Thursday, June 30, 2011

News and Notes: Afternoon Edition

Below, some afternoon news and notes...
  • Longwood issued a press release on the hiring of Cornell assistant coach, Ricky Yahn.

Cornell Basketball Finds New Radio Home

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Cornell University Department of Athletics and Physical Education will join forces with Hits 103.3 FM to broadcast the upcoming 2011-12 men's basketball campaign. With longtime announcer Barry Leonard back on the radio call, Hits 103.3 will broadcast all 28 regular season games, plus any possible postseason contests. Leonard's call will also be available as part of the RedCast subscription service as part of video for home games and audio for road contests.

“We're excited to have Cornell men's basketball on Hits 103.3 FM for the 2010-11 season,” said Jeff Hall, Cornell's Associate Director of Athletics for Sales and Marketing. “With the unprecedented run of success for Big Red basketball over the past five seasons, and under the leadership of second-year head coach Bill Courtney, big things will continue to happen. We're glad that local fans will continue to be able to follow the team on their radio dial.”

“Cayuga Radio Group welcomes the opportunity to broadcast Cornell men's basketball on Hits 103.3 along with Cornell football, men's ice hockey and men's lacrosse on our sister station WHCU 870AM/95.9FM,” said Susan Johnston, President and General Manager of Cayuga Radio Group.

Under Courtney, the Big Red men's basketball team returns four starters and 11 letter winners while in search of Cornell's fourth Ivy League title in the last five years. Included among the returners are 2010-11 second-team All-Ivy selection Chris Wroblewski as well as double figure scorers Drew Ferry and Errick Peck.

Hits 103.3 FM is Ithaca's hit music station, playing all of the most popular artists in the country. It can also be found on an HD radio at 97.3 HD2 or streaming on the web at

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Below, news and notes for Thursday...
  • Pittsburgh Live notes that Cornell has offered a member of the class of 2012, Nolan Cressler (Plum HS), Plum, PA, 6-4, G. Cressler attended Cornell's Elite Prospect Camp last weekend. Cressler averaged 26 points per game as a junior.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Roster Report: Ricky Yahn Leaves Cornell

Brian Delaney of ESPN Radio Ithaca was the first to break the news to the public that Cornell's third slot assistant coach, Ricky Yahn, has accepted an assistant position at Division I Independent, Longwood. Per Ivy League rules, third assistants are unpaid positions. Cornell is engaged in a national search for a replacement.

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...
  • Stay tuned for some very exciting news relating to the radio and online broadcasts of Cornell Men's Basketball. These new changes should dramatically improve the overall game experience in multiple respects for alumni, friends, family and fans of the program.
  • While we are unable to provide details, we have heard that Cornell had a historic Elite Prospect Camp last weekend and could reap some major benefits in recruiting with the classes of 2012 and 2013. Stay tuned for our regular recruiting updates.
  • Big Apple Buckets is hoping for the creation of a single elimination New York State Tournament involving all 22 Division I teams in the Empire State.

Cornell duo makes impact: Two years ago, Louis Dale and Jeff Foote led Cornell to its best season in program history, all the way to the Sweet 16, where it pushed Kentucky. They are still playing basketball together, only the setting is much different: Baruch College. The results remain similar. The duo paced Dyckman/NYAC in its 115-107 win over defending champion the Franchise Tuesday night.

Dale, a shifty 5-foot-11 guard, had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists while the 7-foot Foote contributed 15 point and 13 rebounds. Former St. John’s Prep and Fordham star Bryant Dunston scored 34 points on 13-of-17 shooting. Dale has played at Nike Pro City before, but only sparingly. This summer, he is giving it his all.

“It’s a good atmosphere, crowd, I like the announcer. He always keeps it interesting and there’s great competition,” said Dale, who just finished a season overseas in Germany and is rooming with Foote and Ryan Wittman, another Cornell teammate, in the city this summer.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, the box score and NCAA Tournament bracket as of March 18, 1988 following Cornell's defeat to Arizona in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Also below, the A.P.'s game recap. In this post, some news and notes for Monday...

