Thursday, November 18, 2010

Brian Delaney Live Chat

If you missed Brian Delaney's live chat session on the Ithaca Journal website today, check out the full transcript below:

1:04
Join The IJ's Brian Delaney for a live chat on college basketball. All topics Ivy League, Cornell and Ithaca College will be discussed. Begin submitting your questions now, and Brian will be along around 2 p.m. to get things going.
Thursday November 18, 2010 1:04
2:00
Hey everyone, thanks for your patience today. This is something we're going to try and do every Thursday, so that by mid-January it become more of a previewing of the weekend's games. Any IC fans out there, will take your questions as well. Bombers and Cornell both won last night in home debuts.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:00
2:00
That said, let's get started.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:00
2:01
[Comment From cornellfancornellfan: ]
Will Wrobo start on Friday? Offense seemed much more organized with him in ther
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:01 cornellfan
2:02
It'll depend, as he said himself, on how his ankle responds this morning and then Friday morning after he practices this afternoon. He's not back to full strength yet, and his conditioning isn't where he'd like it to be. I think it's still possible you see him come off the bench Friday. Both he and the coaching staff are in a wait-and-see mode.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:02
2:03
[Comment From cornellfancornellfan: ]
Why didnt Gray play at all against Delaware, he was a big reason that they were able to win in Albany, maybe you dont start him ahead of Miles but he should at least crack the rotation
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:03 cornellfan
2:05
I don't think it was an easy call for the coaching staff. To me, it was all about defensive matchups. Saddler and Carter are a handful to keep in front of you, and if there's one area Gray needs to improve in it's defending quicker guards. He was brought in against Albany to play PG with Miles out with 2 fouls, and he subbed in early for Seton Hall because Peck picked up 2 fouls - and Gray was tabbed the next best option to defend 6-5 Hazell.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:05
2:06
[Comment From Cornell Basketball BlogCornell Basketball Blog: ]
Brian, which Big Red players have surprised you the most this season?
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:06 Cornell Basketball Blog
2:08
Well I had missed the boat a little bit in the season preview stuff with Gray, so he goes first. He really impressed me against Albany. Less surprises with this group than unknowns. Watched enough practices to develop opinions on everybody, but things change when the lights are flipped. Think Ferry's a great addition, and I'm always impressed by what Wire can do - particularly if he does it for 27-30 minutes.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:08
2:08
[Comment From cornellfancornellfan: ]
Do you expect Jamal Cherry to crack the rotation at all?
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:08 cornellfan
2:09
I don't. But Gray's situation tells us to practice caution with absolutes, right? I do think Cherry works his tail off in practice though, as most walk-on guys do.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:09
2:09
[Comment From GoBigRedGoBigRed: ]
What do you think about how most of our tough games are early on? We seem to be facing a weak schedule heading into the conference. We will be facing New Hampshire, Buffalo etc while Harvard will be facing Boston College, George Washington, etc.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:09 GoBigRed
2:13
When I looked at what Cornell's opponents had coming back, I ranked the three easiest opponents as Albany, New Hampshire and Delaware. Two, they've beaten. I think the remainder of their games are going to be challenges. They could lose any of those nights.

Lehigh is an upper-echelon Patriot team; Boston U is outstanding at its level. John Holland is a fantastic player. Syracuse/Minnesota are tough, Bucknell always plays Cornell tough no matter the personnel, Stony Brook is a preseason conference favorite and at that VCU tournament, the second day opponent of either VCU or Wofford will be a killer test. What I think makes this schedule tougher than it looks is the quality of the low-major opponents' talent in the 10'11 season.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:13
2:13
You can't fault Harvard for this, but I'm fairly certain GW is really down this year.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:13
2:13
[Comment From Anthony GaitlinAnthony Gaitlin: ]
Hey there was alot of preseason hype about me, with alot of people saying I have all-Ivy potential. I know i had a good game yesterday, but I havent really looked like the all ivy player everyone said i would. do you think I can be?
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:13 Anthony Gaitlin
2:15
I think Gatlin's a good role player right now. He solidified his spot in the rotation last night, but he's not yet in Cornell's top seven. Plenty of hoop left to be played though. The talent level on Cornell's top 12 guys is so close, it's going to make life really difficult on the coaching staff when hard choices need to be made.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:15
2:15
[Comment From Cornell Basketball BlogCornell Basketball Blog: ]
Do you think Jon Gray has a place in the rotation, even with a healthy Wroblewski?
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:15 Cornell Basketball Blog
2:17
I think he fits in somewhere. Matchups matter, foul trouble matters, playing against a zone matters. But I bet Bill Courtney rested well last night knowing he didn't play a guy who contributed a significant number of positives to help CU win a game last Friday .
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:17
2:17
[Comment From cornellfancornellfan: ]
What are your thoughts on Peck, got into foul trouble in the first 2 games, looked good at the Hall when he was in and had a quiet night against Delaware, not the kind of All-Ivy performance we have been expecting so far
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:17 cornellfan
2:20
He's certainly finding his way right now. I can understand he feels pressure to perform, but I think it'll come. Patience is needed. Let the whole team adjust to having Wroblewski back in the lineup, then we can make a more informed opinion. CW's presence betters everybody.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:20
2:20
[Comment From GoBigRedGoBigRed: ]
With two games or more under each team's belt, who would you say looks like the strongest team right now? What teams are surprising you?
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:20 GoBigRed
2:23
I tivo'd the Princeton-Duke game and still really like what Sydney Johnson has down there, despite a 97-60 loss. I voted them 1 and am keeping them there for the time being. I want to see more of them, obviously, but they've got a freshman (Bray) who can really play.

