Monday, May 16, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, a program and an A.P. recap of Cornell's game against Syracuse on December 28, 1979 in Rochester, New York. The game was played at the War Memorial in the Rochester Classic which also featured Villanova and St. Francis (PA). Below, some news and notes...
  • Big Apple Buckets wonders if Cornell's Pete McMillan and his fellow Northfield Mount Hermon School (Northfield, Mass.) alumni could form a competitive Ivy League roster.
  • With John McCord's ('97) 9 point and 5 rebound effort on May 10 in a 77-72 win over Roanne, McCord and his Strasbourg club of France's Pro A (the elite French league) have completed their season and missed the league playoffs. Only Jeff Aubry ('99) 0f Cornell's alumni playing professionally continues to remain in-season. Aubry plays for Arecibo in Puerto Rico. Pictured below, the late Robert "Tractor" Traylor rejects a shot by Aubry during a game in the Puerto Rico league on April 13. Further down in this post, updates on Cornell's pro alumni.
  • Starving for Cornell basketball information? Be sure to check in with us this week as we expect to have some details on Cornell's new looking uniforms.
  • With Yale joining the newly organized Connecticut 6 in 2009 and Penn established since 1954 in the Big 5, both Ivy teams have the scheduling advantage of locking in local nonconference games on an annual basis, reducing the respective programs' needs to search for opponents each spring and summer. One should wonder why several of New York State's Division I programs have not yet joined up in a similar loose affiliation, perhaps playing their games on a neutral floor in Rochester. Gathering New York's teams in Rochester is not an entirely novel concept. Back in November 2003, Cornell helped organize a similar event at the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Arena at the War Memorial involving the Big Red, Niagara, Army and Bucknell of Pennsylvania. And St. Bonaventure and Syracuse recently agreed to play each other in Rochester as well. So, imagine an exempt event, an annual 5-team round robin tournament with a guarantee of four games each year in Rochester in the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Arena involving say Cornell (Ivy League), Syracuse (Big East), Siena (MAAC), St. Bonaventure (A-10) and Buffalo (MAC). We can see it now, the "Empire State Elite" hosted in Rochester and sponsored by corporate giants headquartered in Rochester such as Eastman Kodak, Bausch+Lomb, and Xerox.

  • Throughout the year we provide periodic updates on Cornell's eight (8) overseas alumni playing professionally. Below, some updates:
-John McCord ('97) (SIG Strasbourg, Pro A France)-2010-2011 season concluded. The 6'6" forward and long time veteran of the European leagues averaged 11.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Strasbourg finished 12-18 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, Venezuela and in the United Kingdom.

-Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones Rojos, LNBP Mexico/Arecibo Capitanes, Puerto Rico Basketball League)-Through May 15, the 6'11" Aubry is averaging 6.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game for Arecibo (8-8, 6th 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.


Anonymous said...

I was under the impression that, to qualify as an exempt event under NCAA regulations, a tournament had to be either preseason (such as the Preseason NIT) or be conducted outside the continental United States (such as the Maui Invitational).

While many in Manhattan consider upstate New York to be outside the continental United States, I'm not sure that the NCAA -- headquartered in the middle of flyover country -- would deem Rochester to qualify.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Who said anything about this being regular season or even a formal league? This is a proposal for November/December, pre-start of Ivy play.

Anonymous said...

I think what you're describing is already widely widely known as "Syracuse's Non-conference Schedule."

But SU would never give up Dome ticket/concession sales to go to Rochester.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

We already know Syracuse would give up Dome concessions/ticket revenue because they already played in Rochester in recent years.

Anonymous said...

If you call it 'recent', Syracuse played St. Bonaventure in Rochester in 2003 (if that's the only instance, why is "years" plural?). Also, it was technically a Bona home game.

Anonymous said...

You're the one who asked us to "imagine an exempt event. . . ."

An exempt event is a technical designation by the NCAA to refer to certain multi-team events which can take place in the preseason or regular (non-conference) season.

If you meant to say, "hey, let's play these other schools," then there was no need to call it an exempt event, right?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

It could be an exempt event in Rochester during the preseason just as described in the post.

And we know this to be a possibility because our prior coaching regime explored it. Scheduling however did not allow it to work.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

And yes, 2003-2004 is pretty recent. So the precedent is there for Syracuse to play in Rochester.