Thursday, March 31, 2011

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

The Cornell coaching staff tweets as they head to Houston, the site of the Final Four and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) national conference.
  • The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that incoming Cornell recruit, Shonn Miller (St. Ignatius HS) Cleveland, OH, 6-6, F, made an appearance last night in the Greater Cleveland Basketball Coaches Association All Star game, leading all scorers with 27 points. Fellow Big Red recruit, Devin Cherry (Meridian High School) Meridian, MS, 6-3, G, was named honorable mention all-state (for all regions and school classifications). His teammate, Rodney Hood, a Mississippi State signee, was named Mr. Basketball.
  • As the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League and Ryan Wittman ('10) make a push for the playoffs, the Ft. Wayne News Sentinel writes, "Fort Wayne has also received a recent boost from Wittman, who has found his shooting groove the last five games. He has hit 22 of 38 shots (57 percent), with most of those (17 of 29, 58 percent) from three-point range."
  • Louis Dale ('10) and Goettingen of Germany's premier league, the Bundesliga, bowed out of the Euro Cup, falling 84-62 in game 2 of their quarterfinals series with Italy's Benetton.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bill Courtney on Slope Radio at 5 PM

Tim Weisberg of Slope Radio interviews Coach Courtney tonight at 5 pm on Slope Radio. Tune in at SlopeRadio.com.

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...

Monday, March 28, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday...

Recruiting News

Below, some recruiting updates from around the Ivy League for the class of 2011 as well as for 2012.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

News and Notes: Saturday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Saturday....
  • A bit of alumni news for this Saturday: With just three regular season games remaining on their NBA D-League schedule, Ryan Wittman ('10) and his Ft. Wayne Mad Ants host the Albuquerque Thunderbirds on Sunday. Below, Jeff Foote ('10) and his Melilla Balncesto (Spanish 2nd Division club) are "counting on you" in this short commercial. Melilla (14-16, 11th place out of 18 teams) has just four regular season games remaining, the final game on April 15. Navarra sits in 8th place and within striking distance of Melilla with a 15-15 record. Foote leads the 2nd division in blocks with 2.0 per game. Also below, some 2011 highlights of Cody Toppert ('05), playing for Fulgor Libertas Forli in Italy's 2nd Division.


Friday, March 25, 2011

A Sweet 16 Weekend

Some of the merchandise sold a year ago by vendors celebrating Cornell's third consecutive Ivy League title and 2010 Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Friday...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Thursday...
  • In an unusual turn of events, last night Louis Dale ('10) and his Goettingen club of Germany's premier league, the Bundesliga, recorded a 66-66 draw with Benetton Teviso of Italy in the Quarterfinals of the EuroCup. The teams will now move to Treviso to potentially decide on the winner in Treviso on March 30. Dale finished with 4 points and 2 rebounds in the tie.
  • Below, incoming Cornell recruit, Dave Lamore (Dexter HS) Dexter, MI, 6-10, C, tweets his senior season accomplishments, including averages of 14.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game. MLive.com references LaMore and his fellow Ivy League recruits from the Detroit area. Also below, City League Hoops TV, named Cornell recruit, Shonn Miller (St. Ignatius HS) Cleveland, OH, 6-6, F, one of Ohio's Top 15 players, and includes brief video highlights of each player. Miller is featured at the 2 minute and 20 second mark. Along with Ned Tomic (North Royalton HS) North Royalton, OH, 6-7, F, Miller was named to Ohio's Associated Press Division I All State Honorable Mention list.


