- A question for Cornell basketball fans out there: What would be sweeter, surprising the country and winning the Ivy League title in 2010-2011 or winning it back in 2007-2008?
- Jason Hartford ('08) averaged 23.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game this spring and summer in the International Basketball League for the Yamhill Flyers (Oregon). Hartford is expected to return to Europe in the fall.
- Speaking of alums, Cornell alumni play professional basketball next season will include the following:
-Jon Jaques ('10) -Ironi Ashkelon, Israel, Israel Basketball Super League
-Ryan Wittman ('10)-TBA (summer league with NY Knicks/Boston Celtics)
-Jeff Foote ('10)-Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel, Israel Basketball Super League
-Louis Dale ('10)-BG Göttingen, Germany, Budesliga
-Jason Hartford ('08)-Casino Figueira Ginasio, Portugal, Liga Portugal Basketball
-Cody Toppert ('05)-Plymouth Raiders, U.K., British Basketball League
-Jeff Aubry ('99)-Aericibo Capitanes, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Basketball League
-John McCord ('97)-Limoges, France, French Pro B League
- A VMI recruit told his local newspaper that he had "some interest" from Cornell.
- ESPN's Rumor Central asks, "Is Harvard the Next Cornell?" ESPN writes:
What Cornell did last season -- advancing to the Sweet 16 -- is a modern miracle. In the modern age of recruiting, Ivy League schools are at a serious disadvantage, even when compared to other mid-majors, so Steve Donahue's ability to build an effective team in upstate New York was impressive indeed.
Donahue is off to BC now, so the stage really belongs to his nearest rival from last season, Tommy Amaker. Amaker had Harvard in the hunt behind the heroics of Jeremy Lin, but was never able to snatch the Ivy title away from the Big Red.
This season, he's done everything he can to get over that hump. While none of his six incoming frosh is ranked in the top-25 at his position, it's worth noting that four of them are positional top-100, which is pretty darn good for a team like the Crimson. Aside from that, Amaker should be able to dominate the Ancient Eight on sheer height alone. Ugo Okam and Monty Brown are both over 6-foot-10, and even Amaker's guards are coming in at 6-foot-2 or taller. It's an uncommon advantage in the Ivy.
Amaker is also returning his second-leading scorer in rising soph Kyle Casey, and another giant: 6-foot-10, 235-lb. Andrew Van Nest. Brandyn Curry could be the real key, as it will likely be his job to run the offense in his second season. That job could also fall to junior Oliver McNally, or the two might share time.
Amaker has projected overwhelming force onto the Ivy League scene for the upcoming season. We would be very surprised indeed if the former Dukie did not win the Ivy championship going away. The only question is, will he be able to get a regular seed, or will Harvard be one of the 'First Four' in the initial year of the 68-team tournament?