Friday, May 28, 2010
- Hmmm, Charlie Zegers of MSG "profiles" Jeff Foote in connection with Foote's workout with the Knicks. The profile is as follows (try to contain your laughter): "Jeff Foote (Center, Cornell)-Fans of March Madness may remember Foote as one of the key players from Cornell’s impressive run in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Foote is a legit seven-footer with a nice outside shot, but most scouts think he lacks the athleticism to be a part of Mike D’Antoni’s fast-paced offense. Think of him as a (very) poor man’s Troy Murphy." We note for the record that Foote never attempted a three-point shot in his entire college career.
Dartmouth Athletics formally announced the Big Green's incoming 2010 class, which includes:
- James Herring G 6-4 Exeter NH Exeter Academy
- David Eads G 6-2 Lake Travis TX HS
- Gediminas Bertasius F 6-5 Vilnius, Lithuania Marianapolis Prep School (CT)
- Jenieri Cyrus G 6-3 Golsboro NC Eastern Wayne HS
- Nick Jackson F 6-5 Grandview, MO Mercersburg Academy (PA)
- Tyler Melville G 6-2 Plano TX West HS/The Hun School (NJ)
- Kevin Mulquin F 6-8 Laytonsville MD Georgetown Prep/Hill School (PA)
Greg Sullivan, the father of Brian Sullivan (Upper Arlington HS) Upper Arlington, OH, 6-0, G told RedHawkInsider.com that the University of Hartford and Toledo have offered Sullivan scholarships. Schools that have shown the most interest have been Miami-OH, Cornell, Princeton, Bucknell, Davidson, William and Mary, and Boston College. Western Carolina told him they would give him an offer if he visited that campus. Sullivan has unofficially visited Miami, Princeton, Bucknell, Toledo, and William and Mary.
Minnesota Preps reports that Thomas Schalk (Apple Valley HS), Orono, MN, 6-7, F, committed to William & Mary. A member of the class of 2011, his high school coach told Minnesota Preps that he held offers to Cornell, Colorado State, Wichita State, Wofford, and Lehigh.
Jordan Wejnert (Worcester Academy) Worcester, MA, 6-6, F, told Northstar Basketball Blog that he has interest from New Hampshire, Yale, Bucknell, Lafayette, Army, UMass-Lowell (DII), Bentley (DII), and University of Sciences in Philly (DII). Of those, Yale, UMass-Lowell, and University of Sciences in Philly have all made offers.
Jonah Travis (DeLaSalle HS) Minneapolis, MN, 6-5, F, told Minnesota Pres that the latest school to offer him was Harvard. "I couldn't stop smiling during the entire conversation with coach [Yanni] Hufnagel and later coach Tommy Amaker. I was really excited at just the thought of going there. My parents didn't believe me when I first told them so they had to talk to coach himself. It's funny just to even think about it." Harvard joined Northern Colorado, Lafayette, Toledo, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Green Bay, Northern Illinois, and Wofford in offering. Also, in late April during an open visiting period, coaches from Cal, Washington State, Northern Illinois, Boston College, Lehigh, Stanford, Wofford, Northern Iowa, North Dakota State stopped in to scout Travis.
Brett Kingma (Jackson HS) Mill Creek, WA, 6-1, G, told Rivals.com he is hearing from Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Boston College, Harvard and Pepperdine.
ChicagoPreps.com reports that Hayden Hoerdemann (Bloomington HS) Bloomington, IL, 6-1, G has interest from Butler, Loyola Wright State, Davidson, Harvard, Princeton, Penn, Illinois State, Western Michigan , SIU, Evansville, Ball State, Lafayette, Wichita State, and Oakland.
Chasson Randle (Rock Island HS) Rock Island, IL 6-1, who previously listed Harvard as a possible college choice, told Scout.com that he plans to cut his list down to seven schools, and said that "Illinois, Purdue and Stanford will make the cut for sure.” He also plans on visiting Duke soon.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
- HotStoveNewYork.com writes:
The six players invited to the pre-draft workouts [for the Knicks] in Westchester include : Cornell 7-foot center Jeff Foote, Oklahoma forward Keith “Tiny” Gallon, Tennessee guard J.P. Prince, Western Kentucky guard A.J. Slaughter, Alabama guard Mikhail Torrance, and Tulsa guard Ben Uzoh.
The three players worth mentioning:
Jeff Foote: 12.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.9 blocks in 34 games in his senior season. He transferred from St. Bonaventure where he made the team as an academic walk-on. Foote increased his scoring and rebounding in each of the past three seasons. He has great size at 7′0″ and 265 pounds. His presence in the middle altering shots, setting picks and high FG% helped lead the Big Red to finish 29-5. Before losing to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 he registered 28 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks vs Temple and Wisconsin. Foote has won the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year the past two seasons. He has a 7″4″ wingspan and a high basketball IQ. He might not be the quickest of foot but he puts himself in great position on both sides of the court.
- The Knicks' official Twitter feed asks Cornell's Jon Jaques for his opinion of Foote's game. Jaques responds, "Foote is the tallest and most skilled big in this draft class. For a legit 7 f[oo]ter to be able to pass and run the floor like he can, he'd be a steal in the mid-late 2nd rd. Knicks could certainly use him considering their lack of depth in the frontcourt."
