Sunday, April 25, 2010

Recruiting News

Below, some recruiting news from around the Ivy League.

From the class of 2010... reports that Chris Fitzgerald (Northfield Mount Hermon School) Northfield, MA 6-8, committed to George Washington University during the weekend. Sources close to the situation reported that Cornell was Fitzgerald's clear choice leader for most of the winter and spring, but admissions fell just short of Cornell's requirements under the Academic Index. Fitzgerald previously took a visit to Cornell and attended several of Cornell's games. and the Atlantic City Press report that Mat Piotrowski (Atlantic Christian HS/Lawrenceville Academy) Port Republic, NJ 7-1 245, committed to Boston University over finalists Stanford, Michigan, St. Mary's, Cornell, Tulane and East Tennessee St.

Chandler Fraser-Pauls (Pennington School) Pennington, NJ 6-1 committed to Lafayette to play soccer on scholarship with the hope of walking on the basketball team. He attended several Ivy League elite basketball camps, including Cornell's but never received an offer from Cornell's basketball program.

From the class of 2011...

Josh Piper (Centennial HS) Champaign, IL 6-8 told, "Right now I have Yale and Ball State both on me pretty hard and showing a lot of interest. UIC has also shown some interest, Northwestern is supposedly interested in me according to a couple people, and University of Chicago and Princeton have also both sent me stuff and shown interest." reports that Shelby Moats (Waconia HS) Waconia MN 6-8, has scholarship offers already on the table from Utah, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, South Dakota State, Bucknell and William & Mary. Nevertheless, Harvard, Penn and Princeton are still making pushes, but will face tough competition from other suitors such as Davidson, Stanford, Northern Iowa, Northeastern and Butler. notes that Brian Bennett (Plainfield East HS) Plainfield, IL 6-10 (class of 2012) has interest from Harvard, Southern Illinois, Saint Louis, Drake, Xavier, Wisconsin and Northwestern among others.

Kenyatta Smith (Flintridge Prep) La Canada, CA 6-7 told , “I’m hearing from Cal, Stanford, UCLA, Harvard, Penn and Princeton." He added, "Cal, Harvard and Penn have probably been showing the most interest."'

Henry Brooks (Miller Grove HS) Lithonia, GA 6-8 is hearing from Harvard, Rice, Northwestern, Oregon State, VCU, and Georgetown among others.


Anonymous said...

When are we going to learn about that big name transfer?

If we lost him, just tell us we lost him; you don't even have to say who it was.

Anonymous said...

Disappointing to lose what appears to be a good talent to admissions, but that's life in the Ivy League.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

No transfer was lost due to coaching change. All is status quo.

Anonymous said...

But is there still "somebody" out there who is still a possibility, be it transfer or otherwise? You've been alluding to some huge talent, and all we want to know is, does that person exist still or has he moved on?????

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Yes, there is still somebody out there, committed to attend, contingent on certain factors being met.

Second, you are using descriptive words we never used about the player, such as "huge talent."

Cornell was involved with two transfers that ultimately went to other schools. They are Justin Cecil and Jeff Algood.

Cornell took a pass on Algood when the Big Red got Andrew Ferry. Algood signed with Eastern Kentucky (Ohio Valley Conference) out of Iowa Western J.C. He was with Army before going to Iowa Western JC. He's a tough 6'2" guard, but not as big of a scorer as Ferry. Cornell wanted Ferry more.

The other guy we lost was Cecil, a D-I player at North Florida Univ. before he enrolled in Central Florida C.C. His decision game down to Cornell, Mercer and TCU. He wanted Cornell, but his financial aid award was too low for his family so he opted for Mercer. He passed on TCU.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info, at least now we know a couple of guys have moved on, and someone else is still a possibility.

P,S. Can you expound on "factors being met"?
* financial?
* coaching staff?
* playing time?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Coaching staff and the player must agree it is a good fit for one another.

Anonymous said...

Fraser-Pauls never attended the Cornell elite camp.