Tuesday, February 21, 2012

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...

  • The Columbia Spectator argues that the Ivy League deserves more respect and writes in justifying the point, "we had the Cornell basketball run in March Madness back in 2010. That year, the Big Red became the first team from the Ancient Eight to make it to the Sweet 16 in over 30 years. Cornell captivated the country with unexpected wins over Temple and Wisconsin before ultimately falling to a first-seeded Kentucky in its third matchup."
  • The Columbia Spectator suggests that it takes a coach several seasons to build a winning program in the Ivy League and writes, "Last season, Princeton head coach Sydney Johnson took the Tigers to the Ivy League title in his fourth year with the program. Steve Donahue was in his 10th year at Cornell when he took the Big Red all the way to the Sweet 16 in 2010. This year, first-place Harvard’s Lord Voldemort—I mean, Tommy Amaker—is in his fifth year as head coach in Cambridge. James Jones has been in New Haven for a league-high 12 seasons, and Yale is 7-3."
  • Summing up Penn's weekend, the Daily Pennsylvanian writes, "After barely escaping the Palestra with a weekend sweep of Cornell and Columbia, the Quakers have positioned themselves for a huge weekend road trip against Dartmouth on Friday and first-place Harvard on Saturday. Here are some takeaways from former Sports Editor Kevin Esteves that will loom in the coming days: No givens in the Ivy League. Even though Penn dominated Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., back in January — holding the Big Red to just 37.5 percent shooting in a 64-52 win — it essentially meant nothing heading into Friday’s game. Cornell came ready to rock from the tip. Chris Wroblewski and Drew Ferry, who were held to just 12 combined points the last time around, dropped 14 and 17 points, respectively, to keep Cornell competitive...In the win against Cornell, Penn guard Miles Cartwright was absolutely locked in and that corner three is becoming his patented shot. Cartwright nailed five of six treys from basically the same spot on the floor and he didn’t hesitate one bit. "

  • The Star Ledger of New Jersey notes that Jeremy Lin was never really the talk of the Ivy League as a collegian and writes, "He finished fourth in the league in scoring (16.4 points per game) and second in assists (4.5) his senior year, but Harvard never did better than third in the conference. Other players stood out, including [Yale's] Zampier and the trio of Ryan Wittman, Jeff Foote and Louis Dale that led Cornell to three consecutive NCAA tournaments and a Sweet 16 showing in 2010...There were, of course, moments of brilliance [for Lin]. He burst onto the national scene as a senior, scoring 30 points against UConn and 25 against Boston College. Lin was one of three Ivy Leaguers — along with Cornell teammates Wittman and Jeff Foote — chosen for the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational, a 64-player showcase held before the NBA Draft. Both [Sydney] Johnson and Yale coach James Jones said Lin wasn’t the best prospect coming out of the Ivy League in 2010. 'I would’ve thought that big Jeff Foote would’ve had the best chance just because he was a 7-footer,' Jones said. 'He’s got great hands, he’s got good footwork.' After a season with Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv, Foote accompanied Wittman to play in Poland in August. But Wittman was cut in October, and Foote returned to the states with him. The 6-7 Wittman, the 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year with unlimited range, whose father Randy is the interim head coach of the Washington Wizards, decided to move on from professional basketball and is now working at Morgan Stanley. Foote joined the Springfield Armor of the NBA Developmental League where he is averaging 14.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game and is an All-Star selection this season. The pay is significantly lower than in Europe, but the competition is stiffer and the scouts more prevalent. And then there is Louis Dale, the 2008 Ivy League Player of the Year as a sophomore and considered the league’s best point guard for three seasons. Not even 26 points against Wisconsin, 21 against Temple and 17 against Kentucky in the 2010 NCAA Tournament was enough to overcome concerns over his 5-11 stature. Dale’s spent the last two seasons with Göettingen in Germany’s first league. He’s currently rehabbing a torn left ACL he suffered in late November. Just as Lin’s sudden emergence, from 12th man to star, is an example of the fine line in evaluating talent, so is one’s chance of simply getting the opportunity. 'That’s life,' Dale said from Germany. 'It definitely hurt when I didn’t get any opportunities, but I don’t dwell on it. I’m not discouraged; there are plenty of people in the NBA who have had ACL injuries.' ...For now, Lin’s former Ivy League competition is rooting for him, in awe, along with everyone else. They can only hope his success will open doors for other Ivy Leaguers. 'It can’t hurt,' Dale said. 'Maybe not everyone will think Lin was an Ivy League guy maybe we should give this guy a chance but I think some people — scouts or general managers or whoever — will think about it.'"
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  • Committed Cornell recruit Braxston Bunce finished with 16 points in an upset defeat to Vancouver College on February 18. See the recap in the Province.
  • Previewing the WPIAL playoffs, the Pittsburgh Tribune writes, "Kiski Area knows it likely will have to contain [Nolan] Cressler to avoid getting bounced in the first round. A Cornell recruit, Cressler eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career in the first game against Kiski Area. He's added 488 points since to give him a school-record 1,510. He's second in the WPIAL in scoring (25.6 ppg) to Highlands' star guard Micah Mason (29.1). A high-scoring senior season has been defined by 'junk' defenses for Mason and his ability to overcome them. But Cressler also has seen his share of exotic schemes. 'Teams have mixed it up a lot on me this year,' Cressler said. 'There have been a lot of box-and-1s and triangle-and-2s. I have been face-guarded every game... 'They have a dynamic scorer in (Cressler),' Kiski Area coach Harry Rideout said. 'We went with a matchup on him before. We'll have to look at some things and see what works best this time.'" Pittsburgh Tribune's preview capsule notes:

