Tuesday, March 27, 2012

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Above, committed Cornell recruit, Holt Harmon and Plano West (Texas) High School basketball coach, Anthony Morgan during October 2011. Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...

  • Cornell alumnus, Jeff Aubry ('99) collected 7 rebounds in a Puerto Rico BSN game last night as his Arecibo team defeated Bayamon 85-76. As of March 27, Aubry is averaging 3.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for Arecibo in the BSN Puerto Rico premier league. Arecibo is 7-6 and in 4th place out of 8 teams in the league. Aubry, a 6'11" center, splits his time in both the Mexican (Halcones Rojos, LNBP Mexico premier league) and Puerto Rican professional leagues. He is also a prospective member of Puerto Rico's national team and could join several NBA stars in Puerto Rico's bid to qualify for the London Summer Olympics. 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 NBA 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).

There's a good chance if an NBA team needs a man in the middle to come in and play, they'll probably look elsewhere. There are still some 7-footers left, though, if teams are interested in making sure their call-up is already in playing shape.

Top Player: This spot belonged to Mikki Moore last time we did this, but things have changed now that Jeff Foote returned from his call-up to the New Orleans Hornets. The 7-footer is obviously still developing, but considering he already has a go-to move in the post and is averaging 15.2 points and 8.7 rebounds for one of the best teams in the D-League, there are a lot of things to like about the 24-year-old Cornell alum.

Foote has what many describe as the best hands in the D-League, a hook shot that nobody can stop in the D-League and a wingspan long enough to alter shots from all around the post. He could be a much better rebounder if he'd work on developing his lower body -- and it wouldn't hurt to improve his footwork, either, considering he gets frustrated whenever the hook shot isn't falling.


Anonymous said...

At 6' 9" I would think we should see alot more dunking than just the one in the warm up, no?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

He's actually probably closer to 6'8".

And dunking is not important in the grand scheme. There are a lot of "athletes" in the Ivy who sit on the bench because they are not real basketball players. They have explosiveness but lack skills or strength.

Harmon is highly skilled, but also big and strong. He can face up and shoot or post low and hit the turnaround Js.

He can pass.

He can put the ball on the floor at 6'8"/6'9" and look over the defense.

He creates match up problems.

He spreads the floor.

He works hard on defense and plays physical on the glass in rebounding.

He is what you want out of a power forward.

Dunking is certainly a way to finish strong, but even the best players in college average maybe 2 dunks per game. I'd rather have a guy that score from anywhere on the floor, who can dribble and pass and help rebound and defend.

Holt will make Cornell difficult to defend against.

Who cares about layup line dunks?

Anonymous said...

It seems like we keep trying to find the "next Alex Tyler." I hope this is him.

Anonymous said...

And is Mischler the the next "John Bajuz"?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Holt Harmon may be built like Alex Tyler, but their games are not similar.

Tyler was not a very good shooter outside of 12 feet. He was really only reliable in the paint.

Harmon is a good shooter out to 23 feet.

Tyler was not known for his passing, Harmon is a very good passer.

Tyler was known for his physicality and scrappy inside work. He was a great teammate and was willing to sacrifice his body for the team. Harmon does some of the same, but brings more skill to the table.

This is by no means a knock on Alex. But the reality is that he was not an offensive player like Harmon.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Mischler's game is sort of like Adam Gore's game, but Gore (pre-ACL injury) was a better ball handler. Gore probably also was a better defender. But Mischler can improve and the staff believes in him.

q'nis said...

Impressed with his intensity, you can't teach that. I hope he is patient, sometimes fiery guys don't like sitting on the bench for a while to learn the nuances of the college game. Blog, do you anticipate Miller making a move to the 3 at some point to let Harmon play 4? I think he could play out there, but that would really hurt our interior defense and rebounding.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

My guess is Miller at the 4 and Peck at the 3 the next two seasons (Peck is just a junior next year).

Harmon could see time as the primary reserve 4 next season. His biggest competition for that job is Figini, Tarwater and to some extent... Chemerinski.

I don't think we see Miller as a 3.

My hunch is that Gray sees most of the minutes at the 3 when Peck is off the floor.

Anonymous said...

From what I saw this year from Miller and remember about Peck from the year before, both are really good athletes and have somewhat similar games. Miller's a better three pt shoot and shot blocker than Peck, but wasn't Peck a 4 in 2010?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Peck is the obvious choice for the small forward spot. He played small forward as a sophomore while Adam Wire played PF.

In comparison to Miller, Peck is a better ball handler and shooter. (Peck shot 38% from beyond the arc last year.) Peck likes to face the basket when scoring the ball. Peck is also laterally quicker and better suited to defend on the perimeter.

Miller is the far superior rebounder and shot blocker. Miller is also comfortable posting up. He is the more natural 4-man and has a similar game to Kyle Casey.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see those two playing together with a solid big man in the middle. If we can get a solid PG who can pass and hang onto the ball, this should be a fun team to watch.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Cornell is going to get easy buckets next year because of the size and skill of the inside game (Shonn Miller, Bunce, Peck as well as Chemerinski, Lamore and Harmon).

The guards will not need to carry the offensive burden like Wroblewski and Ferry were forced to do so the last two years.

The guards only need to avoid mistakes (turnovers) and keep the defense honest.

Anonymous said...

As you say, we need guards who can shoot 3's at the 45% level (and 95% free throws) to keep the opponents defense from sagging on our bigs. Therefore, who can do that? Gray? Miles? Cancer? Mischler? Cressler? Do any of these guys shoot 500 FT a day? It's annoying to all (including the guys) when we only shoot 50-70% from the line.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Gray shot 42% beyond the arc.

Dom Scelfo, if given the minutes, can shoot better than 42%. He has Wittman/Gore like range.

Cressler has the ability to shoot over 40%.

Peck shot 38% last year.

Cherry can be a 38-41% shooter as well.

I don't think we can expect Miles or Cancer to shoot better than 30% from outside, but their game is more of the dribble penetration style.

Anonymous said...

Agree with previous poster that we have to shoot a high free throw percentage. Shoot 500 FT's a day, If that doesn't improve percentage, shoot more. After watching our season and in particular, the NCAA playoffs so far, games are won at the end of the game with free throws

Anonymous said...

How many of the close games would we have won if we had shot 85% from the free throw line?

Anonymous said...

There has been so many comparisons over the last three years of new recruits to Alex Tyler. References are made about how much better the new recruit is going to be. AT came in with little expectations and surpassed them all. He proved grit and consistency and his value went far beyond pts reb and bks. We will have to see results over a career in comparison to Tyler rather than speculation or potential.