Tuesday, March 20, 2012

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...
  • YahooSports/SportsXchange published a final Ivy League report and writes with respect to Cornell and the Ivies, "Harvard earned a No. 12 seed in the [NCAA Tournament] East Region, the same seed that conference rival Cornell turned into a Sweet 16 trip two years ago... The Crimson gave the scrappy effort many expected but came up short against the Commodores, losing 79-70... Penn’s Zack Rosen was named the Ivy League Player of the Year for a season in which he led the league in scoring and had the Quakers in the title race until the final game of the regular season. He was joined on the first team by Princeton’s Ian Hummer, Yale’s Greg Mangano, Columbia’s Brian Barbour, Cornell’s Chris Wroblewski, and Harvard’s Kyle Casey... Cornell’s Shonn Miller earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors. He started 21 of the team’s 28 games and finished with averages of 8.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game...Johnathan Gray was named an honorable mention All-Ivy selection after averaging 12.3 points per game in league play. Not bad, considering he arrived on campus as a walk-on. … Drew Ferry averaged three 3-pointers per game in 2011-12, which placed him among the national leaders. He did the vast majority of his damage from beyond the arc. Of his 270 shot attempts, 215 (79.6 percent) came from long range. … Ivy League Rookie of the Year Shonn Miller’s numbers were among the best ever for a Cornell freshman. He set the program’s first-year record for blocked shots (48) and rebounds (170). "
  • Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) returned to the NBA D-League from his 10-day contract in the NBA with the New Orleans Hornets. The Times Picayune of New Orleans noted, "the Hornets didn’t re-sign center 7-foot center Jeff Foote after his 10-day contract expired Sunday." while The Springfield Armor announced:
SPRINGFIELD, MA- The Springfield Armor announced today that they have reacquired center Jeff Foote. Foote will join the team in Bismarck, ND and will be available when the Armor face the Dakota Wizards at 8:00 p.m. ET. The current roster now stands at 10.

Foote (7-0, 265, Cornell) returns to the Armor after earning his first-career GATORADE Call-Up with the New Orleans Hornets. He made his NBA debut on March 9 against the Denver Nuggets, scoring 4 points and grabbing 4 rebounds in 23 minutes off the Hornets’ bench. In four games with New Orleans, Foote averaged 1.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 9.8 minutes.

Prior to joining the Hornets, Foote played in 29 games, 28 starts, with the Armor, averaging 14.8 points, a team-high 8.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 32.9 minutes. He posted a team-high 10 double-doubles and was named a 2012 NBA Development League All-Star. Foote also had a stint with the Portland Trail Blazers in their training camp early in the season.

The Armor return home on Saturday, March 24 when they host their annual ‘Paint it Pink Night’, presented by Big Y, for their 7:00 p.m. game against the Canton Charge. The Armor will be wearing special custom pink jerseys that will be auctioned off during the game to raise funds for Rays of Hope, the breast cancer research arm of Baystate Medical Center.

  • In Foote's first game back in the NBA D-League on Monday evening, he recorded 18 points, 13 rebounds and 1 block against the Dakota Wizards. See recaps of the game in the Springfield Republican and Bismark Tribune. “I think he’s going to have a 12-year NBA career,” Armor coach Bob MacKinnon said of Foote. WETM NBC News of Elmira, NY writes, "Jeff Foote is back in the D-League, after his first ten-day contract in the NBA came to an end. Foote rejoined the Springfield Armor Monday night. He spent the previous ten days with the New Orleans Hornets, who declined to sign him to a second ten-day contract. He played 23 minutes in his NBA debut on Friday, March 9th, but saw his minutes dwindle in the games that followed. He did not see any action during Saturday's game. Foote is now free to earn a call-up from NBA team, but will remain with the Armor for the time being. The former Spencer-Van Etten and Cornell star was a D-League All-Star earlier this season, after spending last year playing overseas." Below, WENY reports on Foote's return back to the D-League.

  • Illinois HQ celebrates the birth of the three-point shot by remembering a special three-pointer by each Division I program. For Cornell, Illinois HQ writes, "Against Davidson in the 2009-10 MSG Holiday Festival, Ryan Wittman hit a 35-footer at the OT buzzer to send Cornell into the title game against St. John's, won by the Big Red the next night. Cornell eventually advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.


Anonymous said...

CBB - Assuming everyone's healthy next season, where do you anticipate Cornell will fall in the standings? Can they compete for a title, or do the underclassmen need another year of experience?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

I did not suggest Cornell was a top 2-3 team in the Ivy heading into the 2010-2011 season.

Heading in 2011-2012, however, I think this Cornell team can be a league champion.

Cornell has proven scoring weapons at the 2 (Gray), 3 (Peck) and 4 (Miller).