In the preseason, my belief was there's a gap between the two tiers: Cornell, Harvard, Penn and Princeton, and then Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth and Yale (alphabetically listed). I still think I'm correct there, but Columbia certainly intrigues me. I'm hearing good things on Frankoski.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:23
2:24
[Comment From GoBigRedGoBigRed: ]
Aro didn't do so good against Delaware. Should we be concerned?
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:24 GoBigRed
2:26
I wouldn't be. Hagins was a tough matchup for him; long arms and good interior post defense. No Ivy team has a guy like that. When Osgood freed himself up 15 feet away, he did everything but make the shot. Try not to judge Osgood on his scoring, because he's going to do that enough. Judge him on rebounding, how he sets screens and how he defends.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:26
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[Comment From BigRedBigRed: ]
Hi Brian. Do you think Peck's "slow" start is him learning to translate his game into longer minutes from last year. Like last year he could get four fouls in 15 minutes because that's all the time he'd get anyways. Now, he needs to stretch that into 30 minutes to be the player everyone expects. How do you see him progressing - i.e. should we expect the Peck we expect soon (that's a tongue twister), or do we need to give him time to settle into this new role and expectation?
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:26 BigRed
2:30
I think you make a good point with trying to translate a game from 5-10 mins to 25-30. But ask me this in another week or two, because I want to see how everyone plays now that Wroblewski's back.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:30
2:30
[Comment From Cornell GUYCornell GUY: ]
In light of our past success, including advancing to the sweet 16, why do you think we are still behind Penn and Harvard in terms of recruiting? They are all recruiting better players than us, and especially harvard has consistently gotten better players. Why is this?
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:30 Cornell GUY
2:40
My suggestion would be to put less stock in ESPN or Scout ratings at the low-major level. I think those services do a fine job with the top 100, 150 players. But when you get into 150-300-500, so much of it is about system fit and seeing guys play enough. Every recruiting class needs role players like Adam Wire or Zach Finley or Marcus Schroeder or Alex Tyler, guys who embrace doing the dirty work. Those types of players don't translate necessarily into a ratings system that appears fairly flawed to begin with.

That aside, Harvard's got Tommy Amaker: he's always been able to recruit, and probably will always be able to. Harvard's also able to offer terrific financial aid packages, and Cornell coaches across the athletic department would say the Crimson have an advantage there (though Andy Noel continues to work on changing that) Penn has a tradition, and one of the best buildings in the country, it can pitch. And I think potential Cornell recruits are going to see how Bill Courtney runs a program before jumping on board the "Sweet 16" team.


