Monday, June 30, 2008

The Forum is Open

Discuss Big Red Basketball in The Cornell Basketball Blog's Community Forum. Pictured above, Cornell's All-American and reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, Louis Dale throws down a dunk against Binghamton.

Recruiting News: Twins Like Ivies

According to the New England Recruiting Report ("NERR"), twin brothers, Cory and Kyle Stockmal, a pair of 6'3" guards from Watertown, Massachusetts both attended Cornell's Elite Basketball Camp last week. The twins also attended similar camps earlier in the summer at Yale, Columbia and Princeton. The brothers also plan on attending the Dartmouth camp. NERR ranks Cory and Kyle No. 55 and No. 56 among all players in New England in the Class of 2009.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Schedule Update: St. Joes (Pa) vs. Cornell December 22, 2008

A letter circulated from the St. Joseph's (Pa.) Athletics Office reveals that Cornell will face the St. Joseph's Hawks in Philadelphia at the Palestra during the 2008-2009 schedule. The Cornell Basketball Blog has confirmed that the game between the Big Red and Hawks will be on December 22, 2008. St. Joseph's will also return the game to Cornell and visit Ithaca during the 2009-2010 schedule.

Other rumored opponents on Cornell's 2008-2009 schedule include Syracuse, La Salle, Indiana, Minnesota, and Siena, as well as potential Preseason NIT opponents-- Boston College and/or St. John's.

The letter from St. Joseph's states in part:

June 2008

Dear Hawk Season Ticket Holder:

With the summer in full swing, and the accomplishments of the past basketball season filed away in the record books, we are now preparing for next season's games in the Palestra. As you know, the Palestra is our home away from home and all 15 home games this season will be held in this historic arena on Penn's campus. The package price will be $450 ($30 per seat/per game). Your season ticket invoice is enclosed and we ask that you make your full payment by August 1, 2008.

***

Our non-conference opponents at the Palestra this year will be Cornell, Creighton, Drexel, Penn, Rider, and Siena. Conference games will be played against Charlotte, Duquesne, George Washington, LaSalle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, Temple and Xavier.

Extra tickets will be made available on a season and single-game basis when the A-10 schedule is finalized in the Fall. Please keep in mind that the extra tickets purchased will most likely not be located next to your existing seats, unless you opted to move your location to accommodate the request.

We are pleased to share with you that the Fieldhouse/Hagan Arena renovation and expansion project is underway and thus far, on schedule to ensure our return for the 2009-10 season. Pictures of the construction project are posted regularly on the sjuhawks.com website. Although we are increasing the seating capacity by 1,000 seats (500 Adults & 500 Students), the demand still outweighs the number of seats available for all our fans who want to watch the Hawks in person. With that in mind, the Athletic Department is intending to formulate a priority seating system when we move back into Hagan Arena. We will provide you with more details in the upcoming months.

***

As always, thank you for your support of Saint Joseph's University men's basketball. None do it better than you and remember - The Hawk Will Never Die!

Don DiJulia
Director of Athletics

Ron Joyce
Director of Ticket Operations

Alumni News: Ugo Ihekweazu '08

Former Cornell basketball player, Ugo Ihekweazu is featured on the website of Houston's Westbury Christian High School. Ihekweazu was the recipient of a Cornell Tradition Senior Recognition Award.

Schedule Update: Preseason NIT Field Reportedly Complete

According to UGaSports.com of the Rivals.com network, the Preseason NIT field is complete. UGaSports.com lists the field as:

Purdue
Georgia
Loyola (Ill.)
Eastern Michigan
Arizona
Oklahoma
Boston College
Santa Clara
Drake
Davidson
James Madison
St. John's
Cornell
Alabama-Birmingham
New Mexico State
Arkansas State

Meanwhile, GeorgiaSports.Blogspot published a nearly similar field, but instead has Drake out of the tournament with Loyola (Md.) in the field. GeogiaSports reports the NIT brackets as follows:

Purdue Host Site:
-- Purdue
-- Georgia
-- Loyola (Ill.)
-- Eastern Michigan

Arizona Host Site:
-- Arizona
-- Santa Clara
-- UAB
-- Arkansas State

Oklahoma Host Site:
-- Oklahoma
-- Davidson
-- James Madison
-- New Mexico State

Boston College Host Site:
-- Boston College

-- St. Johns
--
Cornell
-- Loyola (Md.)

