Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
While the Albany Times Union has yet to publish their area preview, here is what they had to say about Cancer last October, "[CBA's Kameron Ritter] has the great fortune of playing with one of the quickest guards to grace the upstate, NY hardwood in recent years, a junior named Galal Cancer. Cancer can cross you up from either side, step back and hit the jumper or burn you with an alley-oop pass. It is this kind of versatility that makes him my Most Valuable Player in the Section. He has the talent and the tools to do it all."
Cancer will have a good opportunity to see his future Big Red in action on November 12 when Cornell visits the Albany Great Danes. The Danes were Cancer's finalist before he chose to attend Cornell.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
- Placing the Ivy League Media Poll results aside for a moment, regardless of who wins the Ivy League this year, whether it is Cornell or any other Ivy League team, the Big Red of 2010 raised the bar of expectations in the conference. Any future Ivy champion will be measured against Cornell's accomplishments last season. Here is another look at Cornell's impressive 2009-2010 resume:
-Three consecutive Ivy League titles (2008, 2009, 2010) (including a perfect season in 2008)
-NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
-Final No. 17 national ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Top 25 Poll
-Final No. 4 ranking in the CollegeInsider.com Coaches' Mid Major Top 25 Poll
-MSG Holiday Festival Champions (2-0)
-Legends Classic Region Champions (4-0)
-Two "Top 25" victories (Wisconsin and Temple)
-Nonconference victories over teams such as Alabama (SEC), St. John's, (Big East), La Salle, (A-10) St. Joseph's (A-10), UMass (A-10), Drexel (CAA), Davidson (SoCon), Bucknell (Patriot) and Vermont (America East)
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Powered by returning its top five scorers and top two rebounders, Princeton was voted as the preseason pick to win the 2010-11 Ivy League men's basketball title.
Already the preseason choice by Athlon Sports, Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, Lindy's Sports Annuals and Rivals.com, Princeton received 12 first-place votes, totaling 128 points, from the select panel of 17 Ivy media representatives. This marked the first time the Tigers were selected as the preseason choice by the Ivy media since prior to the 2004-05 season.
Princeton (22-9, 11-3 Ivy League) will be relying on experience to drive its run to a 26th Ivy title, led by its veteran backcourt of junior Douglas Davis and senior Dan Mavraides. Davis (12.7 points per game) and Mavraides (11.5 ppg) are the Tigers' top two scorers from last season and are among the top six returning scorers in the League. With sophomore forward Ian Hummer (6.9 ppg), senior forward Kareem Maddox (6.2 ppg) and junior forward Patrick Saunders (5.1 ppg) in the frontcourt, Princeton is poised to end Cornell's three-year championship run.
Finishing second in the voting with 120 points and four first-place votes, Harvard (21-8, 10-4 Ivy) is hoping to live up to its preseason hype to accomplish a program first -- win its first League championship and make its first NCAA Tournament appearance. The Crimson will have to achieve this feat without the services of Jeremy Lin, now playing for the NBA's Golden State Warriors. Sophomore forward Kyle Casey, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, will be leading the Crimson's quest as the team's leading returning scorer (10.2 ppg) and rebounder (5.2 rpg).
Cornell (29-5, 14-1 Ivy) was not voted as the preseason selection for the first time in three years, but did receive one first-place vote and finished third in the balloting with 96 points. Cornell will not give up its stranglehold of the Ivy trophy easily; however, first-year head coach Bill Courtney does have the daunting task of replacing the Big Red's own version of the "Big 3" --- Louis Dale, Jeff Foote and Ryan Wittman. Junior guard Chris Wroblewski, Cornell's top returning scorer (8.9 ppg), will take over as the face of the team's starting five and will receive plenty of help from experienced frontcourt mates in sophomore forward Errick Peck, senior forward Adam Wire and senior forward/center Mark Coury.
Penn (6-22, 5-9 Ivy) may a preseason dark horse as a contender for the Ivy crown, voted fourth with 89 points, but boasts the only returning first-team All-Ivy player from a year ago in junior guard Zack Rosen. The League's leading returning scorer at 17.7 points per game, Rosen will lead a talented Quakers squad along with seniors forward Jack Eggleston and forward/center Conor Turley, under the direction of head coach Jerome Allen, who had the interim tag removed after leading Penn to its six wins over the second half of the 2009-10 season.