  • Cornell's Elite Prospect Camp, held over the weekend, was a huge success according to both players and coaches in attendance.
  • Speaking of elite camps, Cornell alumni, Louis Dale ('10), Ryan Wittman ('10), Jeff Foote ('10), Adam Wire, ('11), Aaron Osgood ('11) and Jon Jaques ('10), served as counselors at the Boston College elite camp.
  • With Joe Jones leaving the Boston College staff to assume head coaching duties at Boston University, speculates, "Donahue could promote Director of Basketball Operations Woody Kampmann to assistant and fill his role with a former BC or Cornell player who's looking to break into coaching."
  • Newsweek Magazine has an interesting article on the return home to Africa of numerous exiles and refugees from Sudan. Among the returning exiles is Stella Kenyi, a Cornell graduate. Her younger brother, Max Kenyi, played basketball at Harvard before opting to transfer out of the program a year ago. Max Kenyi was Tommy Amaker's first recruit, committing to Harvard back on September 28, 2007.
  • The Arizona Republic newspaper ranks the best Pac 10 teams of all time and lists as No. 1, the University of Arizona team of 1987-1988. The Wildcats defeated Cornell in the opening round of the 1988 NCAA Tournament. The Republic writes:

1. 1987-88 Arizona

The Wildcats (35-3) had everything, shooters, big men and an All-American in Sean Elliott. Ranked 17th in the preseason AP poll, they used the Great Alaska Shootout as their coming-out party, defeating Duquesne, Michigan and Syracuse.

Arizona quickly jumped to ninth in the poll. Soon, the Wildcats were at No. 1, where they spent six weeks. They entered the NCAA Tournament with a 15-game win streak. With balanced scoring, Arizona won its first four tournament games -- over Cornell, Seton Hall, Iowa and North Carolina -- by 26.8 points. In the Final Four, they lost to Oklahoma 86-78, making them one of the best teams not to win a national title.

Elliott averaged 19.6 points. Tom Tolbert (14.1), Anthony Cook (13.9) and Steve Kerr (12.6) also were in double figures. Throughout the season, Arizona outscored opponents by 20.5 points.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Cornell Elite Prospect Camp Weekend!

Today marks the start of Cornell's Elite Prospect Camp.

Friday, June 24, 2011

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Friday...
  • Cornell's rookies are arriving on campus this weekend for the Cornell Elite Prospect Camp and to begin their Cornell careers with summer classes and training.
  • Some of the following Cornell players are expected to be in summer leagues this summer:
Errick Peck-Indy Pro Am (team: Orange Team)
Jake Matthews-Pittsburgh Pro Am (team: SPK Law)
Josh Figini-Howard Pulley Summer Pro Am, St. Paul, MN
Dwight Tarwater-Rocky Top League, Knoxville, TN (team: Ray's ESG)
Ned Tomic-Cleveland Am Pro (team: Allan's Wolfpack)
  • CBS Pittsburgh is providing coverage of the Pittsburgh Pro Am. The Pittsburgh Sports Depot blog writes that the "quote of the night" from last night's action was uttered by an unidentified spectator in the stands stating of Cornell's Jake Matthews, “He’ll be in the Big Dance longer than any of the other guys out here.”
  • The Daily Times of Blount County, Tennessee covers the Rocky Top Summer Pro League in Knoxville and writes of Maryville College signee, 6'8" Joey Bodewig, that he spent the majority of Wednesday night's game banging inside for rebounds with Cornell's Dwight Tarwater. “I played Dwight Tarwater all my life. I love playing against him. He went to Webb and I went to Catholic, so it was like a big rivarly between us," said Bodewig.
  • Do not rule out JuCo transfer, Montez Blair from finding his way into the Cornell Basketball program. A transfer from Navy via Iowa Western College, Blair intends to compete in track at Cornell, and while there is no definitive plan for him to compete in basketball, circumstances can change. Insiders have compared him to both Jamal Cherry and Jason Battle ('09), as a wing defender with slashing capabilities. He averaged averaged 13.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game for Iowa Western College. Out of high school, Blair had reported basketball offers from Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Siena, St. Joseph's, and Binghamton. As a transfer basketball prospect, he had offers from IPFW, Eastern Illinois, Southern Utah, and Dartmouth. For those looking for information on Blair, see the following:
-ESPN Insiders Profile
-Recruit Recon Profile Profile (updated 6/11)
-Navy Basketball bio
-Omaha World-Herald 1/14/11 article
-CBTV televised news piece (video) 1/26/11

