Friday, April 29, 2011

News and Notes: Friday Edition

(Photo Tina Chou, Cornell Daily Sun)
Below, some news and notes for Friday...
  • The NCAA released its official 2011 attendance figures. As we noted previously, after Cornell led the Ivy League in attendance for three consecutive seasons during the 2007-2008 through 2009-2010 seasons, the Big Red had the league's third highest attendance during 2010-2011, only behind Penn and Princeton. Behind Cornell, Columbia had the league's fourth highest attendance total in 2010-2011 with Harvard placing fifth.
Above, far right No. 15, John McCord (Cornell '97) is still getting it done in the French premier league at age 38. Through April 29, the 6'6" forward is averaging 11.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game and notched 17 points (on 7/10 FGs) and 4 rebounds on April 23 in a loss to Orleans. McCord, a 1st Team All Ivy League selection in 1997 averaged a dynamic 18.1 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 58% from the floor during the 1996-1997 season. Arguably the most athletic player to ever play at Cornell, McCord was also a stalwart defender and at 6'6" he recorded 34 blocks in 26 games. His 20 rebounds (along with 23 points) against Penn on February 1, 1997 remains in Cornell's record books as the program's second highest single game rebound total.

The 2008 Ivy League Player of the Year, Cornell's Louis Dale ('10) is pictured in the main image on his pro club's website. Dale and his team, Goettingen of Germany's BBL (the Bundesliga) will take on the Deutsche Bank Skyliners on Saturday in game 1 of the first round of the BBL playoffs. Dale is considered a strong candidate for the BBL's All Newcomer Team after posting impressive rookie numbers of 8.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists off the bench in 17.9 minutes per game.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

(Photo Tina Chou, Cornell Daily Sun)
Below, some news and notes for Thursday...
  • While many Cornell supporters feared that George Mason might attempt to lure Bill Courtney to fill its head coaching vacancy, The George Mason Basketball Blog reports that the Patriots have commenced interviewing. Multiple sources have reported that GMU appears to be targeting as its top candidates Mike Young (Wofford head coach), Jeff Jones (American U. head coach), Jeff Capel (former Oklahoma and Old Dominion head coach) and Mike Lonergan (Vermont head coach).
  • The North Royalton Post notes that incoming Cornell recruit, Ned Tomic (North Royalton HS) North Royalton, OH, 6-7, F, "was named Academic All-Ohio by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association. The Cornell recruit was one of 10 division I players [large schools] in the entire state to receive this honor and the only boy from the Northeast Ohio Conference. Tomic has a 4.22 grade-point average and is ranked first in his graduating class. He also finished with a 22.3-point scoring average and set North Royalton's single-season record with 293 rebounds."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Louis Dale ('10) is shown on Tuesday on the main page of Germany's BBL (Budesliga) website. Dale and his Goettingen club open the BBL Playoffs on April 30 at the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...
  • writes, "How did these kids get so smart, with a the 'brain drain' and lack of 'cool cities' in Michigan? Four seniors have committed to play at Ivy League schools: Flint Powers point guard Patrick Lucas-Perry to Penn, Dexter's 6-8 David LaMore to Cornell, Novi's 6-8 Samer Ozier to Columbia and Okemos do-it-all guard Mack McKearney to Dartmouth. Another all-stater, 6-7 Jackson Lumen Christi senior Dan Chilcote visited the Air Force Academy last week, but continue to have Columbia under consideration. The NYC school has hit up Michigan hard, and is looking for its second score with Chilcote. He'd likely take the East Coast prep school fifth year to add some muscle to his versatile wing forward game."
  • Following Colgate's hiring of Temple assistant Mat Langel as the Red Raiders' next head coach, noted, "Langel last year was a candidate for the Cornell job that went to Bill Courtney."
  • Chris Wroblewski's former Rising Stars AAU program director, Mike Weinstein has sold his AAU program reports the Chicago Sun Times. The Times notes, "The Rising Stars, JG's travel team program, has been top-notch for more than a decade. More than 50 players -- including Mundelein's Ben Brust (Wisconsin), Highland Park's Chris Wroblewski (Cornell), Zion-Benton Lenzelle Smith (Ohio State), Waukegan's Jereme Richmond (Illinois) and Lincoln Park's Michael Thompson (Northwestern) -- have moved on to play Division I basketball."
  • comments on Title IX and its implementation at Cornell.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Above, a special 2010 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview Issue published by the Daily Orange of Syracuse University which hosted the East Regional. Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...

