Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Date in Cornell Basketball History: The New York Times Profiles John Bajusz

Continuing our regular series, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, below an article from the New York Times, published on January 25, 1987 on Cornell's John Bajusz (class of '87).

Still Sweet...

Check out the official website for Zastal, a team in Poland's PLK league. The site's main banner features reunited former Cornell teammates, Jeff Foote ('10) and Ryan Wittman ('10). Foote and Wittman, now pro teammates, were leaders on Cornell's Sweet Sixteen and N0. 17 nationally ranked 2010 team.

Foote and Wittman are also featured on Zastal TV in the lower corner of the website.

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...

  • 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) Top 68
-Princeton (No. 59)
-Maryland (No. 58)
-Harvard (No. 41)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Recruiting News

In this post, some recruiting updates from around the Ivy League.

Louis Dale ('10) Ready to Go for Year Two in Germany

Louis Dale ('10) is beginning to become a marketing fixture for his German premier league club, Goettingen. The photo immediately above is now the main background image for the club's official twitter feed. Below, dale poses with the club's management and his new 2011-2012 jersey. Also a brief interview with Dale is posted below from the club's You Tube Channel.

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...

Monday, August 29, 2011

Cressler Picks Cornell

Cornell received a commitment on August 29 from Nolan Cressler (Plum HS) Plum, PA, 6-4, G.

Foote ('10) and Wittman ('10) Media Day in Poland

Photos of Jeff Foote ('10) and Ryan Wittman ('10) as they are introduced to the media in Poland by the their new professional club, Zastal of the PLK league.

Washington Post on Tim Higgins' Commitment to Cornell

From Josh Barr of the Washington Post on Cornell's commitment from Tim Higgins (Paul VI HS) Fairfax, VA, 6-10, C (class of 2013):
Paul VI C Tim Higgins commits to Cornell

Tim Higgins has grown two inches and put on 25 pounds in the past year. He is now 6 feet 10 and 205 pounds, continuing to develop as an inside presence at Paul VI Catholic.

Panthers Coach Glenn Farello believes “the sky is the limit,” for a big player with good hands and a strong basketball intellect, noting the old adage that big men take longer than guards to reach their potential.

Still, as Higgins toured a handful of colleges last week, he knew he had found the school he wanted to play for and felt no need to wait and see if things changed. So on Sunday afternoon, Higgins committed to play basketball at Cornell after also considering Bucknell and Penn.

“It’s the perfect fit for me,” Higgins said. “One of my goals for a long time was to go to the Ivy League. My high school coach said, ‘If you’re dating a girl and you find the perfect one, what are going to do? Wait to marry her and find a few other girls?’ ”

Farello said it is his understanding that it is the earliest commitment ever for a player to an Ivy League school.

Cornell Coach Bill Courtney, who knows the Washington area well after serving as an assistant at George Mason, Virginia and Virginia Tech, has been recruiting Higgins for more than a year. Higgins attended a camp at Cornell last year and was especially impressed on his visit last week by the Big Red’s plans for him to work with strength coach Jay Andress.

“I had been to the weight room at the other schools, but I hadn’t met the [strength] coaches,” Higgins said. “They made a good impression on me with the strength coach. The success he’s hand in the past with other players in just tremendous.”

Higgins was Paul VI’s first post player off the bench last season and with all five starters returning, he will fill the same role this season.

“He’s got great hands, active around the basket,” Farello said. “He has a good feel for the game and great work ethic. A lot of times with big guys, they take time to develop.”

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, a pair of Cornell alums, Jeff Foote ('10) and Ryan Wittman ('10) from the Big Red's 2010 No. 17 nationally ranked and Sweet Sixteen team join forces once again, this time as pro teammates in Europe. Below, some news and notes for Monday...

Cornell Receives Class of 2013 Commitment

Friday, August 26, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Video from The Cornell Rebounders Club Picnic

News and Notes: Thursday Afternoon Edition

Below, some news and notes for Thursday...

  • Below, some Cornell basketball related tweets from the twittersphere in the last 24 hours.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

News and Notes: Afternoon Edition

Below, some afternoon news and notes...
  • Cornell head coach, Bill Courtney hired Arlen Galloway as the new No. 3 assistant coach filling in the void in the staff left by Ricky Yahn, who departed Cornell during the spring to go to Longwood University. Galloway comes to Cornell with six years of coaching experience in addition to having played collegiately. From the Cornell Athletics Department on the new hire of Galloway.
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Arlen Galloway, who spent three seasons as an assistant coach with Division III powerhouse Middlebury College, has joined Bill Courtney's Cornell men's basketball staff it was announced today. Galloway replaces Ricky Yahn, who accepted a position at Longwood University.

"We're thrilled to have Arlen working with our program," Courtney said. "He had a great run as an assistant at Middlebury, including helping them to the Division III Final Four. We expect that he'll be a great fit on the staff, both on the court working with our players and assisting in recruiting and gameday preparation."

In Galloway's three seasons at Middlebury he helped the program to a pair of NESCAC championships, three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and a spot in the Division III Final Four in 2010-11. The teams posted a cumulative record of 77-10.

