Tuesday, November 9, 2010

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...
  • Andrew Santillo of the Troy Record writes, the Albany "Great Danes take on Cornell... on Friday in the 2010-11 season opener."
  • The Boston Globe writes, "Predicted to finish second in the league behind Princeton in a media poll, the [Harvard] Crimson will be looking to step into the void that may be left by the retooling of Cornell’s program, which won 29 games last season but lost its top three players and had coach Steve Donahue depart for Boston College." Below is the Boston Globe's predictions for the Ivy League season.
(Predicted order of finish, with last season’s records)
Penn (6-22, 5-9): The Quakers return All-Ivy guard Zach Rosen (17.7 ppg) and also get back Tyler Bernardini, a 6-6 guard who missed last season because of injury but is an all-league-caliber player. Leading rebounder Jack Eggleston (6.4 rpg, 13.0 ppg), a 6-8 forward, also returns. Plus there’s 6-7 freshman Marin Kukoc, son of former NBA star Toni.

Princeton (22-9, 11-3): The Tigers emerged as a contender again after several down years. The upsurge should continue behind junior guard Douglas Davis (12.7 ppg) and senior guard Dan Mavraides (11.5 ppg).

Harvard (21-8, 10-4): Will it happen? Will Harvard finally make it to the NCAAs? The Crimson have a chance, even though guard Jeremy Lin graduated and ended up in the NBA. Sophomore Kyle Casey, a 6-7 forward, has to emerge as a star to help make this happen.

Columbia (11-17, 5-9): Coach Kyle Smith came across country from Saint Mary’s of California to replace Joe Jones, who became Steve Donahue’s assistant at Boston College. He’ll build around All-Ivy-caliber junior guard Noruwa Agho (16.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg).

Yale (12-19, 6-8): Coach James Jones won’t have his brother Joe around anymore (he beat him twice last season), but the Bulldogs project to have a similar season, a cut below the best. Michael Sands, a 6-7 senior forward, is the leading returning scorer (10.8) and rebounder (6.1).

Cornell (29-5, 13-1): Look out below! The Big Red have been tremendous for three seasons, upsetting their way to the Sweet 16 last season. It’s all over now. Coach Steve Donahue is now at BC and was replaced by Bill Courtney. Good luck to him. Guard Chris Wroblewski (8.9 ppg, 45 percent on threes) is the only returnee who had an impact last season.

Brown (11-20, 5-9): Four starters return but only one, forward Peter Sullivan (12.3 ppg), was a double-figure scorer. The out-of-conference schedule is easier, so that might mean a few more wins.

Dartmouth (5-23, 1-13): It can’t get any worse. Pretty much everyone is back, but the Green could only muster 54 points per game last season. There will have to be some big improvement for the team to move up in the standings.

  • The Albany Times Union writes, "this [Albany] team that opens Friday at SEFCU Arena against Sweet 16 participant Cornell should have been different. Instead of talking about a kiddie corps, fans should have been discussing how the Great Danes are a senior-laden crew ready to challenge for an America East title." In previewing the Danes, the Albany Times Union also notes ,"UAlbany opens the season Friday vs. Cornell. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at SEFCU Arena."
  • The Chicago Tribune writes, "[Wisconsin] turned it over a nation's lowest 8.8 times last season while allowing 56.9 points per game and finishing 24-9, ending with a loss to Cornell in the second round of the NCAA tournament."
  • The State Journal-Register of Springfield, IL, writes of the Big 10, "Illinois hasn’t won an NCAA Tournament game since 2006. Wisconsin went one-and-done in the NCAAs for the second straight season a year ago, getting thumped by 12th-seeded Cornell in the second round. What can Minnesota or Northwestern do?"
  • The Bleacher Report writes, "Last year ended with a magical NCAA Tournament, one in which the little guy finally started to make a difference in the big picture. Teams like Cornell and St. Mary's all made a big impact, while no mid-major team came close to what Butler accomplished."
  • Previewing intriguing November ACC games, Bleacher Report notes of Boston College, "[Steve] Donahue led Cornell into the Sweet Sixteen a year ago before bowing out to Kentucky."
Below, a highlight clip from Cody Toppert ('05) and the Plymouth Raiders vs. the Worcester Wolves in British Basketball League action last weekend.