Thursday, June 23, 2011

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Thursday...
  • As reported by numerous sources in the media, including WEEI of Boston, former Cornell head coach, Steve Donahue, the current head coach at Boston College has lost his top assistant coach with Joe Jones accepting the head coaching position at Boston University. Jones spent several years as head coach at Columbia in the Ivy League. The move has several implications for Cornell. First, Cornell hosts Boston University during the '11-'12 season. Second, current Cornell top assistant coach, Marlon Sears was on Joe Jones' Columbia staff during the 2009-2010 season. See other stories covering the hire at Boston College Athletics, BU Today, the Boston Herald, ESPN and CBS.
Continuing our look back at March 2010, Cornell was the topic of discussion of the Ivy League's student newspapers as the Big Red advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Recruiting News

In this post, some recruiting updates from around the Ivy League.

Roster Report: Capsule Look at Key Cornell Returning and Graduating Players

Below, a brief capsule look at some of the returning and graduating personnel from Cornell's roster...
  • The following is the player production in Ivy League conference games Cornell is losing with its three graduated seniors from the 2010-2011 roster:
Mark Coury (14 games, 3 starts, 18.1 minutes, 6.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 50% FGs)
Adam Wire (14 games, 4 starts, 16.8 minutes, 3.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 47% FGs)
Aaron Osgood (5 games, 2 starts, 18.8 minutes, 4.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 53% FGs)
  • Cornell's returning interior players on the 2011-2012 roster posted the following averages in Ivy League conference games:
Josh Figini (12 games, 9 starts, 8.5 minutes, 3.8 points, 1.7 rebounds, 37% FGs)
Eitan Chemerinski (13 games, 7.7 minutes, 2.4 points, 1.7 rebounds, 56% FGs)
  • Cornell returns four players next season that shot at least 38% or better from beyond the arc in Ivy League conference games a year ago. The Big Red also return three double figure scorers. These players include:
Andrew Ferry (38/92, 41%) (11.6 points per game)
Chris Wroblewski (21/50, 42%) (13.0 points per game)
Errick Peck (16/42, 38%) (11.7 points per game)
Max Groebe (21/55, 38%) (7.0 points per game)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Above and below, images from the official game program of the 2009-2010 Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival at which Cornell took the championship with wins over Davidson and St. John's. Jeff Foote ('10) was named Tournament MVP with Ryan Wittman ('10) also named to the All Tournament team. Earlier in the season, Cornell swept through the Legends Classic an undefeated 4-0, knocking off UMass, Toledo, Vermont and Drexel with Wittman and Jon Jaques ('10) named to the All Tournament team. Wittman was also the recipient of the MVP honors. Below, news and notes for Tuesday...

