Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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.


Anonymous said...

what can we expect out of Dave Le Mere? Will he be better than Dave LaMore?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

The author hasn't seen the vast majority of the kids in the Ivy League freshman class and the review favors the kids who live on the east coast with special attention paid to the kids from the NJ/NY/PA/CT/MA areas.

Shonn Miller is actually the highest rated Cornell recruit (by most of the national scouting services), and more importantly, the Cornell frosh who received the most D-I scholarship offers. Yet he wasn't even mentioned in the review.

The article has some value, just not as much as some uneducated fans might think.

Dave Lamere will be a hell of an option of the bench if Dave LaMore goes down with injury.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Should also note, the author included a Penn sophomore in its review of Penn. This would be akin to including Jake Matthews for Cornell. Again, just careless work.

Anonymous said...

What an amateurish hack job -- just goes to show how little talent it takes these days to be a "journalist"

Anonymous said...

This write-up seems to be like most Ivy pre-season predictions, filled out to have something to say about our conference.

But I can't help but note he implies that Cornell (rated B) only has a recruiting class ranked tied for fifth/sixth/seventh in the Ivies, after Harvard (A) and Brown, Penn and Yale (all A-). Our class is viewed as comparable to Dartmouth and Princeton (both also B). Only Columbia (C) is rated lower.

CBB implies that Cornell's class is either best or second best after Harvard's. That's a pretty sharp difference of opinion.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

We stand by our track record of evaluating recruits and believe we've proven more reliable than most publications out there when evaluating Ivy recruiting classes.

Anonymous said...

Has anything been postedlately on the blog's "message board"? The last thread I see is from Sept 8th?
Or is it just my puter?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

The message board has been quiet, but is sure to pick up once quite soon.

Anonymous said...

I question ranking Princeton's class as a "B." I mean, four guys, smallest class in the League. That's awfully kind. You have to surmise that Coach Johnson was not concentrating hard on this class and, post-coaching change, no waivering recruits went their way. The Tigers almost lost Wilson.

And only one backcourt recruit, at a position where the Tigers were undermanned last year, and are worse off this year, having graduated a 2.5-yr starter who was one of the league's top ten guards. Can you say "C-?"

There is also no rationale for giving Dartmouth's class a "B." Admittedly, we will see alot of DC's frosh on the court and figure it out for ourselves. That is only because they return noone who would be more than a role player at any of the other seven schools.

I think IHOL was a little kind to the Bears, too, considering that, with the addition of D-1 veteran Stephen Albrecht, and the Bears' experienced nucleus, there will not be many minutes available for the frosh.

Don't forget Brooks (Penn) ACL surgery either. If he plays this year, it will be at 80%.

Anonymous said...

They also didn't include the guys that look like the best two Columbia recruits in giving them a "C."

Anonymous said...

I saw six incoming Lion frosh listed at IHOL. Cannot find references to any more.

Who are the "best two" CU recruits you know of that are "not listed?"

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Columbia has just the six recruits.

Anonymous said...

the website has since corrected lamore's name and added the missing recruits

Anonymous said...

That's because IHOL has now added the missing recruits (and removed the soph from Penn's list). So all the Cornell kids are now listed, as are the two Columbia kids the were missing, Stevens and Osetkowski. Of course, they haven't changed the write ups or the ratings to reflect the added players.