- The Daily Pennsylvanian writes:
Cornell adds two (one coach, one commit)
It's a big day for Big Red Basketball. By noon today Cornell announced the hire of new assistant coach Mike Blaine, and recruit Dave LaMore announced his commitment to the team.
Blaine joins Cornell from Maryland Eastern Shore, where he was an assistant coach largely responsible for developing perimeter players, opponent scouting and recruitment. He will replace Jay Larranaga, who left Ithaca, N.Y. to take a coaching position in the NBA's developmental league.
LaMore, a 6-foot-10, 220 pound center, will move to Cornell next year from his home in Whitmore Lake, Mich. His considerable size should help fill the void left by graduated Big Red star Jeff Foote, who is now playing in Israel. LaMore gained some notoriety in the Detroit area for literally breaking a backboard while dunking during a high school game.
The Cornell Basketball Blog reported that LaMore took recruiting calls from the Penn coaching staff, among other Ivies, though his profile on Rivals.com neither lists him as interested in Penn nor having an offer from the Quakers.
- Inside Prep Sports writes:
Dexter (MI.) High School's 6'8" senior center Dave Lamore ended his recruiting late Thursday morning after making an official visit to an Ivy League school. He's the 19th player from Michigan to commit to a division one program.
Thursday morning, Lamore contacted Inside Prep Sports via text message with news that he committed to Cornell. He first caught the eye of IPS after a solid AAU season with Common Bond's 16u squad in 2009. He continued to show promise in Romulus' Summer League that same year as his athleticism picked up and he flashed productive post play.
This past AAU season he moved on to the Michigan Mustangs 17u where he and 6'9" power forward Trey McDonald held down the middle. He picked up interest from James Madison, Tulane, and Loyola (IL.) with offers from Cornell and Navy. He made official visits to Navy towards the end of September and more recently Cornell.
Lamore said this about Cornell, "It just felt right. Great education, great basketball, and a great connection with the coaches and guys on the team."
He has good size and will be a solid pickup for the Big Reds as he's still improving. Lamore is Inside Prep Sport's #3 center in Michigan. The center averaged 12 points and seven rebounds as a junior in high school.