Monday, April 25, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday...

  • Below, some tweets from the weekend.
  • Incoming Cornell recruit, Dave LaMore (Dexter HS) Whitmore Lake, MI, 6-10, C, was named First Team All-Washtenaw County by The site notes, "Dave LaMore (sr., C), Dexter: LaMore averaged 14.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. Hacking the 6-9 LaMore -- a 48.8 percent shooter from the field -- wasn’t an effective strategy as he was 79 of 105 (75.2 percent) from the free-throw line. He had two of his best games of the year against Dexter’s toughest opponents with 29 points against Huron and 23 against Ypsilanti. LaMore will continue his playing career at Cornell."
  • The Cornell Daily Sun writes, "Over the past three years, Cornell athletics has been on the verge of a national championship in men’s lacrosse, men’s hockey, women’s hockey (twice) and wrestling (twice), where the Red fell just short of a title in dramatic fashion on each occasion. The men’s lacrosse team’s loss to Syracuse in the final seconds of the 2008-09 National Championship game has been nearly as well-chronicled in the national media as the men’s basketball team’s miraculous run to the Sweet 16. And let’s not forget the men’s hockey team’s loss at the hands of previously-unknown Bemidji State in the Midwest Regionals just a few months prior. It took three overtimes for Minnesota Duluth to overcome the women’s hockey team last March in the championship game, and the same Cornell squad reached the Frozen Four once again in 2010-11 — a season in which the Red was ranked at least No. 2 in the nation at most points. In wrestling, Cornell nearly became the first Ivy team to ever win a national title, only to be denied by Penn State to finish in second place for the second consecutive season. Something finally gave for Cornell athletics on Saturday when both of the University’s polo squads hosted the National Championship game at Oxley Equestrian Center. The win by the women’s team over national powerhouse Virginia ... brought the first national championship to East Hill since the gymnastics team tied for first at nationals during its 2009 campaign."
  • Louis Dale ('10) scored 17 points (4/5 FGs) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes of action on Saturday night, leading Goettingen of Germany's premier league, the Bundesliga, in a 71-50 win over MBC. Goettingen concluded its regular season with a 19-15 record and captured 7th place in the 18 team league and will appear in the 2011 playoffs against the No. 2 seed, Deutsche Bank Skyliners. The series starts on April 30. Further down below, we provide updates on Cornell's other graduates playing professionally. For most of the Big Red pro alumni, the 2010-2011 season has come to a close.
  • The internet rumor buzz of George Mason University targeting Bill Courtney as the next head coach of the Patriots range from calling calling Courtney one of two "finalists" for the job to GMU lacking interest and then on the other extreme, reports that Courtney already turned down the position. Even a former GMU player tweeted Courtney was not a candidate. The Washington Examiner considers Courtney the No. 2 candidate and writes, "2. Bill Courtney » The 40-year-old former player at Robert E. Lee High and current coach at Cornell served eight seasons under Larranaga, recruiting many of the players from the Patriots' 2006 Final Four team. Big question: Does O'Connor want a Larranaga disciple?" The George Mason Basketball Blog adds, "He might want to see what he can do [at Cornell] before taking on something else and at this point I'm not even sure if the school has contacted him."
  • The Duke Basketball Report notes, "In short order now, the ACC has added [as head coaches] Brad Brownell (Clemson), Steve Donahue (B.C.), Tony Bennett (UVa), [Jim] Larranaga (Miami), Mark Gottfried (State), Brian Gregory (Georgia Tech) and Jeff Bzdelik (Wake Forest). All of these guys, to greater or lesser extents, have known meaningful success...Steve Donahue had a spectacular run at Cornell."
  • 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 25, the 6'6" forward and long time veteran of the European leagues is averaging 11.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Strasbourg sits at 10-17 and in 13th 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 25, the 6'11" Aubry is averaging 5.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for Arecibo (4-5, 5th 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 Puerto Rico, Mexico, Poland, Argentina, Uruguay and Peru.