Stanford's Lopez Twins Selected in NBA Draft Top 15

Pictured above, Cornell's Alex Tyler is defended by Stanford's Brook Lopez on March 20, 2008 as the Cardinal defeated Cornell 77-53 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Anaheim. Brook Lopez was selected No. 10 overall last night by the New Jersey Nets in the annual NBA Draft. Below, Brook's twin brother, Robin Lopez, working the ball in the paint against Cornell's Jeff Foote (right) and Geoff Reeves (left), was selected No. 15 overall by the Phoenix Suns.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Cornell Basketball in the News: UMass Blogger Comments on Max Groebe's Transfer to Cornell

Below is an article excerpt from a UMass blog concerning Max Groebe's recent transfer to the Cornell Big Red.

Basketball shuffle

By Bob McGovern
Between Mullins and McGuirk, a Massachusetts Minutemen blog

MVN.com
June 26, 2008


As Gary Forbes tries to make his mark in the NBA Draft, the team and school he left behind is reshuffling the cards.

Max Groebe, who saw limited time for the Minutemen and is no longer on the team’s official roster, is heading to Cornell to play hoops, according to the Daily Pennsylvanian and the Cornell Basketball Blog. I think most fans saw this coming, especially after Max sat out for the end of the season after sparse opportunities in Travis Ford’s system.

From the article:

Only a few months after winning its first Ivy League title in 20 years, the Cornell men’s basketball coaches are not standing pat.

They’re working to insure that the team stays stronger for longer and, having added Univeristy of Massachusetts transfer Max Groebe according to The Cornell Basketball Blog, the staff just took a big leap in the right direction.

The blog cited a confidential source in regards to the transfer of Groebe, and apparently Cornell was heavily recruiting him before he opted to head to Amherst.

Just my opinion, but I think Groebe will be better suited for Ivy League play. He is a talented shooter but, at times, had trouble making his own shots against higher-level Division I talent. In front of smaller crowds, in Cornell’s offense, Groebe may be able to exhibit the shooting ability we UMass fans heard all about when he committed to Ford.

As it stands, UMass has an array of guards and specialty players - Groebe may very well have been lost in the shuffle for the duration of his stay in the Pioneer Valley. I distinctly remember recruiting Web sites stating that he was an intelligent kid in high school, with a great GPA, so the Cornell education may also been a boon for him - not that the academics at UMass are something to look down upon

From the blog:

By Ivy League standards, Groebe is a tremendous athlete, explosive scorer, and brings good size to the wing. With All-Ivy League stars and current Cornell players Ryan Wittman and Adam Gore set to graduate at the end of 2009-2010, Groebe’s addition to the Big Red roster ensures that Cornell will have a big time scorer in the years beyond.

As Groebe hits the road, the Minutemen have finally gone out and addressed another need for their team - a big man. The Republican is reporting that the Maroon and White are in the midst of inking Sean Carter, a transfer from Oregon State...

Recruiting News: New Transfers Marc Van Burck and Max Groebe

As The Cornell Basketball Blog previously reported, the Big Red received verbal recruiting commitments within the last two weeks from a pair of transfers in Marc Van Burck (6'11" Salt Lake C.C. via University of Colorado) and Max Groebe (6'5" University of Massachusetts). Here is a glance at Van Burck's 2006-2007 game statistics with the Colorado Buffalos and Groebe's 2007-2008 statistical performances with UMass.

Both players missed significant time during their freshman seasons. Van Burck was sidelined with a foot injury while Groebe missed substantial time from the UMass team due to a personal reason. Both players also experienced the sudden departure of their respective head coaches, Ricardo Patton at Colorado and Travis Ford at UMass.

Schedule Update: Cornell at Siena in the Albany Times Union Center

An article in today's Albany Times Union and a press release from Siena Athletics further confirms Cornell's rematch this season with Siena in Albany, New York. Last season, Cornell defeated Siena 83-77 in Ithaca on November 25, 2007. Pictured above, Cornell's Ryan Wittman in action against Siena last season. Siena fell in the 2nd round of last season's NCAA Tournament.