  • reports that Montez Blair, a 6'3" wing forward out of Timber Creek, NJ is headed to Cornell to compete as a triple jumper on the track & field team. Blair received some recruitment attention from Cornell's basketball program while he was in high school. Ultimately, he attended Navy as a freshman and played on the Midshipmen basketball team. During 2009-2010, Blair appeared in 11 games for the Midshipmen, transferring midseason when he was dissatisfied with life at the Academy. He averaged 5.2 minutes per game with a 2.4 points per game average at Navy, shooting, 35% from the floor and 32% beyond the arc. As a sophomore, he played half a season during 2010-2011 with Iowa Western, a junior college. He averaged 13.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game for one of the better junior college programs in the country and earned scholarship offers as a transfer for basketball from IPFW, Southern Utah, Eastern Illinois and Dartmouth per Juco Junction, but opted to compete in track at Cornell. Below, some local media coverage of Blair's arrival at Iowa Western.

  • Fans interested in summer league news can check out the NCAA website which provides links to several of these certified leagues, many of which include include incoming and returning Cornell and Ivy League players, as well as some former players. Some of the following Cornell players are expected to be in summer leagues this summer:
Errick Peck-Indy Pro Am (team: Orange Team)
Jake Matthews-Pittsburgh Pro Am (team: SPK Law)
Josh Figini-Howard Pulley Summer Pro Am, St. Paul, MN
Dwight Tarwater-Rocky Top League, Knoxville, TN (team: Larry Smith Insurance)
Ned Tomic-Cleveland Am Pro (team: Allan's Wolfpack)

Monday, June 20, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, the official game program for the first and second rounds of the 2010 NCAA Tournament at Jacksonville, Florida. Cornell defeated nationally ranked Top 25 opponents Temple and Wisconsin to advance to the Sweet Sixteen out of the Jacksonville region.

Above, the Cornell page from the 2010 NCAA Tournament first and second rounds game program. Below, tickets stubs to Cornell's opening round game vs. Temple and stubs to the Sweet Sixteen at the Carrier Dome where Cornell faced Kentucky and the Wildcats' five future NBA first round draft picks.

Below, some news and notes for Monday...

Friday, June 17, 2011

News and Notes: Friday Edition

(Photos of Newman Arena entrance by Matt Hintsa)
  • Just some perspective as we push into the next year. Heading into the 2011-2012 season, Cornell is the only Ivy League basketball program to have won an NCAA Tournament game in the last decade. Cornell is also the last Ivy League team to advance as far as the Sweet 16 in the last thirty years. Below are Cornell's records vs. the Big Red's Ivy League opponents during the last four seasons.
Brown 8 wins 0 losses
Columbia 6 wins 2 losses
Dartmouth 7 wins 1 loss
Harvard 5 wins 3 losses
Penn 7 wins 1 loss
Princeton 5 wins 3 losses
Yale 6 wins 2 losses
  • While Cornell University officially lists Newman Arena's seating capacity at 4,473, the Big Red have hosted beyond this number, both officially and unofficially, on several occasions. One such was November 23, 2003 when Cornell hosted Georgia Tech with an official attendance count of 4,762. During the '07-'08 Ivy League championship season, Cornell recorded two official sell-outs of Newman Arena. The Big Red did not sell out any games during the '08-'09 Ivy League championship season, but record four sell-outs during the '09-'10 championship season.
  • The Dagger Blog of and YahooSports points out that only seven of Division I's 345 teams had a player wear the No. 53 jersey last season. The number 53 jersey is also extremely rare at Cornell. Our research indicates that last Cornell player to wear No. 53 was Brian Williamson ('03), a 6'9" center from Rushville, NY, who played just two seasons with the Big Red and wore the No. 53 jersey only as a sophomore. Prior to Williamson, the last Big Red player to put on No. 53 was Joe Mauer during the 1994-1995 season.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Date in Cornell Basketball History: Big Red Players Appear in National All Star Weekend

From our series, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, above are ESPN images from Ryan Wittman's ('10) participation on April 1, 2010 in the National 2010 State Farm Three Point Shooting Contest during the Final Four weekend in Indianapolis. Wittman finished in second place in the contest and joined Cornell teammate, Jeff Foote ('10) in the NABC National All Star Game sponsored by Reese's the following date on April 2. Below, some images from the Reese's All Star Game.