Rounding out the second half of the 2010-11 preseason media poll were Yale (57 points), Brown (55 points), Columbia (48 points) and Dartmouth (18 points).
Yale (12-19, 6-8 Ivy) will be relying on its frontcourt duo of senior forward Michael Sands and junior forward Greg Mangano to lead the Bulldogs to improve on their fourth-place finish last season. Brown (11-20, 5-9 Ivy) returns four starters in the brothers Sullivan -- senior forward Peter and sophomore guard Matt -- along with senior guard Garrett Leffelman and sophomore forward Tucker Halpern. Columbia (11-17, 5-9 Ivy) will be led by first-year head coach Kyle Smith on the sidelines and the sharp-shooting Noruwa Agho, a junior guard who averaged 16.3 points per game for the Lions last year, on the court. Dartmouth (5-23, 1-13) has a familiar face back in its head coaching position as Paul Cormier has returned to take over a Big Green team that will feature by senior guard Ronnie Dixon.
2010-11 IVY LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
First-Place Votes in Parentheses
|1.||Princeton (12) ||128|
|2.||Harvard (4) ||120|
|3.||Cornell (1) ||96|
- Rush The Court is counting down via Twitter the top 345 Division I teams. Thus far, Dartmouth checks in at No. 340., Albany is No. 327.
- The Albany Student Press notes, "The Danes will play in two scrimmages against opponents, whom [Albany coach Will] Brown refused to reveal, before opening the season at home against Cornell on Nov. 12."
- Courtesy of Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports below are the scheduled closed scrimmages involving some of Cornell's 2010-2011 opponents:
Sat., Oct. 30
Rider at Seton Hall
Providence at Stony Brook
Boston College at Boston University
Kent State at St. Bonaventure
VCU at La Salle
Colgate at Cornell
UMBC at Delaware
Albany at Columbia
Bucknell at Hofstra
Lehigh at Drexel
Sun., Oct. 31
UMass at Harvard
Wagner at Penn
Central Connecticut at Yale
Sat., Nov. 6
Cleveland State vs. Buffalo in Erie, Pa.
Columbia at Hartford
UNH at Bryant
Stony Brook at Central Connecticut State
Bucknell at Albany
NJIT at Yale
Binghamton at St. Francis (NY)
Lafayette at Cornell
Penn at Lehigh
Sun., Nov. 7
Morgan State at Delaware
Harvard at Northeastern
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Harvard has No. 21 and we are not talking about a jersey number. Harvard's 2011-2012 men's basketball roster has now reached 21 players and it could still be climbing. Today, Max Hooper (Brewster Academy) Brewster, NH, 6-6, F, has formally committed to Harvard per his high school coach. Hooper is the 6th commitment for Harvard's class of 2011. With only three seniors on the 2011-2012 Crimson roster (Keith Wright, Oliver McNally and Andrew Van Nest), Harvard must either cut several players on its 2011-2012 roster or limit its class of 2012 (the current high school juniors) to fewer than three recruits, or else risk having a roster stuck at 20-plus for the foreseeable future. In short, Harvard has some decisions to make. And incredibly, the Crimson have this roster overload problem even after two non-seniors, Spencer de Mars and Pete Edelson, left the program this year. Also noteworthy, not one of Harvard's 21 players arrived in Cambridge via transfer. Each recruited directly out of high school.
The Big Red have faced the Red Raiders quite regularly over the years with Cornell holding a 70-53 advantage in the regular season series. The teams last met in a regular season game during the 2007-2008 season. The teams first met during the 1901-1902 season.
Above left, an excerpt from the March 7, 1902 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun which previews the first ever meeting between Cornell and Colgate in basketball. Right, the March 10 issue recaps the meeting between the teams.
Cornell-Colgate 1913 ticket stub.
Above, a 1946 Cornell-Colgate game program.
Cornell vs. Colgate in 1947.
