Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Recruiting News: Dartmouth Nabs '12 Recruit

Below, some recruiting updates from around the Ivy League.

For a list of committed players to attend Ivy League schools, including profiles of incoming Cornell recruits, and a listing of Cornell's prospective recruiting targets, click here. For a list of general Ivy League prospective recruiting targets, click here. Please note that we update these lists daily.

On the "hired gun" and "mercenary" front, we have reports of at least four Ivy League schools having hosted campus visits this spring with potential Division I transfers. And yes, Cornell is still in reported discussions with some transfers at different levels of college basketball. Noteworthy, Cornell currently has three former Division I transfers on its roster, arriving from UMass (Max Groebe), Centenary (Anthony Gatlin) and Valparaiso (Andrew Ferry).

The class of 2012 recruiting season should be an interesting one for Cornell's fans. After all, Bill Courtney's reputation is based largely on his stellar recruiting background.
For example, while serving as an assistant coach at Virginia during 2008 and 2009, Courtney was the lead assistant and recruiter for the Cavaliers in landing 2008 ESPNU super-stud and 19th-ranked prospect and McDonald's All-American, Sylven Landesberg, as well as 2009's 80th-ranked recruit, Tristan Spurlock. This is of course after Courtney led the recruitment efforts in Fairfax, Virginia in building George Mason's 2006 Final Four team where he was an assistant for several years before relocating himself to the ACC.

Cornell has already witnessed early flashes of Courtney's brilliance on the recruiting trail. Hired in just April 2010 and forced to hit the ground running (while competitors Princeton, Harvard and Penn had established staffs in placing for more than a year each), Courtney's coaching staff was able to secure a strong six-person recruiting class for the class of 2011 for Cornell. In each case, the Big Red's 2011 recruits passed up multiple Division I scholarship offers to play for the Big Red in the Ivy League. Not bad for a quick haul.

Class of 2012 Recruiting News

Dartmouth was the first Ivy League (and Division I) school to make an offer to Alex Mitola (Gil St. Bernard's School) Martinsville, NJ, 5-9, G and it was all that Mitola needed to pull the trigger before the start of the summer. Mitola committed to the Big Green this week per Recruit Scoop.

Cody Demps (Pleasant Grove HS) Pleasant Grove, CA, 6-3, G, has interest from Penn, Yale, Santa Clara and Cal Poly per

Akachi Okogu (Jesuit HS) Sacramento, CA, 6-0, G told, "Princeton, Penn, and Cornell have been on me hard this past year."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Lemme guess. Kenny Blakeney is leaving the Harvard staff so that he can go play pick-up basketball with some high profile recruits before rejoining the staff upon signing day. Well played, Tommy Amaker, well played.