Monday, September 19, 2011

Holt Harmon Highlights

Incoming Cornell recruit, Holt Harmon (Plano West HS), Plano, TX, 6-9, F (No. 33 above) was a starter for his elite AAU team, Texas Assault, which faced Dream Vision of California in the Adidas Super 64 Championship Game in Las Vegas, Nevada this summer. The game which featured multiple top 100 recruits was televised on CBS College Sports. Harmon's first half performance propelled Texas to the 93-78 championship victory. Highlights are below:


Anonymous said...

shabazz muhammad is the number one high school player in the nation. That's pretty cool to see a cornell recruit going point for point with him.

Anonymous said...

College coaches must cringe watching AAU games.

A - Absence of defense

A - Alot of jogging

U - Unconscionable shot selection

Anonymous said...

For those w/o Twitter, here's what Brian Delaney said about the Harmon get:

"Re: Holt Harmon commitment. Imagine the coaching staff a little more ecstatic than typical. Bonus points for beating out Utah State."

That's good.

Re: our SOS.

I too was surprised at our supposedly having a tougher schedule than Penn. If there isn't a calculation error, then I guess the only explanation is that while Penn's sched is full of toughies like Duke, Nova, UCLA, Temple and Pitt, it is also replete with the most cupcakey of cupcakes like Marist, UMBC, and Manhattan, who were all 300+ in Pomeroy last year, We only face one non-conf 300+ opponent.

Also, our BCS opponents are supposed to be much weaker than they were last year, but his SOS is based on last year's Poms.

Anonymous said...

heard he had a pretty good visit and is disappointed groebe is on his way out. Apparently they hit it off.

marktwain said...

where is groebe going?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

This is Groebe's final year of eligibility. He won't be there next year when Harmon arrives. That was the original point of the above poster.

Michael James said...

For those that care, the reason that Cornell sneaks past Penn (and why Princeton and Harvard are very close with the latter potentially having the toughest depending on how B4A breaks) is that Penn plays a whopping nine home games this year. Cornell plays 5, Harvard and Princeton just 4 (note: non-D-I games only).

Then, there's who the teams play. As the previous poster suggested, while Penn's high end games are flashy (@Duke, @UCLA, vs. Pitt, vs. Temple, @Nova), there's a lot of fluff in there (Delaware, Marist, Manhattan, UMBC, Wagner, Lafayette). That drags down Penn's average, especially when four of the six are at home.

When you add back in the non-D-I games, Penn's is far and away the toughest, so maybe penalizing the Quakers for playing the dregs of Div I instead of a D-III team or two is unfair, but that being said, the former does hurt the league's SOS, while the latter would have been ignored.

As for whether last year's KenPom finish is an acceptable means for judging this year's schedule: it wouldn't be if a schedule consisted of one or two or three games. But once you get to 13-17 games, there's a greater chance that the random noise will cancel each other out. That is to say, it's pretty unlikely that one team will schedule all teams that are on their way up, while another will schedule all teams that are on their way down. It's more likely that some of the teams on the schedule will rise and others will fall, but the ups and downs will cancel each other out in such a way that the movement from last year's mean won't be very violent. If there were 100 different teams on the schedule, this cancellation would obviously be even more likely.