Tuesday, May 25, 2010

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

(Photo Cornell Daily Sun)
Below, some news and notes...
  • Ryan Wittman was a recipient of the Charles H. Moore Outstanding Senior Varsity Athlete Award on Monday evening at the school's annual senior athletics banquet. Wittman, an Associated Press honorable mention All-American in men's basketball as a senior, became the third Cornelian to earn Ivy League Player of the Year honors, doing so unanimously, and was picked to the first team by each of the Ivy coaches for the third straight season. The school’s career scoring leader (2,028 points) became the Ivy League’s fifth 2,000-point scorer with his 24-point effort in the NCAA tournament win over Wisconsin. He holds school and Ivy records for 3-pointers in a season (109 in 2009-10) and career (377) and was named to the collegeinsider.com’s Mid-Major All-Decade team. Wittman helped the Big Red to three Ivy titles, three NCAA tournament appearances and the school's first-ever spot in the Sweet 16 during his final campaign. The USBWA and NABC first-team all-district pick averaged 17.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists while setting an Ivy League record with his 109 3-point field goals as a senior. The eight-time Ivy League Player of the Week during his career was the MVP of the Legends Classic Regional and an all-tournament pick at the MSG Holiday Festival in 2009-10. He ended his career as a three-time NABC and two-time USBWA all-district honoree after capturing Ivy League Rookie of the Year accolades in 2006-07.
  • The Ithaca Journal covers Cornell's announcement of the hiring of two assistant coaches. The Journal notes:
Cornell announced Monday that new men's basketball coach Bill Courtney has hired Marlon Sears and Jim Larranaga as his top assistants for the 2010-11 season.

Sears spent the 2009-10 season under Joe Jones at Columbia, and has also logged time as an assistant over nine years at Wager, High Point and Binghamton -- the latter under former Bearcats (and Cornell) coach Al Walker.

Larranaga is the son of George Mason coach Jim Larranaga, and served as the player/coach of the Irish Senior National Basketball team after 11 seasons playing overseas. He played basketball under his father at Bowling Green, and was a three-time all-Academic pick.

"I believe Marlon Sears is not only one of the top assistants in the Ivy League, but also in the country," Courtney said in a news release.

Courtney, who was introduced as Steve Donahue's successor on April 23, also called Larranaga a "tremendous teacher" with an "incredible knowledge" of the game.

Courtney still has one assistant position to fill. In the Ivy League, the third assistant position is unpaid.


q'nis said...

How does the 3rd assistant not get paid? Cornell has an enormous amount of employees, from professors, to custodians to temp workers. How can they not pay someone who works 75 hour weeks for the basketball team? An $8,000 stipend would be sufficient. Step it up Noel.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

It is an Ivy League rule.

Dave Bridge said...

I don't know much about Jim Larranaga other than his cavelry charge with the patriots back in 2006 -- But Bill Courtney and Marlon Sears seems to be a dream match for me - third position unpaid? So what, it would be worth paying to learn from working under these guys :o)

My bones are telling me we're in for a red year :o)

Josh Holman said...

"Cornell announced Monday that new men's basketball coach Bill Courtney has hired Marlon Sears and Jim Larranaga as his top assistants for the 2010-11 season."

Should read Jay Larranaga and not Jim Larranaga.