Friday, August 20, 2010

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes. Above, some photos from the "transition years" of 2000 through 2002, Steve Donahue's first two seasons at Cornell.
  • Some may not remember Steve Donahue's first two seasons coaching at Cornell. The Big Red struggled in a pair of dismal campaigns during 2000-2001 and 2001-2002, finishing 7-20, then 5-22 overall. During Donahue's first season as head coach, his Big Red squad was led by senior holdovers, 6'9" Greg Barratt (top right, above), a transfer and former member of the University of Utah Final Four team and 6'5" combo forward, Ray Mercedes (bottom left). The undersized Mercedes, a husky 230 lb. forward, was an honorable mention all-league selection during 2000-2001. In his second season, Donahue recruited and brought in highly touted 6'10" 250 lb. freshman, Chris Vandenberg (bottom right). Chronic ACL/knee problems, however, limited Vandenberg to just 15 games during his entire Cornell career. Donahue would not achieve a winning season in the Ivy League until his fifth year in Ithaca. There was hope for Donahue in that 2001-2002 team. Young freshman Cody Toppert ('05) and Eric Taylor ('05) showed promise. And sophomore Ka'Ron Barnes ('04) looked like a future star.
  • By the end of this weekend, Cornell's entire basketball team should be back on campus. As for the class of 2010 alums planning on playing professional basketball, Jon Jaques and Jeff Foote have already made their trips over to Israel to settle-in. Meanwhile, Louis Dale tweets that he leaves for Germany on Saturday.
  • Nice job by Harvard alum, Jeremy Lin in the following Gatorade commercial.


Anonymous said...

I don't know if it's a slow news day or if you're trying to suck up to Harvard folk somehow, but two Lin posts in two days is ridiculous, uninteresting, and unnecessary. Honestly, I'm more interested in what Eitan Chemerinski is having for breakfast.

No really, he's too skinny; he better have put on weight this summer.

Anonymous said...

agreed. I want to know what Eitan eats everyday, plus how Josh Figini did in his Howard pulley league play. Did he put on weight? Did he improve his game? Spill the beans.

Anonymous said...

I respect the hard work you do, but you go too far in either direction (negative or positive).

Why don't you imitate the Princeton Basketball blog and write just one or two neutral lines regarding news from other teams? Whether it's Cornell making the sweet 16, or Harvard admitting to recruiting violations, or a Harvard player signing a contract, PBN writes one or two very neutral lines and that is it.

Of course someone from Harvard will probably complain that it deserves an entire post, but that too is sort of silly and should generally be ignored. You need to find some middle ground. Anyone who wants to see endless Lin videos can follow his twitter account. These video postings are as silly as your endless posts about their recruiting violations.

Anonymous said...

Jeff foote is currently training in Tampa. He leaves for Israel? Next week. Assuming he isn't going to the Latvian "powerhouse" team.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Imitate PBN? Turning this into the new Cornell-Army-Boston College-Monmouth College-Hobart College blog site (with no opinion or voice) is appealing, but happy with the current format, thanks.

We like to mix it up and and plan to keep it that way.

Anonymous said...

I also created Eitan in NBA 2k10 in My Player mode. Made it through summer league and training camp and finally got a contract with the Nuggets. He is coming off the bench averaging 8/4/2 in 15 mpg, and versatile enough to play everything from shooting guard to center.

Anonymous said...

All kidding aside, I really want to know more about Eitan Chemerinski and Josh Figini.

Chemerinski was our highest-rated non-Peck recruit. The few minutes we have seen from Figini were very impressive.

As Delaney said, Chemerinski and Figini will become very important very soon, as they are the tallest non-seniors. I hope they understand that their development is very important.

If you could please tell us more about them now and then, I will really appreciate it. I will also appreciate it if Brian Delaney interviews them more, if he is reading this. Thank you.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Chemerinski, Figini and McMillan received roughly equal Division I interest. Peck and Harvard's Kyle Casey were recruited at very high levels.

In Peck's case, he had scholarship offers to Butler, Colorado State, Akron, Cleveland State, Kent State, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Loyola-Chicago, Middle Tennessee State, IUFW, Missouri State, Evansville and Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Purdue, Penn State, Saint Louis, Stanford, Colgate, Miami (Oh.), Marquette, Harvard, Boston University, and Cincinnati were among others he was involved with at various points in the recruiting process.

We were told by his coaches that Penn State and Saint Louis were close to making offers in the late recruiting period, before he pulled the trigger for Cornell.

Anonymous said...

PBN's turn towards putting everything behind pay walls has definitely reduced the community feel of the place, and is regrettable. I'm just saying his tone is better than your's.

Anonymous said...

as usual, you did not answer the question.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

We want to do more than just be a link gateway. But good site for Denver basketball coverage.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Figini had a great summer in the Howard Pulley Summer Pro Am. He averaged about 15 points per game... but played on team comprised mostly of D-III players. Still, he took huge step forwards from where he was a year ago.

Over and over Chemerinski and Figini were mentioned as greatly improved during the course of last season.

Unfortunately, Cornell and Ivy fans did not get to see the product.

Not At The Table Carlos said...

I like the idea of Eitan at the 2 in 2k10, I wish we could link up and I could create Josh "Big Fruit" Figini and pair him up to run the 3 alongside what a combo of versatility!

Anonymous said...

I thought wally p was good on that 01 team and if I'm not mistaken topp was the 2nd leading scorer on the team as a frosh. I also believe cobb showed promise towards the end of the season and stephenson had a double double in his 1st college game. Talent wise that was a solid class, too bad only two guys made it all four years(ET and topp).