Monday, April 25, 2011

No Conversation Between George Mason and Bill Courtney

Brian Delaney of the Ithaca Journal reports via Twitter that Bill Courtney has had no discussion with George Mason about becoming the Patriots' next head coach.

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday...

Saturday, April 23, 2011

News and Notes: Saturday Edition

Cornell's first game in Newman Arena was January 6, 1989, a 96-70 win over Army. At the time, Newman's home building was referred to as Alberding Field House. Above, some game programs from the 1989-1990 and 1990-1991 seasons referring to the building's original namesake. Also above, a screen shot of the center court circle in Newman Arena circa 1990. In October of 2000, former President Hunter R. Rawlings III announced a major new investment in Cornell's athletic programs by Hank and Nancy Bartels, both members of the Cornell Class of 1948. They provided $15 million in endowment funds, as a one-to-one challenge match, in support of the athletic programs. The gift is on behalf of their family, including their sons, Ken and Phil, Cornell Class of 1971. In honor of their donation the Cornell Field House was renamed "Bartels Hall." Below, some news and notes for Saturday...

  • Back in the U.S. from Europe for the offseason, Jeff Foote ('10) has completed his rookie season with Melilla of the Spanish second division. The former Big Red center averaged 7.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 52.7 percent from the floor. Melilla did not qualify for the playoffs finishing with a 14-20 record and 11th place finish in the 18 team league. Foote is on loan to Melilla from Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv club, one of the elite clubs in the world and a member of the EuroLeague.
  • The Washington Examiner comments on George Mason University's possible pursuit of Bill Courtney as its next head coach. The Examiner writes, "As for Larranaga’s replacement, consider Cornell head coach Bill Courtney a likely contender. Courtney, a long-time assistant under Larranaga, recruited many of the players that took Mason to the NCAA Final Four in 2006. After leaving Mason for Providence, Courtney coached at Virginia, Virginia Tech, and VCU, before taking over at Cornell last spring."

Recruiting News

Below, some recruiting updates from around the Ivy League. Above, incoming Cornell recruit, Devin Cherry (Meridian HS) Meridian, MS, 6-3, G.

Roster Report: Offseason Ivy League Transactions

Below is an updated look at the projected roster sizes for the Ivy League teams for the 2011-2012 season. Roster figures include incoming freshman and account for players graduating or departing the program for other reasons.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Cornell 2010-2011 Season Highlights Video

Coach Courtney on the Twittersphere

Above, a sample of some of the chatter from the Twittersphere about George Mason University's potential pursuit of Cornell's Bill Courtney as a head coach. As a word of caution, all of the above "tweets" are mere speculation. George Mason has not publicly identified a list of candidates, nor are there any reports that Cornell has been contacted for permission to speak to Courtney. On the same topic, the Daily Pennsylvanian writes, "First-year Cornell coach Bill Courtney may not be long for Ithaca. This one's very preliminary, but here's the theory, as per the Washington Post: George Mason coach Jim Larranaga is bound for Miami to take over the Canes' opening (You know, the one that Harvard coach Tommy Amaker was in talks for, but turned down). That leaves the Mason job open — and the Post's Matt Bonesteel (awesome last name...) lists the Big Red's Courtney as a possible replacement. Courtney was an assistant to Larranaga at Mason for eight years, and was key in recruiting the Patriots' 2006 Final Four team. I wouldn't take much from his one season at Cornell (seeing as there is a major vaccum of talent after last year's senior class left), but as the head coach there, he compiled a 10-18, 6-8 Ivy record. For what it's worth, he was able to beat Penn both times around this year."

George Mason University to Target Bill Courtney?

The Washington Post is reporting that Cornell's Robert E. Gallagher '44 Head Coach of Men's Basketball, Bill Courtney is a potential target replacement for George Mason University after its coach, Jim Larranaga left his head coaching position at George Mason today for the University of Miami. The Washington Post writes, "One candidate to replace Larranaga could be Cornell Coach Bill Courtney, who was an assistant to Larranaga at George Mason for eight seasons from 1997 to 2005. He helped recruit a number of the players who led George Mason to the Final Four in 2006. Courtney also has been an assistant at Virginia, Virginia Tech and Providence."