Below, a clip from Albany's media day. The Big Red visit the Danes on Friday night.

Below, highlights of former Cornell basketball player, Alex Hill, now playing in his hometown with the University of Toronto. Hill is averaging 11 points per game in his first two games.


Anonymous said...

I know ratings do not dictate the future so we dislike discussing them, but interestingly, ESPN.com changed our recruits' ratings this weekend.

Shonn Miller
Before: 82, 2-star
Now: 79, 1-star

Galal Cancer
Before: 75 (or 77?), 1-star
Now: 80, 2-star

I have actually always been convinced that they're both going to be stars. Galal Cancer seemed very underrated given the significant amount of press he receives, probably due to winning the state championship. And although ESPN bumped Shonn Miller down, overall reviews everywhere seemed to agree he was good. Actually all our recruits next year look really impressive except maybe Giddens, but then he sounds the most hardworking & most rapidly improving.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Two different Ivy coaches (non-Cornell) have told us that Cornell has a stellar class.

All of the guys we got were our top targets and we took them very early. Every Cornell commit had multiple D-I offers. We hand picked our guys. The only kid in the Ivy who we really, really wanted that we didn't get was Kenyatta Smith. The rest of the Ivy committed kids were not our top targets.

Shonn Miller is going to be a stud. Ultra athletic, bouncy, skilled had about 20 D-I offers with many more on the way. He can help us right away next year.

Dave LaMore, a legit 6'10" kid who is a true center. A lot of good scholly offers for him. Not at all undersized and is going to fill out very nicely in two years.

Devin Cherry, possibly the best of the group of Ivy guards. Dynamic inside/outside guard who could be All Ivy. A lot of offers, Penn's top guard target.

Galal Cancer, one of those rare Ivy guards that can beat you off the dribble and get into the lane. Could be the next Lou Dale. We wanted him really bad.

Deion Giddens is a project because he is new to the game. But he is 6'9", athletic, and a good student from a great family. Gotta love his upside. He is an investment that should payoff in a couple years. This could be a big year in his development.

Anonymous said...

Supposedly with that Telep guy over at ESPN now he has changed some of the ratings from what they were before so maybe that has to do with it

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

The reason behind the changes in ESPN (only) ratings is completely unknown. Note: Rivals and Scout did not change their ratings.

It is doubtful that Dave Telep reviewed the ratings of 1,000 kids and made changes within the last 2 weeks.

Perhaps we are sounding like a broken record here, but please, please forget the ratings.

Consider the scholarship offers (quantity and quality) and then consider the extended offers against the prospect's level of exposure on the high school and AAU level.

For example, obviously, the kids in California get a lot more exposure than kids in South Dakota.

Scholarships are evidence of coaches' opinions. Ratings are evidence of the opinions of bloggers and journalists. Which opinion do you value more?

We've said this stuff over and over for years.

We can cite many current Ivy players that are sophomores, juniors and even seniors that were highly ranked (by Ivy standards) but have yet to emerge as starters or top Ivy players.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Examples of three kids ranked by ESPN with 80+ ratings in their senior years of high school... each ranked among the nation's top 300 by ESPN, none of which has become a full time starter or all conference player.

Yet, if you believed the ratings, they should be superstars by now.



Anonymous said...

I honestly think Galal is going to be the biggest stud of them all. Something about his ability to get into the lane, as well as his big game performances is very special.

Anonymous said...

What would Kevin Garnett have to say about Galal Cancer?

Anonymous said...

I agree with you, at the low/mid major level, rankings mean nothing, I was just proposing a theory on why the rankings changed. I think Courtney/Donahue brought in a great class this year

Anonymous said...

Anything is Possible!!!!