Saturday, February 12, 2011

Game Night News and Notes

Here are your quick media links for tonight's Princeton @ Cornell game:

Live Stats | Cornell Video | Cornell Audio | Free Audio.

Get all the information you need about the Big Red's game tonight vs. Princeton with
The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, a few late day notes.

  • The Times of Trenton notes, "The Columbia-Cornell road trip has given the [Princeton] Tigers trouble in recent years. After a period from 1994 to 2004 in which Princeton swept the C- trip 10 times in 11 tries, Princeton has split three of the six times since and has been swept the other three times. Princeton faces Cornell at 7 tonight."
  • It is very rare to ever come across a "negative" review of Cornell's incoming recruit, Shonn Miller (St. Ignatius HS) Cleveland, OH, 6-6, F, but last night ESPN Cleveland did not have the best praise for the future Big Red wing forward after his performance at the "Holy War Game" on Friday between Cleveland's St. Ignatius and St. Edward's. ESPN writes, "Shonn Miller from the ‘cats had one of the softest 12 point games I have witnessed in a long time. At 6’7″ he should be in the middle of things and simply was not. We did not see the silky smooth J until the 4th qtr and the only drive he took was vs Ed’s subs! Not sure if his preseason injury was acting up or not!" To be fair to Miller, we hear consistent raving reviews about him and have heard comparisons of Miller's "style of play" to former NBA star, Scottie Pippin. Like Errick Peck, Miller is in the 6'6"/6'7" range and very bouncy and athletic. But their games do differ. Peck is much stronger and more solidly built. Miller, however, is longer, not just in height, but also in wing span. He is also one of the best defenders and rebounding small forwards you will see in the Ivy League. He has a knack for stealing passes in the lanes, can come out of nowhere to reject shots and elevates well for defensive boards. Although he received roughly two dozen Division I scholarship offers from mostly midwestern mid-majors in the A-10, MAC, and CAA, BCS power schools such as Notre Dame were closely watching him and wanted to see him assert himself more as an offensive player and develop an instinct to want to score. As his high school coach, Sean O'Toole, told us last fall, "Right now Shonn is a finesse player... almost too comfortable shooting from three, we are working to toughen him up [on offense]." One thing is for certain, Miller is the type of athletic defensive player that Bill Courtney will continue to recruit. But like Peck, Miller will have to learn to "take over" with his athleticism.

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