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 has released official announcements of its schedule, roster and recruiting class. Around the rest of the conference, Harvard, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton, and Yale, have released their respective schedules. In roster news, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, and Yale, have posted their 2010-2011 online rosters. Columbia, Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton, and Yale have also formally announced their incoming recruiting classes. Only Penn has yet to release its schedule, while Princeton must still release its roster.

Brown's roster reflects that junior Marques Coleman has left the program for undisclosed reasons. He is the fifth Bear to leave the program in the last two years. The Brown roster also implies that Toledo transfer, Stephen Albrecht has gained eligibility for the 2010-2011 season. Albrecht sat out the spring semester at Toledo and reportedly committed to Cornell during January. A change in Cornell coaching staff caused Albrecht to pull his commitment and instead commit to Brown during April. Albrecht could be a vital piece to Brown's run at an upper division finish during 2010-2011 if eligible.

Harvard's 2010-2011 roster reflects that sophomore Spencer De Mars has left the the program for undisclosed reasons. De Mars is the twelfth member of the Crimson to leave the program during the last three seasons, and the fourth player to leave in the last two seasons. Several of these players were cut by the coaching staff during the fall of 2008. Harvard players which dropped off the Crimson roster for reasons other than graduation/exhaustion of eligibility include:

-Spencer de Mars (left during '10-'11)
-Hugh Martin (left during '09-'10)
-Peter Boehm (left during '09-'10)
-Peter Swiatek (left during '09-'10)
-Eric Groszyk (left during '08-'09)
-T.J. Carey (left during '08-'09)
-Kyle Fitzgerald (left during '08-'09)
-Adam Demuyakor (left during '08-'09)
-Ndu Okereke (left during '08-'09)
-Darryl Finkton (left during '08-'09)
-Cem Dinc (left during '08-'09)
-Alex Blankenau (left during '08-'09)

(edited 8.26.10)

12 comments:

Tom said...

Brown's Coleman has never recovered from knee surgery. He will remain with the team in some capacity.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Yes, suffered while in high school.

Anonymous said...

Princeton released its recruiting class a while ago:

http://www.goprincetontigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=46548&SPID=4231&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=10600&ATCLID=204965772

Anonymous said...

Just curious, would you have described Chris Vandenberg as 'having left the program'?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

No, Vandenberg remained on the team all four years. If you check the 2004-2005 online media guide, Vandenberg never left the program and remained on the roster, like Khaliq Gant.

Donahue really tried to keep his kids in the program, even if injuries or other happenings prevent them from ever playing again.

Anonymous said...

Then why have you repeatedly described kids like Aron Cohen as having 'left the program', when the reality (as was pointed out to you) was that despite having a heart condition that prevented him from playing his senior year, was at every practice, and on the bench for every game.

Rooting for all things Cornell is fine. Not respecting kids elsewhere who tough it out under difficult circumstances in the name of promoting your beloved 'roster stats' is not.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Cohen's name was removed off the roster.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry Anon 8:45, but you are really being irrationally sensitive. Maybe you should take up roster practices with whatever relevant coach if it concerns you so deeply.

Anonymous said...

Elsewhere on the internet, people are wondering what implications it has for next year's projected ivy performances if Albrecht is eligible to play by conference time. They are asking if Brown will make a run of some sorts.

During a Cornell-Brown lacrosse liveblog, I asked Brian Delaney about Albrecht and he said that he was likely an all-ivy guy that will make a huge difference for Brown but that Cornell will likely not be hurt by not getting him(assuming, I suppose, because we are stacked with rather talented guys already).

So what should we expect? Is he going to be a Matt Mullery -- the all-ivy guy who scores 20 points on the team that loses by 20 points -- or are you going to rejigger your projections now?

And can you kindly reflect on Yale? Everyone is projecting them to finish in the bottom 2 or 3 but they never do. Then they have a super hard schedule and always get a great recruit now and then. They are probably the most invisible Ivy team because they never win but they're never terrible enough to draw attention, like Dartmouth. Does anyone really know enough about them to project how they will perform? I really hope they don't randomly end up winning because everyone forgot they were around.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Albrecht can be an All-Ivy get and it is reasonable to expect him to be a 12 points per game scorer when eligible.