Cornell Basketball in the News: DP Reports Groebe Commitment



By Neil Fanaroff
Daily Pennsylvanian
June 26, 2008

Only a few months after winning its first Ivy League title in 20 years, the Cornell men's basketball coaches are not standing pat.

They're working to insure that the team stays stronger for longer and, having added Univeristy of Massachusetts transfer Max Groebe according to The Cornell Basketball Blog, the staff just took a big leap in the right direction.

Two years ago, when Groebe was initially looking at colleges, he showed interest in Penn, even scheduling a visit before choosing to join the Minutemen. He again considered the Quakers after deciding to transfer following UMass head coach Travis Ford's departure for Oklahoma State this offseason.

But for the second time, he chose not to come to Philadelphia, this time opting to play for the defending Ivy League champs.

The 6'9" 205 lb. shooting guard played in 19 games for the National Invitational Tournament runners-up last season, averaging 2.1 points per game as a freshman. He missed the final six games of the season, though, due to a death in the family.

Due to eligibility restrictions, Groebe will sit the upcoming season out and will be able to play through 2012.

Groebe was born in Brazil but lived much of his early life in Germany. Thus, he played for the U18 German national team. He moved to Florida for high school, where he was named a McDonalds All-American nominee his senior year.

Representatives from Cornell were unable to comment due to Ivy League regulations.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Schedule Update

Throughout the offseason, The Cornell Basketball Blog will update its readers with news and rumors concerning Cornell's 2008-2009 basketball schedule. Here is our update on the upcoming schedule. Underlined links are provided to the public sources of information. Pictured above, Cornell's Ryan Wittman.

  • Preseason NIT-The Big Red are reportedly invited to the Dick's Sporting Goods Season Tip-Off/Preseason NIT. Sixteen teams are invited to the NIT with four "high major" schools each hosting three teams for the first two rounds and consolation games. The four regional winners advance to New York City and Madison Square Garden for the semifinals, third place game and championship. A new format in 2008, the 12 teams that do not advance to New York will will be reseeded and assigned to three campus sites for two more games each. Accordingly, participants in the NIT are guaranteed four games. In addition, participation in the NIT only counts towards one of the Big Red's Ivy League permitted 28 regular season games, as such Cornell will play a total of 31 regular season games in 2008-2009. Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com reported that the Preseason NIT field includes the following teams:
    • Purdue regional host site – Georgia, Loyola (Ill.), Eastern Michigan
    • Arizona regional hote site – Santa Clara, Drake and a likely WAC team
    • Oklahoma regional host site – Davidson, James Madison and one more team
    • Boston College regional host site – St. John’s, Cornell and Loyola (Md.)
  • La Salle Explorers-A source has informed The Cornell Basketball Blog that the Big Red will likely host the Atlantic 10's La Salle Explorers during the 2008-2009 season.
  • at Indiana-This game is a homecoming for Cornell's Adam Gore and Adam Wire. In addition, Ryan Wittman's father, Randy Wittman played for the Hoosiers before embarking on an NBA career.
  • at Minnesota-Two public source confirmed Cornell's meeting with the University of Minnesota in 2008-2009. The first source to report the game was Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Thereafter, the Pioneer Press/TwinCities.com also confirmed the game, reporting that the "Gophers men's basketball team, which already has North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Cornell and Louisville on its schedule next season, is close to adding Cleveland State."
  • December 3, 2008 at Syracuse-This game is confirmed and Jim Boheim previously implied Syracuse would play Cornell every year, so long as there is no scheduling conflict. Boheim told ESPN, "We're still going to...play Cornell. We're going to play them for 100 years." Sounds good to us, Jim.
  • at Siena-Confirmed by Fox 23 News, Cornell owes the Siena Saints a return game in Albany.
In addition...

