Thursday, March 31, 2011

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

The Cornell coaching staff tweets as they head to Houston, the site of the Final Four and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) national conference.
  • The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that incoming Cornell recruit, Shonn Miller (St. Ignatius HS) Cleveland, OH, 6-6, F, made an appearance last night in the Greater Cleveland Basketball Coaches Association All Star game, leading all scorers with 27 points. Fellow Big Red recruit, Devin Cherry (Meridian High School) Meridian, MS, 6-3, G, was named honorable mention all-state (for all regions and school classifications). His teammate, Rodney Hood, a Mississippi State signee, was named Mr. Basketball.
  • As the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League and Ryan Wittman ('10) make a push for the playoffs, the Ft. Wayne News Sentinel writes, "Fort Wayne has also received a recent boost from Wittman, who has found his shooting groove the last five games. He has hit 22 of 38 shots (57 percent), with most of those (17 of 29, 58 percent) from three-point range."
  • Louis Dale ('10) and Goettingen of Germany's premier league, the Bundesliga, bowed out of the Euro Cup, falling 84-62 in game 2 of their quarterfinals series with Italy's Benetton.


Anonymous said...

Have to think one of these freshman is going to be a major contributor next year

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Our coaches have seen the recruits many times. But they have yet to see them play against our returning veterans. So, at the end of the day, not even the coaching staff really knows who is going to play.

But they love this class and there is a belief that 3-5 of these guys will play and a couple have been mentioned as potential starters.

Not suggesting these are the guys, but it can be very easy to see players such as Galal Cancer or Devin Cherry, Shonn Miller, and Deion Giddens, cracking the starting line-up or the rotation.

Harvard played a bunch of freshmen during 2009-2010 (namely Webster, Curry and Casey) and you can expect to see Cornell do the same.

Anonymous said...

On an expected 21 man roster for 2011-12, if there is a belief that as few as 3 and as many as 5 of these incoming recruits will play as freshmen AND the coaches have already identified a couple of them to you as potential starters before they have practiced, learned the offenses and defenses, or played against experienced D-1 competition, this must truly be an amazing freshmen class and Coach Courtney has truly lived up to his reputation as a phenomenal recruiter.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

They are "potential" contributors, not guaranteed locks.

And the rotation is not as secure next year as it was in 2009-2010 when Errick Peck broke into the rotation as a rookie.