Wednesday, June 9, 2010

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...
  • Cornell just became a more attractive option for prospective basketball recruits wishing to study business as undergraduates. The Associated Press first reported that the family of John Dyson, a former chairman of the New York Power Authority, gave $25 million to Cornell University to establish a school of applied economics and management. The school is now named after Dyson’s late father, Charles, a pioneer in the high-finance field of leveraged buyouts who helped organize the International Monetary Fund. Visit the new and evolving website of the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. The Dyson School, which will remain part of Cornell's public/statutory division, will offer an undergraduate B.S. degree in applied economics and management. Cornell's Johnson School will continue to offer the M.B.A. program as a private/endowed graduate unit of the University. Current Cornell players, Eitan Chemerinski, Adam Wire and Chris Wroblewski are all enrolled within the Dyson School, with current incoming freshmen, Dominic Scelfo, Jake Matthews, Dwight Tarwater and Manny Sahota having the option to enroll in the Dyson School rather than pursuing other alternative academic options in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.
  • An A.P. story reports that Eric Ravenel's decision to transfer to Ohio State from Boston College was influenced after Boston College fired Al Skinner after 13 seasons and hired Cornell's Steve Donahue in April.
  • Below, footage from Ryan Wittman's workout with the Kings on Monday.

  • The Sun Sentinel of Florida writes, "Off to New Jersey. The Heat will be one of several teams scouting a mass workout hosted by the New Jersey Nets of mostly second-round prospects Wednesday through Friday, seeing some of those players for a second or third time. Among those scheduled to work at the sessions are Duke guard Jon Scheyer, Kansas guard Sherron Collins, Texas forward Dexter Pittman, University of Miami forward Dwayne Collins, Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody and Cornell forward Ryan Wittman."
  • The Hartford Courant lists each of the 36 invited players particpating in the NBA's open workout at the New Jersey Nets' practice facility this week. The 23 NBA teams that will be in attendance are the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards.
  • You have to figure that Centenary transfer, 6'8" Anthony Gatlin, will play a huge part in Cornell's rotation next season, possibly even starting at power forward. Through his first 13 games of his sophomore year during 2008-2009, Gatlin started 10 games for the Centenary Gents and averaged 27 minutes, 8.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while shooting 43% on FGs and 39% from 3-point range. More impressive, Gatlin was able to post these averages despite a brutal nonconference schedule which included games against Mississippi State, LSU, Baylor, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Louisiana Tech, and Wichita State. The long, rangy and athletic Gatlin, possesses skills of both a guard and a forward, creating match-up problems with most opposing defensive players. Paired with rising sophomore Errick Peck and Cornell has two of the Ivy League's most versatile and athletic forwards next season.
  • Below, a re-posted video highlight of Aaron Osgood's dunk on Columbia in New York City on January 23, 2010. Osgood and Mark Coury, both 6'9" rising seniors, are potential starters at center next season for the Big Red. Osgood, a very good athlete for his size, provides a mid range offensive game that Cornell lacked at center a year ago.


Anonymous said...

As much as I like Anthony Gatlin’s game, unless he has put on about 20-30 lbs, at 6’8” 180, he sounds like, and fits the description of, a 3.

The typical Ivy 4 is quite a bit bulkier. With guys like Asenso Ampim (6’6” 240), Kyle Casey (6’7” 215), John Daniels (6’7” 220), Josh Davis (6’8” 215), Jack Eggleston (6’8” 215), Brian Grimes (6’7” 220), Tucker Halpern (6’8” 215), Mike Howlett (6’9” 215), Ian Hummer (6’7” 225), Kareen Maddox (6’8” 225), Greg Mangano (6’10” 240), Andrew McCarthy (6’8” 215), Josh Riddle (6’8” 215) , Michael Sands (6’7” 230), Peter Sullivan (6’5” 215), Clive Weeden (6’9” 220), and Keith Wright (6’8” 240) playing the 4 and 5 for other Ivy teams, it just doesn’t add up to have Anthony Gatlin do much banging with these guys. That's just asking for injury. Even Will Bartlett (6”10” 200) and Conor Turley (6'8" 220) had trouble inside last year. Moreover, non-con 4’s run at least this big.

I know there is more to physical size to playing PF. Gatlin appears to be one of those heady guys who can periodically slip inside and “play big.” Even so, it seems unfair for us to expect him (and Coach to ask him) to give up 35-50 lbs and take the pounding that a 4 takes night in and night out. Besides, we’ve got Mark Coury, Aro Osgood, Adam Wire, and Peter McMillan with proven ability to mix it up inside.

And, well, another uberathletic 3 is always welcome!

Anonymous said...

The good thing about guys like Wire, Peck, and Gatlin is that they are all capable of playing the 3 or the 4 depending on whatever the matchup dictates.

Versatility is good. We are going to be smaller next season, but we are also going to be more athletic and versatile.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Good post, but disagree with your ultimate conclusion.

First, many of the guys you listed played predominantly center for their teams, particularly Wright Mangano, and Howlett.

Second, may players in the Ivy League are undersized for their positions.

Third, Gatlin is a perfect replacement for a guy like Jon Jaques in an up-tempo offense read and react (4 out and 1 in) offense. Like Jaques, Gatlin can create match-up problems at the "4" because of his ability to extend the floor with the three-point shot and his ball handling ability on the perimeter.

But more important here, your position completely discounts the fact that Gatlin's wing span is probably longer than any other player in the league. Moreover, along with Harvard's Kyle Casey, PU's Kareem Maddox, and Cornell's Errick Peck, he is probably the league's most athletic player in terms of elevation and quickness getting off the floor.

While he won't throw other players around, he is a stellar rebounder and interior defender because of his reach and leaping. (Note: As a sophomore he had seven games of 5 rebounds or more and once went for 9 rebounds.)

Suspect you'll see Gatlin and Peck on the floor together next season.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Cornell will be smaller, but only because of the loss of Foote.

Despite the loss of Foote, who can't be replaced and won't be replaced by any Ivy big man for quite a while, Cornell does have average size for an Ivy team and has a pair of 6'9" seniors who can bang and play (Coury/Osgood). Gatlin, Figini and Chemerinski also give Cornell options for power forwards with some size.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see all of the above mentioned on the floor, being told where to go by wrobo and whoever his back court partner is going to be.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Wrobo, Ferry and Groebe... best shooting backcourt in the league.