He gives Brown depth at guard, but the Bears are already deep at guard, just like Cornell is very deep at guard.

Anonymous said...

ANON 10:27
I'll try this one.

Last season’s numbers do not support this statement about Brown’s backcourt depth. There may be three players back there, but they’ve got a quality problem. The Bears bring back three guys (Leffelman, MSullivan, Williams) who averaged 20-29 minutes of season-long court time. Their PPGs were 5.5-7.5 and their RPGs were 1.8-2.8. It was no thanks to these three that the Bears finished third behind Cornell and Harvard in league offense. They treated loose balls like kryptonite, leading to a pitiful offensive rebounding output and they played poor individual and team defense, yielding one of the lowest steal rates in all of D-1. This is just grim. They may think noone (like Coach?) noticed this level of performance, but we fans surely did!

On the other hand, Brown returns a solid frontcourt. Lots of boards, respectable points. Multiple Ivy ROYs. They’re as deep upfront as Princeton and Penn and deeper than Harvard. Sure, there are questions about whether they can learn to play without Matt Mullery underneath, but Halperin, McCarthy, and PSullivan (joined by a healthy Ponticelli) look able to fully staff Agel’s front court rotation. Frosh Walker is even there if needed. And, importantly, unlike last year, the Bears have enough rostermen to staff a full practice.

Albrecht presumably has all fall to practice with these guys to get ready for the Army game. I’m betting that he gets starters’ minutes from his very first eligible moment, and will open games on the floor when Coach finds the situation appropriate. I don't know that guys who play half-seasons make All-Ivy teams...

All we ever hear about Albrecht is a drumbeat about his offensive prowess. If he also comes to the fray with a hustling, defensive mindset, he will make his fellow guards better if only by sparing each some minutes, and really give the Bears a huge shot in the arm during the last two-thirds of the season. It’s quite an opportunity to show off some new facets of his game.

Aboveall, IMO, I don’t see Albrecht as a 20pt scorer on a team that loses by 20 every night. A team-oriented Stephen Albrecht who brings a complete game to the court would give Brown the inside track on a first division league finish and a .500+ overall record. It would be an excellent turnaround for Brown in the third year of the post-Robinson era.

Anonymous said...

ANON 10:27
I'll try this one.

Last season’s numbers do not support this statement about Brown’s backcourt depth. There may be three players back there, but they’ve got a quality problem. The Bears bring back three guys (Leffelman, MSullivan, Williams) who averaged 20-29 minutes of season-long court time. Their PPGs were 5.5-7.5 and their RPGs were 1.8-2.8. It was no thanks to these three that the Bears finished third behind Cornell and Harvard in league offense. They treated loose balls like kryptonite, leading to a pitiful offensive rebounding output and they played poor individual and team defense, yielding one of the lowest steal rates in all of D-1. This is just grim. They may think noone (like Coach?) noticed this level of performance, but we fans surely did!

On the other hand, Brown returns a solid frontcourt. Lots of boards, respectable points. Multiple Ivy ROYs. They’re as deep upfront as Princeton and Penn and deeper than Harvard. Sure, there are questions about whether they can learn to play without Matt Mullery underneath, but Halperin, McCarthy, and PSullivan (joined by a healthy Ponticelli) look able to fully staff Agel’s front court rotation. Frosh Walker is even there if needed. And, importantly, unlike last year, the Bears have enough rostermen to staff a full practice.

Albrecht presumably has all fall to practice with these guys to get ready for the Army game. I’m betting that he gets starters’ minutes from his very first eligible moment, and will open games on the floor when Coach finds the situation appropriate. I don't know that guys who play half-seasons make All-Ivy teams...

All we ever hear about Albrecht is a drumbeat about his offensive prowess. If he also comes to the fray with a hustling, defensive mindset, he will make his fellow guards better if only by sparing each some minutes, and really give the Bears a huge shot in the arm during the last two-thirds of the season. It’s quite an opportunity to show off some new facets of his game.

Aboveall, IMO, I don’t see Albrecht as a 20pt scorer on a team that loses by 20 every night. A team-oriented Stephen Albrecht who brings a complete game to the court would give Brown the inside track on a first division league finish and a .500+ overall record. It would be an excellent turnaround for Brown in the third year of the post-Robinson era.