14 Ivy League Games

8 Additional Nonconference Games

Recruiting News: Big Red Welcome Transfers

Following this week's recruiting verbal commitment from Max Groebe and Marc Van Burck, Cornell's 2008-2009 roster will feature four former transfers. The former transfers are as follows:

Geoff and Jeff Go Camping

Cornell's Elite Basketball Camp will commence on June 26 and run through June 28. The camp is intended for high school players and invited Big Red recruiting prospects in grades 9-12. Cornell veteran players typically function as counselors and daily instruction is provided by the Cornell Big Red coaching staff. This season, current Cornell players, Geoff Reeves (pictured above) and Jeff Foote will both participate.

Schedule Update: The Return to the Dome!

All-American and Ivy League Player of the Year, Louis Dale of the Cornell Big Red will face Syracuse in the Carrier Dome during 2008-2009.

A confidential source has reported to The Cornell Basketball Blog that Cornell will return to the Carrier Dome on December 3, 2008 and will face the Syracuse Orange. Additional details concerning the 2008-2009 Big Red schedule are expected to follow later in the summer.

Cornell's other rumored and unconfirmed nonconference opponents next season include the likes of La Salle, Indiana, Minnesota, and Siena, as well as potential Preseason NIT opponents-- Boston College and/or St. John's.

Recruiting News: Cornell Lands UMass Transfer

A confidential source close to the situation has advised The Cornell Basketball Blog that Max Groebe, a 6’5” 205 lb. shooting guard formerly of the Atlantic 10’s University of Massachusetts is the newest member of the Cornell Big Red. Since the late winter, Groebe was among Cornell’s top recruiting targets. He will officially transfer to Cornell this summer and become a member of the Big Red’s practice squad while he sits out 2008-2009 per NCAA 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.

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.

By Ivy League standards, Groebe is a tremendous athlete, explosive scorer, and brings good size to the wing. With All-Ivy League stars and current Cornell players Ryan Wittman and Adam Gore set to graduate at the end of 2009-2010, Groebe’s addition to the Big Red roster ensures that Cornell will have a big time scorer in the years beyond.

Recruiting News: Big Red Interested in NYC Point Guard

NYCHoops.net reports that Cornell has shown recent recruiting interest in Tyreak Johnson, a 6'0" 185 lb. point guard from national powerhouse St. Raymond's High School in the Bronx, New York. Johnson plays AAU basketball with the New York Gauchos, one of the biggest producers of Division I talent in the country. Others in pursuit include: Navy, Hofstra, Drexel, Brown, Fairfield, American, Lehigh and Marist.

Alumni News: Jason Hartford Signs With Huima (Finland)

SBS Players, the agent for Jason Hartford (Cornell '08), formally announced his professional basketball contract signing with Huima of the First Division in Finland. Huima also signed this week former Montana State Bobcat, Ted Morris, a 6'10" center.

Alumni News: Former Cornellian Casey Gibbons

Former Cornell basketball player, Casey Gibbons, lectures high school basketball players on recruiting and marketing themselves. (Photo Sun Chronicle)

Recruiting in cyberspace
The Sun Chronicle
June 25, 2008

The number of Division I basketball scholarships being passed out by NCAA member institutions are few - compared to the number of boys who play high school basketball.

"There are a lot of Division II and III colleges out there, coaches who don't have big recruiting budgets who now use us a tool," related former Williams College hoopster Casey Gibbons, who began "Nextplay.Com," a Web site to serve as sort of a clearinghouse for prospective players.

Gibbons was relaying the message for nearly 100 youth basketball players, ranging in age from 13-18 Tuesday at the Mansfield Sportsplex during a session of the Complete Player Basketball School.

Gibbons informed the youth hoopsters to shoot for the stars, but more importantly to get their names out there on the recruiting lists - other than through AAU club teams or select basketball camps.

Gibbons cited the example of Tyler Patch, the recent Seekonk High graduate, who came out of a lowly Division III league in Eastern Massachusetts, the South Coast Conference. In addition to playing at camps and in tournaments up and down the East Coast, Patch had to spread his name beyond the 02771 area code.

"He was one of the first kids that we signed up a few years ago and now we have about 2,000 kids, mostly from the Northeast," said Gibbons. Nextplay.Com has over 400 collegiate coaches, from Division I-III as subscribers."We're a medium, an opportunity for kids to market themselves," added Gibbons, a native of Weston, who attended Cornell University for a year, but then opted out of the Ivy League to attend Williams, an NCAA Division III powerhouse. A 2006 graduate from Williams, Gibbons was a member of the Ephs' 2004 national runner-up team.

