Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
- 2009 (Game high scorer, Jeff Foote 16 points)
- 2008 (Game high scorers, Ryan Wittman 30 points, Max Groebe 21 points)
- 2007 (Game high scorer, Ryan Wittman 21 points)
- 2006 (Game high scorers, Louis Dale, Collin Robinson, Brian Kreefer each with 14 points)
- 2005 (Game high scorer, Lenny Collins 19 points)
- 2004 (Game high scorer, Ryan Rourke 16 points)
- 2003 (Game high scorers, Cody Toppert 42 points, Ka'ron Barnes 31 points)
- 2002 (Game high scorer, Eric Taylor 12 points)
- 2001 (Game high scorer, Chris Vandenberg 14 points)
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
By Brian Delaney
The Ithaca Journal
September 28, 2010
Two guys who are in similar positions this fall are guard Max Groebe and forward Anthony Gatlin. Although both are listed as seniors on Cornell's roster, each has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Groebe and Gatlin get lumped together here because they both fall into that intriguing "Coaches, media, players and anyone who's watched practice think they should help; now they just have to do it" category.
When asked about the details of Cancer's college recruitment, Hart indicated that before selecting Cornell, Cancer was offered scholarships during the summer by Albany, Citadel, Navy and Manhattan. He also indicated that Columbia and Brown had asked Cancer to take visits to their campuses with the expectation that offers would be made during the visits. But Cancer's recruitment was by no means limited to just these schools. Hart noted that Stanford, Rice, Wichita State, Northeastern, Wagner, Lafayette, Colgate, Lehigh, Army, and Bucknell were among those schools still remaining in contact and evaluating the guard. "Stanford and Rice wanted to see more of him," noted Hart. Others reportedly involved at various points in the process included LIU, Davidson, Elon, Furman, and Quinnipiac. Hart noted that Cancer visited both Albany and Cornell in the last two weekends and then made his decision to the end process.
"If I had to describe Galal, I would call him a 'closer' like Mariano Rivera with the New York Yankees. He will help you win games down the stretch," said Hart. "He will do whatever it takes to win you the game. I remember during July, Cornell's head coach Bill Courtney was watching our [Albany Rocks AAU] team down at the Peach Jam Tournament in Georgia. Against one of the best teams in the country, I think Galal scored something like 14 of our last 20 points, just took the game over for us."
Hart credited Courtney and Cornell assistant, Marlon Sears for handling Cancer's recruitment.
When asked about Cancer's preferred position, Hart explained that Cancer could play either point guard or shooting guard and described him as both a "strong" and "athletic" player. "But I think he will be a point guard in college. He is the most unselfish human being I've ever seen. He can score when he wants, but he looks for his teammates first," Hart emphasized.
Despite some recruiting services suggesting that Cancer is not a consistent outside shooter, Hart disagreed. "He has all the shooting mechanics and has the ability to go off and hit two or three three-pointers in a row. Right now, he is just not asked to shoot as much as a point guard."
Hart emphasized, "Galal plays for one of the best high school coaches [Dave Doemel] in the state of New York. Galal is ultra disciplined, he will get better and better, his shooting will also get better [when he is asked to shoot more]."
"The type of kid that fits Boston College fits our style,” Donahue said. "Guys who have a high IQ and know how to play the game.” Guys like Ryan Wittman, Jeff Foote and Louis Dale – who helped Donahue get to the ACC after three consecutive NCAA tournaments and a Sweet 16 appearance this past March. Donahue’s style is to push the ball and use the three-pointer, but he understands it’ll be difficult to make wholesale changes to a group of players who have played the same way for their entire careers.
Are UK and Cornell on a level playing field? Should they have the same academic standards?
