- In news around the country, the Big 5 is just a shell of its former self according to ESPN's Dana O'Neil. ESPN also has a feature on Penn State while YahooSports has some coverage of Maryland. Cornell faces Penn State on December 21 and Maryland on January 3.
- Several Cornell alumni were involved in exhibition games in Europe over the weekend. Goettingen (Germany) defeated Karlsruhe 82:67 with Louis Dale ('10) chipping in 14 points. Goettingen, is a member of Germany's premier league while Karlsruhe is in the second division. Meanwhile, Zastal (Poland), a premier league team in its country, took down Sponkia 87-77. Jeff Foote ('10) scored 16 points wihile Ryan Wittman ('10) contributed 14. On September 1, Foote scored 19 points while Wittman added 8 points as Zastal, cruised to an 81-53 win over Polpharma, a PLK league rival. Listen to an interview following the game with Foote on Radio Zielona Gora.
- TheValley News Dispatch writes:
Basketball season is more than two months away, but Alle-Kiski fans can look forward to watching a pair of Division I recruits play.
Plum's Nolan Cressler verbally committed to Cornell last week, joining another local standout, Highlands' Micah Mason, a Drake recruit.
The Valley hasn't had two Division I recruits heading into a season since 2004, when Freeport's Dave Bauman committed to Albany and Plum's Mike McKee picked Kent State.
Cressler narrowed his list of five offers to Cornell and Yale.
"Cornell is the place I will be the happiest," said Cressler, who averaged 25.5 points per game last season.
Mason was the WPIAL's top scorer, at 33.3 points. He is awaiting medical clearance to return to competitive basketball. He was diagnosed with POTS Syndrome and spinal cord meningeal compression, which has caused varying symptoms, such as irregular heartbeat, dizziness and digestive problems.