Friday, July 2, 2010

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes...
  • Josh Figini is playing once again in the Howard Pulley Summer Pro Am City League in Minneapolis. Figini, a 6'9" forward, has posted scoring totals of 10, 27 and 12 in his first three games for his team, IIG, including pulling down 6 rebounds on June 30.
  • Through five games in the Rocky Top Summer League in Knoxville, TN, incoming Cornell recruit, Dwight Tarwater is averaging 3.4 points per game. Tarwater's teammates, C.J. Watson and Renaldo Wooldridge, have combined to average more than 48 points per game for their Richardson Construction Team.
  • Well, Max Groebe earned at least one postseason honor. The Gazette of Massachusetts named Groebe to its Honorable Mention All Transferers Team, a list of the best players to transfer out of the UMass program. We will see if this honor makes it into the 2010-2011 Cornell Basketball Media Guide. Speaking of Groebe, his former AAU program, the Miami Tropics, still has him listed among their notable alumni, but has not updated his bio to list his current team as Cornell.
  • Full Package Athletics founder Steve Pratt told that he recalls bringing a 6th grade AAU team to the Illinois State AAU championship game, led by Cornell's Chris Wroblewski and Michigan walk-on, Josh Bartlestein. "We took a team with Chris and Josh and played for the state championship in sixth grade and lost in the finals," Pratt said. "Then, in seventh grade, they won the state championship. Then they went on to have great high-school careers."
  • The University of Delaware becomes the second 2010-2011 Cornell opponent to officially announce its schedule. The Blue Hens will visit Cornell on November 17. The UD press release notes, the Blue Hens face "a Big Red team coming off an appearance in the 2010 Sweet Sixteen." Cornell's 28-game schedule includes the following opponents. Some of Cornell's unofficial game dates are also listed.

    Nov. 12-at Albany
    Nov. 14-at Seton Hall
    Nov. 17-vs. Delaware
    Nov. 19 vs. St. Bonaventure
    Dec. 18 at Binghamton
    Jan. 3-vs. Buffalo
    TBA at Minnesota
    TBA at Syracuse
    TBA at Virginia Commonwealth Tournament (with VCU, Wofford, and New Hampshire)
    TBA at Lehigh
    TBA at Boston University
    TBA vs. Bucknell
    TBA vs. Stony Brook
    TBA 14 Ivy Games
  • Yale becomes the third Ivy program, joining Columbia and Dartmouth, to formally announced its recruiting class. There are no surprise names.
  • writes with respect to Steve Donahue at Boston College, "Fresh off a season in which he guided the Big Red to the Sweet 16 – the first Ivy League squad to get that far in 31 years – Donahue is one of the rising stars in the industry. His Cornell teams, which made three straight NCAA Tournaments, were expertly coached and made equally well-coached big-conference outfits like Temple and Wisconsin (programs that, unlike Cornell, feature scholarship players) look like JC squads in first- and second-round blowout victories this March. Now just imagine what Donahue will be able to do in the ACC, with 13 scholarships at his disposal."
  • The Ivy League published Cornell's press release on Ryan Wittman's signing with the Boston Celtics.
  • The Ithaca Journal writes:
Despite not being selected in the NBA Draft, recent Cornell graduate Ryan Wittman's professional basketball aspirations just got a little closer to reality.

Wittman has been signed by the Boston Celtics to play for their Summer League team. The Celtics compete in the AirTran Always Pro Summer League in Orlando, Fla. Play begins Monday.

All-American Luke Harangody, a second-round pick from Notre Dame, is expected to be one of Wittman's teammates.

Games are played at the RDV Sportsplex in Orlando but are not open to the public.

The Celtics fell in seven games in the NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Wittman, a 6-foot-7 forward and the Ivy League Player of the Year, was an Associated Press honorable mention All-American while averaging 17.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists during his senior season.
(edited 12:05 p.m.)


Anonymous said...

Figini's got potential for some minutes next year. With no true big men outside of Osgood and Coury, Figini is gonna have to step up.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Recruiting class is not yet finalized.

Anonymous said...

Figini is the same height as Osgood and Coury, 6-9. He showed hints of potential at the Clarkson game, where he had a sweet block and dunk, and scored 5 points in 4 minutes of playing time, albeit against a Div II team. He reportedly already gained 15 pounds of muscle over this past season.

Anonymous said...

Figini also got some non-junk playing time during a tight game against La Salle when both Dale and Tyler were injured and Donahue really had to reach into the bench. He sunk 2 FTs and, well, didn't "break" anything, so to speak.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure it isn't. A month from now, you'll post an irrelevant article about another "extremely hyped" guard who was about to sign with Cornell before going with a different school.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Won't be a guard... or a forward.

Anonymous said...

So we're getting a center, then? Is he at least 6'10" and at least 240 pounds??