Thursday, October 14, 2010

Big Red Return to the Practice Floor

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Head coach Bill Courtney will lead the three-time defending Ivy League champion Cornell men's basketball team onto the practice court for the first time on Friday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Newman Arena. The practice will kick off the 2010-11 season, one highly anticipated with a new coaching staff and a new-look team on the court attempting to follow in the success of last season's NCAA Sweet 16 squad.

Following a 2009-10 season that can best be described as a breakthrough for both the Big Red and the Ivy League as a whole, Cornell will return 10 letter winners to the court, including All-Ivy guard Chris Wroblewski (8.9 ppg.) and top reserves Errick Peck (3.3 ppg.), Mark Coury (2.4 ppg., 2.4 rpg.) and Adam Wire (1.9 ppg., 2.6 rpg.) in the frontcourt and Max Groebe (3.0 ppg.) in the backcourt. Additionally, five newcomers will hit the practice court for the first time for the Big Red and a number of returners will have a chance to earn significantly larger roles.

Coming off a 29-5 season, a third consecutive Ivy title and a Sweet 16 appearance, Cornell will have an obvious new look when it hits the court. Former conference Player of the Year selections Louis Dale and Ryan Wittman are gone, as is two-time Ivy Defensive Player of the Year Jeff Foote. Alex Tyler, Jon Jaques and Geoff Reeves are also gone after combining for 119 career starts, while important contributors Andre Wilkins and Pete Reynolds were also lost to graduation. Probably the most conspicuous loss will be former head coach Steve Donahue, who accepted the head coaching job at Boston College after a successful 10-year run on East Hill.

Fans will get their first look at the 2010-11 Big Red team at the annual Red-White Scrimmage on Saturday, Oct. 23 at noon. Doors open at 11:45, with autogaphs and a meet the team session.

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