From the Sweet 16 to the obscurity of pro basketball in Israel

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...
  • We are still planning on providing our readers a sneak peak at the Big Red's 2011-2012 schedule within the next few weeks. We are hearing that Cornell has just one game left to finalize before the schedule is officially complete. Other program offseason news reports are also planned. Fans can also expect to see on The Cornell Basketball Blog in the next few weeks and months, SlopeTV's fantastic season highlights and other feature videos currently in production.
  • On Tuesday night in NBA D-League action, Ryan Wittman ('10) finished with 9 points on 3/5 shooting from the floor while also collecting 2 rebounds and 1 assist in 17 minutes as his Ft. Wayne Mad Ants fell to the Erie Bay Hawks, 113-104.
  • The Salt Lake Tribune writes, "Between the senior seasons of Danny Ainge and Jimmer Fredette, the likes of Ball State, Bradley, Cleveland State, Chattanooga and Cornell played this long [and advanced to the Sweet 16]."
  • Kunal Gutpa of the Columbia Spectator makes a somewhat interesting comment in stating, "It seems like a long time ago, but in the past two weeks Ivy League basketball has made national headlines, ESPN’s top 10 plays of the weekend, and had a near-upset of Kentucky. Not bad for a league that’s been seen as nothing more than a one-and-done league in the recent past. Strong showings by Cornell and Princeton in the past two years make it clear that Ivy basketball is nothing to laugh at." Not to knock Gutpa's enthusiasm, but Princeton was indeed "one and done" this season, losing in the first round. Does it matter if it was by 2 points or 9 points? On the other hand, Cornell earned two wins in the Tournament last year before losing to a Kentucky team in the Sweet 16 that set an NBA record with five 1st round draft choices, including the No. 1 overall pick, John Wall. As we have noted before, the bar of success for the Ivy League should always be winning at least one if not multiple tournament games. If Butler and Gonzaga can do it, so can the Ivies, which Cornell proved last year.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Recruiting News

Below, some recruiting updates from around the Ivy League for the class of 2011 as well as for 2012.

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...

Monday, March 21, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, a game program from Cornell's first ever meeting with Northwestern, December 5, 1980. Below, some Monday news and notes...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

Galal Cancer Takes Center Stage in New York State Semifinals

The Post Star previews the NYSPHSAA Class AA New York State High School Basketball Championships in Glens Falls, New York this weekend which features Christian Brothers Academy (Albany) facing Jamestown in one semifinal and Mount Vernon squaring off against Half Hollow Hills West (Dix Hills) in the other semifinal. Cornell recruit, Galal Cancer (Christian Brothers) Albany, NY, 6-3, G, is one of three elite point guards in the semifinals with Half Hollow Hills West featuring 5-9 Tavon Sledge (Iowa State commit) and Mount Vernon boasting 6-2 Jabarie Hinds (West Virginia commit). Cancer, a traditional "pass-first" point guard, is averaging 13.1 points per game for his 23-0 team but averaged 27.5 points per game in two sectional playoff wins. Members of the Cornell coaching staff are expected to be in attendance.

Wittman ('10) on Versus Channel on Saturday

Ryan Wittman ('10) and his NBA D-League team, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants will face the Springfield Armor on Saturday at 7:30 pm on the Versus Channel.

Offseason Announcement

Throughout the spring and summer, The Cornell Basketball Blog will keep readers posted on Cornell's news on alumni, recruiting and scheduling, as well as other team notes of interest including summer league events involving the Big Red's returning players. As always, we keep this site free of charge for our readers and always invite comments to our posts.

We also plan to continue posting our regular feature, A Date in Cornell Basketball History. In connection with this regular blog feature, if you wish to share with us your scanned images of past Cornell ticket stubs, game programs, photographs, news articles or other collectibles from Cornell Basketball's rich history of more than 110 years, please send them our way!

Also be sure to check out the The Cornell Basketball Blog’s discussion board and Twitter feed for all of the latest on the Big Red and the Ivy League rivals.

Final '10-'11 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.

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Friday...
  • In NBA D-League action, Ryan Wittman ('10) and his Fort Wayne Mad Ants team will face the Springfield Armor on Saturday at 7:30 pm. The game is nationally televised the Versus Channel.
  • TheFreeGeorge.com writes of incoming Cornell recruit, Galal Cancer (Christian Brothers HS) Albany, NY, 6-3, G and his participation this weekend in the NYSPHSAA New York State High School Basketball Championships in Glen Falls, New York, "Local team Albany CBA will be representing the area for the AA section. Albany CBA is competing as their third year as section champions. Senior shooting guard, Galal Cancer, who has recently verbally committed to Cornell’s basketball team for the fall of 2011, is the team leader. He scored a whopping 25 points in the team’s previous game against Henninger... Albany CBA will be continuing their winning streak against Jamestown on Saturday, March 19th at 12:30 pm."
  • SBRForum.com writes, "Cornell was the only No. 12 to win last year, but the Big Red advanced to the Sweet 16, making it nine of the past 10 years that 12-seeds have combined to win at least two games."
  • SoMuchSports.com writes, "By virtue of being the Ivy League teams get overlooked far too often. Last year Cornell made a great run but were seeded way below where they should have been..."