The Blog, GMU Hoops, endorses Courtney's hire by George Mason. GMU Hoops writes:

With Jim Larranaga now officially leaving for Miami who will be the next George Mason head coach? One name your going to hear a lot about is former Larranaga assistant Bill Courtney. Courtney practically built the 2006 Final Four team and still has ties to the school. Boosters have told me he paid money out of his own pocket to travel to Cleveland to watch this year's team in the NCAA tournament. Courtney left the program right before the 2005-2006 season to go to Providence and watched the team he had a large hand in recruiting reach the Final Four. The university paid for him to be there during that year at the NCAA tournament. He then moved on to be an assistant at Virginia, Virginia Tech and brief stint at VCU before becoming head coach at Cornell where he is at currently.
Courtney would be a great hire as he is already familar with the program and the university. There could be a few more sexy candidates out there, such as Harvard's Tommy Amaker, a Fairfax native. Wouldn't that be ironic if the guy who turned down the Miami replaces the guy who took it? Also current Vermont head coach Mike Lonergan could be a candidate. I would love to see Chris Caputo get the job but I heard rumors he's got something else in the works, we'll have to wait and see.
Mason AD Tom O'Connor, who I'm sure most fans aren't happy with right now, says he wants to replace Larranaga quickly but as thoroughly as possible.

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Above, Cornell's postseason NCAA Tournament Media Guides from 2008, 2009, and 2010. Below, some news and notes for Friday...
  • Tonight is Cornell's season awards banquet. The season highlights video produced by SlopeSports will be premiered during the awards banquet. The video will be made available later during the weekend (and possibly as early as tonight) on The Cornell Basketball Blog.
  • Numerous sources, including Jeff Goodman of FoxSportscom, are reporting that Jim Larranaga, head coach of George Mason has accepted the head coaching position at Miami (Fl). Cornell head coach, Bill Courtney and Cornell assistant coach, Ricky Yahn, are both former George Mason staff members. Several George Mason beat writers and bloggers have already speculated that Courtney is a potential replacement target for George Mason. Under Larranaga at George Mason, Courtney was largely credited with recruiting the core of players that helped the Patriots to the 2006 NCAA Final Four. He spent eight seasons as an assistant and associate head coach (1997-2005), helping the Patriots to a pair of regular season CAA titles and four postseason bids, including trips to the NCAA tournament in 1999 and 2001. During that run, George Mason won at least 18 games five times and won 10 league games in each of his last seven years there. The 2003-2004 squad set a then-school record with 23 wins.
  • The Daily Princetonian published an article on the topic of the Tigers' booster club, The Friends of Princeton Basketball. James Lane ’92, president of the Club had this juicy comment,“It wouldn’t surprise me if the other schools are more aggressive in that area [regarding recruiting, facilities and attracting coaches and personnel] because everyone is always trying to catch Princeton,” he said. “Year after year there are flashes in the pan, but there’s this one consistent force in the national news in Ivy League basketball, and that’s Princeton.” Lane must have been asleep or on a deep space voyage during Cornell's three-year dynasty during 2008-2010 which culminated in Cornell becoming the only Ivy League program in the last thirty (30) years to finish the season ranked in the Top 25 and to reach the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. A message to Mr. Lane (who may have personal views which do not represent the views of his booster club): Cornell was not and is not chasing Princeton. The Big Red have already passed Princeton, broke the Ivy glass ceiling and set the bar to a new level. Now the rest of the Ivy League is trying to accomplish what was already been achieved by Cornell
  • The Staten Island Advocate notes that Allan Weissglass ('56) (far right) was inducted into the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Staten Island's Hall of Fame. The Advocate notes of Weissglass, "After playing youth basketball at the JCC, he played at Curtis HS and eventually became captain. At Cornell University, he made the freshman team moving up to the Varsity in his sophomore year. That year Cornell won the Ivy League Championship and played in the NCAA Tournament. After returning to Staten Island, Allan coached such legends at the JCC as his younger brother Julian, Wally Kaner, Joel Cohen and Irwin Sherman. He also played in the Adult League until as he put it- 'it took me a week to recover from all the elbows and rough play of the others.'" Weisglass was a member of Cornell's 1954 EIBL/Ivy League Championship team.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Above, game programs from Cornell's three meetings with Notre Dame during the 1980s on January 27, 1981 (L 57-80), December 13, 1983 (L 48-55) and December 4, 1986 (L 56-60). Also pictured, an A.P. photo of Notre Dame All American, Kelly Tripucka grabbing a rebound against Cornell's Alex Reynolds on January 27, 1981. Below, some news and notes for Thursday...
  • This Friday night is Cornell's season awards banquet. The season highlights video produced by SlopeSports, which will be premiered during the awards banquet, will be made available later during the weekend on The Cornell Basketball Blog. We note that the season highlights video might not be the last video production for basketball you see this season from the folks at Slope. Stay tuned for more information.
Chris Wroblewski, Jr., Men's Basketball, Applied Economics and Management (Highland Park, Ill.)- Second Team All-Ivy; Led conference in assists and steals.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Above, 1959-1962 Ivy League media guides. Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...
  • The ABA's Nashville Soul have named former Cornell head coach, Jan Van Breda Kolff its new head coach.
  • Stephen Barrie was named the new head basketball coach at Queens University in Canada. The Kingston Whig Herald explains his connection to Cornell:
...For mentors, Barrie has former national championship Western men's coach Craig Boydell, Katz andBoston College men's coach Steve Donahue, who led upstart Cornell to the sweet 16 in 2010, among others.