- TheKnicksBlog.com, an unofficial fan site, writes:
Don’t let the Ivy league school fool you. They played hard in a pro-style system. Foote may lack the athleticism to compete every night at the NBA level, and we should know more after his workout today. Clearly, the last game in the tournament versus Kentucky, to me, Foote was way over matched. If I’m the Knicks I would look elsewhere.
- The New York Post writes today, "The Knicks will resume pre-draft workouts today, with the headliner being 7-foot Cornell center Jeff Foote, whose club advanced to the Sweet 16. The Knicks, who have two second-round picks (38, 39), desperately need a center, and Foote emerged as All-Ivy League after transferring from St. Bonaventure. Forward Tiny Gallon, (Oklahoma); guard J.P. Prince (Tennessee); guard A.J. Slaughter (Western Kentucky); guard Mikhail Torrance (Alabama) and guard Ben Uzoh (Tulsa) also are on the docket." (emphasis added)
- The official online Cornell basketball roster is updated and now contains the bios of the two recent assistant coaching hires --Marlon Sears and Jay Larranaga.
- Several Cornell players are expected to involve themselves this summer in NCAA certified summer leagues. For example, last year Josh Figini played in the Howard Pulley Pro Am in Minneapolis with Ryan Wittman and Jeff Foote, meanwhile incoming recruit, Dwight Tarwater played in the Rocky Top League in Knoxville.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
- The New York Post's Mark Berman tweets, "Knicks will have pre-draft workouts tomorrow [Thursday], bringing in six, including big Cornell center Jeff Foote. They need a pivot for the roster.... Stand corrected. Knicks' pre-draft workout competitior Foote just missed out on Ivy Player of the Year. Was All-Ivy. But still a good story."
- NYKnicks.com, the official website of the Knicks profiles Foote:
Prospect Profile: Jeff FooteIn the days leading up to the NBA Draft, NYKnicks.com will look at the players brought in by the Knicks for Predraft Workouts. A player's inclusion in this series of articles does not necessarily reflect the Knicks organization's preferences for the June 24 Draft at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. We continue our series with a profile of Cornell center Jeff Foote.
The Cornell Big Red was the darling of college basketball this season, as the Ivy League squad finished 17th in the country with a 29-5 record and reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. A key cog to their success was their big man in the middle, Jeff Foote, who now looks to have that same impact on whatever team drafts him on June 24.
Foote is a handful on both ends of the court, averaging 12.3 points, 8.1 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.9 blocks during his senior season. Perennial college powerhouses such as Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse and Wisconsin all had a hard time containing the seven-foot, 265-pounder during the 2009-10 campaign.
A member of this season’s All Ivy-League First Team, Foote has proven to be more than just a big body, showing off a deft shooting touch by connecting at a 62.5-percent clip from the field. He crashes the boards hard and sets strong picks, allowing teammates to get open looks.
Defensively, Foote is a true shot blocker with an astounding 7-foot-4 wingspan who at the very least alters shots when he isn’t swatting them away. He is the reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the year, having won the award the last two seasons. While he doesn’t have the quickest of feet, he is very intelligent, getting himself in position to bother the other team, often forcing his opponent to throw up an awkward, off-balance shot.
Just a few weeks away from the NBA Draft, Foote looks to follow in the footsteps of the Knicks own Bill Bradley, who hailed from Princeton, as a rare Ivy Leaguer who can make an impact on the professional level. As his play this past season suggests, he should at the very least get the opportunity to do just that.
- From the Cornell Daily Sun:
...who will they cheer for if Cornell meets Virginia in the national lacrosse championship?
...new men’s basketball head coach Bill Courtney also spent three years as an assistant with the [Virginia] Cavaliers.
Courtney has made the first move towards filling out his coach staff, hiring Marlon Sears and Jay Larranaga to fill two of the three assistant roles. Sears has nine years of Division I assistant coaching experience at Binghamton, Wagner, and High Point, and joins the Cornell staff after a one-year stint with Ivy League rival Columbia, where he served as the Lions’ recruiting coordinator.
This will mark Larranaga’s introduction to the collegiate coaching scene after serving as the head coach of the Irish Senior National basketball team following an 11-year career playing overseas in Italy, Greece, France and Spain.
Courtney is no stranger to the Larranaga family, as he spent eight seasons as the associate head coach at George Mason under Jay Larranaga’s father, Jim.
- The Cornell Daily Sun recaps some important dates during the last four years for Cornell Athletics. They include the following dates for Cornell basketball:
Nov. 10, 2006: The men’s basketball team defeats a Big 10 foe for the first time since 1967-68 with a 64-61 win over Northwestern.
March 1, 2008: The men’s basketball team clinches its first Ivy title in 20 years, beating Harvard, 86-53.
March 7, 2008: The men’s basketball team finishes off a season sweep of Penn, winning, 94-92. It is the first season sweep of the Quakers by the Red since the 1988-89 campaign.
March 8, 2008: The men’s basketball team finishes Ivy play undefeated at 14-0 for the first time in school history. The Red becomes the first team other than Penn or Princeton to finish undefeated in conference play.
March 12, 2008: Louis Dale is named the Ivy League’s Player of the Year, becoming the second Cornell player to earn the honor. Ryan Wittman is selected to the All-Ivy First-team.
March 20, 2008: The men’s basketball team falls, 77-53, in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Stanford.
