Thursday, August 18, 2011

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Thursday...
  • Unofficially and tentatively scheduled, Cornell's Red-White Game (the annual intersquad scrimmage which is open to the public in Newman Arena) will take place on October 22, during the program's Alumni Weekend.
  • According to Ballin' Is A Habit, Cornell had the #8 ranked recruiting class in the country in 2006 when looking at the classes in hindsight. The site writes:
1. North Carolina (Rivals 1, Scout 1)..
2. Ohio State (Rivals: 2, Scout: 2)...
3. Duke (Rivals: 5, Scout: 4)...
4. Texas (Rivals: 3, Scout: 3)...
5. Kansas (Rivals: 12, Scout: 8)...
6. Villanova (Rivals: 14, Scout: 24)...
7. Davidson (Rivals: NR, Scout: NR)
8. Cornell (Rivals: NR, Scout: NR): Ryan Wittman, Jeff Foote, Louis Dale, Geoff Reeves, Jon Jacques, and Pete Reynolds

Cornell's basketball program had been on the rise for a couple of years, but this class took it to another level and led Steve Donahue to the head coaching gig at Boston College. After finishing third in the conference as freshmen, Cornell started a string of three consecutive Ivy League titles stretching from 2008-2010. In 2008, Dale was the Ivy player of the year. In 2010, Wittman won that honor. Those two, and Foote, were staples on the all-league teams. After losing in the first round of the Big Dance in both 2008 and 2009, the hard work finally paid off with a Sweet 16 trip in 2010.
9. Louisville (Rivals: 9, Scout: 9)...
10. Cal (Rivals: NR, Scout: NR)...
  • Updating readers on Penn guard, Zach Rosen's summer, the Philadelphia Daily News writes, "At night, he got some run [in New York City] at the New York Athletic Club against a bunch of pros and became very friendly with all those former Cornell players who dominated the Ivy League for 3 years."
  • writes a piece on what certain D-Leaguers need to do to earn a call up to the NBA. D League Digest writes on Cornell's Ryan Wittman (Class of '10):

Ryan Wittman #22 Forward

Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Height: 6-6
Weight: 215 lbs.

A sniper by nature, the 6-6 Wittman is an NBA caliber shooter. Throughout his college career at Cornell Wittman shot above 41% from beyond the arc, including a sophomore season that saw him shoot .459% from three.

The one thing Ryan Wittman could do to get a call up:

Study J.J. Redick’s NBA career.

Wittman is 2 inches taller than Redick, and not as prolific a college shooter, but both face similar obstacles in being a successful NBA player. Early in his NBA career, Redick was a poor defender and had trouble finding his flow in an offense where he wasn’t handed double digit shot attempts a game. Wittman faces these same problems.

Redick made two key adjustments that Wittman would benefit from. First, Redick tailored his defensive game to his skill set. Neither Redick nor Wittman is going to ever be an elite on ball defender, instead Redick has become a great chaser. Against guards like Ray Allen and Richard Hamilton, Redick has found his niche in shadowing shooters around multiple picks. Wittman should take note of this, and focus on how he could make a specific impact on the defensive end.

The second adjustment Redick made was getting to the free throw line more, a place where he and Wittman excel. The small addition of an extra free throw attempt a game has had positive effects on other parts of Redick’s game, his best three point shooting seasons have been his last two, directly correlating with his increase in free throw attempts. Wittman is a shooter and any free buckets he can get improves his overall rhythm. A skilled shooter that can draw fouls will always be an asset to NBA teams.

  • Boston College released the following:

Boston College head men's basketball coach Steve Donahue has announced that Nat Graham has been promoted to assistant head coach and Woody Kampmann has been promoted to assistant coach.

Graham served last season as assistant coach, while Kampmann spent the 2010-11 season as the program's director of basketball operations.

Graham joined the Eagles for the 2010-11 season after serving the previous five years as an assistant coach on Donahue's staff at Cornell.

Kampmann came to Boston College in the spring of 2010 after serving three seasons as an assistant coach under Donahue at Cornell.

In the three years that Graham and Kampmann worked together at Cornell, the Big Red won 20 or more games in each season. In 2009-10, Cornell won a school-record 29 games and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Graham is a 1997 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Kampmann is a 2005 graduate of Hobart College.
Above, from the Twittersphere, several members of the Big Red family begin their fall planning and travels...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice to hear about the promotions of both Graham, and Kampmann.