Tuesday, September 28, 2010

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Above, a screen shot from Cornell's run to the Sweet Sixteen last March. Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...

Are UK and Cornell on a level playing field? Should they have the same academic standards?
  • Jay Bilas of ESPN gives his opinion on whether college sports has a level playing field in terms of the academic demands and requirments of the respective competing institutions. Bilas writes, "In the lead-up to Kentucky's Sweet 16 matchup against Cornell in March, UK's DeMarcus Cousins told the media the game wouldn't be decided by 'who can read the fastest. … We're here to play basketball. It's not a spelling bee.' While I did not particularly care for the sentiment expressed, he was absolutely correct. It was just an athletic competition, and it was being played on an uneven playing field. The fact that Cornell and Kentucky were playing basketball against each other did not mean that they were equal or comparable academic institutions. They are not. An initial eligibility requirement of 2.5 does not make it so."
  • The New York State Sportswriters Association notes, "Galal Cancer of Albany CBA will attend Cornell next fall, FOX 23 Sports reported this afternoon. Cancer, a seventh-team all-stater, averaged 10.2 points as a junior. The 6-2 standout was also considering SUNY Albany."
  • The News Herald of Northern Ohio notes, "Jay Larranaga, a former assistant coach at Cornell, has been named the new coach of the Erie BayHawks of the National Basketball Development League. Larranaga played at Bowling Green."
  • BallinInEurope ranks Jeff Foote's ('10) Maccabi Tel Aviv club as the No. 6 ranked team in Europe.
  • Alex Hill, a former member of the Big Red's class of 2012, played one season with the Big Red during the 2008-2009 season before opting to return to his home in Toronto, Canada and play for the University of Toronto. In his bio on the Toronto Athletics website, Hill indentified Jon Jaques ('10), as his favorite professional athlete. Hill is the only player to transfer out of the Cornell basketball program in the last five years.


Anonymous said...

Looks like Hill worked on his GTL this summer

Anonymous said...

What about the kid who went back to USC, that's not a transfer out?

What happened to that 6'10 kid who was soaking pine?

Doesn't really matter....as pointed out yesterday, Ivy kids are not obligated in any way - no scholarships = more flux.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Our post was with reference to kids who leave the program and transfer to play basketball like Brian Fitzpatrick (Penn to Bucknell), Connor Sullivan (Penn to UNC Asheville), Harrison Gaines (Penn to UC Riverside, or Noel Hollingsworth (Brown to MIT).

Collin Robinson transferred to Cornell from USC, then went back to USC. But he did not "transfer" to USC to play basketball. He went there to finish his degree and did not leave for basketball.

Marc Van Burck is still at Cornell, he just decided not to play basketball. He transferred to Cornell from Salt Lake College after also playing at the University of Colorado.

Anonymous said...

i will never forget alex hill's 6 threes against ursinus, including 5 in a row. Nuts