Thursday, May 6, 2010

Recruiting News: Transfer Pulls Cornell Commitment for Brown

Below, some recruiting news from around the Ivy League...

From the class of 2010...

Cornell lost a pair of tough recruiting battles today. Stephen Albrecht (Crown Point HS/University of Toledo) Crown Point, IN, 6-3, backed out of his verbal commitment to attend Cornell and has instead opted to attend Ivy League rival Brown. Albrecht visited Cornell the weekend of February 27-28 and committed soon thereafter. He scored 20 points against Cornell in November during the Legends Classic. He will try to revive a Brown program which has not won an Ivy League championship since 1986. Toledo's student newspaper confirms the commitment via Twitter as do numerous sources close to the situation. Albrecht is an All-Ivy League caliber talent.

Cornell also lost a recruiting battle to Tulane for the services of Kevin Thomas (University HS) Waco, TX, 6-9. The extremely athletic Thomas held numerous scholarships offers throughout the south with several pursuers in the Big 12 and Conference USA. Thomas was scheduled to visit Cornell during the Penn/Princeton weekend, February 27-28, but the visit was canceled due to snowstorms. He reportedly canceled a visit to Boston College for this weekend before committing to Tulane.

Josh Elbaum (Northfield Mount Hermon School), Wheatley Heights, NY, 6-4, told that he is applying to Dartmouth and is also considering interest from Wagner, St. Francis (NY) and Colgate.

From the class of 2011...

Peter Smith (Desert Mountain HS) Scottsdale, AZ, 6-6 lists Cornell, Davidson, Saint Mary's, San Diego, Northern Iowa and Yale among his suitors.

Cole Crizancic (Mentor HS) Mentor, OH, 5-11, identifies the schools pursuing him as Cornell, Harvard, Yale, Akron, Miami-Ohio, Vermont, and San Diego, among others.

Anthony Davis (Perspectives Charter HS) Chicago, IL, 6-10 told that he is hearing from Harvard, Memphis, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, DePaul and Cleveland St. and Xavier among others.

Malcolm Gilbert (Academy of New Church HS) Bryn Athyn, PA, 6-11 235, told, "The interest [in me] has been a wide range. Penn State, La Salle, Temple, St. Joe's, Georgetown, Marquette, Virginia Tech, Pitt, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, and most of the Ivy League schools have all been in touch with me." He added, "Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Penn, I am thinking about a lot of schools. I am not worried about the conference or anything like that. I just want to find the right fit with academics first, and then basketball. You can't rely just on basketball so I have to look into my opportunities in the Ivy League. That education is a rare opportunity."


Anonymous said...


The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Albrecht started 11 of the 12 games for Toledo and posted some great freshman numbers. He averaged 29.5 minutes, 11.2 points, 2.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. A deadly outside shooter, Albrecht shot 41.2 percent from beyond the arc, 36.1 percent from the floor and 71.4 percent at the line.

Among Albrecht's single game highlights were explosions for 20 points against Cornell on November 27, 20 points against Michigan State on November 20--both games in the Legends Classic, while also knocking down 19 points against Cincinnati on November 18. He also scored 14 against UMBC and 10 against Wright State.

Anonymous said...

We already are solid at the guard spot and have several good prospects coming in and so regardless of what you may perceive as Albrecht's potential in the Ivy League, let's not lose sleep over this. Getting an immediate impact big man would have been nice (and clearly is much harder to do). We will be fine at the guard spot in the years to come.

Anonymous said...

is this the transfer you've been talking about??!!

Anonymous said...

I gotta ask this...why the **** would anyone commit to Brown over Cornell? Even with Donahue's departure, doesn't make sense

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

We had been hinting about Albrecht's commitment to Cornell for several months.

He changed his mind after the coaching changes, despite the fact that Cornell was committed to fully utilizing his abilities and style of play.

In any event, Albrecht is a terrific talent, but many close to the program feel that Cornell is well stocked with perimeter scorers--- Wroblewski, Groebe, Ferry and some nice looking freshmen in Matthews and Scelfo.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like he wants to be the stud at a bad program rather than be really good on a good team. Some kids need that... oh well. Probably not our loss if that is the case.

BRP said...

Rough start for the new staff. Losing a kid to a legit D1 program is one thing...losing a kid to Brown? Ouch.

Speaking of the new staff: is there a new staff, yet? Haven't seen anything official other than Courtney.

Anonymous said...

Enough with the "bad program" noise w/r to Brown! I hate to see Cornell fans become arrogant like YKW and disrespectful of the efforts of our Ivy colleagues.

Do your homework! Brown returns the most minutes from last year... and, except for DC and Penn, graduates the least. That's a sure-fire formula for improving more than your league-mates.

Cornell returns the least minutes and graduates the most. That's a recipe for a team that will be a mystery until it takes the court late this fall.

On top of that, the Bears had the third most productive offense in the League last year. They simply were too undermanned to play defense or hit the boards, which cost them dearly.

It appears that the streak-shooting Albrecht will sit out at least the first semester. Is this true?

If he is eligible in January, he could give Brown the eight-man rotation that it takes to compete seriously for a league crown.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Albrecht must sit out of all of next season. He missed the deadline for enrolling in a another school to sit out the required year.

He did file an NCAA petition seeking immediate eligibility, but a long shot.

He took classes at Purdue Calumet this semester.

Anonymous said...

I don't think it's arrogant to say that Brown is not a very good team.

In fact, other than Cornell, Harvard, and the Princeton team that discovered its balls when it defeated an injured Harvard and unexpectedly found itself 4-0 at the end of the 2nd Ivy weekend, we forget that the Ivy League contains some of the worst teams in the country.

Harvard and Cornell skewered many Ivy opponents by around 20 points for a reason. These are teams that routinely struggle with the Wagners and Bryants of the world. In fact, Wagner took Brown to OT and Brown beat Bryant by only 2 points.

And this is with Brown having some solid All-Ivy talent. Despite 21 and 17 point efforts from Mullery and Sullivan, Brown still needed a last second lucky shot to put Bryant away. They have a long, long way to climb.

But who knows what next year will bring. The new coaches, spiffy recruits, and inspiration from Cornell's Sweet 16 run could result in the bottom-dwelling Ivies improving immensely. Or, the fact that Cornell is a big fat question mark could result in Cornell falling precipitously. Princeton, we know, is always vulnerable to upsets, and Harvard often under-performs away from home, so who knows.

q'nis said...

I can't say I'm devastated about Albrecht. I saw him play at the Legends classic and was not overly impressed. I would be way more upset had the transfer been a big guy.

Anonymous said...

This Malcolm Gilbert guy actually sounds like he's giving the Ivy serious consideration. A lot of recruits say something similar, but he seems extra emphatic about it.

And why not? Especially when it comes to a raw talent like him, he might as well pull a Hassan Whiteside and dominate low/mid-major teams. If you're good enough, the pros will find you and you'll get your shot.

Anonymous said...

Not that upset about hearing about Albrecht going to Brown.
Have to agree w/ ANON 7:35, seems like he rather try and be the man on an underachieving team, than have to compete for playing time on a team loaded with quality guards.
Hope he scores 30 against Cornell, and his team loses by 20!

Anonymous said...

To your Brown 2010-2011 list add Josh Biber, 6'5" Loraign (OH) Southern and IMG Academy.