March 6, 2009: The men’s basketball team wins its second straight Ivy League title with a win over Penn and a Princeton loss the same night. Cornell becomes the only school other than Penn or Princeton to win consecutive Ivy League titles since the conference’s inception in 1954.
March 20, 2009: The men’s basketball team falls in the first round of the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row, losing to Missouri, 78-59.
Dec. 20, 2009: Participating in its first-ever Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival Tournament, the Red ensures that the experience would be one to remember. Senior forward Ryan Wittman drains a 35-foot buzzer-beating 3-pointer in overtime to secure the Red a berth in the championship game against St. John’s.
Dec. 21: Senior tri-captain/forward Jon Jaques scores a career-high 20 points as Cornell comes from behind to defeat St. John’s and clinch the MSG Holiday Festival title. The win is the Red’s first over a Big East team in 40 years.
Jan. 6, 2010: The Red visits one of the most revered venues in college basketball –– Allen Fieldhouse –– and sends shockwaves through the sports world when it leads then-undefeated No. 1 Kansas, 41-38, at the half. Kansas head coach Bill Self calls Cornell “the best team we’ve played all season,” in a post-game press conference.
Jan. 30, 2010: Cornell hosts Jeremy Lin and the Harvard Crimson at Newman Arena for what –– at the time –– was easily the most hyped-up game of the Ivy schedule. An eight-point favorite, the Red blows out the visitors by 36 (86-50) to hand Harvard its worst loss of the season. Lin had eight turnovers.
Feb. 2, 2010: The men’s basketball team is ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top-25 Poll for the first time in 59 years.
Feb. 13, 2010: Facing a must-win game against then undefeated-Princeton, Cornell grinds out an uncomfortable, 48-45, victory over the Tigers to regain sole possession of first place in the Ivy League.
March 19, 2010: Continuing the trend of a 12 seed upsetting a five seed in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Cornell defeats Temple, 78-65, in Jacksonville, Fla., to notch its first-ever March Madness win. The “Big Three” of Foote, Dale and Wittman combine for 57 points.
March 21, 2010: The Red continues its NCAA tournament run, defeating fourth-seeded Wisconsin, 87-69, to secure a berth in the Sweet 16. In doing so, Cornell breaks the Ivy League record for most wins in a season with 29.
March 25: Widely-considered the best Ivy League squad since 1979, Cornell falls to No. 1-seeded Kentucky, 62-45, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.
April 6: Cornell skipper Steve Donahue steps down after 10 seasons to take over the head coaching position at Boston College.
April 23, 2010: The University hosts a press conference to announce Bill Courtney, a former Virginia Tech assistant, as the new Robert E. Gallagher ’44 Head Coach of Cornell Men’s Basketball.
- The New York Post reports:
Before there is July 1 free agency, the Knicks have an NBA Draft to conduct June 24 --albeit without a first-round pick.
But Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni are confident they can reel in at least one roster player with their two second-round picks, Nos. 38 and 39. They continue their pre-draft workouts tomorrow in Westchester, bringing in a half-dozen prospects.
They are Cornell's 7-foot center Jeff Foote, Oklahoma forward Tiny Gallon, Tennessee guard J.P. Prince, Western Kentucky guard A.J. Slaughter, Alabama guard Mikhail Torrance, and Tulsa guard Ben Uzoh.
- The KnicksBlog.com also covers Foote's Knick-tryout.
- Speaking of Donahue, Boston College signed this week, 6'6" Danny Rubin from the Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland. His coach Andy Luther told EagleAction.com that although Rubin's commitment might seem a little out of the blue to outsiders, it was actually a long process in the making. "It was late in the process and Danny had not signed any papers with other schools yet. He was admitted and was going to attend another school and be a preferred walk on. Coach Donahue and Coach Graham were recruiting Danny and came down and visited him in the spring last year and again this past fall. They stayed in touch and came and watched him play throughout the winter and really were evaluating him for Cornell. I think they wanted guys who could shoot like Danny but were probably about 3 or 4 inches taller, Danny is about 6'5". So as you know when they went to BC they were down to 8 scholarship players after a few guys left, and they were all Al Skinner's guys running his patented flex offense. None of those guys had played the same kind of wide open spread them out "5 around" or "4 out 1 in" offense that Cornell loves to run. Danny is more of that kind of player. So in the end it was a god fit," said Luther. Donahue and Boston College also recently signed 6'7" Eddie Odio from Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, FL. Odio told EagleAction.com that he was also recruited by Donahue and Graham while they were coaching at Cornell.
- ESPN's Andy Katz explained in his column that the NCAA organized a mock NCAA Tournament bracket exercise at the National Association of Basketball Coaches two weeks ago in Indianapolis. The coaches serving on the mock committee used this past season's results to build a 2010 bracket and coincidentally duplicated some first-round matchups. "We followed all the rules," said St. Joseph's coach, Phill Martelli. "And yet we ended up still having Cornell playing Temple and Villanova playing Robert Morris. It wasn't contrived. It was eerie."