Barrie got to know Donahue through former Western teammate Nat Graham, an assistant under Donahue at Cornell and Boston College. He spent time at Cornell the past several years shadowing the staff.

"Steve has been gracious enough to have me spend four or five days at different times with his program and be in every learning environment I could be," Barrie said.

"(Cornell) is an Ivy League school that realistically started down at the bottom of the league when he got there. Through time and hard work and a certain vision and approach, they worked their way up to the top of the Ivy League. Steve has always been clear about how they got there — it was recruiting a certain type of individual that's going to fit with what they want and putting a premium on character. What I've learned from that staff has been very, very important. I feel I can bring a lot of that to Queen's. There are a lot of strong comparisons between the programs."

  • The YahooSports Dagger Blog writes of the difficult upcoming season facing Steve Donahue, Nat Graham and Woody Kampmann up at Boston College.

Monday, April 18, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday. Above, various program from the 1980s from Cornell visits to Brown, Princeton, Columbia and Dartmouth.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

News and Notes: Saturday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Saturday...
  • Later in the weekend we will provide our full weekly update on Cornell's alumni playing professionally overseas. In action last night, Jeff Foote ('10) finished with 4 points and 4 rebounds in an 82-71 defeat to Girona in Spanish 2nd Division action. Melilla was eliminated from qualifying for the playoffs last week. Meanwhile, in Portugal, Jason Harford ('08) powered in for 19 points and 13 rebounds as his Ginasio club was defeated by Academia, 75-71 in game 1 of the quaterfinals round of the LPB (Portuqal's national league) playoffs.
  • Below, some extended highlights of incoming Cornell recruit, Shonn Miller (St. Ignatius HS) Cleveland, OH, 6-6, F. The video highlights were produced by CityLeagueHoopsTV, a blog that covers high school basketball on the national scene with a special focus on prospects from Ohio. The highlights were taken from the Villa Holiday Classic on January 9, 2011 hosted at Cleveland State University. In a loss to Strongsville, Miller finished with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Thursday...
  • The Harvard Crimson quotes a Harvard booster as indicating that Miami's $1.1M annual compensation offer to Tommy Amaker "vastly surpassed Amaker’s yearly salary at Harvard." The Daily Princetonian examines the possible reasons why Harvard was able to retain Amaker while Princeton was unable to keep Syndey Johnson from leaving for Fairfield.
  • Despite Ithaca's rural location, the Brown Daily Herald reports that Cornell's coaches are the highest compensated coaches in the Ivy League.
  • The Daily Pennsylvanian wonders if the Quakers' roster has expanded beyond a manageable size. As of today, the Quakers project a roster of 19 players, none of which are walk-ons, each recruited by the staff. Since 2008-2009, the Quakers have experienced tremendous roster disturbances witnessing 10 players leave the program prematurely for reasons other than exhaustion of eligibility. This total is only surpassed by the 14 players that have left Harvard's program during the same time span. (For related Roster Report information, see our prior post on offseason roster transactions)
