Above, some images from the media blitz on Cornell Basketball over the last three seasons. Below, some news and notes for Saturday...
Cornell's rise a year ago to No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Top 25 Poll and high academic ranking in such publications as U.S. News & World Report, has made the Big Red an easier marketing sell to prospective recruits with Division I scholarship opportunities.
- Cornell has now secured recruiting commitments from three high school seniors, Shonn Miller (St. Ignatius HS) Cleveland, OH, 6-6, F, Devin Cherry (Meridian HS) Meridian, MS 6-3, G and Galal Cancer (Christian Brothers HS) Albany, NY, 6-2, G. Absent a transfer, an invited walk-on (without athletics' admissions assistance) or a star recruit that they can't pass up, Bill Courtney and his staff appear to have filled their needs at guard and have landed their top targets early in the process. In Miller, Cornell adds an explosive, athletic wing in the mold of an Errick Peck. Cherry is a combo-guard with a reputation for knocking down the long ball. Cancer is a true point guard with a knack for creating his own shots and attacking the basket, bringing similar speed and body control abilities that made Louis Dale ('10) so successful in the Ivy League. Most important, all three of these perimeter players had Division I full scholarship opportunities elsewhere, but came to Cornell for the Ivy League experience.
- We believe Galal Cancer will be Cornell's first high school recruit out of New York State in seven years. The last NYS kids were Jason Canady and Will Scott in the class of '04. Speaking of former players, we've been meaning to post this for a while, but the Cornell Athletics site has every Cornell basketball roster from the 1988-89 season through the present. Rosters are complete with heights, weights, and secondary schools. Cornell also has the statistics for each team dating back to 1946-47.
- Louis Dale ('10) had 11 points Friday night in a 78-72 Gottingen exhinbition win over the Belgian club, Optima Gent.
- The Providence Journal reports that Brown recruit and Toledo transfer, Stephen Albrecht is still awaiting a decision from the NCAA on his immediate eligibility appeal. Albrecht previosuly committed to Cornell, but changed his college choice when Steve Donahue left for Boston College.