- Jay Bilas of ESPN gives his opinion on whether college sports has a level playing field in terms of the academic demands and requirments of the respective competing institutions. Bilas writes, "In the lead-up to Kentucky's Sweet 16 matchup against Cornell in March, UK's DeMarcus Cousins told the media the game wouldn't be decided by 'who can read the fastest. … We're here to play basketball. It's not a spelling bee.' While I did not particularly care for the sentiment expressed, he was absolutely correct. It was just an athletic competition, and it was being played on an uneven playing field. The fact that Cornell and Kentucky were playing basketball against each other did not mean that they were equal or comparable academic institutions. They are not. An initial eligibility requirement of 2.5 does not make it so."
- The New York State Sportswriters Association notes, "Galal Cancer of Albany CBA will attend Cornell next fall, FOX 23 Sports reported this afternoon. Cancer, a seventh-team all-stater, averaged 10.2 points as a junior. The 6-2 standout was also considering SUNY Albany."
- The News Herald of Northern Ohio notes, "Jay Larranaga, a former assistant coach at Cornell, has been named the new coach of the Erie BayHawks of the National Basketball Development League. Larranaga played at Bowling Green."
- BallinInEurope ranks Jeff Foote's ('10) Maccabi Tel Aviv club as the No. 6 ranked team in Europe.
- Alex Hill, a former member of the Big Red's class of 2012, played one season with the Big Red during the 2008-2009 season before opting to return to his home in Toronto, Canada and play for the University of Toronto. In his bio on the Toronto Athletics website, Hill indentified Jon Jaques ('10), as his favorite professional athlete. Hill is the only player to transfer out of the Cornell basketball program in the last five years.
CBS 6-Albany, New York
COLONIE - CBA basketball star Galal Cancer has verbally committed to Cornell University, and will sign his binding letter of intent this November. The 6'2" senior point guard chose the Big Red over UAlbany, Long Island University, The Citadel, Lafayette, and Lehigh.
The chance to receive an Ivy League education is what ultimately swayed the Albany native to choose the Ithaca school.
"I just thought about college and when I'd be done playing basketball", said Cancer Monday afternoon while explaining his decision. "I felt that Cornell would present me with more opportunities with the alumni connection they have."
Cancer said it came down to Cornell or UAlbany -- Ivy League, or staying close to home.
"My parents will be able to come down to see me at some point in time. I'm going to get to come home so it really didn't bother me that much to leave. Cornell's about three hours so it's a good commute."
Cancer helped CBA win the 2010 New York State 'AA' Championship -- the first in school history.
Albany Times Union
September 27, 2010
Galal Cancer put a great deal into basketball during the 2009-10 scholastic season as the starting point guard at Christian Brothers Academy and he played a vital role in the Brothers’ first state Class AA championship.
During those journeys, Cancer also narrowed his prospective college destination down to two schools: Cornell University and the University at Albany.
After visiting both schools and taking nearly two weeks to ponder his decision, Cancer has provided first-year Cornell coach Bill Courtney his oral commitment to begin competing for the Big Red in the 2011-12 season.
“I talked to the coaching staff and he was their top recruit — Galal was the guy they wanted,” CBA coach Dave Doemel said.
Cancer, a rugged 6-foot-2 point guard who averaged 10.7 points per game as a junior, earned first team Large School All-Area plaudits from the Times Union in April and was named to the state’s seventh team in Class AA.
“I thought about both schools carefully, and then I thought about the schools after I left and how each would help me. I thought with Cornell, I will have a better chance to be successful after basketball is finished.”
Boston College coach Steve Donahue, who guided Cornell to three straight NCAA appearances and a school-record 29 victories in the 2009-10 season, began recruiting Cancer last year. Courtney, a former assistant at such schools as George Mason, Virginia and Virginia Tech, picked up on Cancer’s recruitment once he took over at Cornell in April and made him a top priority. The CBA guard joins a recruiting class that also features 6-6 guard/forward Shonn Miller and 6-3 guard Devin Cherry.
“He has worked so hard in the classroom and on the court,” Doemel said of Cancer. “With the way their program is going, to have a school like Cornell interested in you is a good thing. Obviously, Cornell is a great school.”