  • As we look towards the 2011-2012 season, below is a comprehensive list of the scholarship offers presented to each of Cornell's incoming recruits before they committed to the Big Red. Because each of Cornell's recruits committed during the early signing period, the listing of the offering schools would have expanded for each recruit had they remained on the uncommitted and available board throughout their senior year of high school. Also listed are the schools that had not yet offered, but were interested in these recruits prior to their commitments to Cornell. In each instance, the following information was verified by The Cornell Basketball Blog in multiple interviews with the recruits' respective high school and AAU coaches among other sources)
    • Nenad "Ned" Tomic (North Royalton HS) North Royalton, OH, 6-7 235, F (OFFERS: Lafayette, Dartmouth; INTEREST: Penn)
    • Dave LaMore (Dexter HS) Whitmore Lake, MI, 6-10 240, C (OFFERS: Tulane, James Madison, Navy, Bowling Green; INTEREST: Penn, Harvard, Detroit, Evansville, Loyola-Chicago, Holy Cross, UNC Wilmington, Old Dominion, Eastern Kentucky, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Pacific)
    • Deion Giddens (Willow Canyon HS) Surprise, AZ, 6-9 210, C (OFFERS: Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, Bucknell, Houston Baptist; INTEREST: Utah, Washington State, UC-Riverside, Pacific, UT San Antonio, Montana, Northern Arizona, Boise State, Pepperdine, San Francisco, Lamar)
    • Shonn Miller (St. Ignatius HS) Cleveland, OH, 6-6 200, F (OFFERS: Columbia, Duquesne, Akron, Miami (OH), Toledo, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Bucknell, Northeastern, James Madison, Cleveland State, and Louisiana-Lafayette; INTEREST: Notre Dame, Miami (Fl), Xavier)
    • Galal Cancer (Christian Brothers HS) Albany, NY, 6-2 180, G (OFFERS: Brown, Columbia, Albany, Citadel, Navy and Manhattan; INTEREST: Penn, Stanford, Rice, Northeastern, Davidson, Wichita State, Lafayette, Lehigh, Colgate, Army, Bucknell, Elon, Furman, LIU, Wagner, Quinnipiac)
    • Devin Cherry (Meridian HS) Meridian, MS, 6-3 185, G (OFFERS: Penn, Wofford, Jackson State, SE Louisiana; INTEREST: Princeton, Western Kentucky, Murray St., Bucknell)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Above, a 1967 Cornell-Harvard game program. Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...
  • The Ithaca Journal's Brian Delaney writes on Twitter that he will now refer to Cornell's class of 2010 as simply "The Class" in reference to the Big Red graduating class that achieved three consecutive Ivy League titles between 2008 through 2010, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance and No. 17 final national ranking in 2010.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Above, a game program from the All College Tournament during the 1959-1960 season. Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...
  • Perhaps a signal of what other Big Red athletic teams might do in the future, the Cornell Football program has launched a very impressive new, independent website,
  • Incredibly, Cornell's one-year anniversary of the hiring of Bill Courtney as the Robert E. Gallagher '44 Head Coach of Cornell Men's Basketball, the 21st coach in Cornell's program history, is just days away on April 23.
  • Louis Dale ('10) is the feature photo today on his club's website, Goettingen of German's premier league, the Bundesliga.

Monday, April 11, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, a date in Cornell Basketball history. During the 1984-1985 season, the Big Red participated in the prestigious Hawaii Rainbow Classic. Above, the official program to the event which was held at the Neal Blaisdell Center Arena in Honolulu featuring eight teams- Arkansas, Hawaii, Cornell, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Iowa State, Maryland, and Washington. Cornell fell to Hawaii 66-58 on December 25 in the opening game, in overtime to Iowa 59-56 on December 26, and and 81-59 to Iowa State on December 27. The A.P. article above previews Cornell's meeting with the Iowa Hawkeyes. Below, some news and notes for Monday...

