Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Join the Cornell Rebounders Club!

The Cornell University Rebounders Club is devoted to supporting the Cornell Men's and Women's basketball teams, both on and off the court. Through club events including luncheons, dinners, and receptions, Rebounders have the opportunity to meet and interact with student athletes, coaches, team staff and their families, in a relaxed social setting. Members are invited to the Awards Banquet in April, and can host dinners in their homes for the players during the winter break.

Membership in the Rebounders is open to all - a season membership is $50 for individuals, or $75 for couples or families. Catered pre-game or post-game receptions are free, but there are additional charges for luncheons and other events that include a meal.

The Rebounders welcome new members, who would like to support the Cornell basketball program and get to know the very special people who make it what it is. For more information on joining, contact us at info@cornellrebounders.org. Also visit the new online website for the Rebounders Club.


-RED-WHITE Scrimmage: Saturday, October 23, 2010, Time TBA

-vs. Colgate (scrimmage, closed to the public), Saturday, October, 30, 2010

-vs. Lafayette (scrimmage, closed to the public), Saturday, November, 6, 2010

-Season Opener @Albany, Friday, November 12, 2010

-@Seton Hall, Sunday, November 14, 20010

-Home Opener vs. Delaware, Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Howie Ortner Big Red Teams

The 1933-1934 Cornell Big Red (above) would finish their season 11-5 and runner-ups in the EIBL (the predecessor conference to the Ivy League). It was the highest winning percentage by a Cornell team during the 1930s. Their coach, Howard Ortner (class of '19) would retire just two years later after the '35-'36 season. Ortner was the coach of Cornell's 1924 EIBL (Ivy League) championship team and was president of the NABC during 1935.

Ortner coached the Big Red for 17 seasons, commencing the 1919-1920 season, the first year after his graduation from Cornell. He was also an All-America basketball player at Cornell and team captain in 1916, 1917, and 1919. During the 1917-18 season he was in the military service.

Below, a photo of then college senior, Howard Ortner in the February 15, 1919 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun.

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday. Above, some high school photos of Aaron Osgood. Now a senior, Osgood reportedly resurfaced on campus weighing in at a solid 235 pounds after a productive summer of hitting the weight room.

Foote Preparing for Upcoming Season with Maccabi Tel Aviv

Above, Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) reports for his physical and entry requirements with Maccabi Tel Aviv Electra.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Foote Touches Down in Israel

Jeff Foote arrives in Tel Aviv, Israel for his first season with Maccabi Tel Aviv Electra. Fans greet Foote and teammate Chuck Eidson at the airport.

Click the video below to see video of Foote's welcome to Israel.

The Difficult '01-'02 Season

During 2001-2002, Steve Donahue's second season as head coach of Cornell, the Big Red struggled to a 5-22 overall record and 2-12, 8th place finish in the Ivy League.

During the difficult '01-'02 campaign, Cornell was led by senior Wallace Prather ('02) (11.4 points, 3.4 rebounds per game) and sophomore Ka'ron Barnes ('04) (8.6 points, 3.1 rebounds per game). Struggling offensively, Cornell's scoring differential vs. opponents was -8.9 points with the team shooting just 38% from the floor on the season. Cornell lost 7 of its 14 Ivy League games by double figures.

The freshmen, however, on the '01-'02 team would become the seniors on Steve Donahue's first team with a winning record in league play, the 2004-2005 team (Donahue's 5th year in Ithaca). These "foundation pieces" for the future were Cody Toppert ('05), Eric Taylor ('05) and Chris Vandenberg ('05).

Dale Highlights From Second Exhibition

Below, highlights from Louis Dale's second exhibition game with Gottingen in Germany's Bundesliga. Dale finished with 10 points, including a three pointer show in the highlights.

Remembering the 1924 Champions

Above, the March 17, 1924 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun reports on the Big Red's 30-20 victory over Princeton on March 15, 1924. The victory sealed the Big Red's third EIBL (Ivy League) championship. Charles H. Capron (class of '24) was a captain for the Big Red and one of three members of the team named all-conference.

Recruiting News: Columbia Picks Up Commit

Below, some recruiting news from around the Ivy League....

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, a media guide for Ivy League basketball for the 1968-1969 season. Below, some news and notes...

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Dale Scores 10 Points in 2nd Exhibition Win

Louis Dale (Cornell '10) scored 10 points on Sunday in Gottingen's (2-0) second exhibition, a 94-55 thumping of Hanover, a German Pro A team.

News and Notes for Sunday

Below, some news and notes for Sunday...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Dale Makes Pro Debut

Louis Dale (Cornell '10) scored 15 points and dished six assists in his pro debut with Gottingen (Bundesliga, German premier league) in the team's season opening exhibition, a 77-59 win over Würzburg, a second division team. Gottingen returns to action on Sunday.

