Thursday, June 9, 2011

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...

  • We are informed that Andrew Ferry ('12) is traveling to Asia for the second consecutive season with the Athletes-in-Action travel team. Ferry's summer squad includes a collection of elite Division I players. Cornell head coach Bill Courtney recently expressed to ESPN Radio that he believed Ferry had the most impressive spring workouts of Cornell's returning veterans. Ferry was named to the Ivy League's weekly honor roll three times during the 2010-2011 season on November 29, January 17, February 7. A legitimate All Ivy League candidate in the upcoming season, during the '10-'11 Ivy League play, in fourteen games, Ferry averaged 11.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 29.6 minutes per game. He shot 43% from the floor, 41% from beyond the arc and 86% at the free throw line.
  • Yale's Greg Mangano was the only Ivy League player invited by USA Basketball to tryout for Men’s World University Games Team Training Camp.
  • With several recent Cornell basketball alums spending their summer in New York City, Aaron Osgood ('11) shared this photo on Twitter of himself, Jon Jaques ('10) and Ryan Wittman ('10) at Yankee Stadium. Jaques played the 2010-2011 season with Ironi Ashkelon in Israel's top professional league while Wittman was a member of the NBA D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
  • The New York Post covers high school senior, Christine Kline's decision to attend Cornell after suffering an ACL tear.
  • Above, incoming Cornell men's basketball recruits, Shonn Miller and Devin Cherry, yesterday tweeted their excitement in joining up with the Big Red. Speaking of the new freshmen, the Cornell Daily Sun covers the announcement of Cornell's new incoming recruiting class and writes:
Cancer, Miller Lead Men's Basketball New Recruit Class

After a run of three consecutive Ivy League titles and NCAA tournament appearances came to an end last season, the men’s basketball team will look to regroup this season with the addition of six freshmen to the program.

This year’s recruiting class features four forwards and two guards, led by 6-2 guard Galal Cancer and 6-7 forward Shonn Miller. Cancer, a native of Albany, N.Y., was the Red’s highest ranked recruit according to ESPN, earning a score of 80 on a 100-point scale. Miller, who played on LeBron James’ AAU team in Ohio, earned all-district honors at St. Ignatius High School during his senior season. The freshman earned a rating of 79 from ESPN.

“Shonn wiil be one of the most athletic players ever at Cornell,” head coach Bill Courtney said in a statement. “He also has a growing skill set and his potential is limitless.”

Courtney called Cancer a “natural leader,” and felt that the freshman could be “one of the top incoming point guards in the country.”

Cancer is joined in the backcourt by Devin Cherry, a 6-3 guard out of Meridian, Miss. Cherry’s Meridian High School squad won the Mississippi state championship in his senior campaign, a game in which the newest member of the Red scored 15 points.

Deion Giddens, a 6-9 forward nominated to the McDonald’s All-America team, will attempt to fill the void left by big men Aaron Osgood ’11 and Adam Wire ’11.

“Deion is a very long and athletic post player,” Courtney noted. “He runs the floor exceptionally well and has great timing when blocking shots. With added strength and development he could be a special player.”

Also looking to fill the void in the post is 6-9, 230-pound forward Dave LaMore, a two-time first-team honoree at Dexter High School in Whitmore Lake, Mich. LaMore averaged 14.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks as a senior.

Rounding out the incoming freshman class is 5-7, 250-pound forward Ned Tomic. The North Royalton, Ohio native averaged 22.3 points per game last season, more than any other player in the Red’s 2015 recruiting class.

“Ned is a very productive frountcourt player,” Courtney said. “For two years he put up terrific scoring and rebounding numbers. He has a solid post game to go along with his mid-range jump shot.”

The group will join a team led by top scorer rising senior guard Chris Wroblewski, who earned second-team All-Ivy honors last season.


Anonymous said...

Freshman class - I love ya, and look forward to your arrival in Ithaca, but prove it. Same goes for CBB - save the hype. Let's talk in January, February and March. Until then, let's save the idle chit chat and cover other topics this summer. Someone needs to say this, right? Or I am too old school?

Anonymous said...

This new class certainly looks more athletic than any class in recent memory. Hope their adjustment period doesn't take too long.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

There is so much more to winning than just having talent. Having said this, The Cornell Basketball Blog feels very comfortable in stating our opinion, which we have noted previously, that this incoming six-member class, top-to-bottom, is the most talented to enter Cornell in the last decade.

Anonymous said...

I hope they are more talented than any class in the previous decade as well. There was little joy in Alberding in the 90s....