Monday, October 3, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday...

  • Below, our Tweets of the Day from the world of Cornell Basketball on the twittersphere.
  • Cornell could be without a full strength Newman Nation student cheering section for several of the team's home Ivy League games this season. The opening Ivy weekend against Princeton and Penn falls while the Cornell students are still on winter break. Cornell could also lose some student supporters to a conflicting home C0rnell hockey weekend on Ferbruary 10-11 while the men's basketball team hosts Yale and Brown.
  • A reminder, Cornell's Red-White Game, the annual open-to-the-public intersquad scrimmage is scheduled for October 22 at Newman Arena.
  • Cornell will have at least three games televised during the 2011-2012 season as Maryland announced yesterday its January 3rd game against Cornell will be broadcast on ESPN3. Cornell's 2011-2012 schedule will also feature televised games at Illinois (ESPN3) and at Penn State (Big Ten Network). Time Warner Cable, VerizonFios1, and Comcast Sports are among other networks that may also pick up Cornell games against Ivy League opponents such as Columbia, Princeton and Penn.
  • On Cornell's 2011-2012 schedule, several websites have already started with daily countdowns of preseason national rankings. Below are the Cornell opponents ranked thus far:
The Sports Bank- Top 111
-Penn State (No. 109)
-Yale (No. 84)
-Maryland (No. 78)
- Top 144
-Lehigh (No. 134)
-Boston U. (No. 118)
-Maryland (No. 108)
-Bucknell (No. 91)
-Princeton (No. 89)
-Illinois (No. 63)
-Harvard (No. 42) Top 68
-Princeton (No. 59)
-Maryland (No. 58)
-Harvard (No. 41)
-Illinois (No. 35)
  • Below is an updated directory listing of some Twitter feeds associated with the Cornell basketball program. You can also follow The Cornell Basketball Blog on Twitter.
-Josh Wexler ('88)
-Steve Cobb ('05)
-Ryan Rourke ('06)
-Andrew Naeve ('07)
-Jason Canady ('08)
-Khaliq Gant ('09)
-Conor Mullen ('09)
-Ryan Wittman ('10)
-Pete Reynolds ('10)
-Jon Jaques ('10)
-Louis Dale ('10)
-Alex Tyler ('10)
-Geoff Reeves ('10)
-Jeff Foote ('10)
-Andre Wilkins ('10) (inactive)
-Aaron Osgood ('11)
-Adam Wire ('11)
-The Cornell Rebounders Club
-Max Groebe ()
-Andrew Ferry ()
-Peter McMillan ()
-Errick Peck ()
-Josh Figini ()
-Galal Cancer ()
-Ned Tomic ()
-Dominick Scelfo ()
-Jake Mathews ()
-Dwight Tarwater ()
-Manny Sahota ()
-Dave LaMore ()
-Shonn Miller ()
-Devin Cherry ()
-Nolan Cressler (committed recruit)
-Tim Higgins (committed recruit)
-Assistant Coach Mike Blaine ()
-Assistant Coach Marlon Sears ()
-Assistant Coach Arlen Galloway ()
-Brian Delaney, WPIE/ESPN Radio Ithaca ()
-Cornell Daily Sun Sports ()
-Slope Sports ()
-WVBR Sports ()
-Former assistant coach, Jay Larranaga ()
-Former head coach, Steve Donahue ()
-Former assistant coach, Nat Graham ()
-Former assistant coach, Woody Kampmann ()
-Former Assistant Coach Ricky Yahn ()
-Former Intern Assistant Ryan Woerner ()

  • Throughout the year we provide periodic updates on Cornell's alumni playing professionally. Below, some updates:
-Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones Rojos, LNBP Mexico premier league/Arecibo Capitanes, BSN Puerto Rico premier league)-Aubry, a 6'11" center, splits his time in both the Mexican and Puerto Rican professional leagues. A well traveled pro player, he spent several seasons in the NBA D League in the early part of his career with the Fayetteville Patriots and Florida Flame and earned honorable mention all D-League in 2002. During his more than a decade of pro experience, Aubry has also played professionally in the ABA (Miami Tropics) and abroad in Puerto Rico (Arecibo, Leones de Ponce, and Santurce, BSN Puerto Rico), Spain (Tarragona, LEB Gold Spain 2nd Division), Mexico (Halcones Rojos and Chihuahua Dorados, LBBP Mexico premier league), Poland (Slask Wroclaw, PLK Poland premier league), Argentina (Libertad Sunchales, Liga A Argentina), Uruguay (Hebraica, LUB Uruguay )and Peru (Alas Peruanas, Peru).