In town, Dale and his Goettingen teammates prepare for their team photo shoot.

Dale is introduced to the city before the team's exhibition on Saturday.

Dale and teammates meet the fans after the exhibition.

Cody Toppert ('05) (No. 33, above and below), played for Gottingen in 9 games during the 2009-2010 season. Toppert will play this season for the Plymouth Raiders in the British Basketball League.

Coach Courtney and Cornell Meet Again

Long before he became Cornell's Robert E. Gallagher '44 Head Coach of Men's Basketball, the Big Red were trying to figure out a way how to defend Bill Courtney. During 1991 and 1992, Courtney was a two-time First Team All-Patriot League selection with Bucknell University. He graduated with 1,499 caeer points, a mark that still ranks among the top 10 all-time at the school. And he has some experience "torching" Cornell too.

On January 4, 1992 in Lewsiberg, Pa., in a game against Cornell, Courtney scored 31 points and dished six assists and grabbed five rebounds, helping Bucknell to a 98-96 victory over the Big Red. A year earlier, on December 29, 1990, Courtney, then a junior, scored a game-high 21 points with four rebounds and four assists in a 93-85 Big Red victory in Ithaca.

Below, an archived article from the March 27, 2006 issue of USA Today, covering George Mason's run to the 2006 Final Four and Courtney's role in building GMU's run.

Remembering Adam Gore from 2005-2006

Perhaps no freshman in Cornell basketball history made as quick as an impact on the Big Red as Adam Gore (class of '09). During the 2005-2006 season, due to early injuries in the Cornell backcourt, Gore started the first game and would not relinquish a starting role the rest of the season on route to the 2006 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Award. In his first four games, he averaged 15.8 points per game, reaching double figures in each of them, including a 22 point outburst against Syracuse on November 9, 2005, a televised game on ESPNU in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

"We needed a point guard at the time," said former Cornell assistant coach Izzi Metz to the Cornell Daily Sun. Metz was instrumental in recruiting Gore. "I saw a kid who could handle the ball well and make open shots and seemed pretty confident."

Even before Gore ever played a game for the Big Red, Donahue referred to him as a "tough" kid and it was Gore's toughness that the Donahue staff tried to replicate in recruiting this year's freshmen. Time will tell if there are any Adam Gores in the bunch.

News and Notes: Saturday Edition

Cornell's 2010-2011 online roster has been updated to include photos of each of the newcomers. Above, Cornell has had seven former players earn Ivy League Rookie of the Year, including four winners since 2003. Above, Cornell's four freshmen which are eligible for the 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Award. Below, some news and notes for Saturday...

Friday, August 27, 2010

Jon Jaques Previews the AmEast

Five teams from the America East Conference are on Cornell's 2010-2011 schedule, including Boston U., New Hampshire, Stony Brook, Binghamton and Albany. Cornell's Jon Jaques (class of '10) previews the America East for Slam Magazine Online.

Remembering the Big Shot from '65

Above, the January 18, 1965 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun recapping Cornell's thrilling 70-69 win over Princeton on January 16, 1965 in front of 9,000 fans in Cornell's Barton Hall. On the game's last Cornell possession, Blaine Aston received a pass near the foul line. Aston hit the 17 foot jumper with 3 seconds remaining for the Cornell win. (click here to see the Ithaca Journal report on the game). The Sun reports that more than 3,000 fans were turned away from attending the sold-out game. Princeton's Bill Bradley finished with 40 points.

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Friday...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Ivy League Roster and Schedule Updates

Catching up with schedules and rosters around the league, below is an update with links.

Cornell's High Scoring Pair of the 80s, Bantum and Bajusz

Two of Cornell's most prolific scorers were products of the 1980s.

Ken Bantum ('85) closed out a brilliant four-year career in 1984-85, when he was named Ivy League Basketball Player of the Year and was the only unanimous selection on the All-Ivy first team. In addition, he was an Associated Press All-America honorable mention selection. Averaging 20 points per game his senior year, he set Cornell's then all-time career scoring record of 1,411 points and established school records for best field goal percentage in both a season and career, and career marks for most free throw attempts and most starts. A two-year captain and team MVP, he was a second-team All-Ivy selection as a junior and received honorable mention as a sophomore. He was a Seventh Round selection in the NBA Draft by the New York Knicks.

One of the greatest to ever wear the Cornell jersey, John Bajusz ('87) was a three-time All-Ivy 1st team selection as guard for the Big Red, becoming just the 12th Ivy player to earn three 1st team selections. He was also runner-up for Ivy Player of the Year two straight years. He received honorable mention All-America by The Sporting News three years. Set Cornell career records for points (1663), field goals made (647) and free throw percentage (.856). Ivy Rookie of the Year and All-Ivy honorable mention as a freshman. Team MVP and tri-captain as a junior and senior.

