Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cornell Team Report from the SportsXchange

Below, the Sports Xchange and YahooSports have published updated team reports for each of the Ivy League schools. Below are links to each of team reports as well as the full report for Cornell.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Cornell Set to Scrimmage Lafayette Saturday

Per Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports, Cornell is scheduled to scrimmage Lafayette on Saturday in Newman Arena behind closed doors. The public is not permitted to enter. Above, Cornell's Eric Taylor (class of 2005) defends against Lafayette on December 20, 2003 in Easton. The Leopards won the game 87-79. Taylor, a 2004-2005 All Ivy League Honorable Mention selection as a 6'8" power forward, joins Barry Leonard this season as an analyst for online video and audio broadcasts of Cornell Basketball on the Redcast service and Hits 103.3.

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Above, Cornell seniors, Drew Ferry and Chris Wroblewski take instruction from Cornell assistant coach Marlon Sears during last Saturday's Red-White Game. Below, some news and notes for Friday...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Cornell assistant coach Mike Blaine was all smiles before tip off of last Saturday's Red-White Game. His Red Team was hammered by Marlon Sears' White Team which featured Chris Wroblewski, Andrew Ferry and Galal Cancer. Below, some news and notes for Thursday...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Preseason Ivy League Media Poll Announced

The Ivy League Office announced the results of the Preseason Ivy League Media Poll. Below are excerpts of news releases from various school SIDs and news reports covering the poll:

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Delaney: Cornell's Scelfo savoring his return to basketball

Secret Scrimmages Gone Public!

Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports has leaked Cornell's two secret scrimmages. Cornell hosts Lafayette on October 29 and then visits Siena on November 5. Below are some of the Ivy League scrimmages:

Saturday, Oct. 29
Fairfield at Brown
Lafayette at Cornell
Yale at NJIT

Sunday, Oct. 30
La Salle at Princeton

Sat., Nov. 5
Northeastern at Harvard
Cornell at Siena
Columbia at Hartford
Brown at BU
Stony Brook at Yale

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes...

Monday, October 24, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, assistant coach Marlon Sears tutors freshman Galal Cancer during Saturday's Red-White Game. Below, assistant coach Mike Blaine does the same with freshman Deion Giddens.

Below, some news and notes...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Red-White Game Photos

Below, photos from Saturday's Red-White Game. Above, senior Drew Ferry defends sophomore Dom Scelfo. For the scrimmage, Cornell was sporting its new look uniforms for the 2011-2012 season.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Brian Delaney Reports from Practice

Below, Brian Delaney reports on Cornell from the team's practices.

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Red-White Game weekend is here. Below, some news and notes for Friday...
  • A reminder, Cornell's Red-White Game, the annual open-to-the-public intersquad scrimmage is scheduled for October 22 at Newman Arena. The scrimmage tips off at approximately 4 pm following the home football game against Brown. The Red-White Game also coincides with the basketball program's Alumni Weekend where former players are invited to return back to Cornell. There is no expected online broadcast for the Red-White Game. The first 100 fans in attendance will receive a free Cornell Basketball t-shirt.
  • Brian Delaney tweets on the health status of several injured Cornell players, including Max Groebe, Errick Peck, Anthony Gatlin, Shonn Miller and Dave LaMore. Delaney writes, "LaMore sprained an ankle, week or so depending on swelling. Couple weeks+ for others."

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Red-White Game Rosters

Who do you think is going to win the Red-White Game? Share your prediction on the Message Board.

Rush The Court: Ivy League Preview

Below, RushTheCourt.Net's Ivy League preview...

Blue Ribbon Previews Boston College and Looks Back at Cornell

In Blue Ribbon Yearbook's preview of Steve Donahue's Boston College team, the publication makes several references to Donahue's recruiting class of 2006 at Cornell which led the Big Red to three consecutive undisputed Ivy League titles, three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, a final 2009-2010 No. 17 national ranking in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll and a 2010 Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Blue Ribbon writes:
"It's possible that no team in ACC history has ever started a season with as little experience on hand [as Donahue's 2011-2012 Boston College team]. Donahue will open the year with two sophomores... a junior transfer... and a senior transfer... Everybody else who will play this year is a freshman -- and it's not an especially well-regarded class by the recruiting gurus. 'We're convinced we got great kids,' Donahue said, disputing the rankings. There's a common theme -- they can all shoot the ball, pass the ball and dribble the ball. The guys who rank recruits usually look for length and athleticism. 'We're not always able to compete for that type of prospect. We think this the best way to go.' That strategy worked for Donahue at Cornell, where he built an Ivy League powerhouse, breaking the Penn/Princeton stranglehold on that conference. He did it with a similar recruiting strategy & and a similar foundation class. That was in 2006-07, when Donahue's Big Red opened the season by winning at Northwestern with four freshmen and sophomore Adam Gore in the starting lineup. Late in that game, Gore blew out his knee and was lost for the season -- leaving Donahue's 2006 recruiting class to carry the load. 'It was midway through that year that we sensed they were something special,' Donahue said. They were holding their own. They finished 9-5 in the league. That class would anchor three straight Ivy League championship teams. As seniors, they led the Big Red to 29 wins and the NCAA Sweet 16... even if the Eagles do take a beating this season, withhold judgment for another year or two until we see whether this bunch of recruits can grow up like his Cornell class of 2006-07 did."