- If you haven't yet visited RyanWittmanFacts.com, you really should. A very funny website.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
- Ryan Wittman was a recipient of the Charles H. Moore Outstanding Senior Varsity Athlete Award on Monday evening at the school's annual senior athletics banquet. Wittman, an Associated Press honorable mention All-American in men's basketball as a senior, became the third Cornelian to earn Ivy League Player of the Year honors, doing so unanimously, and was picked to the first team by each of the Ivy coaches for the third straight season. The school’s career scoring leader (2,028 points) became the Ivy League’s fifth 2,000-point scorer with his 24-point effort in the NCAA tournament win over Wisconsin. He holds school and Ivy records for 3-pointers in a season (109 in 2009-10) and career (377) and was named to the collegeinsider.com’s Mid-Major All-Decade team. Wittman helped the Big Red to three Ivy titles, three NCAA tournament appearances and the school's first-ever spot in the Sweet 16 during his final campaign. The USBWA and NABC first-team all-district pick averaged 17.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists while setting an Ivy League record with his 109 3-point field goals as a senior. The eight-time Ivy League Player of the Week during his career was the MVP of the Legends Classic Regional and an all-tournament pick at the MSG Holiday Festival in 2009-10. He ended his career as a three-time NABC and two-time USBWA all-district honoree after capturing Ivy League Rookie of the Year accolades in 2006-07.
- The Ithaca Journal covers Cornell's announcement of the hiring of two assistant coaches. The Journal notes:
Cornell announced Monday that new men's basketball coach Bill Courtney has hired Marlon Sears and Jim Larranaga as his top assistants for the 2010-11 season.
Sears spent the 2009-10 season under Joe Jones at Columbia, and has also logged time as an assistant over nine years at Wager, High Point and Binghamton -- the latter under former Bearcats (and Cornell) coach Al Walker.
Larranaga is the son of George Mason coach Jim Larranaga, and served as the player/coach of the Irish Senior National Basketball team after 11 seasons playing overseas. He played basketball under his father at Bowling Green, and was a three-time all-Academic pick.
"I believe Marlon Sears is not only one of the top assistants in the Ivy League, but also in the country," Courtney said in a news release.
Courtney, who was introduced as Steve Donahue's successor on April 23, also called Larranaga a "tremendous teacher" with an "incredible knowledge" of the game.
Courtney still has one assistant position to fill. In the Ivy League, the third assistant position is unpaid.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Kevin App ('07) and Ka'Ron Barnes ('04) are both serving as assistant coaches at Army.
On April 24, Cody Toppert ('05) completed his first season in Germany's First Division with BC Scholz Recycling Weissenhorn. He averaged 18.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
Jeff Aubry ('99) is contributing 8.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Aericibo Capitanes of the Puerto Rico Basketball League. On May 22, Aubry finished with 13 points and 5 boards in a win over Guaynabo.
Both Toppert and Aubry are veterans of the NBA's D-League.
John McCord ('97) is averaging 9.6 points and 6.6 rebouns for Limoges CSP Elite in the French Pro B League. He finished with 11 points on May 21 in a win over Le Portel.
- Cornell Athletics has now announced two of the three assistant coaches serving under Bill Courtney, Cornell's Robert E. Gallagher '44 Head Coach of Cornell Men's Basketball. Neither of the names should be surprises to our readers as we revealed their identities during April. Courtney has one more assistant coaching position to fill, the third assistant role.
- With SlopeTV's publication of the Louis Dale and Jeff Foote highlight videos, stay tuned for the last video, the career highlights of Ryan Wittman. The Wittman video will be produced by Sam Aleinikoff. With another year of eligibility, both Aleinikoff and Jake Mastbaum will be back in 2010-2011 for another season of covering Big Red basketball with SlopeSports.
- Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com reports that Centenary guard, Daman Starring has opted to transfer to Cal-Irvine over an offer from Steve Donahue's Boston College program. Starring played one season with Cornell's Anthony Gatlin before Gatlin transferred to join the Big Red. Other Centenary players who have left in the last two years have transferred to schools such as Pitt, Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and South Alabama. Centenary has just one season left of Division I membership before the school transitions to Division III due to budget cuts.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
- Jeff Foote measured in as the tallest player in the NBA combine as the draft's only true seven-footer. While Foote measured in at 7'0"-- teammate Ryan Wittman measured-in at 6' 5.5", a half inch less than his Cornell roster listed height. Foote also weighed in at 252 pounds. Foote's 7'4" wing span ranks 13th among those entering the draft, while his reach of 9'3.5" ranks third. Combine these rankings with Foote's documented worth ethic, intelligence, and rapid improvement in 2.5 years with Cornell, NBA teams should absolutely consider drafting him in the second round.
- MaxPreps.com profiles Dave Bliss, Cornell '65.
- Congrats to the Cornell lacrosse team today earning a spot in the NCAA Final Four where the Big Red will meet Notre Dame in Baltimore. Some other strong Cornell performances this year include:
* Men's Ice Hockey (ECAC Champions/NCAA Tournament)
* Women's Ice Hockey (Ivy League Champions/ECAC Champions/NCAA National Runner-Up)
* Men's Basketball (Ivy League Champions/Final No. 17 National Ranking/NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen)
* Wrestling (Ivy League Champions/EIWA Champions/NCAA National Runner-Up)
* Women's Softball (Ivy League Champions/NCAA Tournament)
* Men's Outdoor Track & Field (Ivy League/Heptagonal Champions)
* Women's Outdoor Track & field (Ivy League/Heptagonal Champions)
* Men's Lacrosse (1st Place Ivy League Regular Season/NCAA Tournament Final Four, still ongoing)
Louis Dale may be the most prolific all-around basketball player to ever put on the Big Red uniform. He ranks among the top 10 in Cornell history in 13 different career statistical categories: #3 PTs Scored, #8 FGs, #10 FG attempts, #5 3PT FGs Made, #8 3PT FG Attempts, #6 3PT FG%, #3 FTs, #7 FT%, #1 Career Assists (total 470), #9 Career Steals, , #2 Games Played, #2 Games Started, #10 Minutes Played.