When Gibbons' collegiate career had ended, he wasn't sure what path he wanted to take, but he still liked to hear the bounce of a basketball. Back home one day, he met Derek Vogel shooting around on a playground court. Vogel was in the midst of an eight-year European leagues career and the idea was hatched for showcasing undiscovered basketball talent.

"I was not sure what I wanted to do after college," said Gibbons, who began thinking of the Web site during his junior year at Williams. "The idea came up, we knew that the technology was there, that somehow we could make the recruiting process easier.

"Instead of me taking the traditional route of finding a job, I kind of felt that there was a definite correlation between the competitiveness of sports and starting a business."

Unless a high school player gets invited to participate at the Hoop Mountain Camp, the Eastern Invitational or becomes a member of a well-known AAU program, chances are slim that he will get recognized by a collegiate coach.

"That's one of the messages that we told the kids," said Rick Patch, the Seekonk High boys' coach and a guest clinician. "All of the kids who were the MVP's of the Hockomock League, the SCC, the TVL and so on are all playing at the Division III level.

"What Nextplay.Com and Gibbons are saying is that there is a boatload of talent out there. If coaches aren't calling you, then they don't know who you are.

"That's why we invited Gibbons to give a talk. So many camps are just that, camps, you roll out the ball. We're trying to bring the camp experience to a new level."

Youth basketball players can submit their resumes, pictures and game film and create their own "facebook" on Gibbons' Web site. "That's the message for these kids, that if you aren't a Division I player, you have to market yourself. So far, the feedback that we have from coaches has been really positive."

Recruiting News: Marc Van Burck Commitment Confirmed, Big Red Keep Tabs on NJ Forward

JuCoJunction.com of the Rivals.com network of websites has confirmed what The Cornell Basketball Blog previously reported-- Cornell has received a verbal recruiting commitment from Marc Van Burck, a 6'11" 280 lb. rising junior (pictured above) from Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). Van Burck is eligible immediately and will have two full seasons with the Big Red. He played his freshman season at the University of Colorado before transferring to SLCC.

In other recruiting news, according to NJHoops.com, Kevin Janowski, a 6’7” forward from New Egypt H.S. in New Jersey is attracting recruiting interest from Cornell, Holy Cross, Towson, Monmouth University, University of New Hampshire, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Stonehill and Ball State. This past season he averaged 17.4 ppg and 11.7 rpg.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Camp Time with the Ivy League Champions

Cornell's Elite Basketball Camp is scheduled to run June 26 through June 28. The camp is intended for high school players and invited Big Red recruiting prospects in grades 9-12. Cornell veteran players typically function as counselors and daily instruction is provided by the Cornell Big Red coaching staff.

Jon Jaques in LA Summer League Action

In video action from Rico's Get Better League summer basketball, Cornell's Jon Jaques is shown on June 22, 2008 getting one of his shots blocked by UCLA Forward Nikola Dragovic and also hitting a jumper just inside the three point arc. Jaques (No. 9 in a red jersey in the video) and Team Future won the game 62-60 over the Franchise Boys.


Recruiting News: New England Forward Attracts Cornell Attention

New England Recruiting Report notes that Cornell has shown recruiting interest in 6'6" forward Luke Apfeld of Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. Apfeld's list of college suitors include: Northeastern, George Washington, Davidson, Columbia, Princeton, Lehigh, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, American, and Vermont. New England Recruiting Report ranks Apfeld #17 among all players in the class of 2009 in New England.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Alumni News: "J-Hart" to Finland

According to the website of the management agency, SBS Players, Cornell alumnus, Jason "J-Hart" Hartford (Cornell '08) will play for Huima of the First Division in Finland during 2008-2009.

Recruiting News: So Many Transfers

Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports has compiled an impressive list of Division I players who intend to transfer and play with new teams during the 2009-2010 season. Pictured above, Cornell recruited three transfers last season with the additions of (left to right) Jeff Foote, Collin Robinson and Andre Wilkins.