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
With the arrival of Jeff Foote (7'0", class of '10) (second from left), Cornell had a 2nd Team All Ivy League selection for the '07-'08 and '08-'09 seasons. Foote also was named 1st Team All Ivy League during '09-'10 and was the conference Defensive Player of the Year during 2009 and 2010.
For the 2010-2011 season, Cornell looks to former role playing veterans to step up as key post players. They are 6'9" Mark Coury (second from right, No. 42), a former Kentucky transfer and 6'9" Aaron Osgood (far right). Both seniors, Coury and Osgood must fill a huge void left by the graduated Foote.
Cornell is also making the recruitment of post players its biggest priority for the high school classes of 2011 and 2012.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I’m only 3 scrimmages into my professional basketball career, but it’s painfully obvious so far that these European basketball rules that I was warned about before I came over here are no joke. In fact, the differences between the European “FIBA” game and the American game (how did we let a separate version exist in the first place? Were Americans not the first people bored enough during P.E. to start throwing balls into empty peach baskets?) are even more devastating than advertised.
My Cornell teammates know that I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with referees. When I wasn’t playing much at Cornell during my first thee years, I was in the refs ear so much that I came close to about 4 technical fouls from the bench, yet became friends (by friends I mean a handful of refs knew I was the annoying, curly headed kid on the end of the Cornell bench who had nothing better to do during games than yap at them) with the Ivy League officials. Once I started playing more and started picking up 2 fouls within the first 5 minutes of every game (guess I wasn’t as close with the refs as I thought), I began joking (I was dead serious) that the people who turn to officiating are the members of society incapable of holding down any other job (this obviously isn’t true: while refs from the bigger conferences have a busy schedule that takes up most of their time, many ivy refs have other jobs during the week and travel the northeast by car during the weekends for the love of the game…and the love of some extra dough).
Anyway, while I respect officials, I never seemed to agree with the American ones (I kind of turn into a jerkface on the basketball court). I don’t think the Euro refs are any worse than American ones, but I think the rules of this strange game they play over here are going to take some getting used to.Here’s are some thoughts that came up while chatting on Skype (lifesaver) with a few of my former teammates who are also playing “basketball” overseas... [See the Jaques blog for the rest of his entry]
"We were a bit banged up during the summer, but we seem to be just about fully healthy right now. Miles [Asafo-Adjei] is almost 100 percent [knees] and is just about returning to the court. Andrew Ferry [wrist] is now in full workouts, also almost 100 percent, Jake Matthews [hand/wrist] is now back 100 percent." Courtney added, "[Dominick] Scelfo is also getting back to where he was [in quickness and movement] prior to his knee injury last November."
"The guys are really working hard and are really committed," said Courtney. "Prior to September 16, we were only allowed to coach them for 2 hours per week in groups of no more than four guys. Now League rules permit us to instruct groups of six for 2 hours per week." The players are also spending additional time in the training and weight rooms with Cornell's strength and conditioning staff and spending time in the gym on their own. Full practices begin in mid October.
When asked about playing rotations and starters, Courtney emphasized his staff had made no decisions on playing time. "Everyone is equal right now. The past is the past. We are going to watch the guys in practice and in the two scrimmages [on October 30 and November 6 against Colgate and Lafayette] and see how they play against outside competition." He added, "We've got a lot of new faces so playing time is undecided."
With respect to "Midnight Madness" festivities, Courtney indicated that Cornell's administration is contemplating the idea of holding some Midnight Madness styled celebration during the Red-White scrimmage on October 23. He noted, however that the raising of the Sweet Sixteen and Ivy League Championship banners are still scheduled for unveiling at the Big Red's home opener on November 17.
Eligible for a team foreign travel trip during the summer of 2011 (the Big Red visited France in 2007 and Australia in 2003), Courtney acknowledged the team would spend next summer abroad together but indicated that the destination had not yet been selected.
