Wednesday, March 31, 2010
- ESPN's Dana O'Neil gives a thumbs down on Penn's decision too hire Jerome Allen.
- The Sporting News, MassLive, and WEEI all have new pieces this afternoon on Boston College's coaching search. There is not much new information out there from what we previously posted except that sources tell us that Steve Donahue, Ed Cooley (Fairfield), and a third candidate, possibly Chris Mooney (Richmond), interviewed today and that two other coaches should be interviewed before the end of the week. These surces tell us that the two other interviews could go to Bill Coen (Northeastern) and Tommy Amaker (Harvard).
- The Dagger on YahooSports lists "Sixty Five Things" they loved about the NCAA Tournament, including, "Cornell validating its season-long hype by shredding Temple and Wisconsin, two of the nation's better defensive teams."
By Sam Aleinikoff
Cornell Daily Sun
March 31, 2010
An overlooked, undersized, “too nice to be good” point guard who battled injuries his entire career and still earned three first-team All-Ivy selections. A high school multi-sport star who gracefully accepted a spot on the bench for his final year after previously starting and whose hustle, toughness and effort on defense may have exceeded that of any other player in the league. A lefty who came by way of a Texas community college to get his only career start on Senior Night, and spark the team with a pair of steals and buckets in the opening minutes. A guy who Division III coaches didn’t want but managed to transform himself into the top center the Ancient Eight has seen in years. An NBA veteran’s son who has done just about everything he can to put himself in a position to follow in his father’s footsteps. A tri-captain who managed to work his way from the end of the bench into a starting spot midway through his senior season, in time to propel his team to its first Big East win in 40 years. One of the other tri-captains who, without complaint, took a backseat to his close friend and fellow leader after he was sidelined with injuries and remained positive enough to be the catalyst for the most important league win of the year. A student-athlete who exemplifies both parts of the phrase as well as anyone else in the country, balancing simultaneously the all-consuming rigors of being an engineering student in addition to those of a Division 1 college basketball player.
You’d be hard-pressed to find another group in the country with as compelling individuals, but even more impressive over the last four years has been the seamless combination of these players from unique backgrounds to create a team that has become the pride of the University. Even international recognition as a top flight academic institution does not generate the excitement and campus unity that these eight seniors have helped to cultivate. And in that process, we’ve all caught a glimpse and a reminder of the beauty of college athletics and their intended, but often forgotten, role at a school.
Together, this class has had more success on the court in four years than the rest of the players who have come through this program for more than a century –– combined. A Sweet 16 banner in the rafters to go alongside a trio of Ivy League championships will be a nice way to begin their commemoration. As a witness to all that this group has accomplished, though, I would hope that Cornell takes it a step further. It would be unprecedented to retire the numbers of an entire class, particularly at an institution that has never retired a single basketball player’s number before, but the accomplishments of this group are unprecedented as well.
This class leaves Cornell having been part of teams that set all-time school records for points, assists, field goals and blocked shots in a season. It also helped to set the Ivy mark for 3-point field goals while leading the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, and won an Ancient Eight-best 29 games during a single season this year. In a streak that spanned nearly two full seasons, they ran off 21 consecutive wins at Newman Arena –– seven better than the previous high by a Big Red squad. The following year the same group that excelled in Ithaca was tops in the country away from home, winning 18 games at road and neutral sites. The three NCAA tournament appearances by the class of 2010 eclipses the total compiled by more than 10 decades of Big Red teams (2). And the pair of March Madness victories just last weekend are the only two ever by a Cornell squad.
Where the eight seniors will be next year is still up in the air. You think it’s tough to get a job in finance coming from Cornell? Try professional basketball. Still, Jeff Foote and Ryan Wittman have legitimate NBA aspirations and have both been selected to play in front of 200 scouts at the Portsmouth Invitational –– a pre-draft tournament for the nation’s elite seniors. In his final game, Louis Dale out-dueled John Wall, who has long been dubbed the No. 1 draft pick in 2010. Between that effort and his previous two nationally-televised gems in the NCAA tournament, you would expect and hope that Dale would generate some NBA interest as well. For the most part, though, as the NCAA loves to promote, these guys will be “going pro in something other than sports.”