As a point guard measuring in at less than 6 feet tall, Dale has also amassed rebounding and block statistics that surpass many of the top Cornell forwards and centers, ranking 29th all time in swats and 33rd all time on the boards.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Kenyatta Smith (Flinridge Prep HS) La Canada, CA, 6-7, 260, F is hearing from Cal, UCLA, Stanford, Penn, Princeton and Harvard. He also has an offer from Pepperdine. He told Rivals.com, "For some reason I thought I'd always go more to the Ivy League but now that they're [the Pac 10] showing interest I realize that I have a real opportunity to play at a high-major school in the Pac-10. It's really good to know." Rivals reports that Smith's mother wants him to go to an Ivy League school. "I'd have to take some time to seriously think about it," Smith said. "I'd have to talk to my mom. She'd probably never talk to me again if I didn't."
Camryon Crocker (Los Alamitos HS), Los Alamitos, CA, 6-2 told PoneyPride.com that he has a scholarship offer from SMU. Several Ivies, including Harvard, are also involved.
Seth Johnson (Carroll HS) Flora, IN, 6-8, 210, F, told Rivals.com that he is hearing from Columbia.
Sai Tummala (Brophy Prep) Phoenix, AZ, 6-7, F, has the likes of Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, San Diego and SMU on his trail per ArizonaPreps.com.
Brandon Clark (Merriville HS) Merriville, IN, 5-11, G, is being courted by Cornell, Indiana State, Evansville, Wright State, and Toledo.
Friday, May 21, 2010
- Shiga Lakestars coach Bob Pierce of Japan's BJ-League, told the Japan Times, "Ryan Rourke [Cornell '06] came to play in Shiga for less money than he made in Portugal, but knowing he could trust that he would be paid and wouldn't have to fight management every month to collect a paycheck."
- The Unlikely Fan blog compares each of the 32 World Cup teams to various college and pro teams from other sports. The author compares Switzerland to Cornell and writes, "Not a great team, but they’ll beat you if you’re not careful. Fundamentally sound, if lacking great athleticism. Also, they all probably have rich parents."
Thursday, May 20, 2010
- ESPN's Jay Bilas ranks Ryan Wittman as the 79th best prospect in the upcoming NBA Draft. Harvard's Jeremy Lin is 94th.
- Although no formal announcement has yet been made, Cornell has now officially hired as assistant coaches, Marlon Sears and Jay Larranaga.
- Cornell's Aaron Osgood, a 6'9" rising senior tweets, "Great chat with coach Courtney. Got me real pumped for the summer."
- Cornell sophomore, Errick Peck was the Big Red's 6th leading scorer in Ivy League play a year ago, averaging 5.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in just 9.1 minutes per game. He shot 54% from the floor against conference rivals.
- A key edition for the Big Red during the 2010-2011 season is junior guard/forward, Anthony Gatlin. The 6'8" transfer from Centenary was considered a future All Summit League player before transferring to Cornell. One of Gatlin's notable performances for the Gents was a 13 points, 5 rebounds effort on December 1, 2007, leading Centenary to a 70-66 win over Texas Tech.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
According to several sources, Josh Elbaum (Northfield Mount Hermon School) Northfield, MA, 6-4, G, committed to Vermont. Elbaum indicated in the last several weeks that he was considering an offer from Dartmouth.
NEHoopsNews.com reports that Majok Majok (Northfield Mount Hermon School) Northfield, MA, 6-8, F, has committed to Fairfield. He received offers from Harvard, Georgia Tech, Rutgers, Boston College, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Alabama among others during the course of the season.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
May 18, 2010
Tampa Prep guard/team captain Jamal Cherry, who helped guide the Terrapins to the Class 2A state finals in March, will walk on at Ivy League power Cornell, Coach Joe Fenlon announced.
Cherry, who likely could've started for the Division III programs that recruited him, had his sights on an Ivy League education, Fenlon said. An honor student who scored a 1300 on his SAT, Cherry will receive an unspecified academic financial-aid package to Cornell.
"He is a very bright, goal-oriented young man who will accomplish great things in life," Fenlon said. "Obviously the opportunity to play basketball at a school that made the Sweet 16 is a very attractive thing as well."
The 6-foot-4 Cherry averaged 13 points and 2.5 assists last season for Tampa Prep (27-5), which fell to Jacksonville Providence in the 2A final.
Another graduating Terrapins guard, Jordan Heath, appears to stand a better chance at earning a spot on the program he'll join. Fenlon confirmed Heath will walk on at USF, where his dad Stan is coach.