Alumni News: Alex Compton '97 Comes Back from Retirement in Philippines

After retiring last year from a longstanding professional basketball career full of all-star accolades in the Philippines and accepting a coaching position with the Welcoat Dragons, Alex Compton (Cornell '97) has been reactivated by his franchise and has returned to the playing floor as a player-coach. A former St. Joseph's (Pa) transfer, Compton spent two seasons with the Big Red and finished with a career 11.5 scoring average. As a senior during 2006-2007, he shot over 46% from beyond the three-point arc for the Big Red.

For all stories related to Cornell Basketball Alumni, click here.

Jon Jaques in LA Summer League Action


On Saturday, June 21, 2008, Cornell's Jon Jaques recorded 12 points (6/12 FGs, 0/5 3-Pts), 6 rebounds and 2 assists as his Team Future fell 72-70 to Team San Diego in Rico's Get Better League summer basketball action. The following day, Team Future bounced back with a 62-60 win over the Franchise Boys. Jaques finished with 7 points and 8 rebounds on 2/7 from the floor. Team Future sits at 1-2 on the season with its next game on Saturday, June 28.

Below are some video highlights from Saturday's action. Team Future wears the red-jerseys, with Jaques sporting the No. 9 jersey.

Cornell fans may recall that earlier this year, Jaques blogged for the New York Times during Cornell's participation in the NCAA Tournament.


Saturday, June 21, 2008

Recruiting News: Long Island Guard on Big Red Radar

According to NYCHoops.Net, Dan DiVietri a 6'4" guard from Mineola N.Y. and Chaminade High School has recently been receiving calls from Loyola, Princeton, Cornell and Columbia. DiViertri is playing AAU basketball this summer with the Long Island Lightning. Schools previously mentioned as showing interest included Davidson, Siena and Dartmouth.

Jon Jaques Looks to "Get Better" Today

As we previously posted, Cornell's Jon Jaques (pictured above) is playing in L.A.'s newly NCAA sanctioned college basketball summer league, Rico's Get Better League. Other Ivy Leaguers in the league include Harvard's Drew Housman, Brown's Stefan Kaluz and Princeton's Zane Ma. Jaques's Team Future plays today against Team San Diego. Below is a commercial for the new league.

A Date in Cornell Basketball History


The Ithaca Journal
June 21, 2008

... The Journal has compiled a list recapping some of the top moments of athletic competition...

* Feb. 8-9, 2008: Behind career performances from sophomores Ryan Wittman and Louis Dale, the Cornell men's basketball team defeats Penn, 87-74, to snap a streak of 18 straight losses to the Quakers. It was also the first time Cornell swept the Penn-Princeton leg at home since 1988. The Big Red defeated the Tigers, 72-61, the previous evening.

* March 1, 2008: After 20 years of watching either Penn or Princeton claim the Ivy League title, the Cornell men's basketball team officially clinches the league crown and punches its ticket to the NCAA tournament with an 86-53 whitewashing of Harvard in front of 4,473 crazed fans.

* March 12, 2008: Cornell basketball standouts Louis Dale and Jeomi Maduka become just the third same-school pair to earn men's and women's Ivy League Player of the Year honors. Dale is the Big Red's second conference player of the year all-time and Maduka is the program's first league MVP.

* March 20, 2008: The overall size and strength of Stanford is too much for the Cornell men's basketball team, as the Cardinal muscle their way to a 77-53 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Anaheim, Calif. The Big Red ends its most successful season at 22-6.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Big Red Brackets Update: CollegeHoopsNet Picks Cornell


CollegeHoopsNet.com predicts Cornell will return to the NCAA Tournament in 2009 after representing the Ivy League in 2008.

Recruiting News: Max Craig Commits to Columbia Over Cornell

As The Cornell basketball Blog previously reported, on Monday, May 19, the Big Red hosted on campus for a recruitment visit, Max Craig (pictured above), a 7’0” 260 lb. center and transfer prospect from Loyola Marymount University. After a bit of a recruiting battle between Cornell and Columbia, The Cornell Basketball Blog learned from a confidential source that Craig gave a verbal commitment this week to the Lions and will attend Columbia this year. He will sit out the 2008-2009 season per NCAA transfer requirements and will have two years of eligibility commencing the 2009-2010 season.

Recruiting News

Pictured above, Cornell's Jeff Foote will work as a counselor during Cornell's Elite Basketball Camp at the end of this month.

In case you missed our post down below, Cornell has reportedly received its third verbal commitment from junior college transfer Marc Van Burck, a 6'11" 280 lb. center. While it appears Van Burck will indeed be joining the Big Red next season, The Cornell Basketball Blog has learned that some administrative details need to be sorted out before the commitment becomes finalized.

In other recruiting news, St. Joseph's (Pa) received a verbal commitment from New Jersey point guard Justin Crosgile. Although he was reportedly on Cornell's wish list, Crosgile held scholarship offers to several Big East programs and was unlikely to land in the Ivy League.

On the topic of recruiting point guards, the New England Recruiting Report notes that Cornell will host Worcester Academy guard, Sam Martin during the Big Red's Elite Basketball Camp. Martin is receiving recruitment interest from most of the Ivy League. Cornell's camp will run between June 26 to June 28 and will entertain several of Cornell's top high school recruiting prospects. Jeff Foote is among the counselors expected to work at the camp.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Jon Jaques in LA Summer League Action

Cornell's Jon Jaques is playing in L.A.'s NCAA sanctioned college basketball summer league, Rico's Get Better League. A member of Team Future, Jaques collected 12 points and 12 rebounds last night as Team Future fell 74-70 to Team Better. Jaques's teammates include Jon Sebastian from Stanford and Zane Ma, a pre-frosh headed to Princeton. In addition to numerous other Division I players, at least four members of the UCLA basketball team are participants in the league.

Talk Big Red Basketball

Discuss Big Red Basketball in The Cornell Basketball Blog's Community Forum (just click here). Pictured above, Cornell's All-American and reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, Louis Dale drives against the Duke Blue Devils on January 6, 2008.

Alumni News: Jason Hartford Pursues Professional Basketball Career

Jason Hartford (Cornell '08) is working with the sports management agency, SBS Players in pursuit of a professional basketball contract overseas. Check out some video clip highlights from Hartford's 18 point and 5 rebounds performance against Ohio University on November 17, 2007.

For all stories related to Cornell Basketball Alumni, click here.

Recruiting News: Former University of Colorado Buffalo Reportedly to Transfer to Cornell

A confidential source close to the situation has reported to The Cornell Basketball Blog that Marc Van Burck, a 6'11"280 lb. rising junior from Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) has committed to Cornell University to play basketball. Van Burck would be eligible immediately and would have two full seasons of eligibility. The Cornell Basketball Blog has been unable to verify the commitment with an independent second source.

Van Burck is Cornell's third reported commitment, joining high school recruits Chris Wroblewski and Alex Hill in the Big Red's entering 2008-2009 newcomer class. The Big Red could be adding additional recruits to this class.

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.

Van Burck's 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.

As the old adage goes, "you just can't teach size" and standing at a shade just under seven feet tall with between 260 and 280 pounds of bulk, Van Burck has great size for the Ivy League game and should be the conference's biggest player. With Cornell having graduated in May just one senior in 6'9" Jason Hartford, Van Burck's addition to the roster gives the Big Red an experienced, physical and strong post player who can rebound, block shots and potentially back up All-Ivy League center 7'0" Jeff Foote in the paint. Further, with Foote's athleticism and mobility, Cornell could even look to play these twin towers together in various spurts.

