Saturday, August 28, 2010

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...
  • It is hard not to compare the similarities of the 2010-2011 Ivy League preseason with those of 2007-2008. Back in the fall of 2007, Penn had just completed a three year run of consecutive Ivy titles and graduated several All-Ivy players (including Ibrahim Jaaber, Mark Zoller, and Steve Danley). In a similar position this season, Cornell has graduated several seniors and is coming off its own third consecutive Ivy League title run. The Quakers would finish the 2007-2008 season, 8-6 in the Ivy (3rd place).
  • A panel of writers for Rivals.com weighed in on the best college coaching hires in the offseason and former Cornell coach, Steve Donahue is mentioned. David Fox writes, "The three best hires were Steve Donahue at Boston College, Fran McCaffery at Iowa and Brad Brownell at Clemson. McCaffery took three programs from one-bid leagues to the NCAA tournament. Brownell did the same with two programs. Meanwhile, Donahue had perhaps the toughest rebuilding job before taking Cornell to the tournament three times. I can't wait to see what these guys do when they have resources." Jason King added, "Boston College knocked one out of the park by hiring Steve Donahue away from Cornell, where he led his team to the Sweet 16 last spring. His work ethic will be refreshing for a program whose former coach (Al Skinner) had become lazy."

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

We've had FOUR rookies of the year since 2003. How could u forget Chris Wroblewski?

Anonymous said...

Dom Scelfo's picture on cornellbigred.com has "Chris Wroblewski" written under it.

Anonymous said...

Tarwater looks like a beast

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Initially forgot to include Wroblewski!

Anonymous said...

Hopefully one of them gets enough playing time to BE roy, and avenge Errick Peck.

Anonymous said...

Tarwater looks massive. It totally makes sense now why he's in AT's uniform. He has also sounded very mature in interviews, especially when he faced a tough decision when Donahue left CU -- he sounded very firm & didn't start doubting himself. And then there are the fabulous dunks we've seen from his HS tapes. So far, he has shown hints of Wrobo's maturity, Peck's athleticism, and AT's domineering physical presence ... my money is on this guy as Cornell's next potential ROY.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Here is how we'd describe Tarwater:

-"Tweener" position like Wire and Peck. Too small for the "4" but not a natural "3" guy, so undecided how he fits in

-More athletic than Wire, but probably not as athletic as Peck

-Better shooter than Peck and Wire

-Better ball handler than Peck and Wire

-Very intelligent player, just like Wire and Peck

We might not need Tarwater as a freshman, but when Wire graduates in May, he will definitely fill a void for the next three seasons.

In our opinion, the two freshmen with the best chance to make an immediate impact are the point guards, Matthews and Scelfo.

There is a vacant back-up job open behind Wroblewski and possibly even a starting shooting guard role, thereby pushing Groebe/Ferry to small forwards.

Tremendous opportunity for the young guards to see floor time.

Matthews and Scelfo, definitely two to watch.

Anonymous said...

dude, why do you always completely dismiss Miles Asafo-Adjei?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Asafo-Adjei is definitely Cornell's best defender in the full court press and could play a similar role that Jason Battle played during his time.

Anonymous said...

MAA should play whatever Reeves played and Tarwater should do whatever AT did.

Anonymous said...

You do always dismiss Miles...you seem to not even consider him, even though he has an entire year of experience, is one of the team's most athletic players, and as you mention (about the only thing you give him credit for) is a great perimeter defender. Not sure how you can pencil matthews/scelfo in as backup pg when they have yet to play a minute of college bball.

Anonymous said...

Andrew Ferry's picture also has "Chris Wroblewski" written under it.

The weights on the roster have not changed. Some of these guys, like Figini, have definitely gained weight. I was hoping to see how much.

Interesting that Coach C listed Fig as someone who could play center, but not Eitan. So Fig has gotten big and Eitan hasn't, prolly.

Tarwater is probably in AT's jersey because 33 was his # in high school. He does look rather beefy though, but medium height ... difficult to say who he's like, so can't wait to find out who he is.

Dominick Scelfo has Zac Efron hair.

Anonymous said...

Scelfo better get a haircut if he wants any pt. No mop tops allowed.

Anonymous said...

How about posting the freshman year picture taken of the Class of 2010? Those guys certainly got alot of PT.

Anonymous said...

I know I'm real early with this question, but any word or idea on when the Red-White game will be?