A 1958 Cornell-Colgate game program.
Cornell's Gregg Morris in action against Colgate on December 4, 1965.
(updated 12:18 PM)
Monday, October 25, 2010
Per Montverde School, Steve Moundou-Missi (Montverde School) Montverde, FL, 6-6, F, committed to Harvard over Iowa and Brown. Moundou-Missi, a talented, rugged and physical power forward, gives Harvard its 20th player for the 2011-2012 season roster, including five freshmen.
Per several sources, Jared Smoot (Crown Point HS) Crown Point, IN, 6-10, C, committed to Navy over Brown, Ball State, Evansville. Cornell, Fordham and Northwestern also expressed some interest before taking other commitments.
John Golden (Northfield Mount Hermon School) Northfield, MA, 6-6, F and J'Vonte Brooks (Northfield Mount Hermon School) Northfield, MA, 6-6, F, are both visited Dartmouth this weekend.
Charles Swain (Notre Dame Prep) Fitchburg, MA, 6-2, G has been hearing from Stony Brook and Columbia.
Bill Wrightson (Toms River North HS) Toms River, NJ, 6-8, C was among several class of 2012 prospects reportedly visiting Cornell this weekend. He is currently hearing from Princeton and several top academic Division III programs.
- The Heights, a student newspaper of Boston College writes, "New head coach Steve Donahue brings a different coaching style and worthy experience from coaching the Cornell University men's basketball team, which triumphed as Ivy League champions from 2008-2010 and reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen last year."
- MidMajority.com is ranking each of the 263 Mid Major basketball programs based on their performances during the last six years. Each day MidMajority is counting down the teams among the top 100. Here is a look at the top 30 teams revealed-to-date. Cornell is the only Ivy League to finish among the top 50 mid major basketball programs.
30. Saint Joseph`s, Atlantic 14 (66 points)
29. Sam Houston State, Southland (67 points)
28. Akron, Mid-American (70 points)
27. Rhode Island, Atlantic 14 (72 points)
26. Cornell, Ivy League (73 points)
25. Kent State, Mid-American (73 points)
24. Massachusetts, Atlantic 14 (73 points)
23. Vermont, America East (76 points)
22. Morgan State, MEAC (77 points)
21. Missouri State, Missouri Valley (79 points)
20. Creighton, Missouri Valley (80 points)
19. Temple, Atlantic 14 (80 points)
18. South Alabama, Sun Belt (83 points)
17. Siena, Metro Atlantic (84 points)
16. George Mason, Colonial (90 points)
15. Wichita State, Missouri Valley (92 points)
14. Southern Illinois, Missouri Valley (92 points)
13. Dayton, Atlantic 14 (97 points)
12. Utah State, Western Athletic (99 points)
11. Bradley, Missouri Valley (100 points)
10. Winthrop, Big South (109 points)
9. Saint Mary`s, West Coast (111 points)
8. Northern Iowa, Missouri Valley (112 points)
- Throughout the season we will provide periodic updates on Cornell's eight (8) overseas alumni playing professionally. These former Cornell players include: Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones, LNBP Mexico); John McCord ('97) (Strasbourg, Pro A France); Cody Toppert ('05) (Plymouth Raiders, British Basketball League); Jason Hartford ('08) (Ginasio, LPD Portugal); Louis Dale ('10) (Gottingen, Bundesliga Germany); Ryan Wittman ('10) (Forli, LegaDue Italy); Jeff Foote ('10) (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel Winner's League); Jon Jaques ('10) (Ashkelon, Israel Winner's League).
By Alex Kuczynski-Brown
October 25, 2010
Cornell Daily Sun
Fans and media alike were provided with their first glimpse of the new-look 2010-11 men’s basketball team over the weekend, albeit an incomplete one. Senior forward Aaron Osgood (hip) and sophomore guard Chris Wroblewski both sat out Saturday afternoon’s annual Red/White scrimmage, as did freshman guard Dominick Scelfo (knee) and sophomore forward Peter McMillan (concussion). Wroblewski did not dress for the game after taking an elbow to the face during Friday’s practice.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
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Friday, October 22, 2010
Cornell men focus on defense ahead of basketball scrimmage
The public will get its first look at the Bill Courtney-coached Cornell men's basketball team when the Big Red puts on the annual Red-White Scrimmage at noon Saturday at Newman Arena.
