Below, some news and notes for Independence Day...
- In an interview with HokieSports.com, Virginia Tech head coach, Seth Greenberg discussed the significant turnover in his staff in the last two years which included losing former assistant and current Cornell head coach, Bill Courtney.
- Jeff Aubry ('99) and his Arecibo club in the Puero Rican league swept Coamo, 4-0 in the first round of the PBN playoffs. Arecibo will face either Santurce or Guaynabo in the semifinals. Aubry, a 6'11" center, is averaging 4.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game for Arecibo. He splits his time in both the Mexican and Puerto Rican professional leagues and played previously several seasons in the NBA D League in the early part of his career with the Fayetteville Patriots and Florida Flame and earned honorable mention all D-League in 2002. During his more than a decade of pro experience, Aubry has also played professionally in the ABA and abroad in Poland, Argentina, Uruguay and Peru.
- Recruiting rankings are certainly enjoyable to discuss and they certainly help sell memberships and subscription fees to websites. But just how accurate and reliable are the recruiting ranking services such as Scout.com, Rivals.com and ESPN Insiders with Ivy League prospects? In the last four seasons, Cornell won three Ivy League championships and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 while also earning a final national top 20 ranking in the coaches' poll. During this span, the Big Red also had five different players earn All Ivy League honors (Adam Gore, Ryan Wittman, Jeff Foote, Louis Dale and Chris Wroblewski), including two league MVPs (Dale and Wittman). None of these players scored higher than a 79 ranking on ESPN Insiders (or more than 1 star on Rivals.com or Scout.com). In short, the three major recruiting services each underestimated, by long margins, five of the best players to ever suit up in the Ivy League.
During the summer before his senior of high school, Ryan Wittman was predominantly recruited by Ivy League schools and did not score very high marks by the national recruiting services. A glimpse at just some of his college career accomplishments at Cornell:
• Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American (2009-2010)
• Ivy League Player of the Year (2009-2010)
• Three-time NABC All-District selection (2007-2008, 2008-2009 & 2009-2010)
• Two-time USBWA All-District selection (2007-2008 & 2009-2010)
•Three-time unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection (2007-2008, 2008-2009 & 2009-2010)
• Second-team All-Ivy selection (2006-2007)
• 2006-2007 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
• Eight-time Ivy League Player of the Week
• Six-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week