Class AAAA

First round

No. 9 seed Kiski Area (16-6) vs. No. 8 Plum (15-7)

8 p.m. at Gateway

Coaches: Harry Rideout, Kiski Area; Ron Richards, Plum

Keep an eye on: Adam Robison, Kiski Area (6-4, Jr., F); Nolan Cressler, Plum (6-4, Sr., G)

Winner plays: McKeesport/Shaler winner

Notable: Kiski Area finished third in Section 1-AAAA but won four of its final five section games. The Cavaliers own one win over Plum this season. The Cavaliers hit nine 3-pointers, including seven in the first 10 minutes of the game in a 52-47 win over Plum in a nonsection game Dec. 13. The second meeting will match similar, guard-oriented teams. Kiski Area has three players averaging double figures in scoring — junior guard Nick Stone (15.2 ppg), Robison (12.4) and senior point guard Alex Lamendola (11.1). ... Plum relies heavily on Cressler (25.6 ppg). But the Cornell recruit gets help regularly from a role-playing cast of guards. That includes seniors Tarique Ellis and Anthony Garofalo, and junior Griffin Myers. Two of Plum's most defining wins of the season have come in the past week. It defeated ranked teams Woodland Hills and Gateway in eight days' time, following a three-point loss to McKeesport (11-10), a team looking to upset No. 1 Shaler (20-2) in the first round.

