Friday, January 7, 2011

Big Red Add to Class of 2011 Recruits

The Cornell Basketball Blog has learned that Cornell has taken an additional commitment for the incoming 2011-2012 recruiting class from Nenad Tomic (North Royalton HS) North Royalton, OH, 6-7, F. Tomic committed to Cornell during December.

The well built 240 lb. forward/center averaged 21.6 points and 11.6 rebounds per game as a junior and was named all-conference and second-team all-district (NE Lakes) last season. Tomic was also honorable mention A.P. All State during 2009-2010.

Ranked 3rd academically in his high school class of 400, Tomic is a skilled post player who shot 45% from beyond the arc as a junior. But with his size, Tomic is also capable of mixing it up and banging in the paint. After he posted 22 points and 12 rebounds in a game against Cloverleaf on December 30, Cloverleaf head coach, Dan Brown said, "[Tomic’s] a bear, I’m glad we don’t play a lot of guys like him.”

John Stovall of ESPN noted of Tomic at the Prep Spotlight Showcase last year, "Solid big man. Can play high post or some low post. Best as a face up 4 man right now." Tomic was also evaluated by Hoop Mountain at the 2009 Hoop Mountain Showcase in Pittsburgh, as a "[h]ard worker with nice size, very aggressive and a good finisher."

Tomic's high school coach, Tim Mattus spoke with The Cornell Basketball Blog about Tomic's commitment. "About a year ago, Ned decided he wanted a top notch education and really focused on the Ivy League type schools. He attended Cornell's summer basketball camp and kept in touch with their staff throughout the fall. He was also recruited by Lafayette, Penn and Dartmouth, and he did visit Lafayette."

"Ned received great experience playing with the CBIZ [AAU] team this summer, they have a lot of Division I guys, probably one of the best club teams in Ohio... For our team, Ned's a post player, he's probably too small to play the '5' in Division I, but he can play the '4,' he's very skilled, he can pick and pop, step out and hit a 3-pointer, he can score inside, a very good finisher, but also very unselfish... he uses both hands very well."

Mattus added, "He's such a hard worker, a temendous student."

Below, junior year highlights of Tomic.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks like an Ivy player to me.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Could be solid. Kind of a wait and see situation.

He is 6'7"--- well built, at 240 lbs. and very skilled.

So, in some ways, he has that Alex Tyler body, but has the Euro-Serbian skill set.

Can't really named too many bigs in the Ivy with his width that also have his soft touch with the ball.

He won't blow you away with his athleticism or hops, which is why he is not at a higher level, but just a real nice piece that some programs may have overlooked.

Give him time in a D-I weight program and he could be a monster power forward in the league.

Already told that he'll play physical and grind. If he can throw that body around in the paint and hit soft jumpers on spin moves, he could be a real good player.

Nice piece to add in with LaMore and Giddens.

Anonymous said...

Although his numbers don't show it of late, Mangano at Yale has a nice touch for a player of his size. His footwork in the paint is not the greatest.

BTW, do not overlook Yale. They have some inside-outside pieces in place, and a very tough home court. Throw in the top tenured coach in the league, and they could make some noise.

Anonymous said...

I was more excited when I thought we were getting the guy holding the ball in the photo...

Anonymous said...

Watching this guy's video just reminds me that no one on our team blocks anything.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Giddens is a BCS level shot blocker. Unfortunately, his offense is at the D-II or D-III level.

slavko said...

"Ranked 3rd academically in his high school class of 400" I know this is wrong and a reprint from the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He is actually top of his class. He is also very smart on the court.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

If it an consolation, in our interview of Coach Mattus, he did say that Ned was No. 1 in his class. Regardless of whether he is No. 1 or No. 3, he is definitely a stellar student.

Anonymous said...

Impressed so far with 2011 recruits--could be a very solid class. Not as impressed with coaching this season--Looks like .500 Ivy--Our offense is 3-point shots and Peck--both need to be on target to win.

Could we cash in our Sweet-16 chips on just one DH (Designated Harvard) player at C (the rest of the recruits seem to have quality academic profiles)?

Anonymous said...

with such a large recruiting class and a already big roster + the lack of bench production, are we going to have to make some Harvard cuts to make room for guys

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Cornell has a "policy" of not making cuts. Harvard and Penn may do it, but Cornell won't.

Anonymous said...

well we may not make cuts but I would not be surprised if some guys like van burk quit because of lack of minutes

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Van Burck did not quit because of a lack of minutes. False statement. He didn't get many minutes at Colorado or at Salt Lake C.C. He never "quit" those teams either.