Monday, August 22, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday. Assistant coach Mike Blaine and the rest of the Cornell staff are ready to get back to work as the veteran players return to campus.

  • Hoop Dirt reports, "I’ve heard that Middlebury assistant Arlen Galloway is in the mix for a spot on the staff at Cornell as the 3rd assistant. Galloway has been on the Middlebury staff for the past three years which included a Final Four run this past season. The position at Cornell is open because Ricky Yahn departed for Longwood at the beginning of July. The third assistant in the Ivy League is an unpaid position. Click here for Galloway's bio.
  • Geoff Reeves ('10) and Jeff Foote ('10) have both hinted on Twitter that Ryan Wittman ('10) will sign with the Polish club, Zastal, joining Foote in the Polish PLK premier league. Thus far, Zastal has not confirmed the signing.
  • Cornell opens its 2011-2012 schedule on the road at St. Bonaventure in Olean, NY on November 11. Following the game with the Bonnies, the Big Red immediately return to Ithaca for the Cornell home opener on November 14 in Newman Arena against Binghamton. The Big Red will play their third game in under a week by next traveling to Buffalo for a November 16 meeting with the Bulls. This opening week for Cornell will cover more than 580 miles, every inch traveled by bus.
  • On Cornell's schedule, a pair of websites have already started with daily countdowns of preseason national rankings. Below are the Cornell opponents ranked thus far: Top 144
-Lehigh (No. 134)
-Boston U. (No. 118)
-Maryland (No. 108)
-Bucknell (No. 91)
-Princeton (No. 89) Top 68
-Princeton (No. 59)
-Maryland (No. 58)
  • Below is an updated directory listing of some Twitter feeds associated with the Cornell basketball program. You can also follow The Cornell Basketball Blog on Twitter.
-Josh Wexler ('88)
-Steve Cobb ('05)
-Ryan Rourke ('06)
-Andrew Naeve ('07)
-Jason Canady ('08)
-Khaliq Gant ('09)
-Conor Mullen ('09)
-Ryan Wittman ('10)
-Pete Reynolds ('10)
-Jon Jaques ('10)
-Louis Dale ('10)
-Alex Tyler ('10)
-Geoff Reeves ('10)
-Jeff Foote ('10)
-Andre Wilkins ('10) (inactive)
-Aaron Osgood ('11)
-Adam Wire ('11)
-The Cornell Rebounders Club
-Max Groebe ()
-Andrew Ferry ()
-Peter McMillan ()
-Errick Peck ()
-Josh Figini ()
-Galal Cancer ()
-Ned Tomic ()
-Dominick Scelfo ()
-Jake Mathews ()
-Dwight Tarwater ()
-Manny Sahota ()
-Dave LaMore ()
-Shonn Miller ()
-Devin Cherry ()
-Assistant Coach Mike Blaine ()
-Assistant Coach Marlon Sears ()
-Brian Delaney, WPIE/ESPN Radio Ithaca ()
-Cornell Daily Sun Sports ()
-Slope Sports ()
-WVBR Sports ()
-Former assistant coach, Jay Larranaga ()
-Former head coach, Steve Donahue ()
-Former assistant coach, Nat Graham ()
-Former assistant coach, Woody Kampmann ()
-Former Assistant Coach Ricky Yahn ()

  • Throughout the year we provide periodic updates on Cornell's alumni playing professionally. Below, some updates:
-John McCord ('97) (SIG Strasbourg, Pro A France premier league)-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. McCord retired from professional basketball following the 2010-2011 season.

-Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones Rojos, LNBP Mexico premier league/Arecibo Capitanes, BSN Puerto Rico premier league)-2010-2011 season concluded. Aubry and his Arecibo club in the Puerto Rican league clinched the league title. He averaged 4.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. 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 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 Puerto Rico, Mexico, Poland, Argentina, Uruguay and Peru. Once again Aubry is expected to sign for the 2011-2012 season with Halcones and Arecibo.