Prior to his stint at Middlebury, Galloway spent two seasons at his alma mater, Kenyon College. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Washington College during the 2006-07 campaign.

While coaching at Kenyon, Galloway was in charge of coordinating the Lords' recruiting efforts, off-season skill development and lifting programs. He also worked with scouting, film breakdown and practice planning. As a player, Galloway ranked as one of the top shooters in school history. He ranks on the school's top 10 list in 3-point field goals made and attempted, as well as shooting percentage. Galloway earned his degree in political science 2006.

Galloway has also worked at several basketball camps, including the Hoop Mountain Camp as well as the Hoop Group camp.
  • WEEI of Boston writes, "Izzi Metz, who was head coach at Hobard the past five seasons, was named director of basketball operations by Boston College coach Steve Donahue. Before his stint at Hobart, Metz was an assistant under Donahue at Cornell for five years.Metz went 69-62 at Hobart, his alma mater, and guided the Statesmen to a 21-7 record and the Liberty League regular-season title last season, setting a school record for wins in a season. At BC, Metz moves into the role filled last season by Woody Kampmann, who was promoted to assistant coach this month." Not mentioned by WEEI, Kampmann was a former assistant coach under Metz at Hobart before leaving Geneva to come to Cornell, then subsequently following Donahue to Boston College. Link of official Boston College press release, click here.

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...
  • Polish PLK club, Zastal, formally announced the signing of Ryan Wittman ('10). Zastal signed Jeff Foote ('10) earlier in the month. But Wittman and Foote are not the only members of Cornell's Sweet 16 team reuniting as teammates in the European pro ranks. Aaron Osood ('11) and Adam Wire ('11) are teammates on Danish club, Vaerlose.
  • Below, some Cornell basketball-related tweets from the twittersphere...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

News and Notes: Afternoon Edition

Below, some afternoon news and notes...

  • Cornell Athletics announced via Twitter the new jersey numbers for Cornell's freshmen.

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday. Assistant coach Mike Blaine and the rest of the Cornell staff are ready to get back to work as the veteran players return to campus.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...
  • On Cornell's schedule, Big Red fans should expect to see Cornell on television several times this season. Cornell's upcoming opponents, Maryland, Penn State and Illinois televised virtually every single game last year on their respective nonconference schedules.
  • A few more items to look for in the preseason if you are a big fan of the Cornell basketball program. First, Bill Courtney has still yet to publicly announce the identity of his third assistant coach to replace Ricky Yahn, who left Cornell to take a position at Longwood earlier in the summer. Second, the date of the annual Red-White Game (intersquad scrimmage) has not yet been announced. The Red-White game is always the public's first look at Cornell in action. Third, a glimpse of Cornell's new uniforms and gear which might be rolled out for the Red-White Game in late October/early November. Fourth, a potential announcement concerning Cornell's Redcast coverage which should further enhance each Cornell fan's online viewing/listening experience.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...

  • Zastal Zielona of Poland's PLK, the top league in Poland, announced the signing of Jeff Foote ('10). Zastal finished 9-13 a year ago in the 12-team Polish league. As reported by Foote during an interview last week with Dime Magazine, a second Cornell alum is expected to join him on Zastal during the '11-'12 season.
  • Columbia Athletics announced that Bed Bath & Beyond is sponsoring the Cornell-Columbia men's and women's doubleheader in New York City this January.
  • On the recruiting front, Jeremy Sshulkin (Westown HS) Westown, PA, 6-5, G, told Western Kentucky's student newspaper that he has has interest from American, Dartmouth and Cornell, among other Patriot League and Ivy League schools.
  • On Cornell's schedule, a pair of websites have already started with daily countdowns of preseason national rankings. Below are the Cornell opponents ranked thus far: Top 144
-Lehigh (No. 134)
-Boston U. (No. 118)
-Maryland (No. 108)
-Bucknell (No. 91)
-Princeton (No. 89) Top 68
-Princeton (No. 59)
-Maryland (No. 58)

Monday, August 15, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

What is next for Chris Wroblewski? Below, some news and notes for Monday...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

News and Notes: Friday Edition (UPDATED 2:20 PM)

Below, news and notes for Friday...
  • In New York City Nike Pro City League action last night, Jeff Foote ('10) and his Dyckman NYAC team captured the league championship led by Foote's unofficial stat line of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Foote spent much of the evening matched up in the paint against NBA center, Roy Hibbert who played for Pro City League team, The Franchise. There are multiple videos of raw highlights from the game last night on YouTube.
  • Dime Magazine contributing writer and Harvard Crimson staff writer, Martin Kessler, spoke with Foote after the game. Foote indicated that he expects to play in Poland this year and is nearly certain that a Cornell teammate from the Big Red's 2010 Sweet Sixteen team will be joining him. Food said, "It’s pretty official, but I’m not 100% sure, but there could be a teammate of mine joining me in Poland this year."

It looked like the deck was stacked against Dyckman/NYAC. It’s top player, Marshon Brooks, was absent for the third game in a row. It’s starting point guard from the conclusion of the regular season, Louis Dale, was in Europe. And the squad it was slated to go up against looked more like a mediocre NBA team from the future than your typical summer league squad.

