Monday, April 4, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday...
  • Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports published a list of players expected to be transferring out of D-I programs this spring. The list includes a pair of Penn players and a player from Columbia. For a list of Ivy League graduation losses and roster totals for next season, click here.
  • Culture Map Houston notes that Bill Courtney and members of the Cornell coaching staff attended the Coaches vs. Cancer Coaches' Huddle 3 cocktail party, benefiting the American Cancer Society, while attending the Final Four and NABC national conference in Houston this weekend.
  • On Saturday, in the final game of the NBA D-League regular season for Cornell's Ryan Wittman ('10), he scored 16 points (6/14 FGs, 3/6 3-PTs), grabbed 6 rebounds, and collected 1 steal in 34 minutes as his Ft. Wayne Mad Ants defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 110-104. In Wittman's last three outtings, he posted 16, 16 and 12 points. The Mad Ants did not clinch a position in the D-League playoffs. Above, photos from the game action. The Ft. Wane News Sentinel noted, "Ryan Wittman showed progress throughout the season." Coach Joey Meyer said after the game, "When Wittman first came here maybe I didn't have enough confidence in him, [but] the more minutes he played, the better he got. He got better on defense, which is why he stayed on the floor. He's going to make some money off this game because he can shoot the heck out of it.” Also notable among Big Red alumni, Jon Jaques ('10) tied his career high and scored 12 points on Sunday in Israel as his Askelon team fell to Ashdod. Below, some additional alumni news.
  • Throughout the season we will provide periodic updates on Cornell's eight (8) overseas alumni playing professionally. Below, some updates:
-John McCord ('97) (SIG Strasbourg, Pro A France)-Through April 4, the 6'6" forward and long time veteran of the European leagues is averaging 10.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Strasbourg sits at 10-14 and in 11th place in the 16 team league. During his roughly fifteen year pro career, McCord, a former 1st Team All Ivy League selection, has played in France's pro leagues and in England.

-Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones Rojos, LNBP Mexico/Arecibo Capitanes, Puerto Rico Basketball League)-Through April 4, the 6'11" Aubry is averaging 9.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for Arecibo (1-2, 7th place out of 10 teams). Aubry splits his time in both the Mexican and Puerto Rican professional leagues. He played several seasons in the NBA D League in the early part of his career with the Fayetteville Patriots and Florida Flame. During his more than a decade of pro experience, Aubry has also played professionally in the ABA and abroad in Poland, Argentina, Uruguay and Peru.

-Cody Toppert ('05) (Forli, LegaDue Italy)-Through April 4, Toppert, a 6'4" shooting guard is averaging 9.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for Forli (8-18, 15th place out of 16 teams.) Toppert previously played this season with the Plymouth Raiders of the British Basketball League before moving to Italy. Like Aubry, Toppert is a veteran of the NBA D League, a former Albuquerque Thunderbird. During his pro career, Toppert has also played in the CBA as well as in Germany, Portugal, and New Zealand.

-Jason Hartford ('08) (Ginasio, LPD Portugal)-Through April 4, the 6'9" Hartford is averaging 15.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Ginasio is 9-12 and in 9th place in the 12 team league. During his career, Hartford has played professionally in Finland and Africa (Mozambique).

-Louis Dale ('10) (Gottingen, Bundesliga Germany)-Through April 4, Dale is averaging 8.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Goettingen is 13-14 on the season and in 11th place out of 18 teams in the Bundesliga.

-Ryan Wittman ('10) (Ft. Wayne Mad Ants, NBA D-League)-On the season, Wittman averaged 7.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game. Ft. Wayne finished 24-26 on the season and in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. Before moving to the D-League during January, Wittman averaged 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game for Forli in Italy's LegaDue this season.

-Jeff Foote ('10) (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel Winner's League/Melilla, Spanish 2nd Division)- Through April 4, Foote is averaging 8.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. (leading the the league in blocks). Melilla is 14-18 and in 11th place out of 18 teams. Foote is on loan to Melilla from Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv.

-Jon Jaques ('10) (Ashkelon, Israel Winner's League)-Through April 4, Jaques is averaging 3.4 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Ashkelon is 5-19 and in 10th place in the 10 team Israeli league.
  • Below is an updated directory listing of some Twitter feeds associated with the Cornell basketball program. You can also follow The Cornell Basketball Blog on Twitter.
-Josh Wexler ('88)
-Steve Cobb ('05)
-Andrew Naeve ('07)
-Jason Canady ('08)
-Khaliq Gant ('09)
-Conor Mullen ('09)
-Ryan Wittman ('10)
-Pete Reynolds ('10)
-Jon Jaques ('10)
-Louis Dale ('10)
-Alex Tyler ('10)
-Geoff Reeves ('10)
-Jeff Foote ('10)
-Andre Wilkins ('10)
-Max Groebe ('10)
-Aaron Osgood ('10)
-The Cornell Rebounders Club
-Andrew Ferry ()
-Peter McMillan ()
-Errick Peck ()
-Dominick Scelfo ()
-Jake Mathews ()
-Dwight Tarwater ()
-Manny Sahota ()
-Dave LaMore
-Shonn Miller
-Assistant Coach Ricky Yahn ()
-Assistant Coach Mike Blaine ()
-Assistant Coach Marlon Sears ()
-Brian Delaney, Ithaca Journal ()
-Cornell Daily Sun Sports ()
-Slope Sports ()
-WVBR Sports ()
-Former assistant coach, Jay Larranaga ()

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Anonymous said...

Any news on Sydney Johnson "transferring" to Fairfield?

Anonymous said...

wittman to reeves in that photo....