Friday, October 29, 2010

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Friday... Above, some floor boards signed by Ryan Wittman, Jeff Foote and Steve Donahue.
  • In Ivy news, the Daily Pennsylvanian addresses the recent changes in Penn's roster, including the player cuts of Sean Mullan and Tommy Eggleston and the transfers of Brian Fitzpatrick and Carson Sullivan.
  • Brian Delaney of the Ithaca Journal reports via Twitter that Chris Wroblewski is practicing with the team and is now wearing a mask to protect his broken nose. Cornell scrimmages Colgate on Saturday in Ithaca. The scrimmage is NOT open to the public per NCAA Rules.
  • WVBR comments on the Ivy League Basketball Media Conference.
  • A YouTube video has a short segment of last Saturday's Red-White Game.
  • Rush The Court is counting down via Twitter the top 345 Division I teams. Teams on Cornell's schedule ranked so far include:
-No. 340-Dartmouth
-No. 327-Albany
-No. 300-Columbia
-No. 278-Yale
-No. 262-Brown
-No. 257-Binghmaton
  • is ranking each of the 263 Mid Major basketball programs based on their performances during the last six years. Each day MidMajority is counting down the teams among the top 100. Here is a look at the top 30 teams revealed-to-date. Cornell is the only Ivy League to finish among the top 50 mid major basketball programs.
30. Saint Joseph`s, Atlantic 14 (66 points)
29. Sam Houston State, Southland (67 points)
28. Akron, Mid-American (70 points)
27. Rhode Island, Atlantic 14 (72 points)
26. Cornell, Ivy League (73 points)
25. Kent State, Mid-American (73 points)
24. Massachusetts, Atlantic 14 (73 points)
23. Vermont, America East (76 points)
22. Morgan State, MEAC (77 points)
21. Missouri State, Missouri Valley (79 points)
20. Creighton, Missouri Valley (80 points)
19. Temple, Atlantic 14 (80 points)
18. South Alabama, Sun Belt (83 points)
17. Siena, Metro Atlantic (84 points)
16. George Mason, Colonial (90 points)
15. Wichita State, Missouri Valley (92 points)
14. Southern Illinois, Missouri Valley (92 points)
13. Dayton, Atlantic 14 (97 points)
12. Utah State, Western Athletic (99 points)
11. Bradley, Missouri Valley (100 points)
10. Winthrop, Big South (109 points)
9. Saint Mary`s, West Coast (111 points)
8. Northern Iowa, Missouri Valley (112 points)
7. Oral Roberts, Badlands Conference (113 points)
6. Old Dominion, Colonial (113 points)
5. Virginia Commonwealth, Colonial (114 points)
4. Nevada, Western Athletic (132 points)

  • Throughout the season we will provide periodic updates on Cornell's eight (8) overseas alumni playing professionally.
-John McCord ('97) (Strasbourg, Pro A France)-Strasbourg is off to a 2-1 start on the young French Pro A season with 6'6" forward McCord averaging 8.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. He is reportedly the oldest player in the French Pro A. McCord a former 1st Team All Ivy selection transferred to Cornell via Monroe College, a JuCo program.

-Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones, LNBP Mexico)-The 6'11" center for the Rojos of Halcones is off to an 11-5 start. The former Cornell center and 10 year veteran is averaging 6.2 points and 6.2 rebounds. Aubry played several seasons in the NBA D League in the early part of his career.

-Cody Toppert ('05) (Plymouth Raiders, British Basketball League)-The Raiders remain winless in BBL action, 0-3, with yhe 6'4" Toppert shooting 38% from beyond the arc and contributing 10.3 points per game. Toppert writes a regular blog on his team's website. Like Aubry, Toppert is a veteran of the NBA D League.

-Jason Hartford ('08) (Ginasio, LPD Portugal)-Sporting a 2-0 record in Portugal with Ginasio, the former Cornell power forward is averaging 12.5 points and 5 rebounds per game in the new season.

-Louis Dale ('10) (Gottingen, Bundesliga Germany)-The Purple are off to a 3-4 start in Germany's premier league with rookie Dale averaging 10.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game while shooting 38% beyond the arc.

-Ryan Wittman ('10) (Forli, LegaDue Italy)-Forli has struggled in the early going with a 1-3 start in Italy's second division. Wittman has been solid, contributing 10.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists, but has struggled on 15.8% shooting from downtown.

-Jeff Foote ('10) (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel Winner's League)-Maccabi is off to a 2-0 start in the Israeli league but Foote has not made his professional debut. Maccabi is also 1-1 in the EuroLeague.

-Jon Jaques ('10) (Ashkelon, Israel Winner's League)-Ashkelon is 0-2 in the Israeli league with Jaques averaging 2 points per game.


Hello Newman said...

Did I really see Coury take a step back jumper on Fruit in that video?

Anonymous said...

yes you did. I saw it live. It was ugly.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Cornell doesn't need Coury to take those shots and he probably won't take them in a real game.

His job is to defend, rebound, and score 2nd chance points off the glass.

Now Osgood is a different story. He will nail jumpers.

Anonymous said...

Lots of blown shots & layups in that clip. This was encouraging enough for Delaney to vote us into 2nd? Delaney usually isn't biased. I found the vid somewhat dismaying.

Anonymous said...

Maybe those Penn sophomores that transferred out had the right idea. Even with all the folks that left, it seems there still wasn't room for everybody.

Anonymous said...

I was at the game and I think the team will play much better when Wrobo is back.
The defense will have to improve because you can't out score everyone.
Everyone talks about offense which will take time to jell, but defense will keep you in the game.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

You can't take much from Red-White because you are not playing your top 7-8 guys together as a unit, so it hard to gauge the quality of the team when breaking it up.

In closed scrimmages, the Red team is the First Unit. Not the case in the public scrimmage.

Also taking out Wroblewski and Osgood, you are missing a pair of potential starters, not to mention Scelfo, who could possibly be the team's No. 2 point guard.

Not At The Table Carlos said...

That Coury step back is wetter than Miami during hurricane season, reminds me of Ugo Ihekweazu's buttery J.

Anonymous said...

Why isn't foote playing?