Thursday, August 2, 2012

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Thursday...

  • Jeff Foote's (Cornell '10) and Louis Dale's (Cornell '10) Dyckman NYAC team is in action tonight in their final game of the Nike Summer Pro League in New York.  They take on the X-Men at 8:30 at Baruch College.
  • Cornell's Shonn Miller was selected by 3rd Coast Hoops as having performed the best play of the summer in the Cleveland and Akron summer pro leagues.

  • Below, a look back at interviews by SlopeTV with Miles Asafo-Adjei, Eitan Chemerinski, Josh Figini, Peter McMillan, and Errick Peck during the 2009-2010 preseason when they were just freshmen.


Anonymous said...


I was reading your twitter feed about the recent Harvard recruit and, if everything there is factual, find Harvard's practices here to be very disturbing.

They are essentially trying to game the system and not competing within the spirit of the league. In my opinion a few more years of this combined with some growing financial aid disparities will call for, or bring about, change to the AI and financial aid policies within the league.

But, mainly, I just find the practice of them bringing in one-and-done'ers for the purpose of AI padding to be completely uncouth.

Your thoughts?

Anonymous said...

I'm actually a little surprised that Tommy Amaker bothers with academic boosters at all. Obviously, athletic director Bob Scalise has given him carte blanche to recruit as many low AI players as he wants. Internally within the athletic department, Amaker doesn't need to bother with the optics of maintaining a high average AI score on his team.

Therefore, Amaker must be going through the trouble of finding boosters simply so he can tell EXTERNAL audiences that his team average is within Harvard norms. I would have doubted that he cared so much about maintaining a facade for outside constituents.

Who does he care about? Maybe it's alumni. I doubt he gives a damn what the media thinks. Any thinking member of the press knows that he's not earning a national ranking with same kind of kids Frank Sullivan was forced to put on the court. Maybe it's Scalise who is telling Amaker, "I need to be able to tell my own constituents that I'm not making a mockery of the AI system, so add a couple boosters to each incoming class."

If Harvard is wiling to twist AI rules to such an extent, imagine what they're doing on the financial aid front. What do you bet that each of the men's basketball recruits with the exception of the boosters has been judged by the financial aid office to have full need? "Yeah, sure, your dad's a doctor but, what with Medicare reimbursement rates these days, we think you should get a full ride. Your dad's an investment banker? Well, we know bonuses have been poor the last couple years. . . ."

Anonymous said...

Great Slope video! Love that you re-posted it before this classes senior season.

Side note: Just noticed that if you look closely at some of the clips, you can see Johnny Gray participating in some of the drills as a manager. Pretty cool if you ask me.