ITHACA, N.Y. – Coming off its third straight Ivy League championship and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2009-10, Cornell head coach Bill Courtney has announced five incoming recruits will join the Big Red basketball program in the fall of 2010. Junior Andrew Ferry and freshmen Jake Matthews, Manny Sahota, Dominick Scelfo and Dwight Tarwater will bolster a lineup that returns nine letter winners in a search of a fourth straight Ivy title.
G Andrew Ferry – 6-4/190 — Milwaukee, Wis. (Milwaukee Lutheran HS/Palm Beach State College)
A transfer from Palm Beach State College, Ferry will be eligible immediately and will be classified as a junior. He averaged 18.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.9 steals per game as a sophomore captain at Palm Beach to earn first-team all-league and all-region recognition. Ferry shot .455 from 3-point range to finish in the top 20 nationally in junior college and made 51 percent of his shots from the floor overall. Ferry made 105 3-pointers on the season and reached double figures in the scoring column in 24 of 26 games.. He played his freshman year at Valparaiso, appearing in 22 games and scoring 0.9 points in 4.4 minutes per contest. As a prep player. Ferry was a three-time team most valuable player and a four-year captain who set school records for 3-pointers in a game (8) and a season (74). Ferry scored 18.5 points per game as a senior in earning the school’s Pat Folk Outstanding Athlete award and second-team all-state accolades. The three-year letter winner led his team to a pair of regional championships. Ferry also competed for the cross country and track and field teams.
G Jake Matthews – 6-2/165 — Greensburg, Pa. (Greensburg-Salem HS)
A McDonald’s High School All-America nominee as a senior at Greensburg-Salem HS, Matthews was a two-time all-section pick. As a senior captain, Matthews averaged 19.7 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. He made 59 3-pointers and closed his career with more than 1,200 points. After the season, he was invited to play in the Pittsburgh Roundball Classic All-Star game and earned a spot on the 2010 Hoops for a Cure All-Star team and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette East Fab 5 squad. A three-year starter. he was named to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 10 All-Star team as a junior after averaging 16.1 points for the state runner-up squad. He made 73 3-pointers on the year and connected on 39 percent from beyond the arc. He earned the school’s sportsmanship award and helped his varsity squad compile an 84-21 record in his four seasons. Matthews was also a star on the track team, competing in the high jump, long jump and 400 meter sprints.
F Manny Sahota – 6-5/195 — Brampton, Ontario (St. Marguerite d’Youville HS)
Sahota was invited to compete in the 2010 All-Canadian National High School All-Star game as a senior at St. Marguerite d’Youville HS. He averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocks per game in his final season. A first-team All-Ontario and Academic All-Ontario pick, Sahota was named the top forward in the province and the No. 4 forward in the country by hoopstarscanada.com. A member of the Toronto Star area all-star team, he was named High School Athlete of the Year in 2009. Sahota won the 2009 New York Nationals Dunk-off. He served as team captain of both the basketball and volleyball teams as a senior.
G Dominick Scelfo – 6-3/185 — New Orleans, La. (Jesuit HS)
Scelfo was a second-team all-district selection as a senior at Jesuit HS despite missing most of his senior season due to injury. He was ranked No. 15 on scout.com’s list of top 50 high school seniors in the state of Louisiana in 2010 and was a McDonald's High School All-America nominee. Scelfo was named district MVP after scoring better than 18 points per game as a junior. He shot 58 percent from 3-point range and 92 percent from the free-throw line. Scelfo was named to the Clarion Herald’s Elite Team. the All-New Orleans/St. Bernard Parish team and four different all-tournament squads. Scelfo was a three-year all-district pick in basketball and also played on the baseball team for two years.
F Dwight Tarwater – 6-6/210 — Knoxville, Tenn. (The Webb School of Knoxville)
A two-time all-state and three-time all-region selection at the Webb School of Knoxville, Tarwater was named Tennessee’s Mr. Basketball in Division II-A. He served as team captain in each of his final two seasons, including his senior year when he led his squad to the state semifinals, earning regional all-tournament honors in the process. As a senior, Tarwater averaged 23.2 points and 10.1 rebounds while shooting 61 percent from the floor, 38 percent from 3-point range and 78 percent from the free-throw line. In his four-year career, Tarwater scored more than 1,500 points. The regional most valuable player was a first-team all-league selection and was recognized as the Greater Knoxville Hall of Fame Male Athlete of the Year in 2010. His brother, Davis, swam four years at Michigan and is a five-time member of the U.S. national team.