- 42 Mark Coury F/C Sr. 6-9 240 West Bloomfield, Mich. /Detroit Country Day School
- - Anthony Gatlin G/F Jr. 6-8 180 Pearland, Texas / Pearland HS
- 5 Errick Peck F So. 6-6 215 Indianapolis, Ind. /Cathedral HS
- 11 Max Groebe G Jr. 6-4 200 North Miami Beach, Fla. /Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior HS
- 3 Chris Wroblewski G Jr. 6-0 180 Highland Park, Ill. /Highland Park HS
- 24 Adam Wire F Sr. 6-5 222 Southern Pines, N.C. /Pinecrest HS
- 4 Aaron Osgood F Sr. 6-9 230 Overlake, Wash. /The Hill School (Pa.)
- 22 Miles Asafo-Adjei G So. 6-2 170 Antioch, Tenn. /The Ensworth School
- 34 Josh Figini F So. 6-9 200 Chisago Lakes, Minn. /Chisago Lakes HS
- 55 Eitan Chemerinski F So. 6-8 195 Potomac, Md. /Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
- 21 Peter McMillan F So. 6-7 220 Brentwood, Calif. /Northfield Mt. Hermon School
- 23 Johnathan Gray G So. 6-3 175 Tampa, Fla. /Berkeley Preparatory HS
- - Andrew Ferry G Jr. 6-2 180 Milwaukee, Wi./Valparaiso Univ./Palm Beach St.
- - Dominic Scelfo G Fr. 6-1 180 New Orleans, La./Jesuit School
- - Jake Matthews G Fr. 6-3 185 Greensburg, Pa./Greensburg-Salem High School
- - Manny Sahota F Fr. 6-6 200 Brampton, Ontario/Saint Marguerite D’Youville School
- - Dwight Tarwater F Fr. 6-6 220 Nashville, Tn./Webb School
- - Nnamdi Okoye F Fr. 6-8 220 Concord, Ca./De La Salle High School
- - Jamal Cherry F Fr. 6-4 185 Tampa, Fl./Tampa Prep
- Rivals.com's panel of experts discussed the recent coaching changes across Division I. Jason King noted, "More than a few folks were surprised when Boston College fired longtime coach Al Skinner, but the move turned out to be a brilliant one thanks to the hiring of Steve Donahue, who led Cornell to the Sweet 16 last spring." Steve Megargee also noted, "I don't think you'll see many first-year coaches in the NCAA tournament next year. Clemson, Cornell, Houston, Robert Morris, Siena, UTEP and Wake Forest made coaching changes after reaching the 2010 NCAA tournament, but nearly all those schools suffered major losses to graduation and/or the NBA draft."
- Cornell's Bill Courtney, the new Robert E. Gallagher '44 Cornell Head Coach of Men's Basketball will host the Cornell Basketball Prospect Camp from June 26-27.
- The Louisiana Basketball Report ranks incoming Cornell recruit, Dominic Scelfo as the No. 15 prospect in the state of Louisiana in the site's final rankings for the class of 2010. The site writes, "high IQ point guard that is in the mold of Steve Nash. Great passer, shooter and defender."
- The Ithaca Journal's Brian Delaney tweets, "In the who woulda thunk dept: Cornell outlasted Syracuse in men's basketball and men's lacrosse in 2010." After appearing in college basketball's Sweet Sixteen, Cornell's lacrosse team is now in the NCAA's quarterfinals (Elite Eight). The Big Red fell to Syracuse a year ago in the national title game.
- Cornell has put together yet another sports year for the ages. We salute some of the impressive finishes by Cornell's athletic teams during the 2009-2010 academic year:
* Men's Ice Hockey (ECAC Champions/NCAA Tournament)
* Women's Ice Hockey (Ivy League Champions/ECAC Champions/NCAA National Runner-Up)
* Men's Basketball (Ivy League Champions/Final No. 17 National Ranking/NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen)
* Wrestling (Ivy League Champions/EIWA Champions/NCAA National Runner-Up)
* Women's Softball (Ivy League Champions/NCAA Tournament, still ongoing)
* Men's Outdoor Track & Field (Ivy League/Heptagonal Champions)
* Women's Outdoor Track & field (Ivy League/Heptagonal Champions)
* Men's Lacrosse (1st Place Ivy League Regular Season/NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals, still ongoing)
Monday, May 17, 2010
- Dennis Clifford, a 6'11" Boston College recruiting commitment said it was Cornell’s coach , Steve Donahue and the Big Red's March run through the NCAA Tournament that made up Clifford’s mind of where to attend college. He told the Patriot Ledger, “I was really leaning towards the Ivies, [b] ut after the season when Coach Donahue got the job and saw my open-gym (workout), I knew that’s where I wanted to go."
- There was quite a bit of buzz before Cornell's and Kentucky's 2010 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen game in regard to the contrasting academic values in the two basketball programs. A new t-shirt is taking a jab at Kentucky's low team GPA.
- BloggingTheBracket.com is picking Princeton as a 15 seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
- From the West Virginia's Dominion Post on former Cornell assistant, Zach Spiker:
Spiker's goal for his Army team: Winning season
ZACH SPIKER HAS BEEN around the game of basketball his entire life.
A self-described basketball junkie, Spiker, a Morgantown native, had studied and dissected and been involved in every facet of the game, from fan to player to graduate assistant to administrative assistant to assistant coach up until this past fall.
All those things helped, but nothing could have totally prepared Spiker for what was to come next.
