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...

  • Further down below we provide our weekly update on Cornell's alumni playing professionally. Notable this week, on April 9, John McCord ('97) finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds in a 78-70 defeat to Cholet in the French premier league. Jason Hartford ('08) has scored 14 or more points in each of his last four games for his Portuguese club, Ginasio. Above, Louis Dale ('10) in action for his club Goettingen on April 10 against the Walter Tigers in German Bundesliga play.
  • We recently added to the names we are following on Twitter, Cornell senior, Max Groebe and incoming recruit, Devin Cherry.
  • 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
-Max Groebe ()
-Andrew Ferry ()
-Peter McMillan ()
-Errick Peck ()
-Dominick Scelfo ()
-Jake Mathews ()
-Dwight Tarwater ()
-Manny Sahota ()
-Dave LaMore ()
-Shonn Miller ()
-Devin Cherry ()
-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 ()

  • 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 11, the 6'6" forward and long time veteran of the European leagues is averaging 10.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Strasbourg sits at 10-15 and in 12th 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 11, the 6'11" Aubry is averaging 6.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game for Arecibo (3-2, 4th 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)-Toppert, a 6'4" shooting guard was averaging 9.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for Forli before the franchise terminated his contract during March. Toppert previously also played this season with the Plymouth Raiders of the British Basketball League where he was averaging 14.2 points per game 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 11, the 6'9" Hartford is averaging 15.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Ginasio is 10-12 and in 6th 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 11 Dale is averaging 7.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Goettingen is 15-15 on the season and in 10th place out of 18 teams in the Bundesliga.

-Ryan Wittman ('10) (Ft. Wayne Mad Ants, NBA D-League)-With the season concluded, 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 11, Foote is averaging 7.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game (leading the the league in blocks). Melilla is 14-19 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 11, Jaques is averaging 3.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Ashkelon is 5-30 and in 10th place in the 10 team Israeli league.

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Anonymous said...

Any word on the schedule yet?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

We have all of the games, but we can't go public with it until the contracts are signed with each of the respective schools. The news should be out there this month.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that Amaker is going to talk to Miami

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Have not heard he is going to interview. Just heard they like him.

Anonymous said...

Yeah but ESPN is reporting they will talk, if so just proves you cant trust coaches with all that nonsense he has put out there about how he loves the place

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Just read the ESPN piece. We will have to see if Amaker makes a trip down to Florida to formally interview. He could've told them today he is no longer interested. We will know if he is a real player if he boards a plane.

Anonymous said...

Funny to think about it that if Amaker leaves, 6 out of 8 coaches will have been hired in the last year

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Pretty standard stuff for a mid major league.

But don't bet the ranch that Amaker leaves for Miami. If they want him, they will have to pay him big time dollars.

harry '59 said...

How much is harvard paying him?

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine Amaker leaving this off-season with how things are set up for Harvard next season. I'm sure he thinks they have a real shot at winning some NCAA games with next year's team, which would increase his leverage that much more.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Your argument is faulty because you assume he needs more leverage (or that he is "settling" for a lesser job).

What if Miami is the type of job he wants? What would an NCAA bid do for him? Nothing.

Amaker could take this job or another job, if he finds it attractive.

Anonymous said...

it is probably a perfect job for Amaker, a place with no expectations of getting to the NCAA tournament, something he hasnt been able to do much

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Amaker wants Duke, but he'd have competition for the job from Johnny Dawkins, Jeff Capel, Mike Brey, Bobby Hurley, and perhaps even someone like Danny Ferry.

Anonymous said...

Of these guys, only Brey seems to be getting anything done. Assuming that CoackK wants to retire somewhere around a Woodenesque age, the best guy for Duke actually might be Brad Stevens.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Duke, isn't Chris Collins and Wojo "the head coaches" in waiting?
They're already there.