- Dr. Patrick Ferry, father of incoming Cornell transfer, Andrew Ferry, notes on his website, Faith in the Freshman, "The Cornell University Athletic Department announced the incoming class for next year’s basketball team. Check out the story here. Meanwhile Andrew is with his Athletes in Action team in China. It is hard to follow his progress considering we are traveling in Germany and Switzerland. We will have some stories to tell when we get home!"
- The Minnesota blog, Down with Goldy previews this season's Cornell-Minnesota match-up on December 4, 2010 at Minnesota and notes:
Dec 4 vs. Cornell
Record: 27-4 (13-1 Ivy), lost in the Sweet 16 of the NCAAs to Kentucky
Good Wins: Temple, Wisconsin, Alabama, Harvard x 2
Last Year RPI: 37
Starters Lost: 4
NOTES: Stop. Just stop. This is not a good opponent. Last year was lightning in a bottle because they had 1. A high quality coach, 2. A legitimate scoring threat who could take over the game, 3. A skilled 7-footer who was a weapon on offense and defense, and 4. A point guard who could control the game. All those things are gone. The Gophers will win by 40, and at the end of the season their RPI will be north of 200.
- Some lively debate is taking place in our comments section about our projected playing rotation for 2010-2011. Feel free to post comments to the post or visit The Cornell Basketball Blog's message board (free membership). In furtherance of the discussion, concerning Cornell's personnel next season, below we profile Anthony Gatlin, a player in which some Ivy League fans are not familiar:
Gatlin transfered to Cornell during the spring of 2009 after spending two seasons at Centenary College (Division I, Summit League). He maintains two years of eligibility and practiced with Cornell throughout the 2009-2010 season as a red-shirt.
Gatlin told the Ithaca Journal after his transfer, "I'm 6-8, I can shoot pretty good and I guess I can do a little bit of everything," he said. "I won't say I'm perfect at everything, but I can help in different areas. I can help in a lot of ways."
As a sophomore for Centenary in 2008-2009, Gatlin started 16 of 27 games and averaged 4.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in over 18.0 minutes per game. He broke into double figures in four games and earned substantial minutes against major Division I competition, including Mississippi State, Baylor, LSU, Kansas State, Texas Tech, and Missouri. An inside-outside forward, he averaged better than 38% beyond the three-point arc in both of his seasons at Centenary.As a freshman during 2007-2008, Gatlin averaged 19.6 minutes per game, playing in all 31 Centenary games and starting 12. He was fifth on the team in scoring at 4.4 per game while averaging 2.4 rebounds per contest.
Gatlin played in 13 games during 2008-2009 where he played at least 20 minutes. In those 13 games of 20+ minutes, he averaged 28.7 minutes while posting 8.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. In the 4 games where he played at least 30 minutes, he averaged 13.5 points and 6.0 rebounds. On the season, Gatlin shot 41% from the floor.
During his two years with the Gents, some of Gatlin's notable performances included the following: 13 points, 5 rebounds in a Centenary 70-66 upset win over Texas Tech on December 1, 2007, 10 points against SMU on November 17, 2007, 8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists against Baylor on November 24, 2007, 10 points against Northwestern St. on November 27, 2007, 7 points and 7 rebounds against Louisiana Tech on December 13, 2007, 9 points against North Dakota State on February 28, 2008, 9 points and 7 rebounds against Mississippi State on November 15, 2008, 15 points and 9 rebounds against Alcorn State on November 29, 2008, 16 points and 7 rebounds on December 1, 2008 vs. Northwestern State, 11 points and 6 rebounds vs. Louisiana Tech on December 13, 2008, 12 points against UMKC on February 19, 2009.
According to TexasHoops.com, Gatlin committed to Centenary during October 2006 after receiving recruitment attention from Holy Cross, Nicholls State, and Stephen F. Austin. An excellent student, Gatlin was a member of Pearland (Texas) High School's National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, and graduated in the Top 5% of his class. He was also a first team All-District performer at Pearland.
When he was signed, Centenary's former head coach Rob Flaska commented, “Anthony has unlimited potential and will end up being an all-conference performer at Centenary. He is long, athletic, and has the ability to score inside or out, even to the three-point line. He is also a 4.0 student."
During July 2010, Jon Jaques told Brian Delaney of the Ithaca Journal that Gatlin can be a matchup problem for Ivy opponents. "He's going to cause so many problems for opponents because of his length and athleticism," Jaques said. "It's something you don't see a lot of in the Ivy League. Seeing him work out in the gym and the weight room, he's gotten so much stronger in the last year, and he's a pretty skilled player. When he adds that strength to his game, he's going to be a hard matchup."
For some additional background on Cornell's Anthony Gatlin, , check out the press clippings that we previously posted from Gatlin's time at Pearland High School (Texas) and Centenary. We also posted an article from the Journal of Pearland which was published during Cornell Sweet Sixteen run in March 2010.