After spending five seasons at Cornell on Steve Donahue's staff, Spiker jumped all-in at the opportunity to become the Army men's basketball head coach this past fall, even if the offer was made a mere 13 days before the start of practice. (And even though Spiker knew Cornell, which advanced to the NCAA tournament Sweet 16, was going to have a special season).
Still, the 33-year-old was pumped. He was confident, and in many ways Spiker found a comfortable spot in what could have been a chaotic transition period.
"Everyone knew I was rushed and that it was awkward with the timing," Spiker said. "So everything else got put on the backburner. They just said, 'Just let him coach and deal with his team,' so all I had to do was coach."
And then the season started and this lifelong basketball nut experienced the game from a whole new vantage point. Some say there's not much difference between being an assistant and a head coach. Zach Spiker is not one of those people.
"It's very different. Anyone who tells you it isn't ... I think it was very different," Spiker said.
Perhaps it's trying to carry the enormity of the team, program and situation on your shoulders, or maybe it's knowing the buck has to stop with you, but it is different. Spiker explains it by saying the head coach must manage every part of the game while also trying to accept (most times unsuccessfully) that many aspects are out of the coach's control.
"In some ways, the head coach feels more hopeless," Spiker said with a laugh. "Everything is magnified, including the hopelessness."
That said, don't let Spiker fool you. In his first season, the Black Knights jumped out to a 9-3 start and finished the season with a 14-15 record. At a military school that's not experienced a winning season since 1985, that's called progress.
For Spiker, it wasn't good enough. He takes it as a personal challenge to provide the best basketball experience possible for his team. See, when Spiker's players graduate, there's no going to the NBA, the NBA Development League or even overseas to chase the dream of playing ball for a living.
"They're deployed," Spiker said. "This is their only basketball experience. That's very humbling."
Spiker, his wife, Jennifer, and 15-month-old son, Charlie, have embraced the ever-evolving military lifestyle. Spiker loves the structure, and he realizes, postgraduation, most of his players will experience stressful situations defending our country most can't imagine. That's part of what drives him to turn Army into a successful program.
He talks about his vision to get Army to its first-ever NCAA tournament. He knows it won't come easy or without a fight, but a dream has to be set first.
"I only get one chance with these guys, so our style of play is whatever it takes to win," he said. "I want them to have the best experience possible, and we were close this year to doing something that hasn't been done in 25 years. That's before any of them were alive -- for West Point to have a winning season. That'd be pretty neat to do."
Friday, May 14, 2010
Remember when Cornell made a brilliant run to the Sweet Sixteen and we fell all over ourselves calling them a Cinderella story? Well, they put on their dancing shoes to prove that, once again, this Cinderella wasn't quite ready to be the belle of the ball.
I'm not exactly thrilled by this zany-cast-of-characters-doing-the-"Single Ladies"-dance meme surviving into mid-2010, but anything that gives the world wiry seven-footer Jeff Foote doing what he does in this video (with a cap and shades on!) can't be all that bad. I imagine this will be a successful promo video for Duff Ball, the pseudo-prom Cornell throws for graduating seniors.
I can't imagine Cornell teammates of Foote, Ryan Wittman, and Louis Dale ever looking at them the same way again.
- WBIR NBC reports that incoming Cornell recruit, Dwight Tarwater will be honored by the Greater Knoxville (TN) Hall of Fame on August 5. Tarwater was the Tennessee Mr. Basketball in 2010 in Division II while at the Webb School in Knoxville. He was also All-State and the Regional MVP.
- This weekend, former Cornell head coach Steve Donahue will be honored with a send off party at the Ithaca Country Club. Several former Cornell coaches that worked on Donahue's staff are expected to attend.
- Cornell's appearance in the 2010 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen is referenced in an Associated Press article about the aspirations of mid-major college basketball programs.
- Former Cornell assistant coach, Benjy Taylor, will will be hired as an assistant at the University of Hawaii according to the Honolulu Advertiser. Taylor was fired from his job as head coach of Chicago State.
- With the announcement of the Boston College-Indiana ACC-Big Ten Challenge game, Indiana's Tom Crean told the media, "I have a lot of respect for their new coach Steve Donahue, who brought his Cornell team to Assembly Hall two years ago. It will be an exciting matchup for the players and fans."
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Cornell basketball team would like you to put a ring on it
So here we have Cornell basketball players Ryan Wittman, Jeff Foote and Louis Dale, along with three members of the Cornell men's hockey team, recreating the Beyonce dance video All the Single Ladies. Why?, you may be asking God right now? It's to promote Duff Ball 2010, which is Cornell's "senior prom" event for the graduating class, and also a fundraiser for the United Way of Tompkins County. And so my dream of getting out of 2010 without seeing a 7-footer do "the pussycat crouch" goes down in flames.
If Wittman isn't a landslide victor for Duff Ball King after this, there is no justice.
Duff Ball 2010 [The Cornell Basketball Blog]
- The NCAA released its "Attendance Report" for the 2009-2010 college basketball season. The Ivy League ranked 23rd of the 31 Division I conferences in average home attendance.
- We've "retweeted" several recent Twitter posts from members of Cornell's senior class-- predominantly from Jeff Foote, Louis Dale, and Jon Jaques, in which the former players ponder what the Big Red's preseason national ranking would be if the senior class could come back for one more season. Dale claims, "Legit national champion contenders," while Jaques wonders, "Top 10? 5? Too frustrating to think about," and Foote adds, " I wish we had one more year."
