Friday, October 7, 2011

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Friday...
  • CollegeSportsMadness.com tabbed to its preseason all conference team, Cornell's Chris Wroblewski (Second Team) and Errick Peck (Fourth Team).
  • Aaron Osgood (Cornell '11) and Adam Wire (Cornell '11) provide updates on their blog, Danish Duo, of their first week of the regular season in Denmark with their club, Vaerlose.
  • In its review of the ACC, Rush The Court provides updates on Boston College and Maryland, a pair of teams of interest to Cornell fans. RTC writes:
Washington Post – Terrapins Insider: Maryland freshman Alex Len still hasn’t been cleared to play by the NCAA. This isn’t very surprising as Len signed very recently (August) and is from overseas. In other news Mark Turgeon expressed his excitement to play Mike Brey and Notre Dame in the BB&T Classic this fall: “Mike was on the staff at Duke when I played in the Final Four [in 1986 with Kansas]. I lost when I played, but we won the next time…”

The Heights: A new student group at Boston College, Donahue’s Disciples, is out to generate more student enthusiasm for Eagle home games. Having attended a couple of games in Conte Forum, Ryan Dunn and his friends have a lot of work to do. Both games sported a half-empty student section, and the only real noise came from the band (for the record one of these games was a crucial NCAA Tournament bubble game against Virginia Tech). Donahue’s Disciples have some good ideas to get students involved: namely, free food and possibly a three-on-three basketball tournament. The official Donahue Disciple twitter account is @BookOfDonahue, which is already up to 189 followers.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great to see Chris Wroblewski and Errick Peck mentioned for individual honors this year.

Surprised to see Drew Ferry's name omitted. With little fanfare, he was more productive and played a cleaner overall brand of basketball last year than alot of these guys.

CSM also missed high achievers in Yale's Austin Morgan and Harvard's Oliver McNally and Laurent Rivard.

Gotta wonder a little bit....

Anonymous said...

It's interesting that CollegeSportsMadness.com chose Tommy Amaker as their pre-season coach of the year. I, you and most of the readers of this blog could coach the Harvard roster to an Ivy championship this upcoming season. Literally.

What do you know of Brian Fabrizius, their choice for Ivy freshman of the year? Please don't just answer with your standard, "He's not as good as our incoming guys."

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Fabrizius is a face-the-basket (very thin), high post type of center. Some consider him "soft"--- he was pretty much an Ivy/Patriot target and I think even the Princeton coaches would be surprised if he won Rookie of the Year.

He might be good down further down the road.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I don't understand this either.
It's not so much Fabrizius himself, as realizing that Princeton returns experienced bigs Connolly, Darrow, Hummer, and Saunders, plus JR Will Barrett. Brian Fabrizius will be very hard-pressed to see enough court time to make an impression that would gain him ROY consideration.

To be ROY, there must generally be opportunity for a frosh to play starters' minutes like McGonagil, Cartwright, Rivard, and Kreisberg did last year.

Yale needs a second guard now; it could be Cotton. Penn will need a 4/5 when Howlett goes down; Louis could play 4. Columbia will need a 4/5 when Daniels and Cisco get hurt; it could be Osetkowski.

Dartmouth has all sorts of needs now, but without a real supporting cast, any potential ROY would have trouble shining.
It's hard to see any of those Harvard frosh seeing much court time, considering both the urgency of winning a title and Amaker's inability to embrace an eight-man rotation.

As for Ivy Coach of the year, if Harvard runs away and hides, like 14-0 and the second place teams are 10-4, it's got to be Coach A. If it's a horse race, with the Crimson winning at 13-1/12-2 and #2 at 11-3 (and having beaten Harvard at home), I think the 11-3 coach gets it. Might be Jones....

Anonymous said...

The Big Red only have two commitments for next year's class. They had at least four if not five commitments by this point last year. I have no doubt they will fill their class, but the question obviously comes to quality. This blog has alluded to the crazy level of recruits considering Ivy schools, and then last week said that if the recruiting season ended now it would be a subpar year. Where are we in terms of recruits?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Cornell's class will probably have 3 kids in it, maybe a 4th.

Anonymous said...

Are the additional players potential Ivy POY players, projects, or useful role players? I think the blog also said a big time center was in play. Still the case?

Anonymous said...

Short of a rash of injuries, if Harvard loses a single League game, he does not deserve to be coach of the year. He has a 14-0 roster. He should finish 14-0.

Anonymous said...

Folks, what was the last time Harvard won the Ivy title and made the NCAA tournament? Uh, yeah. If Amaker wins it, odds are that he wins coach of the year, regardless of the fact that his roster is by far the most talented in the league.

Anonymous said...

Nah. Coach of the year will go to Glen Miller. It's a lock.

Anonymous said...

I assume non 2:28 is a Penn fan.