Monday, January 31, 2011

Recruiting News

Below, some recruiting news...

New England Recruiting Report writes that Dartmouth received a verbal commitment from Gabas Maldunas (Holderness School) Plymouth, NH, 6-8, C.

Ethan Mackay (Northfield Mount Hermon School) Northfield, MA, 6-8, F, committed to Maine. Mackay previously visited Cornell last summer and several other Ivies.

Speaking of the recruitment of low post players, Cornell appears to still be very much in the hunt for transfers, either by way of junior college ("JuCo") or 4-years schools, to help bolster the frontline for next season. The Cornell staff's search to find a potential transfer recruit with the full package (size, talent, and the academic profile suitable for admissions) remains a daunting challenge. JuCos standing 6'9" with Ivy grades to do not grow on trees. Cornell does have at least a couple advantages working in its favor. With the graduations of Mark Coury, Aaron Osgood and Adam Wire in May, the Big Red can virtually guarantee transfers immediate playing time and an Ivy League degree. On the other hand, do not expect Cornell to take another player simply to add a "warm body" to the bench. Any new addition would be added only if the staff felt the prospect could contribute to the returning nucleus.


Nor Cal Preps reports Columbia has offered Ben Freeland (Santa Rosa HS) Montgomery, CA, 6-10, C. He has no other reported Division I offers and could be close to pulling the trigger. A few other Ivies have kept Freeland on the radar since last spring, but with Columbia showing by far the most persistent interest, we expect to see him in light blue next year.

Scout Hoops reports that Camryn Crocker (Los Alamitos HS) Los Alamitos, CA, 6-2, G, has narrowed his college choices to Denver, UC-Irvine and Penn. It is no secret, Penn wants to find a true point guard to replace Zach Rosen, who will be a senior next season. The Quakers are also reportedly looking at Patrick Lucas Perry (Flint Powers HS) Flint, MI, 5-11, G, who holds offers from Penn and Oakland. While Penn would have preferred to close its recruiting class search last August, these are solid choices at this late juncture in the process. Penn also took a forward last week.


Anonymous said...

I thought you have told us repeatedly that transfers from 4-year colleges are NOT recruited, and that Cornell is simply fullfilling it's academic mission by accepting them when they apply.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Published your comment because good opportunity to make a point here.

4-year NCAA school players can't be recruited unless they have a "release" from their former institution. And as has been repeatedly discussed here, Cornell does not recruit kids enrolled at other 4 year NCAA schools.

If a prospect gets a release from a 4-year NCAA school and applies to Cornell, then they can be considered for the basketball team. This policy has been well documented on TCBB during the transfers of Collin Robinson, Jeff Foote, Max Groebe, Anthony Gatlin and Mark Coury, among others.

This does not have to happen with NAIA or JucCo prospects.

Anonymous said...

REGARDLESS about the symantics, C'nell by hook or by crook, needs to get a talented big man next year. Without wire, coury, and osgood we will be hurting. I feel sorry for wrobo and ferry if we don't.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Totally agree.

Cornell is loaded at the 1-2-3 with Peck, Wroblewski, Ferry, Groebe, Matthews, Gray, Asafo-Adjei, Galal Cancer, Devin Cherry, Shonn Miller and Dom Scelfo.

On the other hand, the 4/5--- Cornell is hurting in a big way.

It is a weak point this year and could be worse next year.

Anonymous said...

We also need to badly work on getting Max Groebe back to full health and confidence.
Everyone talked about how our performance ebbed and flowed depending on whether Osgood had a good game, but how about the loss of Max Groebe producing double digits off the bench? I think he was a much bigger difference in those early wins than people realize. I think he led us in scoring in Albany.