Thursday, March 17, 2011

News and Notes: Afternoon Edition

Matt May of the Rivals.com network site-- CatsPause.com, tweets that he is not impressed with Princeton's size or athleticism in comparison to Cornell from a year ago. Rick Bozich of the Louisville Courier Journal, the Kentucky beat-writer, voiced similar sentiments, going so far as to write, "Princeton can't win this game. What Cornell did in the NCAA Tournament last season, beating Temple and then Wisconsin before losing to UK...was an Ivy League aberration."

From the Tournament Twittersphere

Big Red players and alumni are excited for the NCAA Tournament.

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Thursday...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

News and Notes: Early Evening Edition

Cornell alum, Andre Luria is covering Princeton's first round NCAA Tournament game in Tampa for ABC News-Tampa. Below, some news and notes...

Big Red Recruiting Class Update

Cornell's six-player incoming recruiting class next fall (photographed above) includes: Nenad "Ned" Tomic (North Royalton HS) North Royalton, OH, 6-7, F, Dave LaMore (Dexter HS) Whitmore Lake, MI, 6-10, C, Deion Giddens (Willow Canyon HS) Surprise, AZ, 6-9, C, Shonn Miller (St. Ignatius HS) Cleveland, OH, 6-6, F, Galal Cancer (Christian Brothers HS) Albany, NY, 6-2, G, and Devin Cherry (Meridian HS) Meridian, MS, 6-3, G.

In the class, five of the six recruits have completed their prep basketball careers. The final recruit still playing scholastically, Galal Cancer, is set to participate this weekend in the NYSPHSAA New York State High School Basketball Championships in Glen Falls, New York. The Post Journal of Jamestown, NY previews the weekend while the Post Star of Glen Falls, NY is providing live championship weekend updates.

Cancer's CBA team, the defending state champions, face Jamestown, NY in the AA Semifinal (the largest school division). The winner of that game will face the winner of Mount Vernon vs. Half Hollow Hills West. Cancer has "willed" his team to the semifinals by scoring 55 points in CBA's two sectional wins to advance to this weekend's championships. He is a potential starting point guard for 2011-2012 Cornell Big Red.

The weekend features some elite point guards. Mount Vernon features 6'0" Jabarie Hinds (signed with West Virginia). Half Hollow Hills West is led by 5'9" Tavon Sledge (signed with Iowa State).

News and Notes: Afternoon Edition

Below, some afternoon news and notes...

Recruiting News

Below, some recruiting updates from around the Ivy League for the class of 2011 as well as for 2012.

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

News and Notes: Early Evening Edition

Below, some news and notes for the early evening...

News and Notes: Afternoon Edition

Remember Cornell

Philadelphia Sports Daily previews Temple's preparation for the NCAA Tournament and notes, "Temple has a sign in their locker room that was posted during the summer. The sign reads 'Remember Cornell.'"

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Above, Cornell assistant coach, Mike Blaine tweets that the Big Red received a visit on Monday from former Cornell head coach, Tom Miller. Below, some Tuesday news and notes...

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Remembering Last March...

Below, a walk down memory lane, some news media video clips from Cornell's historic run to the Sweet 16 a year ago.




News and Notes: Late Afternoon/Early Evening Edition

The Bleacher Report (above) selected Cornell's 2nd round upset of Wisconsin last season as the 14th best upset in the NCAA Tournament in the last 10 years. The Washington Post writes, "most basketball aficionados felt Cornell deserved better than the No. 12 seed it received in 2010."

A Cornell Court Concept

In the spirit of some colleges breaking out some over the top, cutting edge designs for their basketball courts, here is a fan's design for a proposed new Newman Arena floor. What do you think?

News and Notes: Sunday/Weekend Recap Edition


Above, ESPNU's team specific logo for Cornell Athletics, the snarling Big Red Bear, "Touchdown." Below, Errick Peck was good enough to show off via Twitter his 2010 Sweet Sixteen and Ivy League Championship ring. The rings recently arrived (they usually take a few months upon ordering). Cornell's classes of 2010 and 2011 certainly have the "bling bling" with three of those babies. Below, some news and notes for Sunday and a weekend wrap-up.


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Offseason Ivy League Transactions

In roster report news, The Cornell Basketball Blog has updated our roster total calculations for next season. Below is also listing of the seniors expected to graduate and the incoming recruits for each of the eight Ivy League schools. Links to players' season stats are also provided.

