Tuesday, May 4, 2010

News and Notes

Below, some news and notes....
  • An update on agency signings. Louis Dale has signed with World Wide Hoops while Ryan Wittman has signed with Ohio-based representation, Mark Termini Associates Inc.
  • Now that Columbia has made its hire, all eight Ivy League schools have a head coach, with only one coach hired before the 2007-2008 season. Below is a list of the Ivy coaches with their first season in parentheses.
Yale - James Jones (1999-2000)
Princeton - Sydney Johnson (2007-2008)
Harvard - Tommy Amaker (2007-2008)
Brown - Jesse Agel (2008-2009)
Columbia - Kyle Smith (2010-2011)
Cornell - Bill Courtney (2010-2011)
Dartmouth - Paul Cormier (2010-2011)
Penn - Jerome Allen (2010-2011)


Anonymous said...

Lou will have a solid career in Europe. If Wittman doesn't stick with an NBA team over the summer, I could see him doing well in D-League.

Anonymous said...

I dont think anyone "does well" in the d league

Anonymous said...

Let's see, you're saying:

Lou - make over 100K in europe
Wittman - make 30K in d-league where no one ever makes the NBA

Wittman, if that first poster is your agent, fire him now.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the D-League doesn't pay well, but some players *do* make the NBA out of it. Granted, that is true of Europe, as well, but there are advantages of staying stateside as well, if you really want to hit the NBA.

Anonymous said...

Who would have thought Amaker would ever be the second longest tenured coach in the Ivy

cmcwo44 said...

The D-League has fed more players to the NBA than any league in the World since its inception.

113 players since the league began nine seasons ago, 27 players alone this season.

Anonymous said...

Those are misleading stats.

How many games did those 27 players combine for?

How many of those 113 (though I think this number is wrong) players have had sustained time in the NBA?

Look at Ibby Jaaber - the guy is rolling in dough and having an amazing career overseas. I can't imagine he'd trade that for the chance that maybe he'd get a 10-day contract in the nba.

Anonymous said...

Off Topic but Why is there no logo on the center of Newman Arena, they used to have it.

cmcwo44 said...

The fact of the matter is, the D-League is the quickest and easiest way to get onto an NBA team if you don't make one out of training camp.

They have affiliation agreements with NBA teams now, they can get players to join them immediately (no travel/visa/buyout with Euro team issues). They call-up players all the time. Americans in Europe rarely end up back in the States playing in the NBA, and when they do (i.e. Anthony Parker), they sign in the off-season.

While many of those 127 players may only play a half season or one season in the NBA, there are endless examples of players sticking around for long successful careers after getting noticed in the D-League.

Undrafted NBA players that went began in the D-League rather than going to Europe who have gone on to good careers: Louis Amundson, Chris Andersen, Kelenna Azubuike, Devin Brown, Will Bynum, Jamario Moon, Ime Udoka, José Juan Barea, Brandon Bass.

Anonymous said...

Jesse Agel has to go -- Brown is going nowhere fast. It's almost worse than Dartmouth because at least the Green have nowhere to go but up.

I can't think of a single thing to recommend keeping Agel. I don't think I've even heard a fellow Ivy coach pay him a boiler-plate compliment ("He prepares his team well"; "He's a great guy" etc.)

Anonymous said...

Well Brown improved from last year, which is good. 5-9 was tied with three teams, so its not like they were way worse than most of the league. And they just barely missed being tied fourth with Yale due to that questionable call in the first Penn game.

They were definitely on par with most of the league and have a whole bunch of frosh that can only improve. They swept the P's that weekend, which was rather an accomplishment. Their loss to Columbia was a surprise though.

Anonymous said...

I don't buy it, ANON 6:54. Agel's team had the third best offense in the League in 2009-10. The problem was defense and rebounding... and it was severe. This can be approached, and eventually solved, by motivating an assistant coach to get busy.

Agel also brought in three frosh who combined to earn five Ivy ROW Awards. They were much less noticed than Harvard's rookies, but pretty darn effective.

Sure, Brown says "so long" to Mullery and Gruber, but that is less all-told than is departing from Princeton, Harvard, and Yale, certainly less than left Cornell.

Agel's bench is a little short, so practices might not be overpopulated, but he's not the first Ivy coach to face that. He's got a good solid, experienced six man nucleus. He might be a little short at the "2", but has Walker and Harris coming in to fill out the eight man rotation. If the Bears play even average defense, it should not surprise anyone to see Brown in the scrum for the Ivy top spot that is undoubtedly going to develop in 2010-11.