Saturday, April 9, 2011

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.

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