-Cody Toppert ('05) (Ourense, LEB Silver Spain 3rd Division)-Toppert currently plays in Spain with Ourense which opens its season on October 9 against Lan Model. Like Aubry, Toppert, a 6'4" guard, is a veteran of the NBA D League, a former Albuquerque Thunderbird. During his pro career, Toppert has also played in England (Plymouth Raiders, British Basketball League), Italy (Forli, LegaDue Italy 2nd division), the CBA (Great Falls Explorers), as well as in Portugal (Barriernese, LCB Portugal premier league), Germany (Goettingen, BBK Bundesliga Germany premier league) and New Zealand (Taranaki Mountain Airs, NBL New Zealand premier league).

-Jason Hartford ('08) (Cader Rocha, LUB Uruguay premier league)-Hartford currently plays in Uruguay with Cader where his team is off to an 0-2 start (13th place out of 16 teams in Uruguay's LUB). The 6'9" Hartford also has played professionally in Portugal (Ginasio, LCB Portugal premier league), Finland (Huima, Korisliiga Finland premier league) and Mozambique (Maxaquene, D1 Mozambique premier league).

-Louis Dale ('10) (Goettingen, BBK Bundesliga Germany premier league)-Dale and his club open their regular season on October 3 against the Brose Baskets. He is in his second season in Germany with Goettingen.

-Ryan Wittman ('10) (Unsigned)-Wittman is currently unsigned for the 2011-2012 season. He played the 2010-2011 season in Italy (Forli, LegaDue Italy 2nd division) and in the United States (Fort Wayne Mad Ants, NBA D-League).

-Jeff Foote ('10) (Unsigned)-Foote is currently unsigned for the 2011-2012 season. He played the 2010-2011 season in Spain (Melilla, LEB Gold Spain 2nd division) while on loan from Euro League powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel.

-Adam Wire ('11) (Vaerlose, Denmark BBK premier league)-Wire's club Vaerlose is off to a 1-2 start (8th place out of 10 teams in the Danish BBK). Wire is averaging 5.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. The 2011-2012 season is his rookie year.

-Aaron Osgood ('11) (Vaerlose, Denmark BBK premier league)-Osgood club Vaerlose is off to a 1-2 start (8th place out of 10 teams in the Danish BBK). Osgood is averaging 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. The 2011-2012 season is his rookie year.

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Anonymous said...

Penn is kicking our butts in recruiting (so far).

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Absolutely not. They did not get a single kid that Cornell offered. And they tried to get involved with Nolan Cressler and Holt Harmon before we got them.

Anonymous said...

Penn also went after Higgins

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Yup, but he's class of '13.

Anonymous said...

Based on what has been heard/read from coaches and the scouting services, how would the CBB rate the 2012 Ivy recruiting classes thus far?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Way too early to tell. If the classes stopped now, not a great recruiting haul league wide. But in the next month, that could all change.

Anonymous said...

Seriously you'd think the Class of 2010 had taught people not to stress out about recruiting, otherwise our guys would've gone on the court against Kansas or Wisconsin and spontaneoulsy combusted or something.

Anonymous said...

will the red-white be on red cast?

Anonymous said...

Scheduling Princeton and Penn at Newman during a student break seems like an avoidable mistake, but scheduling home basketball weekends coincident with home hockey weekends in general seems unavoidable. It's not like the Ivy League office is going to coordinate with the ECAC. One would expect the two sports to overlap just about every other home weekend on a simple mathematical basis. If there is only one overlap home weekend this season, Cornell got off easy.