Thursday, June 10, 2010

News and Notes: Afternoon Edition

Below, some news and notes for the afternoon...
  • Ryan Wittman takes the floor on Friday morning at the New Jersey Nets' training facility. Wittman will be scouted by representatives of 23 NBA teams in the "open" practice.
  • Max Groebe, above, a 6'4" rising junior for the Big Red was caught-up last year competing for playing time in one of the Ivy League's most talented perimeters in conference history with the likes of Ryan Wittman, Louis Dale, Chris Wroblewski, Geoff Reeves, and Errick Peck. Groebe figures to play a huge part of Cornell's plans for 2010-2011. He led Cornell in three-point shooting accuracy and scored 13 or more on three occasions a year ago.
  • Speaking of roster sizes, The Daily Pennsylvanian's ("DP") Calder Silcox, follows up on an article published earlier today from the D.P.'s Brian Koloff concerning Penn's overcrowded roster for the 2010-2011 season. The Quakers project a roster to include 22 active players. Silcox writes, "Cornell did it [a year ago], and with great success. Last year’s Sweet Sixteen team boasted 19 active players, nine of which were in that celebrated senior class that won three straight league titles. Harvard’s roster [from a year ago] sits just at the travel limit, 15, while Princeton carried 16 players." Cornell's roster, which was three players less than Penn's upcoming roster for next season, however, was unique in that it included several transfers who were not recruited into the program by the coaching staff. In stark contrast, Penn's roster of 22 next season was created by several consecutive excessively large classes of incoming freshmen, each with four years of eligibility. Not surprisingly, two Penn freshmen quit the team this past season and opted to transfer elsewhere. Similarly, Harvard will have 17 players on its roster next season, none of which will be seniors. This translates to a gridlock in playing time in the coming years in Cambridge.

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