The Cornell Basketball Blog had a chance to speak with Bill Courtney today and get some updates on the team's offseason news and activities. Here are a couple of quotes from the Robert E. Gallagher '44, Head Coach of Cornell Men's Basketball:
"We were a bit banged up during the summer, but we seem to be just about fully healthy right now. Miles [Asafo-Adjei] is almost 100 percent [knees] and is just about returning to the court. Andrew Ferry [wrist] is now in full workouts, also almost 100 percent, Jake Matthews [hand/wrist] is now back 100 percent." Courtney added, "[Dominick] Scelfo is also getting back to where he was [in quickness and movement] prior to his knee injury last November."
"The guys are really working hard and are really committed," said Courtney. "Prior to September 16, we were only allowed to coach them for 2 hours per week in groups of no more than four guys. Now League rules permit us to instruct groups of six for 2 hours per week." The players are also spending additional time in the training and weight rooms with Cornell's strength and conditioning staff and spending time in the gym on their own. Full practices begin in mid October.
When asked about playing rotations and starters, Courtney emphasized his staff had made no decisions on playing time. "Everyone is equal right now. The past is the past. We are going to watch the guys in practice and in the two scrimmages [on October 30 and November 6 against Colgate and Lafayette] and see how they play against outside competition." He added, "We've got a lot of new faces so playing time is undecided."
With respect to "Midnight Madness" festivities, Courtney indicated that Cornell's administration is contemplating the idea of holding some Midnight Madness styled celebration during the Red-White scrimmage on October 23. He noted, however that the raising of the Sweet Sixteen and Ivy League Championship banners are still scheduled for unveiling at the Big Red's home opener on November 17.
Eligible for a team foreign travel trip during the summer of 2011 (the Big Red visited France in 2007 and Australia in 2003), Courtney acknowledged the team would spend next summer abroad together but indicated that the destination had not yet been selected.
Watch for additional preseason interviews with Coach Courtney from The Cornell Basketball Blog as well as some upcoming preseason video reports from Slope Media.