Expect it to be a defensive-minded debut.
The team completed its fifth practice in six days Thursday, and Courtney said defense and rebounding has been an early focus as the team learns to perform, among other things, without a 7-foot center in the middle to erase mistakes.
"I want to see guys get on the floor, take charges, grab loose balls, those types of things," Courtney said. "We haven't put in much, but hopefully they can execute some of the things we've talked about and that can carry over."
Freshman Dominic Scelfo (knee) and sophomore Pete McMillan (concussion) are expected to miss the scrimmage, while senior forward Aaron Osgood (hip) is questionable.
Scelfo's injury appears to be the most serious, although the 6-foot-1 guard will have additional tests done to discern the exact problem."He's got some knee issues that have flared up again," Courtney said. "He's going to have that looked at and try and figure out what the next step is for him. It could be awhile, or it could be something that he could be back this year, but we're not sure yet."
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Stopped by CU men's basketball practice today and got this update from Bill Courtney on injuries as they pertain to Saturday's Red-White Scrimmage, and (for one player) beyond:
Freshman Dominic Scelfo (knee) and sophomore Pete McMillan (concussion) are expected to miss the scrimmage, while senior forward Aaron Osgood (hip) is questionable.
Scelfo’s injury appears to be the most serious, although the 6-foot-1 guard will have additional tests done to discern the exact problem.
“He’s got some knee issues that have flared up again,” Courtney said. “He’s going to have that looked at and try and figure out what the next step is for him. It could be awhile, or it could be something that he could be back this year, but we’re not sure yet.”
Delaney also added via Twitter, "Quick-hitters from today's practice: Tarwater played with the reds (top 7-8); Figini looked good; BC, Wrob. praised Peck's play."
Per several sources, Yale received a big recruiting commitment today from Connecticut's state player of the year, Brandon Sherrod (Choate Rosemary Hall) Stratford, CT, 6-6, F. Tipping scales at 245 pounds, Sherrod held scholarship offers two A-10 schools, St. Bonaventure and Fordham. His choice however came down to Yale and Brown. He also visited Penn, Quinnipiac and Holy Cross.
Steve Moundou Missi (Monteverde Academy) Montverde, FL, 6-6, F, will visit Brown this weekend per Scout.com. Built similar to Sherrod, he already visited Harvard and Iowa and has offers from both schools.
Chris Uhle (Trinity Catholic HS) Ocala, FL, 6-10, C, has interest from Princeton, Navy, and Tennessee Chattanooga.
Vince Van Ness (Northfield Mount Hermon School) Northfield, MA, 6-11, is being recruited by Fairfield, FIU, Wake Forest, Siena, Virginia Tech, and Oregon St, as well as several Ivies.
As we previously reported, Penn is closing in on three power forwards.
Greg Louis (Dwyer HS) Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 6-7, F has narrowed his college choices down to Tulane and Penn. He recently visited both campuses and has offers from both schools. Penn is his reported leader. Louis had other offers until several schools opted to go in different directions.
Mike Turner (University HS) Chicago, IL, 6-8, F has narrowed his college choices down to Penn, Northwestern and Valparaiso after receiving offers from each of the three schools. Penn is his reported leader.
Will Davis (New Hampton Prep) New Hampton, NH, 6-9, F, will visit Penn, Drexel and Delaware in the next week. The native of Sacramento has reported offers from the likes of TCU, St. Bonaventure, Robert Morris, Quinnipiac, James Madison, La Salle, Loyola-IL, and UNCW.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
For lovers of mid major college basketball, consider the book, One Beautiful Season.
Every year, there are over 330 universities that compete for the National Championship of Division I men's basketball. But over two-thirds of those languish in the shadows of the affluent and constantly-televised major conferences, clamoring for chances to take part in America's greatest three-week sports spectacle: the March Madness of the NCAA Tournament. One Beautiful Season: Inside College Basketball's Mid-Majority follows the intertwined stories of the players and coaches, the families and fans -- even the pep bands and mascots -- who inhabited this sports shadow world during the fateful 2009-10 season.