  • Game Recaps-Below are links to our game recap sections from each of Cornell's games this season.
  1. November 11, 2011 at St. Bonaventure L 58-79
  2. November 14, 2011 vs. Binghamton W 76-61
  3. November 16, 2011 at Buffalo L 59-68
  4. November 20, 2011 vs. Boston University W 71-66
  5. November 22, 2011 at Delaware L 68-76
  6. November 27, 2011 vs. American L 63-65
  7. December 3, 2011 vs. Lehigh W 81-79 (OT)
  8. December 17, 2011 vs. Albany W 85-82 (OT)
  9. December 19, 2011 at Illinois L 60-64
  10. December 21, 2011 at Penn State L 67-74
  11. December 28, 2011 at Stony Brook L 58-69 (OT)
  12. December 31, 2011 at Bucknell L 60-63
  13. January 3, 2012 at Maryland L 62-70
  14. January 7, 2012 vs. Albright W 78-60
  15. January 13, 2012 vs. Princeton W 67-59
  16. January 14, 2012 vs. Penn L 52-64
  17. January 21, 2012 at Columbia L 56-61
  18. January 28, 2012 vs. Columbia W 65-60
  19. February 3, 2012 at Harvard L 60-71
  20. February 4, 2012 at Dartmouth W 68-59
  21. February 10, 2012 vs. Yale W 85-84 OT
  22. February 11, 2012 vs. Brown W 72-63
  23. February 17, 2012 at Penn L 66-73
  24. February 18, 2012 at Princeton L 57-75
  • Cornell RPI Watch: The RPI (Rating Percentage Index) is a measure of strength of schedule and how a team does against that schedule. It does not consider the margin of victory, but only whether or not a team won and where the game was played (home/away/neutral court). The formula is 25% team winning percentage (WP), 50% opponents' average winning percentage (OWP), and 25% opponents' opponents' average winning percentage (OOWP). (See: CollegeRPI.com for a further explanation of the formula.) The RPI may be the most influential factor in NCAA Tournament seeding. Cornell's RPI rank as of February 21 is No. 191 out of 344 total Division I teams. While neither the Ken Pomeroy or Jeff Sagarin rankings are used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, the KenPom.com site ranks Cornell No. 187 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 196 Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.

Friday, November 11
Johnson & Wales 66 Brown 86 (Box Score - Recap)
Columbia 57 Connecticut 70[ESPNU] (Box Score - Recap)
Cornell 58 St. Bonaventure 79 (Box Score - Recap)
MIT 49 Harvard 76 (Box Score - Recap)
Dartmouth 56 Rutgers 62 (Box Score - Recap)
Penn 59 Maryland-Baltimore County 45 (Box Score - Recap)
Yale 73 Central Connecticut State 69 (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, November 12
Wagner 73 Princeton 57 (Box Score - Recap)

Monday, November 14
Albany 77 Brown 68 (NIT Tip-Off-1st Round@Syracuse, N.Y.)[ESPN3] (Box Score - Recap)
Temple 73 Penn 67 OT (Box Score - Recap)
Furman 58 Columbia 62 (Box Score - Recap)
Binghamton 61 Cornell 76 (Box Score - Recap)

Tuesday, November 15
Harvard 73 Holy Cross 64 (Box Score - Recap)
Yale 62 Quinnipiac 68 [SNY] (Box Score - Recap)
Brown 52 Manhattan 54 NIT Tip Consolation@Syracuse, N.Y. [ESPN3] (Box Score - Recap)

Wednesday, November 16
Cornell 59 Buffalo 68 (Box Score - Recap)
Vermont 65 Dartmouth 53 (Box Score - Recap)
Princeton 58 North Carolina State 60 [ESPNU] (Box Score - Recap)

Thursday, November 17
Penn 78 Rider 72 OT (Box Score - Recap)
Lyndon State 37 Yale 101 (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, November 19
Buffalo 53 Princeton 61 (Box Score - Recap)
Hartford 52 Brown 59 (Box Score - Recap)
American 66 Columbia 58 (Box Score - Recap)
Bryant 62 Dartmouth 66 (Box Score - Recap)
Robert Morris 60 Penn 66 (Box Score - Recap)
Harvard 77 Loyola Marymount 67 (Box Score - Recap)

Sunday, November 20
Boston University 66 Cornell 71 (Box Score - Recap)

Sunday, November 20
Boston University 66 Cornell 71 (Box Score - Recap)

Monday, November 21
Brown 48 George Mason 74 (NIT Consolation Fairfax, VA) (Box Score - Recap)