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Big Red Beat

Cornell alumni, Ryan Wittman and Jon Jaques are endorsing on Twitter fellow Cornell alum, Alex Kresovich's new beat for the next version of the basketball video game, NBA2K. Voting is on Facebook.

News and Notes: Saturday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Saturday...

  • In alumni news, on Friday evening, Cornell's Jeff Foote ('10) (above) scored 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and blocked 3 shots, but it was not enough as his Melilla Balancesto squad fell to Overense 68-56 in Spanish 2nd Division action. The loss eliminated Melilla from securing a spot in the playoffs. Also in action on Friday evening, Louis Dale ('10) notched 8 points, 1 assist and 2 rebounds in 15 minutes as his Goettingen club fell 75-62 to Bremerhaven. Goettingen is danger of missing the playoffs as they sit 14-15 and in 11th place in the 18-team German premier league, the Bundesliga.

  • The Albany Times Union named incoming Cornell recruit, Galal Cancer (above) (Christian Bros. Academy) Albany, NY, 6-2, G, a First Team All Area selection. The Times Union writes, "Galal Cancer, Sr., CBA: The 2010-11 Most Valuable Player of the Big 10. ... Led the Brothers in scoring at 13.0 points per game. ... Cancer's skills as a rebounder, passer and defender are a huge reason why the Brothers captured the Section II Class AA championship in 2011, 2010 and 2009. ... Named Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Class AA Tournament. ... Headed to Cornell to play his collegiate basketball. ... "Galal isn't a big talker, but he knew how to lead this team. He did everything we ever asked him to do and he did it well," CBA coach Dave Doemel said."
  • Speaking of recruiting, its been widely accepted among the coaching staffs in the League that this has been a banner year. While we will have more detailed discussion on this topic in the coming weeks, here is a rough ranking of the incoming Ivy League recruiting classes, some which are not entirely complete.
  1. Harvard-The Crimson class is largely ranked this high because of one special player, Kenyatta Smith, a 6'8" center who is already physically ready to contribute from the first game. Smith has solid athleticism, possesses brute strength and is already advanced with low post moves. The rest of the class contains a lot of duplication of undersized forwards and combination players who could be very solid in the Ivy League but none of which contain a natural position. The steal of the class could be Corbin Miller, a 6'2" guard who can play either guard position. Overall, the class is skilled and athletic.
  2. Cornell-The Big Red score very high marks for depth in the class and filling every position area with a quality recruit who passed up multiple Division I scholarships. Not only is the Cornell class deep, but it is as athletic as you will find in the League and the Big Red found the type of players that will flourish in Bill Courtney's high pressure defense and fast-paced offense. Several of these recruits could find early success.
  3. Yale-The Bulldogs grabbed size and above-average Ivy athleticism in their new group. Will Childs-Klein, a near seven-footer is said to be extremely underrated while Brandon Sherrod is one of the most explosive new wings to enter the Ivy League. He passed up multiple mid major offers to stay close to home.
  4. Brown-The Bears have some solid balance in the class with the addition of three savvy guards that can help right away along with Rafael Maia, a 6'9" post player who could have played at a much higher level. Transfer 6'3" Stephen Albrecht is a bona fide immediate scorer while Joe Sharkey is a pure floor general that will take pressure off of reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Sean McGonagil.
  5. Penn-The Quakers' class has upside, but there are a whole lot of question marks. Penn will probably need patience with these kids. The group includes a pair of United Kingdom players, Simeon Espirit and Keelan Cairns, who will have to adjust to the physical and faster American game. An interesting pick-up, but one with an uphill battle, is 6'8" Henry Brooks, who must recover from a torn ACL. Greg Louis, a 6'7" forward may be the only member of the class who can help right away.
  6. Princeton-The Tigers did not find much athleticism, but they did find skilled players who fit the Princeton offense. Denton Koon, a 6'7" forward is probably the lone player who can help the Tigers in his first year.
  7. Dartmouth-The Big Green actually have found a pretty solid class that will make them a much better basketball team. John Golden, a 6'6" forward and Mack McKearney, a 6'2" guard give the Green a pair of players that can both shoot the ball, an area where Dartmouth needed a lot of help.
  8. Columbia-The Lions do not have any obvious choices as future stars in their class, but there are some pieces that could develop. Tanner Gibson, a 6'1" guard who can score and distribute could surprise.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Highlights Coming Soon!

