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 class of 2011 as well as for 2012.
For a list of committed players to attend Ivy League schools, 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.
Class of 2011 News
Dartmouth received a commitment from J'vonte Brooks (Northfield Mount Hermon School) Northfield, MA, 6-6, F. We posted the commitment a few days ago in our recruiting commitments section, but had not posted the news yet in our regular recruiting news column.
If anyone thinks that recruits in high school do not remember Cornell's Sweet 16 run and No. 17 final national ranking from a year ago, think again. We hear references to the Big Red's 2010 accomplishments all the time on the recruiting trail, even when the recruit is headed to Army to play for Zach Spiker or Boston College to play for Steve Donahue. This week, incoming Army recruit and Texas native, Jalen Harris noted on his West Point commitment in an interview with TexasHoops.com, "Their head coach [Spiker] came from Cornell, and they made a good run while he was there. He has a good mindset of becoming successful."
Cornell's Josh Figini will soon have a little brother playing in the NCAA. His younger brother, Benji, a 6'6" forward is receiving courtship from a host of Division II and III schools including, St. Cloud State, University of Mary in North Dakota, Minnesota State-Moorhead, Bethel, UW-Stout, and UW-River Falls according to MinnesotaPreps.com.
Mike Florin (Long Island Lutheran HS) Uniondale, NY, 5-11, G, told NYCHoopsnet tat he was snubbed by Division I recruiters and often unappreciated. "A lot of the Ivy League schools [that I was interested in] kind of looked me off," said the Port Washington, NY native. "Yale [especially], that was the one I had the most interest from." He ultimately committed to Emory in Division III.
Devin Coleman (Friends Central HS) Philadelphia, PA, 6-3, G, told Scout.com that he is planning his first official campus visit to Clemson. “Once I found out that there was interest, you do your homework [on] the players that they’re recruiting, the players that they have signed already and on their current roster, and some stuff about the school and the coaching staff,” Coleman said. When asked about his interest level in Clemson, he replied, “Very, very interested,” he said. “Very high.” Along with Clemson, Coleman is considering Penn, LaSalle, St. Joseph’s, Temple, Penn State, Rhode Island and Rice. Clemson is the only school that he’s currently planning on taking an official visit to. “A lot of those schools are local, so there’s not really a need [to take official visits],” he said.
Max Biefeldt (Notre Dame HS) Peoria, IL, 6-8, F, has the attention of a few Ivies and was recently scouted this weekend by a Dartmouth assistant. In addition to an offer from Dartmouth, he has offers from Valpo, Ill-Chicago, Ball State, Western Michigan. And just this week he picked up his first BCS offer with Illinois making the call. Michigan is expected to offer as well within the next few weeks.
Henry Brooks (Miller Grove HS) Lithonia, GA 6-8, holds scholarship offers to Minnesota, Georgetown, Maryland, Oregon State and Northwestern according to multiple recruiting sites. He plans on visiting Minnesota during March. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, he is also being courted by Cornell, Harvard and Penn.
Class of 2012 News
Kevin Stafford (Las Lomas HS) Walnut Creek, CA, 6-2, G, lists interest in Columbia and Denver per Rivals.com.
Dominic Artis (Salesian HS) Vallejo, CA, 5-9, G, who has received some recruiting attention from Harvard, received his first scholarship offer this week by way of Nevada according to NorCalPreps.com.
Minnesota Preps reports that Sanjay Lumpkin (Benilde-St. Margaret's HS) St. Louis Park, MN, 6-5, F, has already recieved scholarship offers to Indiana State, Drake and Holy Cross. He is also hearing from Penn and Harvard in the Ivy League.
Rivals reports that Adam Woodbury (East HS) Sioux City, IA, 6-11, C, is a high priority recruiting target for Harvard, but the Crimson will have to beat out scholarship offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Creighton, Drake, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, Virginia, Utah, and Northern Iowa.
Also on the Harvard dream list according to Rivals is Landen Lucas (Findlay Prep) Henderson, NV, 6-11, C, who claims offers from every single school in the Pac 10 (except UCLA), Vanderbilit, Gonzaga, and Portland State among many others. Duke is also involved.
Evan Cummins (Northfield Mount Hermon School) Northfield, MA, 6-8, F, might be Harvard's most realistic blue chip target. He already has offers from Notre Dame, Northwestern, Providence, William & Mary, Boston U., Davidson, Florida Atlantic and Holy Cross. He is considering taking unofficial visits to Stanford and Virginia which might result in offers. He has visited Harvard several times according to Rivals and Scout.com.