Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Big Red Recruiting Class Update

Cornell's six-player incoming recruiting class next fall (photographed above) includes: Nenad "Ned" Tomic (North Royalton HS) North Royalton, OH, 6-7, F, Dave LaMore (Dexter HS) Whitmore Lake, 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, and Devin Cherry (Meridian HS) Meridian, MS, 6-3, G.

In the class, five of the six recruits have completed their prep basketball careers. The final recruit still playing scholastically, Galal Cancer, is set to participate this weekend in the NYSPHSAA New York State High School Basketball Championships in Glen Falls, New York. The Post Journal of Jamestown, NY previews the weekend while the Post Star of Glen Falls, NY is providing live championship weekend updates.

Cancer's CBA team, the defending state champions, face Jamestown, NY in the AA Semifinal (the largest school division). The winner of that game will face the winner of Mount Vernon vs. Half Hollow Hills West. Cancer has "willed" his team to the semifinals by scoring 55 points in CBA's two sectional wins to advance to this weekend's championships. He is a potential starting point guard for 2011-2012 Cornell Big Red.

The weekend features some elite point guards. Mount Vernon features 6'0" Jabarie Hinds (signed with West Virginia). Half Hollow Hills West is led by 5'9" Tavon Sledge (signed with Iowa State).


Anonymous said...

I have a real good feeling about this new class. I predict two Ivy championships in their four years.

Anonymous said...

"potential" starting point guard over who? wrobo? You're not serious are you?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

They wanted Chris off the basketball just like in 2010 so he can focus on scoring. You do remember we had this point guard by the name of Louis Dale?

Anyhow, in 2010-2011, Cornell just did not have a consistent point guard, so Wroblewski was forced to handle the duties.

Next year, Cancer might get the ball in his hands.

Now normally, it is tough giving a freshman a starting point guard role, but Galal is a tough/smart kid and he will have help with Wrobo back there with him.

Ferry would likely continue to be the big scorer in the 6th man role, much like Geoff Reeves.

Not saying this is going to happen, but it is a possibility and would be terrific if Galal is ready to play (and have heard from a lot of people that he is ready).

Anonymous said...

Galal is ready to play! Put the kid in!

"You don't foul, Galal!" (rhymes, & because he never misses a free throw)

Galal "Performance Enhancer" Cancer (because he dishes so many assists)

Galal "Throat" Cancer (b/c he jams it down the bucket right into your throat?)

Galal "Lou Dale 2.0" Cancer (self explanatory)

"G.Money" Cancer

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Galal is a lot like Lou, but there are some differences.

First, the similarities. Galal is dynamite with the ball in his hands, he is a pass first traditional point guard who makes players around him better. He is very strong at getting to the basket and is not afraid to take some contact. Also like Lou, he is a terrific defender and a very strong rebounder out of the backcourt.

Galal, however, is not nearly as strong of a shooter as Lou. Can he knock down a three-pointer? Yes, but he is streaky and needs to work on that part of his game.

But a distributor who draws fouls, defends and can get himself into the paint is still a welcome addition.