Tuesday, November 22
Brown 79 Monmouth 71 (NIT Consolation Fairfax, VA) (Box Score - Recap)
Columbia 53 Stony Brook 67 (Box Score - Recap)
Cornell 64 Delaware 72 (Box Score - Recap)
Wagner 71 Penn 65 (Box Score - Recap)
Elon 56 Princeton 55 (Box Score - Recap)
Yale 62 Seton Hall 73 (Box Score - Recap)

Thursday, November 24
Dartmouth 69 San Francisco 71 (Great Alaska Shootout) (Box Score - Recap)
Harvard 75 Utah 47 [HDNet] (Battle 4 Atlantis Bahamas) (Box Score - Recap)

Friday, November 25
Dartmouth 64 vs. Alaska-Anchorage 52(Great Alaska Shootout) (Box Score - Recap)
Harvard 46 Florida State 41 [VERSUS] (Battle 4 Atlantis Bahamas) (Box Score - Recap)
Princeton 56 Bucknell 62 (Legends Classic, Lewisberg, PA) (Box Score - Recap)
Pittsburgh 78 Penn 58 [TCN] (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, November 26
Yale 84 Army 75 (Box Score - Recap)
Columbia 59 Manhattan 41 (Box Score - Recap)
Princeton 56 Morehead State 68 (Legends Classic, Lewisberg, PA) (Box Score - Recap)
James Madison 60 Penn 58 [TCN] (Philly Hoop Group Classic) (Box Score - Recap)
Dartmouth 48 Western Michigan 65 (Great Alaska Shootout) (Box Score - Recap)
Harvard 59 Central Florida 49 [VERSUS] (Battle 4 Atlantis Bahamas) (Box Score - Recap)

Sunday, November 27
Brown 64 Sacred Heart 77 (Box Score - Recap)
Princeton 66 West Alabama 66 (Legends Classic, Lewisberg, PA) (Box Score - Recap)
American 65 Cornell 63 (Box Score - Recap)

Monday, November 28
Swarthmore 42 Columbia 104 (Box Score - Recap)

Tuesday, November 29
Manhattan 72 Penn 75 (Box Score - Recap)
Yale 74 Hartford 69 (Box Score - Recap)

Wednesday, November 30
Dartmouth 50 New Hampshire 53 (Box Score - Recap)
Lafayette 69 Princeton 54 (Box Score - Recap)
Rhode Island 56 Brown 65 [myRITV] (Box Score - Recap)

Thursday, December 1
Harvard 55 Vermont 48 (Box Score - Recap)

Friday, December 2
Columbia 69 Loyola Marymount 61 (LA Westside Centennial Classic) (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, December 3
Vermont 52 Yale 68 (Box Score - Recap)
Brown 54 Iowa 75 (Box Score - Recap)
Lehigh 79 Cornell 81 (OT) (Box Score - Recap)
Penn 65 Villanova 73 [ESPN3] (Box Score - Recap)
Columbia 72 North Texas 57 (Box Score - Recap) (LA Westside Centennial Classic)

Sunday, December 4
Columbia 78 La Sierra 56 (Box Score - Recap) (LA Westside Centennial Classic)
Seattle 70 Harvard 80 (Box Score - Recap)

Monday, December 5
Brown 49 Providence 80 [ESPN3/SNY] (Box Score - Recap)
Yale 73 Sacred Heart 71 (Box Score - Recap)

Tuesday, December 6
Holy Cross 45 Columbia 46 (Box Score - Recap)

Wednesday, December 7
Delaware 60 Penn 69 (Box Score - Recap)
New Hampshire 69 Brown 56 (Box Score - Recap)
Princeton 59 Rutgers 57 (Box Score - Recap)
Bryant 59 Yale 76 (Box Score - Recap)

Thursday, December 8
Harvard 53 Connecticut 67 [ESPN2] (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, December 10
Central Connecticut State 80 Brown 90 (Box Score - Recap)
Long Island 53 Columbia 63 (Box Score - Recap)
Harvard 76 Boston University 52 (Box Score - Recap)
Princeton 60 Drexel 64 (Box Score - Recap)
Penn 73 UCLA 77 [DirecTV] (Box Score - Recap)
Dartmouth 47 Notre Dame 65 [ESPN3] (Box Score - Recap)

