Wednesday, April 28, 2010

News and Notes: Wednesday Evening Edition

(Photo, Cornell Daily Sun)
Below, some news and notes for the evening...

  • In scheduling news, we have an updated schedule projection from our prior projections. Please note this schedule is still very much tentative and subject to change:
at Syracuse
at Penn State
at Seton Hall
at St. Bonaventure
Virginia Commonwealth Tournament (with VCU, Nofolk State, and New Hampshire)
at Albany
vs. Delaware
at Lehigh
at Boston University
vs. Bucknell
at Binghamton
vs. Stony Brook
14 Ivy Games

(vs. South Carolina --pushed possibly to 2011-2012)
  • In a bit of Ivy recruiting news, David Eads (Lake Travis HS) Lake Travis, TX, 6-2 committed to Dartmouth.

Webb's [Knoxville, TN] 6-foot-6 senior forward Dwight Tarwater reaffirm[ed] his basketball commitment to Cornell....the 2010 Division II-A Mr. Basketball committed March 22 to Cornell.

But Steve Donahue, who coached the Big Red to a Sweet 16 appearance this past season, resigned in early April to take the head coaching job at Boston College.

Tarwater waited to see who Cornell would hire. Mid-majors came calling, but Tarwater never wavered.

Cornell introduced Virginia Tech assistant Bill Courtney as head coach Friday, and Tarwater was on board.

"I talked with (Coach Courtney) actually on Sunday," said Tarwater. "The thing I liked the most about him is he likes to win. He'll do anything it takes to win.

"He said everyone's going to have an equal opportunity to play from day one. I'm really excited to get to know him and play under him."

Tarwater is still entertaining the thought of playing in the Pilot Rocky Top League this summer, given he's not at Cornell.

Either way, Webb boys' coach Ricky Norris knows replacing Tarwater is likely impossible.

"We're going to miss the 21 points per game and the nine rebounds per game. Don't get me wrong," said Norris. "But it's all the other things, as a coach, that you'll miss - and his team will miss. We're going to go through the same tough times, he'll go through (adjusting to college).

"We'll all be going through it together early next year, trying to figure out life after Dwight."

  • writes, "Butler hadn't even completed its improbable run to the NCAA championship game when its success began sparking a nationwide debate. Was this a fluke? Or the continuation of a pattern? "It's absolutely a trend," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. "Because of the early departures you see at the major-conference level, the gap has closed [with the mid majors].... It's not just the Final Four," Hewitt said. "You saw what Cornell did with a veteran group. You saw what Northern Iowa did with a veteran group. If you have a team that has a lot of games under their belt, they can beat a team that may be more talented." ...Cornell reached the Sweet 16 this year with four seniors in its starting lineup.

  • Army Athletics formally announced Kevin App's hiring as an assistant coach. The release is as follows:
Kevin App Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Army head men’s basketball coach Zach Spiker has reunited with Kevin App, adding the 2007 Cornell graduate and four-year letterwinner to the Black Knights’ coaching staff. App spent the 2009-10 season as an assistant coach at his alma mater.

App played at Cornell from 2004-07, the final three years with Spiker on the Big Red coaching staff. The Silver Spring, Md., native was voted the winner of the 2007 Rebounder’s Club Award by his teammates. The honor recognized his hard work and leadership over his four seasons. App served as one of the Big Red’s tri-captain during his senior campaign. Over his four years, App played in 45 career games and made one start.

App joined the Cornell coaching staff in October 2009 and helped the Big Red to its most successful season ever. Cornell won its third straight Ivy League championship and won two games in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Big Red became the first Ivy League squad to advance to the Sweet 16 in 31 years with wins over fifth-seeded Temple and fourth-seeded Wisconsin. The Big Red set a conference record with 29 wins and finished the season ranked 17th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll, the program’s first national ranking in 59 years. In App’s one year in Ithaca, Cornell set an Ivy League record for three-pointers in a season (326) and set single-season school records for points (2,545), field goals (913), assists (543) and blocked shots (127). The Big Red opened the season with a win at Alabama, the program’s first victory over a Southeastern Conference opponent since 1972, and later defeated St. John’s, their first win over a Big East foe since 1969.

“Coach Spiker has been a mentor, and more importantly a friend, for the past six years,” App said. “The opportunity to work with him at a place as prestigious as West Point was too good to pass up. I could not be more excited to help build a program under Coach Spiker's leadership that the United States Military Academy and its graduates all over the world can be proud of."

App began his collegiate coaching career at Williams College in 2008-09. He helped the Ephs to a 17-9 record and its first “Little Three” (Williams, Amherst College and Wesleyan University) championship since 1996. He was instrumental in recruiting some of the key players that took 2010 Basketball Times Co-National Coach of the Year Mike Maker’s squad to the 2010 Division III national championship game.

“We’re excited to add Kevin to our staff,” Spiker said. “He has had a chance to work for two of the more successful coaches in the country at any level in Steve Donahue and Mike Maker. Kevin had a heavy hand in assembling the team that nearly won a national championship at Williams this past season. He was also an integral part of the Cornell program as both a player and a coach that has seen great success in recent years. Kevin is a builder, a worker and a winner. His experiences as both a player and coach will be a tremendous asset to our staff as we continue the task of building our program here at West Point.”

In addition to his work on the sideline, App has worked numbers camps, including clinics at both Cornell and West Virginia.

App earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and worked as an engineer in the construction business before embarking on his coaching career.


Anonymous said...

Welcome, Dwight

Anonymous said...

Dwiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight Tarrrrrrrrwaterrrrrrrr

I can hear it now

q'nis said...

He looks like a slightly taller more athletic Wire to me. I hope he has the same intensity, nose for the ball and stomach like Stan from South Park.

Anonymous said...

Really? Tarwater doesn't remind me of Wire at all.

Wait, as I was typing that he suddenly seemed like a hybrid of Wire & Peck.

Anonymous said...

Think this guy can make the rotation?

Anonymous said...

The VCU tourney - for those of us in the DC area, is that a Thanksgiving weekend event?