- On Wednesday, Penn Athletics announced an 8-player recruiting class for the Quakers. With 14 returning players on the 2010-2011 roster, the Quakers will have at least 22 players on the court next fall and this is without counting a potential 23rd player, Maalik Reynolds, who may be invited to walk-on. Brian Fitzpatrick, a freshman who elected to transfer out of the program this spring told the Daily Pennsylvanian, “I just can’t imagine what next year’s going to be like. Just imagine practice. You only play 10 guys on the court, so you have 13 guys waiting to get in? It’s crazy; it’s really crazy." Fitzpatrick added “It’s gonna get really ugly,” he said. “You can’t have everybody happy when you have [20-plus] kids on the team.” Fitzpatrick joins five (5) other Quakers who have quit the program during the last two years, including Tommy McMahon, Remy Cofield, Garvin Hunt, Harrison Gaines, and Carson Sullivan.
- The Daily Pennsylvanian contends there is some positive to a large roster. The D.P. writes, "The Cornell effect. How did Cornell play its way to the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen this year? With a lot of players — 19 to be exact. And during that run, the media couldn’t get enough of the Cinderella’s seniors, all nine of them, who lived together in one house (think The Real World: Ithaca). That team and class chemistry is vital. 'It’s a built-in group of friends that you’re gonna have for your whole four years,' Class of 2011 member Jack Eggleston said of recruiting classes." The D.P., however, ignores, the obvious in making its point. Cornell's 19-player roster is substantially smaller than a 23 or even 22-player Penn roster. Further, Cornell had a very large senior class. Penn will only have six seniors next season, compared to Cornell's eight seniors last year. Further, the majority of Cornell's roster joined the program as non-recruited transfers. Penn's coaching staff specifically recruited 22 of its 23 players directly out of high school, thereby causing the roster's bloated state.
- The Harvard Crimson's Around the Water Cooler blog writes:
Let's begin with a healthy dose of Ivy League basketball. In case you live under a rock, Harvard’s Jeremy Lin ’10 is on the verge of signing with the Golden State Warriors. 2010 has been a golden year for Ivy League basketball: With Cornell’s run to the sweet 16, four Ancient Eight graduates playing in the NBA summer league, and Lin’s impending induction as a Warrior, fans of Ivy League basketball have certainly been spoiled. Now we're all set up for a major let down next season when Princeton will likely get pummeled in the first round of the NCAA tournament.***
Penn announced today its eight-person freshman men’s basketball class, bringing its total roster size up to—gasp!—22 people. Did you know that the sky is now green, and grass blue? No, not really—that’s just what the Cornell Basketball Blog wants you to think with headlines like “Penn’s Overcrowded Roster Causes Player Discontent.” For the past few months, the Internet world has been abuzz news of the Quakers' large roster size, as though there is no way Penn will be able to manage so many players. Perhaps there should be a new reality television show called “Jerome Allen Plus 22” tracking the drama that will surely ensue next season.
The Quakers’ class is highlighted by Miles Cartwright, a six-foot-three shooting guard who received a rating of 90 from ESPN on a 100-point scale the website uses to evaluate recruits. Cartwright is rated the highest of any incoming freshman to the Ivy League by ESPN.