Tuesday, December 13
Dartmouth 51 IPFW 56 (Box Score - Recap)

Wednesday, December 14
Princeton 72 Rider 71 OT (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, December 17
Elon 54 Dartmouth 62 (Box Score - Recap)
Albany 82 Cornell 85 OT (Box Score - Recap)

Sunday, December 18
Princeton 71 Northeastern 62 (Box Score - Recap)
Yale 68 Rhode Island 65 [COX RI] (Box Score - Recap)

Monday, December 19
Cornell 60 Illinois 64 [ESPN3] (Box Score - Recap)
Dartmouth 55 Colgate 61 OT (Box Score - Recap)

Wednesday, December 21
Dartmouth 64 Army 67 (Box Score - Recap)
Cornell 67 Penn State 74 [Big Ten Network] (Box Score - Recap)

Thursday, December 22
Florida Atlantic 51 Harvard 63 (Box Score - Recap)
Princeton 59 Siena 63 (Box Score - Recap)

Friday, December 23
Maine 71 Brown 58 (Box Score - Recap)
Dartmouth 74 Albany 82 (Box Score - Recap)
Marist 71 Penn 84 (Box Score - Recap)

Wednesday, December 28
Columbia 59 Marist 79 (Box Score - Recap)
Cornell 59 Stony Brook 68 OT [Cablevision] (Box Score - Recap)

Thursday, December 29
Brown 49 St. Francis (N.Y.) 66 (Box Score - Recap)
Harvard 67 Boston College 46 [ESPN3] (Box Score - Recap)
Penn 70 Davidson 75 (Box Score - Recap)
Yale 71 Wake Forest 72 (Box Score - Recap)

Friday, December 30
Princeton 75 Florida State 73 (3OT) [ESPN3] (Box Score - Recap)
Lafayette 67 Columbia 77 (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, December 31
Cornell 60 Bucknell 63 (Box Score - Recap)
Holy Cross 65 Dartmouth 61 (Box Score - Recap)
Yale 70 Florida 90 [ESPNU] (Box Score - Recap)
Saint Joseph’s 69 Harvard 74 (Box Score - Recap)

Sunday, January 1
Princeton 76 Florida A&M 61 (Box Score - Recap)
Penn 55 Duke 85 [ESPNU] (Box Score - Recap)

Monday, January 2
American 70 Brown 61 (Box Score - Recap)
Fairleigh Dickinson 52 Columbia 67 (Box Score - Recap)

Tuesday, January 3
Bucknell 67 Dartmouth 59 (Box Score - Recap)
Harvard 54 Fordham 60 (Box Score - Recap)
Holy Cross 67 Yale 82 (Box Score - Recap)
Cornell 62 Maryland 70 [ESPN3] (Box Score - Recap)

Wednesday, January 4
Columbia 66 Colgate 59 (Box Score - Recap)
Penn 78 Lafayette 73 (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, January 7
*Dartmouth 47 Harvard 63 (Box Score - Recap)
Albright 60 Cornell 78 (Box Score - Recap)

Sunday, January 8
Columbia 65 Elon 60 (Box Score - Recap)
The College of New Jersey 68 Princeton 79 (Box Score - Recap)
St. Joseph’s (N.Y.) 86 Yale 101 (Box Score)

Tuesday, January 10
Harvard 70 Monmouth 61 (Box Score - Recap)
La Salle 68 Penn 57 (Box Score - Recap)

Wednesday, January 11
Longwood 79 Brown 77 (Box Score - Recap)