Jeff Aubry '99, More than a Decade of Pro Experience Abroad

Below, a look back at the professional basketball career of 6'11" Jeff Aubry (Cornell class of '99) (No. 42 above in the 1997-1998 team photo). Aubry presently splits his time in both the Mexican and Puerto Rican premier leagues. He played several seasons in the NBA D League in the early part of his career with the Fayetteville Patriots and Florida Flame and was named honorable mention All D-League during the 2002 season. 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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...
  • We are down to a week and a half away to the exciting start of Cornell Basketball's Elite Prospect Camp. The Cornell Basketball Elite Prospect Camp will run from June 25-26 with many of of the Big Red's top recruiting targets expected to be in attendance.

  • Above, from our regular series, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, a look back at the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 Ivy League final standings. The Princeton Tigers clinched the '03-'04 Ivy League title with a dominating 13-1 record. With a pair of 1st Team All Ivy League selections returning for the '04-'05 campaign in 6'4" guard Will Venable and 6'11" center Judson Wallace, Princeton was was the prohibitive favorite to repeat as champions, garnering 14 out of 16 media poll 1st place votes. Not only did Princeton fail to repeat as league champions, the Tigers fell to 6th place with a disappointing 6-8 finish in '04-'05. Cornell meanwhile improved from a 6-8 5th place finished in '03-'04 to a 2nd place 8-6 finished in '04-'05. Cornell would continue its annual ascent in the league's standings until the Big Red captured the first of three consecutive outright Ivy League titles beginning in '07-'08.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Date in Cornell Basketball History: Cornell's Single Game Scoring Record

Above, photos from Cornell at Princeton on March 5, 1960. During the game, George Farley ('60), No. 21 above, set Cornell's all-time single game scoring record of 47 points which still stands to this day. Farley also owns Cornell's all time single game rebounding record which was set during the same season, on February 26, 1960, during which Farley pulled down 26 rebounds against Brown.

Recruiting News: Ivies in Camp Season

In this post, some recruiting updates from around the Ivy League.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Jeff Foote with Knicks Today

The Cornell Basketball Blog confirmed with multiple sources today, all of which requested anonymity, that Jeff Foote ('10) worked out with New York Knicks today. Above, Foote, photographed last June, worked out twice with the Knicks last summer. Knicks.

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday...

Friday, June 10, 2011

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Above, Cornell junior, Jon Gray. Below, some news and notes for Friday...
  • In addition to the six incoming freshmen on the Big Red's 2011-2012 roster, Cornell also adds Dominick Scelfo, a 6'3" 185 pound pure point guard who sat out the 2010-2011 season with a red-shirt due to an MCL injury which Scelfo reportedly incurred during a pick-up game during his senior year of high school while on a college recruiting visit. An outstanding ball handler and long range shooter, Scelfo turned down scholarship offers from Saint Louis, Tulane, Texas-San Antonio, New Orleans, Army, and Louisiana-Lafayette, when choosing Cornell during the fall of his senior year of high school. Scelfo reportedly suffered his MCL tear while visiting Rick Majerus' Saint Louis program of the A-10. Below, some highlight's from his high school career.

  • The Albany Times Union picked incoming Cornell recruit, Galal Cancer (Christian Bros. Academy) Albany, NY, 6-3, G, as the area's top high school athlete. The Times Union writes:

Best high school athlete -- boys

1. (first place tie) Galal Cancer, Christian Brothers Academy

2. (first place tie) Chris Kalica, Colonie

3. Jordan Canzeri, Troy High School

Why? Readers know when they see a star. All three picks will play Division I sports in college. Cancer, the most valuable player in Big 10 basketball, will play at Cornell. Kalica, a standout pitcher and shortstop, is headed to Fairfield. Canzeri, who helped his team to the state championship game in football, is going to Iowa.