Van Burck's addition continues a tradition of recruiting transfers to the Cornell Basketball program. Since 2000, Cornell has successfully recruited ten transfers. Below is a list of these transfers and the season they joined the Big Red:
  • 1999-2000-Greg Barratt 6’9”- Utah Valley State College via Univ. of Utah
  • 2000-2001-Ryan Cheesman 6’6” Utah Valley State College
  • 2003-2004-Stevan Marcetic 6’9” Bradley University
  • 2004-2005-Ryan Rourke 6’8” Mesa College via Air Force
  • 2005-2006-Ugo Ihekweazu 6’5” Wofford College
  • 2005-2006-Jason Hartford 6’9” Chemeketa Community College
  • 2007-2008-Collin Robinson 6’0” University of Southern California
  • 2007-2008-Jeff Foote 7’0” St. Bonaventure (currently active)
  • 2007-2008-Andre Wilkins 6’5” Blinn College (currently active)
  • 2008-2009-Marc Van Burck 6'11" Salt Lake C.C. via University of Colorado (currently active)
Van Burck is also one of several Canadians recently recruited to the Cornell Basketball program and will joined countrymen Alex Hill and Andre Wilkins on the 2008-2009 Cornell roster. Since 2000, Cornell has successfully recruited seven Canadians into the program, they include:
  • Chris Vandenberg 6'11" Buford School-Harley, Ontario
  • David Lisle 6'4" Madill School-Wingham, Ontario
  • Stevan Marcetic 6'9" Vaughn Secondary School-Ontario
  • Graham Dow 6'0" Nelson Lords School-Burlington, Ontario
  • Andre Wilkins 6'5"Emery High School-Toronto, Ontario
  • Alex Hill 6'4" Eastern Commerce Collegiate-Toronto, Ontario
  • Marc Van Burck 6'11" Luther College High School-Saskatchewan

Pictured below, No. 55 Marc Van Burck and his Salt Lake Community College Team. Van Burck is the newest member of the Cornell Big Red.

Recruiting News: Cornell Contacting Iowa Forward

Scout.com is reporting that Zach Bohannon, a 6’7” forward and member of the class of 2009 from Linn-Mar High in Marion, Iowa, received a scholarship offer last week to play basketball at the University of Albany. It is his first official scholarship offer. Last season Bohannon averaged 15 points and 9 rebounds per game for his high school team. His older brother Jason Bohannon just completed his second season at Wisconsin this past winter.

Zach visited Albany last weekend and took in a team practice. “It was a long time waiting,” Bohannon told Scout.com of his first offer. “My brother Jason already had five at this same point (in the recruiting process). So, there was kind of an unwanted pressure on me to live up to his (accomplishments). It’s nice knowing now that my education is paid for. I don’t have to put my parents through the stress of paying for my education.”

Bohannon feels confident that more offers are on the way. He said that the schools calling him the most are Cornell, North Dakota State, Davidson, Columbia, and Drake, who he says really has picked up their recruitment of him in the last couple of months. Navy and Stanford also have called.

Schools such as the Iowa, Nebraska, Iowa State and Northwestern have been in contact with Bohannon and said they would be evaluating him in July, a huge month for AAU.

Bohannon said that he is going to wait as long as he can before making a college selection.

“I really want to go through the July recruiting period and wouldn’t make a decision before August unless something comes up where I feel it’s the ideal situation for me like it was for my brother when he committed to Wisconsin,” Bohannon said.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

News and Notes: Around the Ivy League

Today, Dartmouth became the first Ivy League school to release its 2008-2009 schedule. Dartmouth will visit Cornell on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2009. The return game is February 27, 2009 in Hanover, New Hampshire. Pictured above, the Big Red stretch before last season's meeting at Dartmouth. The Big Red swept the Green in the season series and finished the year a perfect 14-0 in the Ivy League. Cornell returns its top five players from a year ago.

Big Red Brackets Update


In the June 18, 2008 edition of Joe Lunardi's ESPN Bracketology, Lunardi projects Cornell to repeat as Ivy League champions and return to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 13 seed during the 2008-2009 season. Lunardi predicts that Cornell will face Marquette in the first round. Pictured above, Cornell's Adam Gore last year during first round NCAA Tournament action against Stanford.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Alumni News: Rick Pitino Gives Will Scott a Scholarship

Several news sources, including the Louisville Courier-Journal are reporting that former Cornell basketball player, Will Scott, a walk-on transfer for the past two seasons at Louisville, has been awarded a 2008-2009 scholarship for his senior season with the Cardinals. Scott played in 27 games as a junior for Louisville, started one and averaged two points. He will receive the scholarship vacated by forward Derrick Caracter who was declared academically ineligible.

As a freshman at Cornell, Scott won the Ivy League Rookie of the Week award during January 2005. In his only year with the Big Red, he appeared in 27 games and played 9.7 minutes per game.

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