Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Recruiting News

While several of the Ivy League schools have essentially completed their recruiting classes for 2011, a few are still searching for pieces. Below, some recruiting updates from around the Ivy League for the high school classes of 2011 and 2012.

For a list of committed players attending Ivy League schools next season, including profiles of incoming Cornell recruits, and a listing of Cornell's prospective recruiting targets, click here. For a list of general Ivy League prospective recruiting targets, click here. Please note that we update these lists daily.

With the decision by Cornell to "medical red-shirt" current freshmen Dominick Scelfo (6'1" PG) and Dwight Tarwater (6'6" F), the Big Red have in effect, added two pieces to their class of 2015. It is worth noting, however, that the Ivy League does not formally recognize "red-shirts" in the conference. While the NCAA permits both Tarwater and Scelfo to retain 4 additional years of eligibility beyond this season, the Ivy League requires that each student-athlete returning for an additional 5th or 6th year have some type of academic purpose for the added year. This is usually accomplished through the addition of an extra major, minor or other area of academic concentration. Regardless, "red shirts" are common at Cornell and the Big Red have had several recent players compete as 5th year and 6th year seniors such as Jeff Foote a year ago and Mark Coury this season. Additionally, Anthony Gatlin and Max Groebe will return next season as 5th year players.

Cornell's class of 2015 now consists of the following:
  • Nenad Tomic (North Royalton HS) North Royalton, OH, 6-7, F
  • Dave LaMore (Dexter HS) Dexter, MI, 6-10, C
  • Deion Giddens (Willow Canyon HS) Surprise, AZ, 6-9, C
  • Shonn Miller (St. Ignatius HS) Cleveland, OH, 6-6, F
  • Galal Cancer (Christian Brothers HS) Albany, NY, 6-2, G
  • Devin Cherry (Meridian HS) Meridian, MS, 6-3, G
  • Dominick Scelfo (Jesuit HS) New Orleans, LA, 6-1, G
  • Dwight Tarwater (Webb School) Knoxville, TN, 6-6, F
On paper, this Cornell class is arguably the most talented Big Red recruiting class since the 1994 class. All six of the current high school seniors turned down multiple Division I offers to other programs. The class has size, athleticism and covers each position area with several players capable of filling multiple roles. Even more critical, the class has several "slashers" that will complement Cornell's strong returning core next season of perimeter scorers (i.e. Chris Wroblewski, Andrew Ferry, Groebe).

Recruits from the Class of 2011

Accordingly to the, Penn received a verbal commitment from Xavier Harris (Constitution HS) Philadelphia, PA 6-5, F. Harris has no reported Division I offers, but was recruited by Dartmouth and St. Peter's. He reportedly must raise his SAT score 30 points to qualify for Penn's admissions.

Jared Prince (Loyola Academy) Wilmette, IL, 6-7, F is hearing from NYU, Washington U. (Mo.), and Dartmouth.

Connor Miller (Regis HS) Eau Claire, WI, 6-2, G committed to Samford over interest from Army and Columbia.

Recruits from the Class of 2012

Barnett Harris (Gateway HS) Monroeville, PA, 6-10, C, has offers from Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Duquesne, James Madison, Kent State, Penn State, Rider, Robert Morris, Dartmouth, and Princeton per several sources.

Michael Klinger (Rutgers Prep) New Brunswick, NJ, 6-0, G, is hearing from Colgate, Yale, and Princeton.


Anonymous said...

It was very interesting to read your summary of the League policy regarding redshirting. I presume that the eight Ivies have different policies at the school level regarding the practice.

Can you list the Ivies which permit and/or use redshirting?

Anonymous said...

You think the new class will turn out better than 2006 class of Wittman, Dale, Tyler, Reeves, Jaques, Reynolds? They produced more than the class of 94.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

The class of '15 could be better than the class of '10. Like the '10 class, several of the '15s are good enough and physically ready to play immediately.

Also try to keep in mind that Cornell was not a very good basketball team without Jeff Foote on the floor. So, as good as the class of '10 was... they did need help from guys in other recruiting classes like Foote, Wroblewski, Coury, and Wire.

Cornell's '15 class would be ideal if it had a "true center" in the group.

The '15 class adds speed/quickness at the point (Galal Cancer and Devin Cherry), explosiveness on the wing (Miller), and inside post skill at the 4/5 (LaMore).

Additionally, a pair of players bring nice upside (Tomic/Giddens) for further down the line.

Anonymous said...

I think it's an exaggeration to say that the '10 class "was not a very good team" before Foote. They went 16-12 (9-5 Ivy) as freshmen, beating Northwestern in their debut, and played a tight game at the Palestra vs. Jabber and Zoller, which hinted that something special was brewing. They also beat Siena as sophomores before Foote was eligible.

Yes, Foote (and Wrobo) made the team much better, but that '10 team was decent even before their arrival.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

You forgot that the 2006-2007 team (the '10 class's freshman season) also had a stud big man in 6'10" 240 lb. center, Andrew Naeve (2nd Team All Ivy League).

Again, without the big man, the '10 class does not win games.

Also, the Northwestern win was greatly helped by Adam Gore's 20 points. Again, the '10 class does not win without a big time performance from someone outside the class.

The '10 class was special, but they did not by themselves win 3 Ivy titles. They definitely DO NOT win the '08 title without Adam Gore and Jason Hartford.

Anonymous said...

So '15 does not need any help to win games? They stand alone? Also, remember 07-08 went undefeated in the Ivy. And Foote was a work in progress. I believe top to bottom as a class '10 was most productive in Cornell history.It sounds harsh to say, "they don't win games."

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Foote was 2nd Team All Ivy in '07-'08, hardly a work in progress. He got better down the line, but he was very good in 08.

Not taking anything away from the '10s, just that they did not do it alone, and the '15s can be just as special, but in a different way. The key will be the '16s. If Courtney can layer 2 outstanding classes on top of one another, Cornell will be back very quickly.