Saturday, October 2, 2010

News and Notes: Saturday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Saturday...
  • On Friday night, Cody Toppert ('05) scored 14 points for his Plymouth Raiders of the British Basketball League, but it was not enough as the Raiders fell to the Sheffield Sharks in a blowout, 116-73. Toppert also had 2 rebounds and finished 3/6 beyond the arc.
  • Ryan Wittman ('10) begins regular season play in Italy's LegaDue on October 3 with his club Forli against league foe Verona. Louis Dale ('10) also opens his pro career on October 3 when his Gottingen club of Germany faces league rival Trier. Jeff Foote and Maccabi Tel Avi must wait until October 17 before getting into Israel's super league play when they face Galil Gilboa. Foote will face his Cornell former teammate, Jon Jaques ('10) and Ironi Ashkelon on October 24. Ginasio of Portugal and Jason Hartford ('08) open on October 16 against Overense. John McCord ('97) and Strasbourg of France open on October 9 against Roanne.
  • YNN has a video news story of Galal Cancer's commitment to attend Cornell. YNN notes, "CBA senior Galal Cancer can go into this basketball season with some pressure off of him. He has verbally committed to Cornell. Cancer chose Cornell over several other schools including UAlbany. Cancer helped lead the Brothers of CBA to a New York State championship last season. He was one of the top recruits for the Big Red who made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament last year, and they will be looking for him to make an impact right away. Cancer said the main reason he chose Cornell was because of the academics, but a good basketball team helped."
  • ESPN's Rumor Central notes that Boston University's 2010-2011 roster features trasnfers from Marquette, Arizona State, La Salle, and Rider. Picked by most publications to compete with Stony Brook for the America East Conference title, ESPN writes, "BU's non-conference schedule should give us an early look at how that old/new mixture will fare against top competition. The Terriers will visit John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats in Rupp, which should be instructive. La Salle and Cornell will visit Boston in the early going, and BU will face George Washington of the A-10 in the NIT Season Tip-off. They open the season with cross-town rivals Northeastern of the CAA."
  • The last time that Cornell started a freshman at center was the 2001-2002 season when Chris Vandenberg got the start for the team's first three games before suffering a season (and career-ending) ACL tear. Physically ready to contribute as a rookie, the 6'10" 240 lb. Vandenberg averaged 6.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game in his three games against Canisius, Notre Dame and Bucknell. With the graduations of Mark Coury, Aaron Osgood and Adam Wire next May, Cornell will most likely have to start a freshman at center for the first time in a decade.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I hope Cancer is good (the player, that is), but I also hope he doesn't expect to jump right in and get a lot of playing time off the bat with our backcourt being pretty crowded next year -- especially since Wrobo will be a Senior.