CORNELL
Graduation losses: Mark Coury (6-9), Aaron Osgood (6-9), Adam Wire (6-6)
(SEASON STATS)
  • Nenad Tomic F 6-7 North Royalton OH HS
  • Dave LaMore C 6-10 Whitmore Lake MI Dexter HS
  • Deion Giddens C 6-9 Surprise AZ Willow Canyon HS
  • Shonn Miller G/F 6-6 Cleveland OH St. Ignatius HS
  • Galal Cancer G 6-2 Albany NY Christian Brothers HS
  • Devin Cherry G 6-3 Meridian MS HS
Brown
Graduation losses: Peter Sullivan (6-5), Garrett Leffelman (6-4), Adrian Williams (6-1), Chris Taylor (6-8)
(SEASON STATS)
  • Jon Schmidt F 6-7 Baltimore MD Friends School
  • Rafael Maia C 6-9 Pittsford ME Maine Central Institute
  • Christian Gore G 6-3 El Paso TX Franklin HS
  • Joe Sharkey G 6-2 Northfield MA Northfield Mt Hermon School
  • Stephen Albrecht G 6-2 Crown Point IN HS/Univ. of Toledo
Columbia
Graduation losses: Asenso Ampim (6-6), Max Craig (7-0), Zack Crimmins (7-0)
  • Samer Ozier F 6-8 Novi MI HS
  • Corey Osetkowski C 6-10 San Diego CA Canyon Crest HS
  • Noah Springwater G 6-3 University HS San Francisco CA
  • Jamal Sims G 6-0 Greenbelt MD Roosevelt HS
  • Alex Rosenberg F 6-7 Millburn NJ Peddie School
  • Skylar Scrivan F 6-9 Hightstown NJ Peddie School
Dartmouth
Graduation losses: Ronnie Dixon (6-1), Clive Weeden (6-9)
(SEASON STATS)
  • Will McConnell F 6-6 Atherton CA Sacred Heart Prep
  • J'Vonte Brooks F 6-6 Northfield MA Northfield Mount Hermon School
  • Gabas Maldunas C 6-8 Plymouth NH Holderness School
  • Kirill Savolainen F 6-5 Lynchburg VA Episcopal HS
  • John Golden F 6-6 Northfield MA Northfield Mount Hermon School
  • Mack McKearney G 6-2 Okemos MI HI
Harvard
Graduation losses: none
(SEASON STATS)
  • Max Hooper F 6-6 Wolfesboro NH Brewster Academy
  • Steve Moundou Missi F 6-6 Monteverde FL Montverde Academy
  • Wes Saunders F 6-5 Los Angeles Windward School
  • Corbin Miller G 6-2 Salt Lake City UT Brighton HS
  • Kenyatta Smith C 6-8 La Canada CA Flintridge Prep
  • Jonah Travis F 6-6 Minneapolis MN DeLaSalle HS
Penn
Graduation losses:
Jack Eggleston (6-8), Andreas Schreiber (6-9), Conor Turley, (6-7) Darren Smith (6-4), Dan Monckton (6-6)
(SEASON STATS)
  • Patrick Lucas Perry G 5-10 Flint MI Powers HS
  • Henry Brooks F 6-8 Lithonia GA Miller HS
  • Keelan Cairns F 6-10 Belfast Ireland Barking Abbey
  • Simeon Espirit F 6-5 London, England Barking Abbey
  • Camryn Crocker G 6-3 Los Alamtios CA HS
  • Xavier Harris F 6-5 Philadelphia PA Constitution HS
  • Greg Louis F 6-7 Palm Beach Gardens FL Dwyer HS
Princeton
Graduation losses: Kareem Maddox (6-8), Dan Marvaides (6-4), Bobby Foley (6-5)
(SEASON STATS)
  • Brian Fabrizius C 6-10 Meridien NH Kimball Union School
  • Bobby Garbade C 6-9 Binghamton NY Seton Catholic HS
  • Clay Wilson G 6-3 Tulsa OK Lincoln Christian HS
  • Denton Koon F 6-7 Liberty MO HS
Yale
Graduation Losses: Porter Braswell (6-1), Raffi Mantilla (6-3), Alfonso Costa (6-1)
(SEASON STATS)
  • Brandon Sherrod F 6-6 Stratford CT Choate Rosemary Hall HS
  • Armani Cotton G 6-6 Northfield MA Northfield Mount Hermon School
  • Will Childs-Klein C 6-11 Ladue MO Horton Watkins HS
  • Javier Duren G 6-2 St. Louis MO Oakville High School
  • Matt Townsend F 6-6 Chappaqua NY HS

(edited/updated 4.20.11)