Regardless of where they make their careers, this class will largely be disbanding following graduation in June. Before the Big Red’s historic run, Alex Tyler joked about the possibility of the group reuniting 60 years from now in a nursing home, with each guy filling the same dynamic. Whether or not Tyler’s jest becomes reality, this class will no doubt be remembered as a unit. One that played with unbridled passion and intelligence. One that played with a fun-loving attitude and an undying desire to succeed. And most importantly, one that played in the selfless manner that is so rare today on the biggest stages of collegiate athletics.
Click here for the NCAA's release on the College All Star Game.
Below is the NCAA's press release for the Three Point Championship.
The 22nd annual State Farm® College Slam Dunk and Three-Point Championships™ are making their first official appearance at the NCAA Men's Final Four®. The event, which is televised on ESPN, brings together college basketball's top three-point shooters and slam dunk artists competing in four separate competitions: men's three-point shooting, women's three-point shooting, men's vs. women's three-point champions and the slam dunk competition.
Gerard Anderson, Cal St. Fullerton; Marques Blakeley, Vermont; Ryan Brooks, Temple; Chris Roberts, Bradley; Lazar Hayward, Marquette; LD Williams, Wake Forest; Jermaine Beal, Vanderbilt; Jason Bohannon; Wisconsin; Ali Farokhmanush, Northern Iowa; Eric Hayes, Maryland; Roman Martinez, New Mexico; Jerome Randle, California; Michael Roll, UCLA; Ryan Wittman, Cornell;
Celebrity judges for the event include Gary Brackett and Eric Foster of the Indianapolis Colts, Danny Granger and Dahntay Jones of the Indiana Pacers and others to be named soon.
Wittman, Foote At Final Four For Senior Showcases
The Reese’s College All-Star game on Friday, April 2 will be broadcast on CBS College Sports at 4:30 p.m. Two teams comprised of some of the top senior student-athletes in the country will compete. There is no admission to the contest.
The day before, Wittman will put his shooting to the test against the nation's best in the 22nd annual event, with the slam dunk contest and 3-point shootouts televised live on ESPN on Thursday, April 1 from 9-11 p.m. Past participants and champions in the shootout include Aaron Brooks, Steve Nash and Kyle Korver.
CollegeInsider.com Lou Henson All America Team
|Kenneth Faried||6-8||Jr.||Morehead State|
|Andrew Goudelock||6-7||Sr.||College of Charleston|
|Reggie Holmes||6-4||Sr.||Morgan State|
|Orlando Johnson||6-5||So.||UC Santa Barbara|
|Adam Koch||6-8||Sr.||Northern Iowa|
|David Kool||6-3||Sr.||Western Michigan|
|Gerald Lee||6-10||Sr.||Old Dominion|
|Ashton Mitchell||5-11||Sr.||Sam Houston State|
|A.J. Slaughter||6-3||Sr.||Western Kentucky|
|Cameron Wells||6-1||Jr.||The Citadel|
|Desmond Yates||6-7||Sr.||Middle Tennessee|
News and Notes: Wittman and Foote to National All Star Game, Wittman and Donahue Honored with National Awards
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
ScoutHoops notes that Tim Douglas (Mayfair HS) Lakewood, CA 5-9, committed to Portland. He drew some interest from Cornell, Hawaii, and Cal State Bakersfield. He also had offers from Cal Riverside and Lehigh.
The Harvard Crimson is reporting that Majok Majok (Northfield Mount Hermon School) Northfield, MA 6-8 has eliminated Harvard from consideration. He has reportedly narrowed his list to Boston College, Saint Louis, Oklahoma State, and Oregon State. Several sources have reported to The Cornell Basketball Blog that Tommy Amaker is the lead coaching candidate for the vacancy at Boston College and that Majok could follow along.
Cornell is expected to be adding some transfers this season, but one of them will not be Jeff Allgood, a former red-shirt at Army who spent the 2009-2010 season at Iowa Western Community College. Allgood committed to Eastern Kentucky this month after he averaged 8.6 points per game with Iowa Western. Like Cornell, EKU is one of the top shooting teams in the country. Allgood reportedly was interested in committing to Cornell before the Big Red moved in another direction with other guard prospects.