Thursday November 18, 2010 2:40
2:40
[Comment From AntonioAntonio: ]
Question everyone's thinking but too afraid to ask: What are your thoughts on the nicknames Barry rolled out there last night? Miles Asafo A-jet, Ozzzz, Miami Max? I like the last two, think the first needs some work
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:40 Antonio
2:41
Great question. I feel partially responsible for A-Jet. I gave Barry approval on it before last night's game, without giving it enough thought. Encourage Barry at your own risk. I do think I've gotten him to stop calling me Ben DeLuca though.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:41
2:42
[Comment From cornellfancornellfan: ]
Whats your outlook on the Bonnies game, this NBA prospect Nicholson that they have could be tough, I guess we will see a lot of Coury out there on him
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:42 cornellfan
2:43
I hear Nicholson's a very good player. Looking forward to seeing him. When you think NBA big man prospects in the A-10, you go Lavoy Allen, Nicholson and Aaric Murray at La Salle. I think you'll see Courtney throw the gamut at him Friday night.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:43
2:43
[Comment From Cornell Basketball BlogCornell Basketball Blog: ]
Any thoughts on the other Ivies at this early juncture in the season?
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:43 Cornell Basketball Blog
2:45
Good win for Penn over Davidson. Don't know Manhattan real well, but Quakers should be 2-0. If Penn can have a good non-con showing, the Palestra will awaken in time for Ivy play - and that'll make it very tough on the other 7 to win there.

Yale will be hurt by Sands' departure.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:45
2:45
[Comment From cornellfancornellfan: ]
Any thoughts on Cornell's 5 recruits so far for next year, seems like the most commitments we have had in the Fall in awhile, is that mainly due to Courtney's recruiting ability or the Sweet 16 success
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:45 cornellfan
2:46
Tough to tell. Haven't seen the guys play, coaching staff can't talk about them and won't be able to until probably April. Seems like they all had scholarship offers on the table in some capacity, which I think hasn't always been the case over the past 10 years.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:46
2:46
[Comment From marshallmarshall: ]
Peck seems to lack fire and turns the ball over. can he change this? Also is our three point shooting gonna improve?
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:46 marshall
2:49
Peck plays with this gait that suggests nonchalance. I don't think that's the case. Turnovers will decrease over time, with CW back running the show. He does need to make better decisions off the dribble, but he will. Consistency is the thing for him. He's searching for it, and has a month or two to figure it out. I stress patience here. He's shown me improvement on defense and work ethic. The rest will come.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:49
2:49
[Comment From Cornell Basketball BlogCornell Basketball Blog: ]
What are your thoughts on the St. Bonaventure game? Can Cornell move to 3-1? And will the townies show up?
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:49 Cornell Basketball Blog
2:50
Tough game, but winnable. Yes, they can. Friday's townie crowd will be interesting: you've got CU wrestling opening its season at 630 at Friedman, Cornell basketball at 7 and Cornell hockey vs. Yale at 735 (on TV). Get there early if attending any of those.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:50
2:50
[Comment From Cornell Basketball BlogCornell Basketball Blog: ]
If Wroblewski ultimately gets the nod as staring point guard, do you think there is still a legitimate competition for the back-up position?
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:50 Cornell Basketball Blog
2:51
I think it's too early to put an end to any competition that doesn't involve Chris Wroblewski, but Courtney directed his post-game praise first last night to Miles A-A. I think MAA took a big step forward in solidifying his role as back-up. Also think he and Chris can play well off each other at the same time.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:51
2:51
[Comment From JacobJacob: ]
In my opinion, Peck would be best as an undersized but athletic 4 (think a poor man's Blakely from Vermont). I don't think using him as a perimeter player makes ideal use of his talents. Agree or disagree?
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:51 Jacob
2:55
I think it's maybe the toughest question facing Cornell right now, and yours is a good point. I think he'd benefit from some post-up action down low, some more back cuts and off-ball movement. He can play the "3" and still get that. You need Wire on the floor though, and that compounds it a little bit. Can you get away with playing 6-6 and 6-5 at the 4/5? Probably not in the non-conference, and not for long stretches in the Ivy. But I still want to see it actually. Peck's a good post-up player.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:55
2:55
[Comment From GoBigRedGoBigRed: ]
You're sticking with your projection of Princeton as #1. What does Cornell have to do to beat them?
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:55 GoBigRed
2:58
Look at it this way: I think it'll be one of those years where the winner goes 11-3, and you've got maybe the next two at 10-4 and the fourth at 9-5. So I don't think the two Cornell/Princeton games are going to decide the title. Cornell will need to out-tough them when those matchups come around. Defend your home court and go from there. I still think it's going to be really tough for other Ivies to win at Newman, provided the student section stays committed.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:58
2:58
[Comment From No minutes to spareNo minutes to spare: ]
McMillan and Eitan, what's going on, not even garbage minutes? McMillan had the concussion, so I get that if it still isn't better, but Eitan?
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:58 No minutes to spare
2:59
McMillan is still coming back from the concussion. I'll follow up on Eitan. Forgot to ask last night.
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:59
2:59
[Comment From Cornell Basketball BlogCornell Basketball Blog: ]
What do you see as the differences, if any, in Courtney's game strategies from Donahue's?
Thursday November 18, 2010 2:59 Cornell Basketball Blog
3:01
On offense - remember how often Foote caught the ball at the foul line and worked ball movement off the high post? Courtney likes his bigs down low. That's the biggest change for me. Both coaches support transition, and most of the time are fine with quick triggers from the arc.
Thursday November 18, 2010 3:01
3:01
[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
gatlin played garbage minutes in the first two games, then broke out against Delaware. There was a lot of preseason hype about this kid. Do you think he's solidified a rotation spot?
Thursday November 18, 2010 3:01 Guest
3:02
Definitely has a rotation spot right now; he's not going to go 4-4/3-3 every night though. There's a little streak to his shooting ability. He'll stay in the rotation by playing good defensive possessions, getting deflections and rebounds.
Thursday November 18, 2010 3:02
3:02
[Comment From GoBigRedGoBigRed: ]
You seem to particularly like Figini, but I haven't really seen why yet.
Thursday November 18, 2010 3:02 GoBigRed
3:07
He can give you good, tough minutes in short bursts right now. I'm not making an argument for him to be playing ahead of Osgood/Coury/Wire, but I think he's squarely that fourth big. I like 4/5 guys who can spread a defense out; Figini works the pick/pop well, he's mobile, he rebounds hard and he plays hard. He had 5 rebounds against Seton Hall in 13 minutes, which ended up being second best on the team. I've seen him in practice really give Coury fits because he plays well off the guards.