Friday, January 13
*Penn 66 Columbia 64 (Box Score - Recap)
*Princeton 59 Cornell 67 (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, January 14
*Brown 64 Yale 68 (Box Score - Recap)
Longwood 67 Dartmouth 83 (Box Score - Recap)
George Washington 48 Harvard 69 (Box Score - Recap)
*Princeton 62 Columbia 58 (Box Score - Recap)
*Penn 52 Cornell 64 (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, January 21
*Yale 73 Brown 60 (Box Score - Recap)
*Cornell 56 Columbia 61 (Box Score - Recap)
*Harvard 54 Dartmouth 38 (Box Score - Recap)
Saint Joseph’s 80 Penn 84 (Box Score - Recap)

Monday, January 23
Brown 67 Bryant 60 (
Box Score - Recap)

Friday, January 27

*Dartmouth 59 Brown 66 (
Box Score - Recap)
*Harvard 65 Yale 35 (
Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, January 28

*Harvard 68 Brown 59 (
Box Score - Recap)
*Columbia 60
Cornell 65 (Box Score - Recap)
*Dartmouth 52 Yale 62 (
Box Score - Recap)

Monday, January 30
*Princeton 67 Penn 82 (Box Score - Recap)

Friday, February 3
*Princeton 77 Brown 63 (Box Score - Recap)
*Columbia 64 Dartmouth 62 (Box Score - Recap)
*Cornell 60 Harvard 71 (Box Score - Recap)
*Penn 53 Yale 60 (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, February 4
*Penn 65 Brown 48 (Box Score - Recap)
*Columbia 52 Harvard 57 (Box Score - Recap)
*Cornell 68 Dartmouth 59 (Box Score - Recap)
*Princeton 54 Yale 58 (Box Score - Recap)

Friday, February 10
*Brown 60 Columbia 86 (Box Score - Recap)
*Yale 84 Cornell 85 (OT) Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 56 Penn 50 (Box Score - Recap)
*Dartmouth 47 Princeton 59 (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, February 11
*Brown 63 Cornell 72 (Box Score - Recap)
*Yale 59 Columbia 58 (Box Score - Recap)
*Dartmouth 55 Penn 58 (Box Score - Recap)
*Harvard 62 Princeton 70 [ESPNU] (Box Score - Recap)

Friday, February 17
*Brown 42 Harvard 69 (Box Score - Recap)
*Columbia 66 Princeton 77 [ESPNU] (Box Score - Recap)
*Cornell 66 Penn 73 (Box Score - Recap)
*Yale 70 Dartmouth 61 (Box Score - Recap)

Saturday, February 18
*Brown 53 Dartmouth 58 (Box Score - Recap)
*Columbia 59 Penn 61 OT (Box Score - Recap)
*Cornell 57 Princeton 75 (Box Score - Recap)
*Yale 51 Harvard 66 (Box Score - Recap)

Friday, February 24
*Cornell at Brown, 7 pm
*Columbia at Yale, 7 pm [YES]
*Penn at Dartmouth, 7 pm
*Princeton at Harvard, 7 pm

