Monday, July 19, 2010

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, a photo of the Cornell Daily Sun's special freshman issue recapping Cornell Basketball's 2009-2010 season. Below, some news and notes for Monday...
  • Chicago Now speculates that Cornell might join Northwestern and St. John's in the 2010 MSG Holiday Festival. However, as we have previously posted in our "Schedule Updates", the defending MSG Holiday Festival champions, the Cornell Big Red will not return to the Garden this year.
  • The Ithaca Journal notes, "Ryan Wittman finished his tour with the New York Knicks at the Las Vegas Summer League, playing seven-plus scoreless minutes in a 109-107 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards. Wittman, a 6-foot-7 small forward, was 0-for-2 from the field on Saturday with two rebounds and a turnover in 7 minutes, 22 seconds of playing time. Seventeen different players saw time for the Knicks, which finished league play with a 3-2 record. Wittman has said previously that if an offer with an NBA team didn't initially pan out, he'd be comfortable playing overseas. Cornell teammates Louis Dale, Jeff Foote and Jon Jaques have already inked contracts to play across the Atlantic."
  • asks after New Jersey high school senior prospect, Luke Piotrowski visited Boston College, "[L]ast year [Steve] Donahue turned Cornell big man Jeff Foote into a force. Could Luke be the next Jeff Foote"

Pete Carril's 80-year-old eyes twinkled when asked what he thought of Cornell's surprise run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last season.

"I wasn't doing too much thinking," the former Princeton coach said. "I was doing a lot of enjoying."

The Big Red's march to become the first Ivy League school in more than 30 years to reach the Sweet 16 did more than give people like Carril, the most successful coach in league history, something to smile about.

It raised awareness of the Ivy League among NBA executives, and that dynamic is in play this week in Las Vegas. Former Harvard guard Jeremy Lin (Mavericks), Harvard center Brian Cusworth (Hornets), Cornell forward Ryan Wittman (Knicks) and Pennsylvania guard Ibrahim Jaaber (Lakers) have earned playing time in the NBA Summer League.

... "I think we're starting to get some respect, for sure," Lin said of Ivy Leaguers. "Look what Cornell did, what Harvard did (last season). Just getting a lot of players to advance in the NCAA Tournament for Cornell, I think that was huge."

What would it mean to you as someone coming out of the Ivy League to be able to make it in the NBA? What would it mean to have an Ivy League guy playing in the NBA?

It would mean a lot to me, because it hasn't been done in a while. I think it'd be great for the League. I think the Ivy League has good players. We're looked down upon when it comes to basketball, but I think with what Cornell did this past year, people are starting to realize that players in the Ivy League can play as well. I think it'd be great for the conference.

Is the Ivy League producing better NBA-ready players then we're giving it credit for?

I think it's better then most people will give it credit for. And I think Cornell's Sweet Sixteen run is a good example of that and I think other teams have also beaten some bigger name opponents from bigger conferences. So I think the Ivy League should get a little more respect but obviously I'm biased because I played in an Ivy League.


Anonymous said...

Great graphic!

Anonymous said...

Great graphic in this post, great video in previous post. Cornell student media is friggin awesome!!!

Easily the best in the Ivy League, if not the country.