Throw in a big man in the post who can help rebound and defend (Bunce) and you have a really tough team on both ends of the floor. (The learning curve for freshmen on the defensive end is not as steep as on the offensive end. Bunce can be a high level immediate impact guy on the D-end).

The point guard position is Cornell's biggest question mark.

But with capable scorers at the 2,3,4 and a guy like Bunce who will get a lot of offensive rebounds, the point guard will not be required to score.

Cornell can get get some solid PG play from Miles AA and Cancer if they don't force the issue.

In MAA, Cornell has yet another defensive weapon on the floor.

Off the bench, Cornell has a long and experiences line of depth in multiple position areas:


Scoring against Cornell will not be easy. Could definitely see this team sneaking up and winning the title.

Also think Princeton and Harvard are the others in the mix. Not sold on Columbia.

Anonymous said...

CBB - What about the incoming Frosh? Harmon, Mischler, & Cressler?? All smart, scorers and strong.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Well, I did mention Bunce. He is a true frosh and I expect him to start in November/December (just as I predicted as much with Miller and Cancer last year). At the end of the day, I see Chemerinski, Lamore and Giddens fighting for the reserve center spot.

While Bunce is not going to score points as a frosh, he is so big and mobile that he will immediately impact the rebounding and defense.

Cornell would have loved to use Giddens in that role last year, but but Deion was so raw offensively, he was somewhat of a liability on the floor.

Bunce is light years offensive ahead of Giddens and much bigger and stronger. He'll play early in his career.

On the other freshmen:

Holt Harmon-Big kid, highly skilled. Can pass and shoot. Can face up or play back to the basket. He is a true 4-man (likes to model his style of play after Bird/Nowitzki) and could see immediate minutes off the bench behind Shonn Miller. He'll have competition for the role from Josh Figini and Dwight Tarwater. Because of Harmon's size and ability to post up, he could very well end up being the first power forward off the bench.

Nolan Cressler-Staff loves this kid. He is a sleeper to get big minutes despite a crowded backcourt. He'll have lots of competition though at the shooting guard spot. Jon Gray, a senior, is the likely starter. Devin Cherry, a future elite player within the conference, will be competing with him as well for Gray's primary back up at 2-guard. Then there are other "combo" guard types such as Dom Scelfo and Jake Matthews also in the mix. Scelfo has a lot of value because he is a sniper and can handle the basketball like a 2nd point guard in the floor.

Robert Mischler-He could be the best shooter on the team along with Dom Scelfo. But, as mentioned above, the 2-guard spot is stacked right now and Mischler might need a year before he can get himself into the mix.

Anonymous said...

I know this isn't typical for the Ivy League, but Giddens could really benefit from a "red-shirt" year to develop. Not gonna happen, but it's obvious that's the case.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

There are A LOT of guys in the Ivy that could benefit from it.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

There are A LOT of guys in the Ivy that could benefit from it.

Anonymous said...

I know you are very high on Bunce, but didn't you say almost the same thing about LaMore coming in last year (Big body, impact player defensively, likely starter immediately)?

Anonymous said...

Either there's a huge disparity in talent between the D-League and the NBA, or Foote just didn't click with the Hornets (or perhaps a bit of both). Here's to hoping he gets another shot at the big time. And soon.

Oh, and when Foote's coach commented that he thinks he'll have a twelve-year NBA career, did he mean a D-League career or the real deal?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Did not say anything even remotely similar about Lamore. Never projected him as a freshman starter.

Lamore had about a half dozen low and mid major offers.

Bunce had two dozen offers-- and some from the BCS and high major leagues (Pac 10, ACC, Big East, WAC, Mountain West).

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Foote's coach was referring to a 12 year NBA career. The Nets really like Foote, as do other teams. Just some teams would rather have him develop a bit longer.

Anonymous said...

I presume you meant to write that Cornell "can be a league champion" in 2013, not 2012.

If you write that "Princeton and Harvard are others in the mix," is it fair to say that you believe that the Big Red, Tigers and Crimson are approximately equally likely to be champion?

If that's your position, then I'm going to respectfully disagree. Cornell is nowhere near as likely to win as Princeton and Harvard are.

If you meant your words literally, then I agree. Of course, all eight teams CAN be a league champion next year.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

I understand that you (and the vast majority) will disagree.

I expect Cornell to be a 4th, 5th or 6th place prediction in most of the glossy magazines in the preseason.

But I have studied the Ivy teams for 2012-2013 and Cornell has the chess pieces in place to play the way Bill Courtney wants to play. I think the Big Red are a top 3 Ivy team with just as much of a chance to win the title as Harvard and Princeton.

Anonymous said...

That's cool. That's why you run the Cornell Basketball Blog. Good luck to us next year; I hope you're right.