Saturday, February 25
*Columbia at Brown, 6 pm
*Cornell at Yale, 7 pm
*Princeton at Dartmouth, 7 pm
*Penn at Harvard, 7 pm [ESPN3]
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-Josh Wexler ('88)
-Steve Cobb ('05)
-Ryan Rourke ('06)
-Andrew Naeve ('07)
-Jason Canady ('08)
-Khaliq Gant ('09)
-Conor Mullen ('09)
-Brian Kreefer ('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 ()
-Chris Wroblewski ()
-Andrew Ferry ()
-Jonathan Grey ()
-Miles Asafo Adjei ()
-Peter McMillan ()
-Errick Peck ()
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-Galal Cancer ()
-Ned Tomic ()
-Dominick Scelfo ()
-Jake Mathews ()
-Dwight Tarwater ()
-Manny Sahota ()
-Dave LaMore ()
-Shonn Miller ()
-Devin Cherry ()
-Nolan Cressler (committed recruit)
-Braxston Bunce (committed recruit)
-Holt Harmon (committed recruit)
-Tim Higgins (committed recruit)
-Robert Mischler (committed recruit)
-Assistant Coach Mike Blaine ()
-Assistant Coach Marlon Sears ()
-Assistant Coach Arlen Galloway ()
-Brian Delaney, WPIE/ESPN Radio Ithaca ()
-Ed Boulat, Ithaca Journal
-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)-As of February 21, in Mexico, Aubry averaged 5.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as Halcones captured the league championship with a dominating 4-1 finals series win over Toros. Halcones finished the the regular season 34-6 and in 1st place out of 14 teams in the Mexican LNBP. Aubry, a 6'11" center, splits his time in both the Mexican and Puerto Rican professional leagues. He is also a member of Puerto Rico's national team joining several NBA stars. A well traveled pro player, Aubry 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, LNBP 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)-As of February 21, Toppert is averaging 6.0 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. Ourense is 11-5 (2nd place out of 13 teams in the Spanish LEB Silver). During his pro career, Toppert, a 6'4" wing forward, 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) (Unsigned free agent)-As of February 21, Hartford is unsigned for the 2011-2012 season. He was cut during the week of October 17 by Cader Rocha, LUB Uruguay premier league and is now a free agent. He was averaging 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, second on the team in both categories. The 6'9" Hartford previously 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)-As of February 21, Dale is out for the season with a torn ACL. He was averaging 11.9 points, 2.2 assists, and 2.0 rebounds per game before the injury. Dale is in his second professional season, both seasons in Germany with Goettingen.

-Ryan Wittman ('10) (Unsigned free agent)-As of February 21, Wittman is unsigned for the 2011-2012 season after he terminated his contract on September 26 with Zastal of the PLK Poland premier league. 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) (Springfield Armor, NBA D-League)-As of February 21, Foote is averaging 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting 56% from the floor in the D-League. He participated in the Portland Trailblazers' 2011-2012 training camp. Springfield is 21-13 (2nd place out of 8 teams in the Eastern Conference). He played the 2011-2012 preseason with with Zastal of the PLK Poland premier league and the full 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) (Unsigned free agent)-As of February 21, Wire is an unsigned free agent. He was waived by Vaerlose, Denmark BBK premier league during December. He was averaging 11.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 1.9 assists per game. On November 4, 2011 he was named the Eurobasket Player of the Week for Denmark. The 2011-2012 season is his rookie year.

-Aaron Osgood ('11) (Unsigned free agent)-As of February 21, Osgood is an unsigned free agent. He was waived by Vaerlose, Denmark BBK premier league during December. He was averaging 11.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. The 2011-2012 season is his rookie year.
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Anonymous said...

if Shelden Williams can be in the NBA, there is no reason Foote can't be.

Anonymous said...

CBB, I followed your comments on Twitter about the Academic Index over the weekend. I was surprised to read that you are so adamantly against the AI.

I am not defending the specifics of the system, but I support the principle of some academic threshold for athletic recruits. Since you are the number one fan of Cornell men's basketball, I would expect you to agree.

Harvard has demonstrated that it has made a commitment to winning in men's basketball at all costs. The Crimson hired a coach out of two BCS programs and currently pay him at least twice what any other Ivy team pays its coach, probably a multiple of three or four.

More importantly, Harvard routinely recruits right down to the league minimum AI score, creating the Crimson's most important advantage in the conference. If the AI were eliminated, there would be no floor to how low Harvard would go academically. The Crimson roster would quickly look like a Big East roster.

There is very little keeping Harvard from violating every single precept of Ivy League athletics. The
AI ain't much, but it's all we got, man.

Anonymous said...

Agree. I think we're all happy to hear that the Nets think highly of Foote, and it'll certainly be a sense of pride for Cornellians to have an NBA player in the league. Who knows, maybe it could even help with recruiting.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

I don't think the AI helps the Ivy League reputation. I look at Duke, Stanford, Vandy and Northwestern and see schools that have maintained outstanding academic reputations while competing nationally in all sports.

Within the league, I don't see the AI helping maintain league balance. Each school should make its own decision who it can admit.