All Time Cornell Career Scoring Leaders
1. Ryan Wittman (2006-10) .................. 2,028
2. John Bajusz (1983-87) ....................... 1,663
3. Louis Dale (2006-10) .......................... 1,452
4. Ray Mercedes (1997-01) ................... 1,429
5. Ken Bantum (1981-85) ...................... 1,411
6. Mike Davis (1977-80) ......................... 1,400

Recruiting News

Below, some recruiting news from around the Ivy League. Above, an excerpt from Hoop Scoop's Rankings of the Nation's Top 100 High School Seniors for the Class of 1994. Included on the Top 100 was Cornell point guard, DeShawn Standard (Cornell '98).

News and Notes for Thursday

Below, some news and notes for Thursday...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Penn to Face Kentucky

The Cornell Basketball Blog can now confirm that the Penn Quakers will get a shot at Kentucky during the 2010-2011 season. The Wildcats are no longer a stranger to Ivy teams. Kentucky eliminated Cornell during the 2010 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen, but Big Blue has since lost five players to the NBA Draft's first round.

News and Notes: Evening Edition

Below, some news and notes for the evening. Above, the ever-changing logos of Cornell Basketball throughout the decades.

Cornell Daily Sun Confirms Report, Wittman to Forli, Italy

The Cornell Daily Sun has confirmed a report from The Cornell Basketball Blog earlier today that Ryan Wittman will join Forli in Italy for the 2010-2011 season. Wittman told the Sun, "From what I hear it's an amazing city, 30 min from Bologna which is another big city. I leave either Sept. 5 or 6th I think." He added, "I know they're in Italy's second division which is a very good league compared to other first divisions in other countries." Wittman also noted, "I think Scottie Reynolds is playing for a different team in the same league."

Recruiting News: Ivies Involved with Top Tier Talent in Class of '11

Below, some recruiting news around the Ivy League...

Ryan Wittman Heads to Italy Per Source

A source close to the situation reports to The Cornell Basketball Blog that Ryan Wittman will sign a professional contract with Forli of Italy. No official announcement has been made by the club.

A Date in Cornell Basketball History: January 29, 1968

In front of 8,000 fans in Columbus, on January 29, 1968, Cornell defeated Ohio State, 76-64. The above image is from the January 30, 1968 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun.

News and Notes

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...

Cornell Daily Sun: "New Schedule Tailored to Young Squad"

Senior forward Aaron Osgood will be one of 12 returning players from last year’s team, which made it to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tourney.

By Dan Froats
Cornell Daily Sun
August 25, 2010

With orientation week festivities having come to a close and yet another year of classes finally upon us, the minds of most students are far from the awe-inspiring NCAA Tournament run put forth by the men’s basketball team last spring. For some, however, it is never too early to look ahead to next season.

Cornell Daily Sun: "Men's Basketball Adds Five New Members"

Above, Cornell's new freshmen recruits. Below, an article from the Cornell Daily Sun.

Cornell Daily Sun: "Men's Basketball’s Big Four Prepare for Careers in Pros"

Alex Kuczynski-Brown
Cornell Daily Sun
August 25, 2010

Over the summer, four members of Cornell basketball’s decorated senior class signed professional contracts, with three of the four deciding to take their talents overseas.

Ryan Wittman ’10 and Jeff Foote ’10 were both familiar faces on the NBA workout circuit and even worked out for the New York Knicks together on June 15.

Foote Interview on Maccabi Tel Aviv

Above, Jeff Foote is interviewed by FanHouse.com on his signing with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Transition Year in 1968-1969

Prior to Steve Donahue's coaching run with Cornell, the late Sam MacNeil ('51) was considered by some as the most successful coach of Cornell basketball, despite his never capturing an Ivy League title for the Big Red. Above, the March 13, 1968 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun breaks the shocking news of MacNeil's resignation from the Big Red coaching staff.

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday

Delaney on Bill Courtney and Recruiting

By Brian Delaney
Ithaca Journal
August 24, 2010

ITHACA -- Several years ago, Steve Donahue reassessed his basketball recruiting philosophy to target prospective Ivy League student athletes in the Midwest.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Recruiting News

Below, some recruiting news from around the Ivy League.

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, a 1967 Cornell-Princeton game program. Below, some news and notes for Monday...

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Look Back to Harvard at Cornell

Arguably two of Cornell's most memorable home wins during the last three seasons were a pair of games against Harvard taking place in Newman Arena on March 1, 2008 and on January 30, 2010. On March 1, 2008, Cornell's 86-53 victory secured the Big Red's first of three consecutive Ivy League titles. The January 30, 2010 contest was expected to be a tight battle between two of the conferences better teams. Cornell would, however, roll to a 86-50 win in front of Newman Nation. Below, some videos from those games.