Cornell Basketball is now associated with having a winning culture and reaching a level of success that no other Ivy League team has reach in the last twenty years.
Following Cornell’s 2010 NCAA Tournament run to the Sweet Sixteen and final No. 17 National Ranking in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll, the Big Red have received a lot of interest from undecided high school prospects and transfer candidates. With the graduation of eight seniors, many prospects out there know that they can come to Cornell, work hard and earn an immediate role while getting an elite, world-class, Ivy League education in one of the nation’s hottest college basketball programs.
Currently, Cornell has major needs at the power forward and center spots, but the Big Red are certainly looking for the best prospects out there, regardless of position.
Top prospects know that Cornell is not only a consistently ranked top 25 academic institution, but is also situated in a picturesque college town with the most passionate fan base in the Ivy League, the raucous Newman Nation. And while other schools dream and talk a good game of reaching the Top 25 and Sweet Sixteen, Cornell has “been there, done that,” proven itself as big time, and can do it all over again. Top transfer and high school prospects know this reality and that Cornell has a shot at winning the conference and at going to the NCAA Tournament each and every season. After all, the Big Red won three consecutive Ivy League titles.
Most recently, Cornell’s graduating seniors, Jeff Foote, Ryan Wittman and Louis Dale are all auditioning their skills for NBA and pro level scouts as a result of their storied Cornell careers. Other alums are off to prestigious medical, law and graduate schools while others head to the business world.
Throughout the summer, The Cornell Basketball Blog will keep you posted on Cornell's and the Ivy League's new recruiting prospects, scheduling news, and other team notes. And be sure to check out the The Cornell Basketball Blog’s discussion board and Twitter feed for all of the latest on the Big Red and its Ivy rivals.
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