-Cody Toppert ('05) (Forli, LegaDue Italy)-2010-2011 season concluded. 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)-2010-2011 season concluded. The 6'9" Hartford concluded his season averaging 14.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Ginasio finished the year 10-12 and in 6th place in the 12 team league and was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. During his career, Hartford has played professionally in Finland and Africa (Mozambique).

-Louis Dale ('10) (Gottingen, Bundesliga Germany)-2010-2011 season concluded. Dale completed the regular season averaging 8.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Goettingen ended up 17-15 on the season and in 7th place out of 18 teams in the Bundesliga.

-Ryan Wittman ('10) (Ft. Wayne Mad Ants, NBA D-League)-2010-2011 season concluded. With the season finished, Wittman averaged 7.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game for the Mad Ants of the NBA D-League. 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)- 2010-2011 season concluded. Foote 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.

-Jon Jaques ('10) (Ashkelon, Israel Winner's League)-2010-2011 season concluded. Jaques finished his season averaging 3.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Ashkelon was 6-21 and ended in 10th place in the 10 team Israeli league.

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Anonymous said...

I love Coach Blaine's enthusiasm but he misspoke in his tweet. The women's polo team did not win an NCAA championship.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Blaine is correct. The women won the national title. The men lost and finished as national runner up.

Anonymous said...

Blaine is incorrect.

You may be making the same mistake as he is, confusing "national championship" with "NCAA championship." The NCAA does not sponsor polo as a sport.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Ok fine. But the NCAA also doesn't sponsor the BCS in football, so... if you want to get technical, there is no NCAA football champion either, just a BCS champion.

Doesn't devalue the national title at all.

Anonymous said...

I just thought that a man who makes his living coaching in college sports would recognize the distinction.

By the way, you'll notice that nobody in the media ever calls the BCS winner the "NCAA champion," because most people in the business know the difference.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Seems like you are being overly technical and making a distinction that has no real difference.

Polo has a national championship for colleges that sponsor it as a varsity sport. There is only one national title for the sport.

The same with "1-A" (Bowl Division) football.

The NCAA is just one of several "national" athletic associations.
There are others, including the NAIA.

Anonymous said...

There is in fact a distinction. With the exception of FBS football, "NCAA" carries the connotation of more programs being sponsored by athletic departments with larger budgets.

For a sport to receive NCAA sponsorship, it must have a minimum number of competing programs as well as meet a number of other requirements. Thus, NCAA sponsorship generally implies more competitive, both quantitatively and qualitatively.

That's not to diminish what the women's (or men's) polo team accomplished. They beat the other colleges that have programs.

This is reminiscent of last year when you asserted that Cornell had won the Ivy League equestrian championship. In fact, Cornell had finished first in an Ivy League show. There is no Ivy League equestrian championship or champion as such, because the Ivy League does not sponsor the sport.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

All of your points seem pretty irrelevant and again, really say nothing of any value about the accomplishment by the women's polo team, which is the national champion.

Again, it is really irrelevant who administers the championship tournament. What is important is that Cornell has exclusive claim to the national title, whether it is run by the Horse Breeders of America or the NCAA.

On a side note, the Ivy League also doesn't "sponsor" a wrestling league or a hockey league (the EIWA and the ECAC do and those non-Ivy offices have complete administrative control of wrestling and hockey), but the league does "crown" a champion.

Anonymous said...

The Ivy League absolutely does sponsor hockey and wrestling as championship sports. Go to the website and you'll see men's and women's hockey as well as wrestling listed among the 33 Ivy championship sports. (We are Ivy champions in the latter two, by the way.) What you won't find are polo or equestrian.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

The Ivy recognizes wrestling and hockey, but they certainly do not "sponsor" it the way they do with basketball.

Wrestling and Hockey are administered by the EIWA and ECAC. Those leagues maintain complete administrative control.

Yes, the Ivy League hands out a trophy, but it is in no way involved with the day-to-day league operations of scheduling, refs, compliance etc with hockey and wrestling.

Anonymous said...

The Ivy League takes a subset of EIWA and ECAC results and uses them to "hand out a trophy" inscribed with the words "Ivy League champion." That is, they sponsor a league champion. They do nothing of the sort for polo or equestrian.