  • On Twitter yesterday, former Cornell and current Boston College head coach, Steve Donahue gives Ryan Wittman ('10), Jon Jaques ('10) and Aaron Osgood ('11) a bit of playful teasing for the recent grads' choice of attire when they attended a Yankees game this week.

A Date in Cornell Basketball History: Big Red Top Portugal

From The Cornell Basketball Blog's series, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, above and below, the official game program and Cornell Daily Sun preview and recap of Cornell's November 10, 1980 exhibition game win over the Portuguese national team in Barton Hall. The exhibition was the first public appearance for then new head coach of Cornell, Tom Miller.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Date in Cornell Basketball History: Two Top 15 Teams Visit Newman Arena in '90-'91 Season

From our series, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, above and below, news articles and photos from the 1990-1991 season which included two premier home games on the Big Red schedule at Newman Arena wherein the Big Red hosted #12 Pittsburgh on November 26, 1990 and #7 North Carolina on January 3, 1991.

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Could incoming freshman Galal Cancer become one of Cornell's next great point guards? Below, some news and notes for Thursday...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...
  • Former Cornell player and alumnus, Bryan Colangelo (Cornell '87), the current President and General Manager of the Toronto Raptors is engaged in a critical head coaching search for his franchise. Larry Tannenbaum (Cornell '68) serves as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Raptors.
  • Former Cornell assistant coach and current NBA D-League head coach for the Erie Bay Hawks, Jay Larranaga told the Erie Times News that it was Cleveland Cavaliers director of pro player personnel, Wes Wilcox, who gave Larranaga a call about having him replace John Treloar as Erie's new head coach during the summer of 2010. "I was surprised and excited," said Larranaga, who met Wilcox at that 2008 Cavs' minicamp. "He called and I was in my office at Cornell recruiting."

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A Date in Cornell Basketball History: Opening Newman Arena

In our continuing series, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, we look at the opening of Newman Arena, the home of Cornell Basketball.

Above, the October 13, 1988 issue of the Cornell Chronicle outlines the scheduled construction plans for Alberding Field House (later renamed to its present title, Bartels Hall, which houses Newman Arena, the home of Cornell Basketball). Ground-breaking ceremonies for Alberding were held on October 6, 1988. The facility was projected to open in November 1989 in advance of the 1989-1990 season. Below, the January and March 1990 issues of Cornell Alumni Magazine detail Alberding's unexpected delayed opening. Special thanks to Corey Ryan Earle ('07) for assisting The Cornell Basketball Blog in researching the history of Newman Arena.

While Cornell played its first men's game in Newman Arena on January 6, 1990, a dominating 96-70 Cornell win over Army, the Big Red did not officially open the new facility until students returned to campus on January 20. On that date, Cornell defeated Columbia, 71-68 in front of 4,500 fans. The game also marked Cornell Employee Night for the '89-'90 school year. Below, the Cornell Chronicle recaps the official opening night which included a dedication ceremony.

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...
  • WBNG CBS News of Binghamton profiles the offerings of Ithaca, New York and notes that the Cornell men's basketball team is among the varsity athletic programs offering a summer camp. "They might see them [the players and coaches who are camp counselors] on TV and then be on the field with them [at the camp]. If the participants are older, they can see what Cornell is like as a college. If they are younger, they get that neat experience to play on some top Division I facilities," said Kath Fenzel, Cornell Sports School Director. Cornell Basketball's Elite Prospect Camp will be held on June 25-26.
  • A standout female basketball player from Staten Island has committed to Cornell according to the State Island Advance but plans an offseason surgery on an ACL injury before her arrival. "How can you argue [with Christine Kline's choice to go to Cornell]?" said Staten Island's St. Peter's High School girl's basketball coach coach Bob Daggett of Kline. "It's a great opportunity to go to a great school." "I've always wanted to play Division I basketball, but if it doesn't work out, I'll be happy just getting a good education," said Kline,

Monday, June 6, 2011