- Dale, Foote and Ryan Wittman will play in a charity basketball game at Lansing High School according to the Ithaca Journal.
- Cornell will have three seniors on the 2010-2011 roster. The three seniors will be entirely from the frontcourt, consisting of Aaron Osgood, Mark Coury and Adam Wire. Thus, Cornell's entire backcourt will return in tact for the following 2011-2012 season, along with key frontcourt players such as Anthony Gatlin and Errick Peck.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Ryan Wittman, Louis Dale and Jeff Foote built up enough favor at Cornell by leading the basketball program to its first-ever Sweet 16 berth that they could probably do anything short of robbing a bank at gunpoint without jeopardizing their status at the school.
Maybe that's why the three seniors felt comfortable donning skin-tight black tank tops and joining three Cornell hockey players in a promotional dance video emulating Beyonce's "Single Ladies." The promo was for this Saturday's 2010 Duff Ball, a senior prom of sorts for Cornell's graduating class.
With all due respect to Wittman's ridiculous shades and Dale's enthusiasm and rhythm, the true star of this video is clearly Foote. You haven't lived until you've seen a wiry 7-footer in a backwards camouflage cap and oversized sun glasses attempt to execute Beyonce's six dance steps, apparently known as the hip shake, the pump walk, the put a ring on it, the wind down, the spank it and the pussycat crouch.
Of course, Wittman does have some bragging rights over his dance partners in at least one respect: Guess who's one of the six nominees to be Cornell's King of the Duff Ball?
(Thanks, Cornell Basketball Blog)
- Neither of the major NBA draft projection websites, NBAdraft.net or DraftExpress.com, have an Ivy League player selected in their respective NBA Draft projections. Also excluding Ivy prospects from a mock draft is ESPN's Chad Forde. However, Forde does rank Cornell's Ryan Wittman and Harvard's Jeremy Lin among the Top 100 NBA prospects.
- Speaking of draft hopefuls, the Cleveland Plain Dealer notes that Mark Termini Associates has signed Michigan State's Raymar Morgan and Cincinnati's Deonta Vaughn, in addition to Wittman.
- As we previously noted, Cornell is reportedly scheduled to host St. Bonaventure in the upcoming season. Similar to the Seton Hall team that visited Ithaca a year ago, the Bonnies have some off court legal issues.
- Former All-Ivy League center, Andrew Naeve (Cornell '07) recently launched his campaign website for the Iowa State Senate.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
- TheMasonBench.com interviewed George Mason head coach, Jim Larranaga. Below is an excerpt of the interview:
TMB: Since you have been at Mason, you’ve had some special bonds with some of your assistant coaches. One that has stood out in my mind is the relationship you have with Bill Courtney. Coach Courtney was very complementary of you during his press conference at Cornell. How excited were you when you heard the news that Bill was named head coach at Cornell?
Coach L: "Bill was an instrumental part of our program from 1997 to 2005. Before that, I hired him to be my assistant at Bowling Green State University. During those nine years we became very close. We spent a lot of time together on the court and off the court. We traveled a good bit together on the circuit recruiting, so I really got to know Bill and appreciate him and value his contribution to our program.
When the head coaching job at Columbia opened up, Bill had called me and asked if I knew anyone in New York that might be able to help him get involved with the Columbia job. I told him I would check with some friends and one of the guys I called happened to be a Cornell grad and he lives in New York City. I said to him I have a great candidate for the Columbia job and do you know anybody there? He said, "Wait, what about Cornell?" So, he made a call and was able to get him on the list of candidates. The Athletic Director ended up calling me and asking me for a recommendation. I gave him the highest endorsement I could and Bill ended up obviously doing a great job on the interview and ultimately accepted the position. I’m very, very excited and happy for him."
TMB: Recently, your son Jay was named an assistant coach at Cornell. When he told you that he wanted to get into coaching, was this something you were excited about or were you more cautious because you know how tough a profession coaching can be?
Coach L: "Well, when Bill came to Bowling Green State University my son Jay was a senior on that team. Bill had the opportunity to coach him for that year. When we moved on to George Mason University, Jay moved on to play professional basketball. While Jay was living in France, Bill and his wife got married and they honeymooned where Jay and his wife were living. They became very good fiends and continued to be good friends. When Bill was offered the job, Jay made him aware of his interest to get into college coaching.
I would have been excited for Jay no matter what profession he choose to pursue... Jay had the experience of coaching the Irish National team the last two summers. I’m very happy and excited for him. I think it’s wonderful that Jay and Bill Courtney will be working together. Bill will be a wonderful mentor for Jay in teaching him what college coaching is all about, but I also think Jay will be a tremendous contributor for Bill because he’s got an outstanding basketball mind and he’s a very good teacher and knows the game."
- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes, "Sophomore Chris Wroblewski had 12 points and three rebounds in Cornell’s 87-69 victory over UW in March in Jacksonville, Fla. Senior Louis Dale was the primary point guard but Wroblewski played both guard spots and should be the No. 1 point guard for the Big Red next season."
- We made an edit to the tentative 2010-2011 schedule that we previously posted. We are told that Cornell's meeting with St. Bonaventure is a home game in Newman Arena.
- The Dagger of Yahoo Sports speaks with Dave Bliss (Cornell '65).