various points earlier in the year. His SLCC team finished the season 32-4 and as junior college national championship runner-ups. In addition to Van Burck, five other players from the team have already accepted Division I scholarships. On the season, Van Burck appeared in 31 games for the Bruins for an average of 6 minutes of playing time per game. He averaged 2 points and 1.3 rebounds per game while shooting 59% from the floor and 68% at the free throw line.

In addition to Van Burck, four other SLCC players played at the Division I level prior to attending the junior college in Salt Lake. Van Burck spent his freshman year during 2006-2007 at the University of Colorado before transferring and enrolling at SLCC for his sophomore season. While in Boulder, Colorado playing for the Big 12 program, Van Burck saw action in nine games averaging 0.3 points and 1.0 rebound a game . His action was limited due to a foot injury that kept him out for most of the season. He played a season-best nine minutes vs. Kansas State. He also appeared in games against Missouri (twice), Kansas, Baylor, Texas Tech (twice), and Nebraska. He ultimately transferred to SLCC after Colorado's Head Coach, Ricardo Patton stepped down and newly hired coach, Jeff Bzdelik told Van Burck that his role on the team would be decreased.

Prior to attending college in the U.S., Van Burck averaged 24 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots per game during his senior year of high school at Luther College High School in Saskatchewan, Canada. He was invited to the Nike All-Canadian Camp and on the U-17 Developmental National Team. He was recruited by Cornell, Brown, and Idaho State as a high school senior before committing to Colorado.





















Chris Wroblewski G 6-1 Highland Park IL HS (AAU: Rising Stars)
-As a junior Wroblewski averaged 16.5 points per game for Highland Park High School and in the process earned All-Conference and All-County honors in the Central Suburban League, and was tabbed honorable mention for the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class AA Boys All-State team. As a senior, Wroblewski was a repeat All Conference and All-County honoree.
Wroblewski was also the Conference Player of the Year and averaged 17.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He was also selected to participate in the Chicago Classic All-Star Game and 3-Point Shootout Contest. Wroblewski was also nominated to the McDonald's All-American game. ChicagoHoops.com lists Wroblewski among the top eight shooters in Illinois. Joy of the Game, an AAU organization which runs the Rising Stars program, ranks Wroblewski as the #6 prospect in suburan Chicago. Scout.com ranks Wroblewski as a two-star prospect and ESPN The Insiders in partnership with Scout.com, evaluated Wroblewski during September 2007 as, "An intelligent point guard,...Chris can make the open three point shot and does a good job of running a basketball team. He rarely makes mistakes and understands the value of each possession." A very good student, Wroblewski scored a 34 on his ACT with a 5.25 weighted GPA.

In an interview with the Chicago Sporting News, Wroblewski said, "I’m confident with my game. I can run, I can shoot the ball. I’m a shooting guard trapped in a point guard’s body." Wroblewski also describes himself with combo guard abilities. “I think coaches now are really happy with a point guard who can shoot and make good decisions,” Wroblewski said. “I would say he’s extremely poised on the floor, he never gets rattled, he’s just continued to expand his game every year,” Highland Park Assistant Coach Bret Just said. “He’s got probably one of the best [shooting] strokes.” Wroblewski noted, however, that he’s not a strong defender, calling himself “decent,” and acknowledges that size is not one of his strengths. But he says AAU basketball helps his game “tremendously,” mainly to expose him to playing against players who are bigger and stronger.

Wroblewski earned MVP honors during the summer of 2007 at the 2nd Annual Academic All-American Showcase. In a camp featuring more than one hundred Ivy League, Patriot League and Division III academic-minded college basketball prospects, Wroblewski averaged 24 points per game in the five-game showcase while leading his team to the title. "He was the best player from beginning to end," said David Adelman, Joy of the Game's director of events. Illionis Prep Bulls-eye called Wroblewski a "hidden gem" on the recruiting scene. Wroblewski reportedly visited Cornell during April 2007 and again in August before committing to Head Coach Steve Donahue and the Cornell Big Red. Wroblewski also received recruiting interest from and visited Harvard, Yale, Penn, Brown, and Princeton. According to Scout.com, Wroblewski had scholarship offers from Colgate, American, and Lehigh. Head Coach Mike Weinstein of the Rising Stars said, "Cornell did a great job of recruiting Chris."








Alex Hill G 6-4 Toronto, Canada Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute
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HoopStars Canada Recruiting Service reported that Hill, a 6'4" shooting guard turned down Division I scholarship offers from Wagner, Long Island, and regular NCAA tournament participant, Central Connecticut State, instead choosing to attend Cornell. Hill also had an offer from Ivy League rival, Columbia. Barry Hayes of the Hoop Stars Recruiting Report also told The Cornell Basketball Blog that Hill has a perfect 4.0 GPA and described Hill as:

Lethal lefty outside shooter both from a catching and shooting or creating off the dribble... It's a nice fit. He is not very athletic, but neither was former Canadian David Lisle and he fit in well in Ithaca. Plus, Alex is a much better shooter/scoring option.

The Toronto Sun's Jason Buckland recently described Hill as, "a 6-foot-4 lefty who's like Mike Miller with a slash-and-kick game."

"Alex had many scholarship choices at the D1 level, but choose to go with the best academic environment possible and that will pay huge dividends down the road” said Eastern Commerce Coach Roy Rana in a press release issued by Eastern Commerce.
Jim Thomas of the Hoop-La Canada and All-Ontario Recruiting Service, ranks Hill as the #5 small forward in Ontario. Thomas also place Hill on the All-Ontario Academic Team.

Hill's high school, Eastern Commerce Collegiate is a perennial powerhouse high school basketball program in Canada. At last count, there were currently eight Eastern Commerce alums playing NCAA Division I basketball. NBA veteran, Jamal Magliore is arguably the most notable alumnus. Cornell recruited Hill's Eastern Commerce teammate Keaton Cole, a 5'9" point guard, but the Big Red backed off after receiving a verbal commitment from Chris Wroblewski. Cole has since committed to Division I Western Carolina. A third Eastern Commerce College Institute teammate of Hill's, 6'4" guard Tyler Murray also committed to Division I Wagner.

Hill has a winning background. He has won a city championship on every high school team he has been on and was a member of Eastern Commerce team that won the Ontario silver medal at the OFSAA championships in 2007. He also has won gold medals at the U15 and U17 national championships and also played on the Toronto Mission team that won the prestigious 2007 international junior invitational in Milan, Italy. Alex is also one of the top triple jumpers in the Ontario province. As a senior, Hill led Eastern Commerce in scoring with a 14 points per game average, along with 3 rebounds per game.

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