Anonymous said...

That Nets article contains the most substantive comments I've read about Foote's d-league progress so far. Whatever happens, Foote's attitude just never ceases to impress me.

Anonymous said...

I think there is a mystique to the Ivy League that none of those other schools can touch, even though they are fine institutions. League-wide standards are what keep the Ivy League in Ivy. Cornell is really the outlier of the group with its almost Big Ten-like size and public/private college system. Ask Northwestern basketball how they like being in the Big Ten (never won anything and never been to the tourney). That's how it would be for the smaller Ivy schools. Students attend the Ivy's, not professionals-in-waiting.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Cornell, Harvard, Princeton and Yale are the original Ivy League schools in basketball.

We published several posts detailing the history of the EIBL/Ivy League and these were the four schools that originally joined together in basketball competition.

Brown was the last school to join the Ivy League.

So while Cornell is academically "different" from its Ivy peers, Cornell was hooked up in the original Ivy model at its earliest stage.

Anonymous said...

There were five charter members of the EIBL, HYP Cornell and Columbia.

The Academic Index was instituted in the early 1980's because of suspicions in the League that the powerhouse Penn basketball teams of the 1970's were academically weaker than was appropriate. (The 1979 Quaker squad reached the Final Four.)

Perhaps not surprisingly, William G. Bowen, the president of Princeton (Penn's chief rival in men's basketball) devised the AI system and successfully pushed for its adoption.

Today, Harvard fills the role occupied by Penn in the 1970's. In the absence of the AI, Harvard would lead this conference in a race to the bottom academically.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Columbia was the 5th member to receive an invite.

In May 1901, Cornell, Princeton, Harvard and Yale met in NYC at the Imperial Hotel to launch the EIBL. Columbia was not present.

G.E.D. Brady represented Cornell as the school's ambassador at the first EIBL meeting in NYC.

The EIBL would later morph into the Ivy League in the 1950s.

Anonymous said...

I did not know that Columbia was not present at the first organizational meeting of the EIBL. But the Lions were league members in time for the first season of 1901-02 and have been in the conference continuously since then, winning twice the number of EIBL/Ivy championships that Cornell has.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

True, but Columbia has also been somewhat irrelevant in Ivy League basketball since the 1960s. Maybe the Lions get back up on top, but Ivy Championships have been zilch the last four decades for the baby blue.

Anonymous said...

Like you say, CBB, not totally irrelevant. Columbia had a nice run in the late 1970's during and just after the Penders years.

Led by Alton Byrd, the Lions finished second behind Penn's Final Four team and were the league team that caused Price and company to finish 13-1. They also finished second to Penn in 1977-78, the year that Penders left for Fordham.

All that is needed for this AI Stuff is for the Ivy Presidents to put basketball into its own AI band, just as they did some years ago for football.

Currently, all non-football sports are lumped together in one big AI grouping. When an AD decides to go all out in one non-football sport, he/she can do it at the expense of all the other non-football sports.

That Scalise is the first AD in the 30+yrs of the AI to decide to stoop to this level for basketball, speaks to the integrity of a whole generation of Ivy AD's.

It's inappropriate to say that Harvard now occupies the same relative role in basketball that Penn occupied in the 1970's. Penn's league record for the 1970's was 127-13 with eight league titles. Harvard has not even been to one NCAA tournament yet.

Let's wait a week or so before we recommend that the Ivy Presidents put the basketball-only AI idea to a vote. But let's all think about it.

Anonymous said...

wow, whoever that last anon was that was super informative. Thanks. Columbia thing reminded me of Jim McMillian, a very good NBA player with the Buffalo Braves during their glory years - a Columbia product. He led them to NCAA's and 6th in nation ranking in 1968.

Anonymous said...

Columbia also had a POY who ended up as a coach elsewhere in the league.....anyone know who?




Anonymous said...

Armond Hill POY at Princeton, coached Columbia 95-03. May still be working in the NBA....