Written by veteran traveling hoops columnist Kyle Whelliston, with a foreword by Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn, this book is both a celebration of college basketball and an alternative history of the game itself. It is a study of how and why NCAA college basketball split between Davids and Goliaths in the first place, 100 years chronologized and crystallized in One Beautiful Season and one perfect Tournament. It is a 15,000-mile November-to-April journey full of hopes, dreams and heartbreak on the road to the Final Four in Indianapolis, and the story of one team that was one shot away from winning it all.In the words of author Kyle Whelliston, "Chapters 6 and 4 are Big Red-centric."
Below is a sample excerpt:
The Big Red had one final run in them. There are a lot of sports clichés about playing for pride and a love of the game. But the Cornell players, and anybody who participated in Ivy League sports, received no rewards for their effort beyond the simple chance to play. With no athletic scholarships, they didn't even receive a free education out of the deal. Everybody was a walk-on, from the top scorer to the 15th man, and with no medical redshirts, every injury shortened a career. If there was any motivation at all for a team like this to advance in a national single-elimination event, it was true and actual school pride. Every win kept the team together for one more day.
The Wildcats stopped scoring and slacked in the second half, saving their energy for West Virginia and the Elite Eight. Cornell filled the scoring vacuum. With offensive rebounds and increased intensity, the Big Red cobbled together a string of three-pointers and third-chance layups to build a 13-2 run. Dale drilled a long shot over a flopping Cousins, who'd somehow found himself caught out on the perimeter. With five minutes to go in regulation, the score was 40-34. Despite making just a third of their shots, Cornell was three possessions away from a third consecutive upset, one that would rival and potentially eclipse Northern Iowa's win over Kansas.
But love of the game, devotion to team and school, never guaranteed victory. Heart and desire are intangibles that only deliver players to the opening tip-off; what happens during games is left to circumstance, fate, wit and raw skill. The future NBA stars of Kentucky were fueled by a more primal human desire than love. They refused to lose because they rejected the idea of embarrassment. They would not be Gardner-Webbed in front of millions of viewers on a national stage.
After scoring eight points in the first 15 minutes of the second half, the Wildcats scored 22 in the final five. When Wall scored on a highlight-reel alley-oop in the final minute, there were few still there at the Carrier Dome to see it live. Donahue had already brought his seniors out of the game, and most of the Cornell fans had said their goodbyes long before the 62-45 scoreline was finalized. The hour was late, and there was work to do on Friday. It was midnight in upstate New York, both literally and figuratively.
"What this group accomplished is almost surreal, everything that's gone on the last two weeks," said Donahue after the game. "I know it sounds corny, but in my opinion, they love each other more than any other team in this Tournament. That's why we were good. That sounds crazy, but that's why. When we got to that point and we cut it to six, I really thought we had it. I thought this was our game.
"These guys are going to kick themselves, but this has been unbelievable. I appreciate it, and I understand. They will soon."
Kenyi was one of two Harvard recruits featured in the New York Times article of March 2008 which resulted in NCAA sanctions on the Harvard basketball program for violations of NCAA rules in recruiting practices.
Kenyi is the third Harvard player to leave the roster this year and the 14th player to leave the program in the last three seasons.
HARVARD DEPARTURES SINCE 2008-2009
Max Kenyi (left during '10-'11)
Pete Edelson (left during '10-'11)
Spencer de Mars (left during '10-'11)
Hugh Martin (left during '09-'10)
Peter Boehm (left during '09-'10)
Peter Swiatek (left during '09-'10)
Eric Groszyk (left during '08-'09)
T.J. Carey (left during '08-'09)
Kyle Fitzgerald (left during '08-'09)
Adam Demuyakor (left during '08-'09)
Ndu Okereke (left during '08-'09)
Darryl Finkton (left during '08-'09)
Cem Dinc (left during '08-'09)
Alex Blankenau (left during '08-'09)