Thursday, October 14, 2010

News and Notes for the Afternoon

Above, a January 1996 game program. Below, some afternoon news and notes...
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 neither lists him as interested in Penn nor having an offer from the Quakers.

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.


Anonymous said...

How do you compare this recruiting class to the current freshman class? It seems like this group of recruits has a much higher ceiling, at least based on athleticism.

Anonymous said...

we went 4/5 on black people. UNheard of. I think that's evidence enough on their athletic potential.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Race has nothing to do with it. Cornell recruited the best people.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Let's do this a different way.

This is the first class in 10+ years at Cornell where each recruit had at least four D-I offers on the table.

Galal Cancer- Verified offers from Albany, Citadel, Navy, Manhattan, Columbia, Brown.

Devin Cherry-Verified offers from Penn, Wofford, Jackson State, and SE Louisiana.

Shonn Miller-Verified offers from Miami (OH), Toledo, Bucknell, Northeastern, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Columbia, Cleveland State, Akron, James Madison, and Lousiana-Lafayette.

Deion Giddens-Verified offers from Columbia, Princeton, Bucknell and Houston Baptist.

Dave Lamore-Verified offers from Tulane, James Madison, and Navy.

Anonymous said...

Well lets hope this class works out to be as good as the Dale, Witt, Foote class.

Why the sudden increase in talent, is it Courtney's recruiting ability, Sweet 16 run or did Donahue do most of the work and Courtney closed the deal?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Foote was not part of the Wittman-Dale class.

Foote transfered in 1.5 years later.

Cornell's recruiting success is a combo of all of the factors you listed.

Sweet 16, National Ranking, Coach Courtney, the new financial aid policies, and the "new" Dyson School of Business.

All of these factors help.

Anonymous said...

getting a lot of offers doesnt matter when the schools that are offering are columbia, houston baptist, etc.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

When a kid is raw, has played just one year of high school basketball, most colleges want to evaluate further.

A big deal was made about Ugo Okum, and his only offers were Loyola Marymount and two Ivies.

Giddens is pretty much in the same boat. Raw, but with a good frame and athleticism.

Had Giddens stuck in out til April, he'd have some much bigger offers. A lot of schools wanted to see what he could do this winter.

You have to take a chance on a 6'9" athletic kid. You coach him and develop him.