He needs to be tougher with the ball, his post game needs to develop and he still needs to get stronger. But looking to 2011-12, he's going to have to play. Get him whatever experience this year you can, I think.
Thursday November 18, 2010 3:07
3:08
[Comment From Dan SDan S: ]
I realize that Bill Courtney's recruiting ability is pretty well established. I've got my concerns about his ability as an in-game coach, though. Donahue's system of ball screen and dribble handoffs seemed to get our shooters a lot of good looks. It seems this year like the players are just passing around the perimeter until someone decides to drive or call a screen. Do you think they just taking time to learn Cortney's system, or is his system not yet as complete as Donahue's was?
Thursday November 18, 2010 3:08 Dan S
3:11
I thought the players execution of the system was pretty lousy the first two games. I know that can reflect poorly on Courtney, but I still stress patience. Last night it was a little better. This thing is going to take time, and quite a bit of it.

With last year's team, that group played together for 3-4 years. That means a ton. There were stretches in Year 1 of that system where things looked stagnant. Remember how often Lou would dribble into the corner, get trapped and turn it over? Stay patient with this evolution. Not going to happen overnight.
Thursday November 18, 2010 3:11
3:11
[Comment From GoBigRedGoBigRed: ]
If there's time, you didn't really answer someone's question about shooting. Feels like they've been shooting terribly -- are they working on that?
Thursday November 18, 2010 3:11 GoBigRed
3:13
Right. This team's a little more streaky, so expect some harder dips and rises. But again, Wroblewski's return will improve all facets of this offense. And as time goes on, you'll see less hesitation from Groebe and Ferry (which was apparent vs. Seton hall) and more confidence in shot-taking.

They shoot in practice, but they're also spending time with learning the system, putting new things in and aiming to improve help defense.
Thursday November 18, 2010 3:13
3:13
[Comment From JacobJacob: ]
Do you think Peck would be more effective as a post up/offensive rebounding 4 man (in the Marquis Blakely from Vermont mold) rather than a perimeter, penetrating 3 man?
Thursday November 18, 2010 3:13 Jacob
3:14
[Comment From Big PappyBig Pappy: ]
Figini played well against Seton Hall and barely got on the floor against Delaware. With only two experienced post players (Coury + Osgood) , don't you think you need to develop him?
Thursday November 18, 2010 3:14 Big Pappy
3:15
I think I already answered Jacob's. Big Pappy, I think matchups will dictate PT when it comes to guys No. 9-10-11 in the rotation. Delaware went with a lot of small lineups last night, which meant Courtney could stick with an Osgood/Coury rotation in the second half.

I do believe you need to get Figini minutes this year; I also think they'll come.
Thursday November 18, 2010 3:15
3:16
OK guys, gotta call it for today. Thanks for all the questions, and we'll do this again next week. Enjoy your weekend. - BD

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