Forward: Ryan Wittman, Cornell: Wittman shot a staggering 68 percent in the first two rounds of the tournament, including 7-of-11 on 3-point attempts, and now the whole country knows why the ability to score in bunches is critical to GK success. Most lethally, his three straight bombs early in the second half against Temple squelched all hopes for an Owls comeback. He literally ran into a Wall against Kentucky but was so impressive overall that fans are now talking up his NBA potential. Oh, and he made our model look pretty darn good, considering where it had Cornell rated.
Guard: Louis Dale, Cornell: Dale, another Big Red senior, led Cornell with 21 points against Temple and then poured in a career-high 26 against Wisconsin. Everyone knows now that Dale sent video of himself to colleges after going largely ignored out of high school; few realize that Cornell recruited him as a student, and Dale sent one of those tapes to Steve Donahue's staff because his mom told him it was a good school. Of course, he still has to pass Cornell's swimming test to graduate, but his declaration after the Wisconsin game should become the official GK motto: "You can't sleep on us."
Cody Toppert ('05) is getting more playing time in Germany's First Division with BC Scholz Recycling Weissenhorn. He is averaging 18.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game after only averaging 3.5 minutes per game in the country premier league, The Budeslagia with his former team, MEG Goettingen.
Jeff Aubry ('99) is contributing 8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for the Aericibo Capitanes of the Puerto Rico Basketball League.
Both Toppert and Aubry are veterans of the NBA's D-League.
John McCord ('97) is averaging 9.5 points and 6.6 rebouns for Limoges CSP Elite in the French Pro B League.
Monday, March 29, 2010
NEHoops reports that Naofall Falohan (Wilbraham & Monson Academy) Wilbraham, MA 6-10 is currently being looked at by Davidson, Penn, Brown. He recently reopened his recuitment after backing of a commitment to Marist.
From the class of 2011, Brandon Voss (North Scott) Elridge, IA 5-10 told IowaPreps.com he is hearing from Columbia, Yale, Valpo, Detroit.
Bo Barnes (Westwnd Prep) Scottsdale, AZ 6-4 told ArizonaPreps.com that he has offers from Hawaii, American, La Salle, St. Bonaventure, Oral Roberts, Central Connecticut, Rider, East Carolina, Albany, Evansville, Quinnipiac. Barnes also has drawn interest from Cornell, Southern California, Providence, Iowa State, Miami, George Washington, and Nebraska.
Chicagohoops.com reports that class of 2011's Hayden Hoerdemann (Bloomington Catholic) Bloomington, IL 6-2 has a scholarship offer from Western Michigan, and interest from Harvard, Princeton, Penn, Davidson, VCU, Northwestern, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Holy Cross, SIU, Butler, Wichita State, Missouri State, Oakland, Evansville, Lehigh, Northeastern, William and Mary, Lafayette, and Army.
ESPNInsiders lists a few new class of 2011 Ivy prospects.
Galal Cancer (Christian Bros. Academy) Albany, NY 6-2 is considering Cornell and Lafayette.
Pat Ackerman (Worcester Academy) Worcester, MA 6-11 is considering Princeton, Yale, Lafayette and Bucknell.
Andrej Pajovic (Wilbraham & Monson Academy), Willbraham, MA 6-2 is hearing from Yale, Holy Cross, Northeaster, Rhode Island and George Mason.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
As of today, two of those positions are filled. Two weeks ago Fordham hired Hofstra coach, Tom Pecora. Several sources today are reporting that Iona coach, Kevin Willard has taken the head coaching position at Seton Hall.
In other coaching transactions today, Siena head coach Fran McCaffrey has accepted the head coaching position at Iowa.
While the vacancies at Siena, Iona and Hofstra could be attractive to Ivy League coaches such as Donahue, sources have reported to The Cornell Basketball Blog that Donahue would be unlikely to consider a position at a mid-major level unless it involved a relocation to the Philadelphia area. Nevertheless, it is still to early too tell where Donahue will be next fall.
