Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Recruiting News: Ivies Involved with Top Tier Talent in Class of '11

Below, some recruiting news around the Ivy League...

Malcolm Gilbert (Academy of New Church), Bryn Athyn, PA, 6-11, C committed to Pitt this week per Northstar Basketball. Gilbert previously indivated he planned on visiting Cornell. He held more than a dozen high-major scholarship offers. reports that Alex Mitola (Gil St. Bernard's HS) Martinsville, NJ, 5-9, G has interest from several Ivies, including, Cornell, Penn, Princeton, Columbia and Yale. Other schools showing interest are Siena, Jacksonville, Elon, La Salle. Mitola visited Penn this past weekend with his teammate Dom Hoffman.

Penn will receive a visit from Wesley Saunders (Windward School) Los Angeles, CA, 6-6, F. Saunders is also scheduled to visit Colorado and is currently ranked No. 80 nationally among's top 150 prospects.

But the big news on the recruiting front could be the weekend of September 17-19 planned for Harvard. A source tells The Cornell Basketball Blog that the Crimson will host several high major prospects including Andre Hollins (White Station HS) Memphis, TN, 6-3, G, Spencer Dinwiddie (Taft HS) Los Angeles, CA 6-2, G, and Kenyatta Smith (Flintridge Prep) La Canada, CA, 6-7, C. Crimson recruit, Jonah Travis (DeLaSalle HS) Minneapolis, MN, 6-6, F, who committed to Harvard several weeks ago, will be in attendance to assist in the recruiting effort.

This week, a source told us that Smith may have narrowed his list of colleges down to Harvard and Penn. Another source told us this week that Smith is expected to visit Vanderbilt this weekend. Regardless of these reports, one thing is for certain, Smith's recruitment is heating up and the Ivies are pushing hard. But the offer of playing in the SEC or Pac 10, might be tough to beat.

Collin Woods (Horizon HS) Phoenix, AZ, 6-1, G, has offers on the table from Cornell, Columbia, Portland, UC Irvine, Northern Arizona and Northern Colorado. Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara are also showing interest. Woods will be taking an official visit to Portland at the beginning of October according to “That’s the only official visit we have lined up so far because we want to see what happens in September with the in-home visits and also with what kind of financial package comes in from the Ivy League schools,” said Woods' mother to “He has the test scores and the grades he needs, so we’re just waiting on the financial package.” Cornell, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara have all lined up in-home visits in September.

(edited 12:28 p.m.)


Anonymous said...

The title should more accurately read "Recruiting News: Harvard Involved with Top Tier Talent in Class of '11." If Harvard starts landing these high-level recruits, that doesn't bode well for the rest of the league. I know that they aim high and often fail, but their recruiting classes the past two years have been exceptionally strong for the Ivy League.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Actually, Penn has a visit from the highest ranked recruit, Wes Saunders.

Anonymous said...

ANON 12:12AM:

I don't agree about the implications for the league. Two points.

#1- A rising tide carries all ships. If the competitive level rises at one Ivy, it will eventually rise at the others as more quality recruits give serious consideration to the league as a whole.

#2- With all this talent on board, Harvard must take the next step on the court this year. That would be to seriously compete at the top of the league for a championship. They were not even able to hold home court serve against the second place team last year.

Harvard is projected to be right in the mix with Princeton for the title this year. Let's see if Coach can take even that modest step.

Hello Newman said...

So since your title is a bit misleading...who is the highest rated recruit Cornell is seriously involved with (that you can comment on)?