-Cody Toppert ('05) (Forli, LegaDue Italy 2nd Division)-2010-2011 season concluded. Toppert, a 6'4" shooting guard was averaging 9.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for Forli of Italy's second division, Lega Due, before the franchise terminated his contract during March. Toppert previously played during the 2010-2011 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 Portugal, Germany and New Zealand. Toppert is signed for the 2011-2012 season with Ourense of the LEB Gold Spain 2nd division.

-Jason Hartford ('08) (Ginasio, LPD Portugal premier league)-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). Hartford could return in 2011-2012 for his third season with Ginasio.

-Louis Dale ('10) (Goettingen, Bundesliga Germany premier league)-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. Dale signed a new contract and will return to Goettingen for the 2011-2012 season.

-Ryan Wittman ('10) (Ft. Wayne Mad Ants, NBA D-League)-2010-2011 season concluded. With the 2010-2011 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 2nd division, LegaDue, this season. Wittman may return to Europe for 2011-2012, potentially with Jeff Foote's Zastal club.

-Jeff Foote ('10) (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel Loto League premier league/Melilla, LEB Gold Spain 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 from Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv and has signed for the 2011-2012 season with Zastal, PLK Poland premier league.

-Jon Jaques ('10) (Ashkelon, Israel Loto League premier 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. Jaques retired from basketball following the 2011-2012 season.

-Adam Wire ('11) (Vaerlose, Denmark BBK premier league)-The 2011-2012 season will be his rookie year.

-Aaron Osgood ('11) (Vaerlose, Denmark BBK premier league)-The 2011-2012 season will be his rookie year.

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Anonymous said...

Max Kenyi is not coming back to Harvard, according to The Crimson.

Anonymous said...

I'm a little surprised that now a second national magazine is picking Princeton to finish second behind Harvard this upcoming season.

I'm not saying the Tigers won't get there but not only are they replacing two of their best three players, they bring in Henderson for his first head coaching job.

Two previews picking Princeton to finish second seems more like traditional respect for the program (circa pre-Joe Scott years) than actual analysis of who will be suiting up on game day.

Anonymous said...

I suspect mags are voting the way you're saying -- tradition, last year's finish, etc. But like you said, it's not like Princeton can't pull it off (or even pull off 1st).

I don't think teams should get worried about this moreso than I think they should be aware of it and play in that careful, thorough style that Foote & friends used to win in 2010. Failing to do so would result in the 2009 unpleasantness, or the surprising sweep of Harvard in Lin's year, which most mags didn't even imagine. Princeton wasn't very talented those years but their methods slapped opponents who were overlooking them.

As for the effect of a coaching change, the last two coaches struggled as newbies, but Scott sucked, and Johnson had to undo Scott's damage. If Hendricks doesn't suck, and there isn't much damage to undo, and there aren't significantly new coaching styles to adjust to, then Princeton IMHO is definitely top half.

However, many teams lost to Princeton only narrowly last year, and Maddox was a big factor in those, so yeah technically I'm not sure Princeton should be favored as highly as people are placing them.

Anonymous said...

Yup, you guys are absolutely right. IMO, Princeton is getting this notoriety because, among the Ivies, only they and Yale return frontcourts of somewhat known quality. Yale is actually in a little better shape.

Both teams are actually deeper than Harvard up front and appear to have the potential to deal with Wright, [a healthy] Casey, and a possible frosh rotation contributor from the Crimson, in head-to-head play. None of the other five teams have this many proven big men.

OTOH, the problem these pubs are glossing over is that the Tigers' backcourt is short a couple players. And wing is a ?-mark, too. Saunders' stats have changed little since his freshmen year. In fairness, with the Princeton's "Big Four" of the past two years being so dominant, he was not asked to do much... and responded appropriately. Saunders will be asked to do more; another year like the last two from him and Princeton will have trouble making the first division.

Though Bray looks to get the starting call at the second guard spot [by default], the rotation backcourt role will definitely go to a frosh or otherwise unknown quantity.

If Saunders does not improve and both Bray and the rotation player are unproductive, Coach Henderson will have a long first year.