Tuesday, September 28, 2010

More on Galal Cancer: The Cornell Basketball Blog with Jim Hart

After having the opportunity to speak with the high school head coaches of Cornell's first two recruiting commitments-- Shonn Miller (St. Ignatius HS), Cleveland, OH, 6-6, F and Devin Cherry (Meridian HS) Meridian, MS, 6-3, G, The Cornell Basketball Blog recently chatted with the head coach of the AAU team, the Albany City Rocks, Jim Hart, about Cornell's third recruiting commitment, Galal Cancer (Christian Bros. Academy) Albany, New York, 6-2, G. Cancer played for Hart last spring and summer in several AAU tournaments..

When asked about the details of Cancer's college recruitment, Hart indicated that before selecting Cornell, Cancer was offered scholarships during the summer by Albany, Citadel, Navy and Manhattan. He also indicated that Columbia and Brown had asked Cancer to take visits to their campuses with the expectation that offers would be made during the visits. But Cancer's recruitment was by no means limited to just these schools. Hart noted that Stanford, Rice, Wichita State, Northeastern, Wagner, Lafayette, Colgate, Lehigh, Army, and Bucknell were among those schools still remaining in contact and evaluating the guard. "Stanford and Rice wanted to see more of him," noted Hart. Others reportedly involved at various points in the process included LIU, Davidson, Elon, Furman, and Quinnipiac. Hart noted that Cancer visited both Albany and Cornell in the last two weekends and then made his decision to the end process.

"If I had to describe Galal, I would call him a 'closer' like Mariano Rivera with the New York Yankees. He will help you win games down the stretch," said Hart. "He will do whatever it takes to win you the game. I remember during July, Cornell's head coach Bill Courtney was watching our [Albany Rocks AAU] team down at the Peach Jam Tournament in Georgia. Against one of the best teams in the country, I think Galal scored something like 14 of our last 20 points, just took the game over for us."

Hart credited Courtney and Cornell assistant, Marlon Sears for handling Cancer's recruitment.

When asked about Cancer's preferred position, Hart explained that Cancer could play either point guard or shooting guard and described him as both a "strong" and "athletic" player. "But I think he will be a point guard in college. He is the most unselfish human being I've ever seen. He can score when he wants, but he looks for his teammates first," Hart emphasized.

Despite some recruiting services suggesting that Cancer is not a consistent outside shooter, Hart disagreed. "He has all the shooting mechanics and has the ability to go off and hit two or three three-pointers in a row. Right now, he is just not asked to shoot as much as a point guard."

Hart emphasized, "Galal plays for one of the best high school coaches [Dave Doemel] in the state of New York. Galal is ultra disciplined, he will get better and better, his shooting will also get better [when he is asked to shoot more]."


Anonymous said...

Being one of the leaders on a NY AA state championship team is no small feat. The team they beat per your posted video clip had Tobias Harris - one of last year's most highly sought recruits (in top 10 in nation) who was a dominant high school player and was Tennessee's top recruit. Attracting players who have experienced team success at that level is always a plus.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Don't forget Tavon Sledge, who just committed to Iowa State. He was on that team as well.

Anonymous said...

looks like a pretty balls out player who just delivers clutch plays and flat out wins, a la Wroblewski.

This kid is going to be a steal for us. I'm gonna bet some big name programs are going to be looking for him after his senior season.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

This is an outstanding class and could be the league's best. These are three really good basketball players.

One word to describe Cornell's perimeter (1, 2, 3 positions):


Anonymous said...

Nice. But Cornell better zero on some big centers to compete with Harvard's incoming 7 footer.

Anonymous said...

What would be the name of Harvard's incoming 7-footer who is actually ready to play in D-1?

Not... ugh... Ugo Okam... ugh.

Anonymous said...

"What would be the name of Harvard's incoming 7-footer who is actually ready to play in D-1?

Not... ugh... Ugo Okam... ugh."

That's him. And he's going to be a good player in the Ivy League.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Okam is a long-term project and very, very raw.

He is strong and athletic, but not very skilled.

He'll grab rebounds and block shots, but he is an offensive liability.

Despite 7'0" tall and 250 lbs, he did not start on his high school team and his only offers were Ivies.

A kid of his size normally gets BCS offers if he has a lick of skill.

He could end up being a star down the line, but it is going to take some time for him to develop.