SlopeTV announced via Twitter that they have commenced work on Cornell's official 2010-2011 season highlights video!

Recruiting News

Below, some recruiting updates from around the Ivy League.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Above, the Big Red coaching staff will host their annual Elite Cornell Basketball Prospect Camp for potential recruiting targets between June 25-26, 2011. Several incoming recruits for Cornell and other Ivy League programs attended the Cornell Camp a year ago. The Cornell Big Red and the Duke Blue Devils had the lone distinction in 2010 as the only Division I college basketball programs in the United States ranked in both the top 25 of the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and the U.S. News & World Report academic rankings of America's Best Colleges. Below, some news and notes for Thursday...
  • At this point we are still unable to go ahead with the full release of Cornell's 2011-2012 schedule as contracts must be signed with some of the nonconference opponents. However, one of Cornell's nonconference opponents did release a preview of their schedule and we can confirm that Cornell will visit the University of Delaware during '11-'12 as a return game for the Blue Hens' visit to Ithaca last fall.
  • Cornell Athletics announced, "The Cornell and Ithaca College men's and women's basketball programs, in conjunction with the Ithaca Youth Bureau, will host the Shooting for the Stars 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament to benefit the College Discovery Program on Saturday, April 16 for 1-5 p.m. at Newman Arena. The tournament, open to players ages 18 and up, costs $40 for a team of four. There are prizes for the winning teams, which will then play the varsity coaches. There will be a halftime performance of Greek Strolling. You can register for the tournament at For more information, call (607) 273-8364 x151, or email"
  • After Princeton coach Sydney Johnson bolted for Fairfield this week, the Daily Pennsylvanian noted, "Seven of the eight current Ivy coaches were hired within the last four years, and the list of departures for supposed greener pastures is growing: Bill Carmody from Princeton to Northwestern (2000), Craig Robinson from Brown to Oregon State (2008), Steve Donahue from Cornell to Boston College (2010)." The Daily Pennsylvanian also published the following graphic showing some recent Ivy League head coaches that made moves to new conferences. The graphic does not include recent coaching moves by Bill Carmody (Princeton) to Northwestern, Joe Scott (Princeton) to Denver, or Robinson (Brown) to Oregon State. The DP writes, "[Fran] Dunphy was here [at Penn] for 17 years, [Steve] Donahue at Cornell for 10, [Joe] Jones at Columbia for seven, and Sydney Johnson at Princeton for just four years. Dunphy also amassed 10 Ivy League titles, Donahue three, and Johnson just one before abandoning ship. Does three make a trend?" Of course, Donahue was the only coach to have his team ranked in the final top 25 poll (Cornell finished No. 17 in the nation a year ago and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament).

  • The Sun Post Herald mentions incoming Cornell recruit, Shonn Miller (St. Ignatius HS) Cleveland, OH, 6-6, F and writes, "At St. Ignatius, head coach Sean O’Toole didn’t exactly begin the year the way he wanted to, and he certainly didn’t want to start the campaign without his top player in senior Shonn Miller. An off-season injury kept Miller out of action until late in the season. But the Wildcat 'big man' returned and helped the team pick up some momentum heading into tournament play." The Sun Post Herald also notes that Miller and fellow incoming Cornell recruit, Ned Tomic (North Royalton HS) North Royalton, OH, 6-7, F, both appeared in the Greater Cleveland Basketball Coaches Association All Star game. Miller led all scorers with 27 points while Tomic chipped in 13.
  • The Ivy Gate blog discusses Cornell's Duff Ball and remembers last year's promo video which featured former Cornell basketball players-- Ryan Wittman, Jeff Foote and Louis Dale.
  • Italian club, Fulgor Libertas Forli (Italian 2nd Division, LegaDue) announced the cut of Cornellian Cody Toppert ('05) (pictured above). The Herald of Plymouth, England writes, "ITALIAN Division Two club Forli have confirmed they have released former [Plymouth] Raiders guard Cody Toppert. The 28-year-old American, who has dual German nationality, left [the British Basketball League's Plymouth Raiders] at Christmas for Forli. However, following seven appearances for the second division strugglers, he was cut. In his place, Forli, who are battling immediate relegation back to Italy's division three, recruited 6ft 6in forward Shawn Huff to add more muscle. In a statement, Forli told The Herald: 'We appreciated Cody as a professional, but we needed something different.' Toppert averaged 14.2 points in 26 minutes per game for Raiders. In Forli, he averaged 9.9 points in 28 minutes per game, but in seven losses and struggled, shooting only 26 per cent from the three-point arc. He was Raiders' leading three-point threat earlier this season, shooting 46 per cent." Toppert is a veteran of the NBA D League, a former Albuquerque Thunderbird. During his pro career, Toppert also played in the CBA as well as in Germany, Portugal, and New Zealand.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...