See the related reports below:
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Dear Big Red Basketball Fans,
I know we were called the underdog, the Cinderella, the long shot, the feel-good story of the Sweet Sixteen. Well, we may have been all those things. But first and foremost, we were, and of course still are, Cornellians. And that is what made us great on and off the court--it was that Big Red spirit and work ethic that got us to the Sweet Sixteen.
I just want to thank you all for your tremendous support throughout the season and into the amazing post-season. I read your texts and Facebook postings, your emails and letters. It was so motivating and inspiring to know that so many thousands of alumni were behind us. I can't describe how grateful I am that you took the time to cheer us on. I also heard that you all gathered in 90 cities around the world to watch the game together, and I know we had hundreds of alumni travel thousands of miles to watch us play in Syracuse. To all of you, I say thank you, thank you, thank you. We could not have come as far as we did without you.
Now I hope you'll join me in cheering for our tremendous hockey team as they play in their NCAA tournament up in Albany, and I'll look forward to next year's Big Red basketball season!
Coach Steve Donahue
New York Post
March 26, 2010
By John Feinstein
March 26, 2010
By Andy Katz, ESPN
Commentary by Brian Delaney
March 26, 2010
New York Post
March 26, 2010
It used to be that everything Sandy Weill touched turned to gold. Lately, not so much.
The 77-year-old billionaire mastermind of the Citigroup banking behemoth has not only seen the financial supermarket he created get crushed by the credit crisis and need a $45 billion bailout in order to stay afloat, he traveled to Syracuse only to suffer another indignity, watching his alma mater, Cornell, get spanked last night by the No. 1 seed Kentucky in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA basketball tournament.
Things starting out promising, with Cornell taking an early 10-2 lead. But that euphoria was short-lived, as Cornell was outmatched by Kentucky, which provided few opportunities for Cornell's three-point shooters to do their thing.
The final score was 65-42.
"I graduated 55 years ago from Cornell, so I've waited a long time to see them do this well," Weill said in an interview with Bloomberg News before the game started.
Hopefully, he won't have to wait as long to see the banking giant he created return to profitability.
Michael Roll (F, UCLA)
Robert Glenn (F, IUPUI)
Tre'von Hughes (G, Wisconsin)
Jerome Randle (G, California)
Adam Koch (F, Northern Iowa)
Omar Samhan (C, St. Mary's)
Aubrey Coleman (G, Houston)
Bryan Davis (F, Texas A&M)
Tyren Johnson (F, Louisiana Lafayette)
Quincy Pondexter (F, Washington).
Thursday, March 25, 2010
- Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com updates the coaching carousel.
- Tim Layden of CNNSI.com provides his preview and opinions of tonight's game.
- The New York Times compares Cornell and Kentucky.
- The College Basketball Nation Blog on ESPN agrees with Mark Coury's decision to transfer from Kentucky to Cornell.
- Bobby Knight discussed Cornell-Kentucky on ESPN.
- Blogging The Bracket makes its prediction, surprise, surprise, a Kentucky win.
- An unidentified opposing coach told The Dagger of Yahoo Sports:
They [Cornell] really challenged themselves with the schedule they had. Being able to go to Kansas and hang with them all the way through, that just really helped fuel their confidence and got them to another level ... As you put together your game-plan, the key is really (7-foot center) Jeff Foote. His size and skill level really takes them to another level. If you don't have a really good low-post defender who can push him out and make him work for his points, you're in trouble. If you start doubling down, he can really pick you apart. If you start rotating against Cornell, you end up just chasing them and they're going to end up with an open shot ... Wittman is a guy you really can't leave. They do a great job of running him through screens and taking advantage of lapses where he gets even a split second of freedom. He's so quick to his shot that if he gets to his release point, he's shooting over the top ... I think Kentucky with their athleticism has to use their quickness and pressure Cornell, try to make them a little uncomfortable and not let them run their stuff. If you don't force them out, they're going to be successful ... The more offensive success Cornell has without turning the ball over, that will give them a chance to keep Kentucky in a half-court game. Cornell is a much better defensive team than people give them credit for, but it's still important that they shoot a high percentage and slow Kentucky down.