But against a lineup that featured the NBA’s Roy Hibbert and Sundiata Gaines, the D-League’s Andre Barrett, and Florida’s Erving Walker, Dyckman/NYAC pulled off a convincing 110-88 victory against the defending champions last night at the Nike Pro City Championship.

Fueled by 20-point performances from Charles Lee and Bryant Dunston and a double-double from Jeff Foote, Dyckman/NYAC grabbed the lead late in the first quarter and never looked back, finishing with the 22-point win.

“Overall, we played really well,” said Foote, the former Cornell center who was charged with the primary task of defending Hibbert. “It’s nice to come out as champions.”

Let’s take a look at the top performers from last night’s matchup. Note: Of the three NBA players on the floor last night (Hibbert, Gaines, and Ryan Gomes), none make the list.


Jeff Foote aka The Foote Doctor
The Foote Doctor received a lot of abuse during his time at the Nike Pro City League. Whenever Foote got the ball in the post, the announcer would yell into his microphone, “It’s the man with the one-inch vertical!” and the crowd would laugh. But in a league that valued flash and flare, Foote stuck to his fundamentals. And without those fundamentals, there’s little doubt in my mind that Dyckman/NYAC would not have ended up with the trophy.

After nearly posting a triple-double in the semifinal, the seven-footer with a nice ability to pass out of the post finished with a double-double in the championship contest. Not only that, he also did a solid job defending Hibbert who was a non-factor after the first quarter.

“I think I did pretty well (against Hibbert),” said Foote. “He’s obviously got a little bit more NBA experience than I do, but I thought I played him pretty well. Especially once I started getting a feel for how his game works, I felt like I really did an ok job against him.”

Thursday, August 11, 2011

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Above, Cornell's Jack Sheehy shooting against Harvard in 1952. Below, some news and notes for Thursday...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Foote Goes for Nike Pro City League Championship

Harvard Crimson beat writer, Martin Kessler, in contributing for Dime Magazine Online, notes that Jeff Foote's ('10) New York Athletic Club team will compete for the Nike Pro City championship Thursday evening at Baruch College in Manhattan. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at ARC Arena.

Below, some nine minutes of raw video from last night's semifinals action during which Foote scores 4 points, grabs a rebound, dishes 4 assists and blocks a shot.

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Date in Cornell Basketball History: A Dark Day at Albright

Continuing our regular series, A Date in Cornell Basketball History: on December 22, 1942, Cornell captain Sam Hunter and Big Red head coach, Speed Wilson, ventured to Reading, PA to take on the Albright College Lions.

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday...

Friday, August 5, 2011

Schedule Update

Cornell's 2011-2012 schedule will features eight teams that reached the 2010-2011 postseason. These include
Penn State (2011 NCAA Tournament team)
Illinois (2011 NCAA Tournament team)
Bucknell (2011 NCAA Tournament team)
Princeton (2011 NCAA Tournament team)
Boston U. (2011 NCAA Tournament team)
Harvard (2011 NIT team)
St. Bonaventure (2011 College Basketball Invitational team)
Buffalo (2011 Tournament team )
In addition to facing three (3) BCS Conference opponents (Illinois, Maryland and Penn State), Cornell will also tested by teams from among the strongest mid major leagues in the country, namely, CAA (Delaware), A-10 (St. Bonaventure) and MAC (Buffalo).

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Friday...
  • A podcast of Cornell guard, Jon Gray's interview yesterday with ESPN 1160 Radio is available on the station's website.
  • WHRB, Harvard's student radio station comments on Harvard's 2011-2012 schedule and notes with respect to Cornell:
2/3 vs. Cornell, LAVIETES PAVILION
To the dismay of no one outside of Ithaca, the Big Red struggled last year. A rebound is likely.


3/3 @ Cornell, Ithaca, NY.
Senior night in Ithaca presents a tough atmosphere for a Harvard team that could be looking to clinch the Ivy title.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Below, news and notes for Thursday...
Boston College – Joe Jones left to become the head coach at Boston University and Steve Donahue [former Cornell head coach] has decided to promote [former Cornell assistant] Woody Kampmann and hire Izzi Metz [also a former Cornell assistant] as his new director of basketball operations. The Eagles will play in the 76 Classic in Anaheim and have non-league games against Providence (12-8) at home, UMass (11-21) and Penn State (11-30). Dallas Elmore transferred out of the program while Oregon transfer Matt Humphrey is eligible this season. [Donahue has also promoted former Cornell assistant, Nat Graham].

Maryland – Mark Turgeon brought Scott Spinelli and Dustin Clark (director of basketball operations) with him from Texas A&M, hired Dalonte Hill (Kansas State) and kept Orlando “Bino” Ranson. The Terps will play in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and also have non-league games vs. Illinois (11-29), against Notre Dame (12-4) in D.C. and against Temple at the Palestra (1-21). Haukur Palsson left the program to play pro ball back home.
  • Continuing our regular series, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, below, a game recap and box score from Cornell's January 8, 2003 visit to Georgia Tech and its star, Chris Bosh.