  • Above, some figures from the 2010-2011 season. Cornell has the Ivy League's second largest basketball budget behind Penn. (Statistics courtesy After leading the Ivy League in attendance for three consecutive seasons during 2007-2008 through 2009-2010, the Big Red had the league's third highest attendance during 2010-2011, only behind Penn and Princeton. (Statistics courtesy the Ivy League office)
  • Several Cornell coaches and players have tweeted regularly in the last few days as they have returned back to the full swing of the individual workout sessions with the coaching staff.
  • On Sydney Johnson's hiring at Fairfield, the Princeton Alumni Weekly writes, " His first Tiger team stumbled to a 6-23 record, but from that point forward, the program made a steady climb in the Ivy standings. In 2009-10, the Tigers finished 22-9 overall and 11-3 in Ivy games, placed second behind Cornell." The Daily Princetonian adds, "In his second season, Princeton snapped Cornell’s 19-game conference-winning streak with a 61-41 thrashing at Jadwin Gymnasium." The Princetonian adds, "Since 1980, 17 of 38 Ivy League head coaches left their program after four years or fewer, not counting the seven that are currently active. In most cases, however, the departure was easily explained. Six left to lead major-conference programs, seven finished with a losing record in each of their final two seasons and Cornell’s Scott Thompson left for health reasons."
  • On whether Brad Stevens will remain at Butler, the Huffington Post writes, "A hot coaching candidate springs up every year. Bill Self ascended from Oral Roberts to Tulsa to Illinois and now to Kansas; Billy Donovan from Marshall to Florida; Steve Donahue from Cornell to Boston College. It’s just the nature of the college basketball beast."
Above, Jeff Foote ('10) is presented with a pizza by one of his pro club's (Melilla Balancesto, Spanish 2nd Division) corporate sponsors.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...
  • On the Miami (FL) coaching search, the Palm Beach Post writes, "Boston College wanted Richmond's Chris Mooney last year but he withdrew his name from consideration, so the Eagles hired Steve Donahue of Cornell instead."
  • The Dartmouth writes, "Before Kentucky lost to UConn in the Final Four, 13th-seeded Princeton University played the Jayhawks tougher than any of their other opponents. Last year, Cornell University shocked the world by advancing to the Sweet 16. We do more than study at [Ivy] League institutions and it’s time for the rest of the country to recognize that." (emphasis added by The Cornell Basketball Blog)
  • The Sports Prof blog writes of Princeton coach, Sydney Johnson's career move to Fairfield and notes, "now, it would appear, that he's cashed in, as it has to be the case that Fairfield offered him a lot more money than Princeton could. Cynics would argue that he also jumped as Harvard loaded itself up so much that it looks primed to make a Cornell-like run over the next three years."

Monday, April 4, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

News and Notes: Friday Edition

The April Fool's issue of the Cornell Daily Sun (above) reports the Big Red earning an Elite Eight banner after an NCAA discovery of recruiting violations at Kentucky, Cornell's Sweet Sixteen opponent from 2010. Below, some news and notes...
  • In NBA D-League action last night, the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants lost a critical game 105-100 at the Maine Red Claws. Cornell's Ryan Wittman ('10) finished with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist on 6/18 FGs and 4/13 from beyond the arc.
  • Cornell's 2011-2012 schedule was essentially completed this week with some limited formalities remaining in the signing of the contracts. Cornell will appear in 28 games in 2011-2012. The Big Red were ineligible for a multi-team event ("MTE") this year after appearing in MTEs in back-to-back years in 2009 (Preseason NIT) and 2010 (Legends Classic).