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Civil War approaches! Cornell's Red-White Game is this Saturday. Below, some news and notes for Thursday...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Red-White Game on Saturday

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Fans of the Cornell men's basketball team will get an opportunity for a first look at the 2011-12 Big Red when the team holds its annual Red-White Scrimmage on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. in Newman Arena. The first 100 fans will receive a Cornell basketball t-shirt.

Cornell, in its second year under head coach Bill Courtney, returns four starters and 11 letter winners from last season's 10-18 squad that placed fifth in the Ivy League. The Big Red won six of its final nine contests, including a sweep of Penn and a win over Yale. That team lost 10 contests by five points or less, including games to eventual NCAA tournament teams Boston University and Princeton, nationally ranked Minnesota and postseason qualifier St. Bonaventure. Included among the team's victories was one over Big South champion and NCAA tournament participant Wofford.

Teams will be selected and the format will be announced later in the week.

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News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Crown Magazine Reports Bunce Commitment

Below, an article appearing in Crown Magazine on the commitment of Braxston Bunce (Kelowna Secondary School) Kelowna, BC, Canada, 6-11 to Cornell. Bunce is a member of Canada's Junior (U19) National Team.

CBS Sports Ivy League Preview

Above, the 2011-2012 Ivy League Preview prepared by Boston-based writer, Jeff Goodman. Check out The Cornell Basketball Blog's Season Preview Index for a listing of 2011-2012 Cornell and Ivy League basketball season previews.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Images from Practice

Courtesy Cornell Athletics, images from Cornell's first practice of the season tonight.

Braxston Bunce Commits to Cornell

Cornell received a verbal commitment from Braxston Bunce (Kelowna Secondary School) Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, 6-11, C.

News and Notes: Midnight Madness Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes for MIDNIGHT MADNESS Friday... Pictured above and below, photos of Cornell head coach Bill Courtney and assistants Marlon Sears and Arlen Galloway while on recruiting visits to the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts (the alma mater of Cornell junior, Peter McMillan).

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Brian Delaney (ESPN 1160 AM Radio) Updates from Practice

Brian Delaney of ESPN 1160 AM Radio provided the following Twitter updates on the health status of Cornell's roster.

Hoop Mountain's Review of Cornell Freshmen

Above, Cornell freshman, Galal Cancer. Below, Greg Kristof, the Director of Hoop Mountain wrote his personal review of the Ivy League recruiting classes for Ivy Hoops Online. Here is his review of Cornell's freshmen:


Head Coach: Bill Courtney

Incoming Players: Galal Cancer 6’2” (Christian Brothers Academy), Dave La Mere 6’9” (Dexter HS, MI), Devin Cherry 6’3” (Meriden, MS)

Recruiting Grade: B

Analysis: Galal Cancer will prove to be a major score for Cornell, as he was a recruiting steal for the Big Red. Cancer who played at Christian Brothers Academy and for the Nike sponsored AAU club, Albany City Rocks, will be a prolific scorer in the Ivy League. He is also great in transition, which will be perfect for Coach Courtney’s style of play. LaMere will add a great post presence and will likely be a starter at some point during his career. Devin Cherry was an intriguing get for Courtney as he is from Mississippi, which is not heavily recruited by his league foes. Cherry will be an athletic hybrid perimeter player who will need to add muscle to his 170 lb. frame in order to be a major presence in the Ivy League.

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...

Monday, October 10, 2011

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Meet Coach Jon Jaques

Division III Stevens Tech announced the hiring of Jon Jaques ('10) as a new assistant coach. Stevens plays in the Empire 8 Conference with Ithaca College. Jaques returns "home" when Stevens visits Ithaca College on January 27, 2012. The Stevens press release notes:
The captain of the 2009-10 Cornell basketball team, Jonathan Jacques helped lead his team to three Ivy League Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10), including a trip to the “Sweet 16” in 2009-10. Jacques earned the Men’s Basketball Rebounder Award in 2009-10 for commitment to team, outstanding work ethic, and inspirational leadership, and after graduating, played one season in the Israeli Premier League (first division) for Ironi Ashkelon. Jacques played 65 games during his Big Red career, shooting better than 43 percent from three-point range. As a senior captain, he averaged 6.7 points per game, shot 50 percent from the floor, and 81 percent from the free-throw line. His 45.2 three-point field-goal percentage in 2009-10 is fifth all-time in Cornell men’s basketball history. Jacques currently writes a college basketball blog for Slam Magazine called “Blue Chips” and has been published on several occasions in the monthly print magazine. From 2008-2010, he wrote for The Quad, the New York Times’ online college sports blog. Jacques has been a tutor at the Huntington Learning Center since September and also interned for the American Cancer Society, Momentum Media Sports Publishing, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. “We couldn’t be more excited with these additions to our coaching staff,” said Hurley. “Both Waleed and Jonathan bring great experience and knowledge of the game to our program. Our student-athletes will benefit a great deal from two people that excelled on the court and in the classroom when they were in school.”

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday...