Monday, February 6, 2012

Ivy Awards: Shonn Miller is Rookie of the Week

Cornell's Shonn Miller was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week by the Ivy League Office. The League's press release notes:

Cornell freshman forward Shonn Miller (Euclid, Ohio) was outstanding in helping the Big Red to a road split over the weekend, averaging 12.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks. Miller posted his second career double-double in the win over Dartmouth, giving Cornell its first road win of the year. He made 7-of-11 shots from the floor for a game-high 15 points and 10 rebounds, adding a block and a steal. Miller also played an active 19 minutes in the loss at No. 23 Harvard, scoring nine points, grabbing a team-high eight rebounds, blocking two shots and collecting two steals.

Miller's Statistics for the Week

at Harvard
19 3-7 0.429 2-3 0.667 1-2 0.500 8 0 2 2 9
at Dartmouth
29 7-11 0.636 0-1 0.000 1-2 0.500 10 0 1 1 15
10-18 0.556 2-4 0.500 2-4 0.000 9.0 0.0 1.5 1.5 12.0

From Cornell Athletics:
Miller Captures Another Ivy Rookie of the Week Honor

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell freshman forward Shonn Miller has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season after helping the Big Red to a road split in conference action. Cornell rookies have earned five weekly honors so far during the 2011-12 campaign.

Miller averaged 12.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in two contests while shooting 56 percent from the field. The 6-8 freshman was instrumental in the Big Red's first road victory of the season, a 68-59 triumph at Dartmouth, with his third career double-double. Millerposted 15 points and 10 rebounds to go along with a block and a steal. The school's freshman record holder in blocked shots added to his totals with two swats to go along with nine points, eight rebounds and two steals in a 71-60 loss at No. 23 Harvard on Friday evening. He now has a Big Red rookie record 36 blocks so far this season.

Miller and the Big Red return to action on Friday, Feb. 10 when it meets Yale at 7 p.m. at Newman Arena.


Week 1 November 14-Zack Rosen, Penn/Greg Mangano, Yale
Week 2 November 21-Zack Rose, Penn
Week 3 November 28-Keith Wright, Harvard
Week 4 December 5-Meiko Lyles, Columbia
Week 5 December 12-Kyle Casey, Harvard (Cornell not eligible)
Week 6 December 19-Ian Hummer, Princeton
Week 7 December 26-Tyler Bernardini, Penn
Week 8 January 2-Greg Mangano, Yale
Week 9 January 9-Greg Mangano, Yale
Week 10 January 16-Keith Wright, Harvard
Week 11 January 23-Mark Cisco, Columbia
Week 12 January 30-Andrew McCarthy, Brown
Week 13 February 6-Greg Mangano, Yale

Week 1 November 14-Shonn Miller, Cornell/Jvonte Brooks, Dartmouth
Week 2 November 21-Shonn Miller, Cornell/Gabas Maldunas, Dartmouth
Week 3 November 28-Shonn Miller, Cornell/Alex Rosenberg, Columbia
Week 4 December 5-Jonah Travis, Harvard
Week 5 December 12-Gabas Maldunas, Dartmouth (Cornell not eligible)
Week 6 December 19-Galal Cancer, Cornell/John Golden, Dartmouth
Week 7 December 26-Jvonte Brooks, Dartmouth
Week 8 January 2-Denton Koon, Princeton
Week 9 January 9-Gabas Maldunas, Dartmouth
Week 10 January 16-Shonn Miller, Cornell
Week 11 January 23-Corbin Miller, Harvard
Week 12 January 30-Steve Moundou-Missi, Harvard
Week 13 February 6-Shonn Miller, Cornell


Anonymous said...

At this point, does it look like Miller's a lock for Rookie of the Year?

Anonymous said...

Miller definitely looks like ROY right now. He is about the same as Maldunas in points and rebounds, but he has far more blocks. But there are still eight games left, and coaches still vote however they want. Last year I remember being stunned at the POY award. I don't remember who won, but I know it wasn't Mangano, who looks like POY again right now but who might be denied again for whatever reasons he was denied had last year.

Anonymous said...

For season-long productivity by a frosh, it is hard to argue with an approximate order of Miller, J Brooks, Maldunas, Rosenberg, and Golden as an "All-rookie" team. Mondou-Missi is a bit of a darkhorse who has stepped up during league play. Turning the productivity into W's is very important. Among Dartmouth, Cornell, and Columbia, the Red has the best record. If all five of them keep doing what they're doing now through the end of the season, Shonn is the logical choice. He's also playing at an Honorable Mention All-Ivy Level.

As 12:56PM said, logic does not always carry the day.

Keith Wright won POY last year.
It looks to me as if Rosen and Mangano are neck'n'neck for this year's POY award. Yale closes their season at the Palestra; that head-to-head game may influence many POY voters. It could easily go to he who drives his team further up the Ivy standings.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Having seen all the freshmen across the league play, it is pretty clear to me that Shonn Miller is the best freshman in the conference.

If I were to rank a top 10 of freshmen, Harvard would have 3 or 4 guys in the top half of that group (Moundou Missi, Saunders, Miller, Travis).

Anonymous said...

Mangano is rumored to have lost POY votes last year because of bad character. That hasn't changed... he has displayed terrible sportsmanship in several games this year. Yale & Penn are neck-and-neck right now, & Yale won the one head-to-head so far. Mangano currently edges Rosen in points, rebounds, & blocks on the season, and he is slightly behind Rosen in pts for conference play, but Rosen's character is polar opposite and I easily see Rosen winning POY. Plus, Rosen has been a trooper for four years straight on a team that has seen lots of adversity; that will also work in his favor.

Of course, both of them probably couldn't care less about POY right now and would easily give it up for an Ivy title before they graduate.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand the big deal of being the rookie of the week. All players have good and bad days and to set a particular person apart from a team can be very discouraging for the individuals who may never be nominated. Everyone has a contribution to the team so as you can tell, I am not a fan of the ROW, POW, ROY or the POY. I just believe that it can foster ill-will among teammates and get in the way of teams being able to gel.

Anonymous said...

Shonn is definitely the best frosh this year. ROY !!

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

I would be shocked if Zach Rosen is not the Player of the Year. I don't even think the voting will be close. He'll storm through the Ivies and win the award.

Only way Mangago takes home Player of the Year is if Yale wins the title and/or Rosen goes through a slump.

Anonymous said...

The player and rookie of the week are selected by a staffer in the Ivy office. They are practically meaningless.

The player and rookie of the *year* are selected by the eight coaches. Each coach is prohibited from voting for his own player so the winners are really picked by only seven coaches. Four votes and you're in.

The coaches may try to be as objective as possible, but they're human beings, too. If a couple of coaches think a particular player is a poor sportsman or a bit of a jerk, it's not hard to imagine that a guy could lose out because of his personality.

Anonymous said...

Mangano is clearly more talented than Rosen and I hope the coaches remain as objective as possible.

Rosen can go nuts during a game, but he really goes up and down. When Penn plays a particularly tough opponent, Rosen can be completely held in check. On the other hand, when Yale plays a tough opponent, Mangano is pretty much the only Yalie who ISN'T rendered ineffective. He will often just put up his normal numbers while the rest of his team struggles.

I hope Miller gives him a bad night on Friday though. If Miller can block Meyers Leonard, Miller can block anybody.

Anonymous said...

Look at it this way. In the big picture, these little awards are just our society's general way of recognizing extraordinary individual contributions of a positive nature to group activities. They exist in all walks of life, not just athletics.

The individuals do what they do to make their team more effective, not to win the awards.

Anonymous said...

Quick quiz to followers of Cornell basketball...

Shonn Miller is averaging 6.5 boards, 9.5 pts, and 1.7 blocks per game after his first 20g in a red uniform. Prior to Shonn, who was the most recent Big Red player to reach that general level of performance after approximately 20g?