Watch for additional preseason interviews with Coach Courtney from The Cornell Basketball Blog as well as some upcoming preseason video reports from Slope Media.
Current Syracuse head coach, Jim Boheim, hired by the Orange at the start of the 1976-1977 season, also took his Orange to Ithaca on January 3, 1977 and January 3, 1979 during his tenure
Above, a photo from the December 7, 1973 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun. The photo was taken from Syracuse's December 5 visit to Cornell's Barton Hall.
- OhioHSHoops.com reports the news of Cornell's commitment from Shonn Miller (St. Ignatius HS) Cleveland, OH, 6-6, F. The Cleveland Plain Dealer notes that Miller will participate in the Garfield Heights/Prep Spotlight Basketball Showcase next week. The Daily Pennsylvanian also reported on the commitment to Cornell as follows:"
"It’s Miller time for Big Red. Cleveland native Shonn Miller — a product of Lebron James’s summer league basketball team King James Shooting Stars — verbally committed to reigning Ivy champion Cornell after visiting last weekend. According to the St. Ignatius High School website, Miller said that Cornell “just felt right.” St. Ignatius is rated by U.S. News & World Report as a bronze-level high school, and Miller was searching for a college with similar academic standards. Miller is ranked by ESPN as the 111th-best small forward in the country. While he plays inside for his school team “out of necessity,” he performs better on the perimeter."
Asked about Miller's college recruitment, which included reported offers from Miami (OH), Toledo, Bucknell, Northeastern, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Columbia, Cleveland State, Akron, James Madison, and Lousiana-Lafayette, O'Toole noted that the Ivy League is a perfect fit for Miller. "He's a really smart kid. He could've gone to other high schools in the area [such as national basketball power St. Edward's] with more established basketball traditions, but he came here for the academics and Cornell in the Ivy League is an ideal situation for him." O'Toole noted, however, that had Miller remained uncommitted or attended a prep school, many other schools could have also offered scholarships. "Duquesene [of the A-10] offered him an official visit and could've offered Shonn during his trip... I just spoke with coaches of Notre Dame, his recruitment by them was very real, they were following Shonn very closely."
Cherry's head coach Randy Bolden at Meridian High School said, "Devin's a very smart player with a very high basketball IQ. He's a winner and makes the players around him better. With Devin he's an "interchangeable 1-2" and can play either guard spot for us [at Meridian] or on the college level." He continued, "Devin is our best defender, we play him on the opponents' best guards. He's a great shooter... Yes, he is athletic. Is he a guy that jumps above the rims all the time? No. But he can jump and he has very good speed. He is definitely 'athletic.'"
When asked about Cherry's college recruitment, Bolden noted that Cherry held offers to Penn, Wofford, Jackson State, and SE Louisiana (Southland Conference). He also noted that Western Kentucky, Murray St., Princeton and Bucknell were others involved, but Cherry had narrowed his schools down by the end of the summer and opted to focus on Penn and Cornell. After visiting Cornell and Penn, Cherry made his decision. "He just really felt comfortable with Coach Courtney and Coach Sears."
"He is such a hard worker. I told Coach Coach Courtney they are gonna have to run him out of the gym after practices. He's always trying to get better, always working," Bolden added.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Cherry visited Cornell earlier in September, but only committed following his visit to Penn last weekend. Wofford, Murray St., Western Kentucky, Princeton, and Bucknell were among others involved in his recruitment.
Ranked as the No. 32 overall prospect in Mississippi by Hoop Scoop Online, Cherry posted 11.6 points per game his junior year as Meridian's second leading scorer. He was named Honorable Mention All-State by the Clarion Ledger. His teammate, Rodney Hood, is ranked No. 2 in Mississippi by Hoop Scoop Online and by Rivals.com as the No. 21 overall player in the U.S. (No. 49 overall by Scout.com)
Cherry plays AAU basketball for the Southern Phenoms program.