Sunday, September 30, 2012

News and Notes: Weekend Edition

Below, some news and notes for the Weekend...

  • Cornell's Red-White Men's Basketball Game, the annual intrasquad scrimmage, will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at 6 pm in Newman Arena.  There are no home football or men's soccer games scheduled on October 20.  The Red-White scrimmage will serve as the appetizer to the 7 pm men's hockey exhibition in Lynah Rink vs. Brock University of Canada.  All Cornell Lynah Faithful hockey fans are encouraged to stop by and join Cornell Newman Nation for the event.  Seven "new" faces will be on this season's roster.  Cornell freshmen Braxston Bunce, Nolan Cressler, Holt Harmon and Robert Mischler will make their debuts for Cornell.  Veterans Errick Peck, Manny Sahota and Jake Matthews are also returning to the active roster after taking the 2011-2012 season off for medical red-shirts.
  • October 20 will also function as a big day in recruiting for the Big Red as it is Cornell's Junior Day with many top prospects from the high school class of 2014 spending the day on campus and in the Red-White Game as an unofficial visit.
  • Cornell Athletics has officially announced The Cornell Basketball Alumni and Friends Weekend which will coincide with Cornell's season opener vs. Western Michigan on November 10.  Cornell Athletics writes:
      Cornell Basketball To Host Alumni & Friends Weekend
      * Register for the Cornell Men's Basketball Alumni & Friends Weekend ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Cornell basketball program will host an Alumni & Friends Weekend on Nov. 9-11 in conjunction with the Big Red's home opener against Western Michigan. The event will recognize the 25th anniversary of the 1987-88 Ivy League championship team. All alumni and friends of Cornell Basketball are welcome. All events are free, but individuals are encouraged to register online.  
    •  Former intern manager/coach with Cornell's Sweet Sixteen team in 2010, Ryan Woerner, has joined Saint Peter's, a Cornell opponent in 2012-2013, as its co-director of basketball operations/video coordinator.  He was an assistant last year in Division III with SUNY New Paltz.
    • Vance Marbury, the Director of the Cleveland AmPro Summer League believes Shonn Miller of Cornell has the NBA in his future.  Marbury writes in his blog:
      Shonn Miller the pride of St. Ignatius High School via Euclid, Ohio is a freak athlete, with broad shoulders, and great cerebral index. Shonn Miller who attended the prestigious St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio is becoming one heck of a basketball player. Last year at Cornell University Mr. Miller became the the seventh Cornell University basketball player to receive Ivy League Rookie of the Year Honors. Mr. Miller established new Cornell freshman records for rebounds (170) and blocked shots (46) while taking home the conference's Rookie of the Week honor five times. Shonn also ranked among the top 10 freshman scorers in school history with 250 points. The 6-7 freshman ranked eighth in the Ivy League in rebounding and steals and was second in blocks. Shonn as a freshman averaged 8.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. Mr. Miller shot 44 percent from the floor, including 51 percent from inside the 3-point arc. Miller had three double-doubles, five double digit rebounding games and nine contests in double figure scoring. Miller has groan exponentially even past my expectations. As a junior in high school Shonn was a thin, decently athletic 3 guard who was still perfecting his craft. As a senior in high school Shonn grew into his body a little more, but faced some injuries that held him back from truly exploding. This summer Shonn walked in to the 2012 JT Focus Mgt, Cleveland Am Pro Men's Basketball Summer League with a very more mature body. Shonn has also become tougher, more athletic, while still maintaining his great attitude. The thing that may separate Shonn from other players at his position, is his ability to excel in Basketball Systems. Shonn has the potential to be a 1st Team all Ivy League Performer this season, and a NBA Draftee in 3 seasons. That will depend on Shonn desire to continue to get better, but from the looks of the improvement from his Senior Season in High School, to his Freshman season in College, its a No-Brainer we will see Shonn Miller wearing an NBA uniform in 2015!!
    • Below is an updated directory listing of some Twitter feeds associated with the Cornell basketball program.
    -Josh Wexler ('88)
    -Rich Medina ('92)
    -Bo Buttenback ('98)
    -Cody Toppert ('05)
    -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)
    -Max Groebe ('12)
    -Chris Wroblewski ('12)
    -Andrew Ferry ('12)
    -The Cornell Rebounders Club
    -Jonathan Gray ()
    -Miles Asafo Adjei ()
    -Peter McMillan ()
    -Errick Peck ()
    -Josh Figini ()
    -Galal Cancer ()
    -Ned Tomic ()
    -Dominick Scelfo ()
    -Jake Mathews ()
    -Dwight Tarwater ()
    -Manny Sahota ()
    -Dave LaMore ()
    -Shonn Miller ()
    -Devin Cherry ()
    -Nolan Cressler ()
    -Braxston Bunce ()
    -Holt Harmon ()
    -Robert Mischler ()
    -David Onuorah (committed recruit)
    -Tim Higgins (committed recruit)
    -Assistant Coach Mike Blaine ()
    -Assistant Coach Marlon Sears ()
    -Assistant Coach Arlen Galloway ()
    -Brian Delaney, WPIE/ESPN Radio Ithaca ()
    -Barry Leonard, Cornell Redcast/Play-By-Play Annnouncer
    -Ed Boulat, Ithaca Journal
    -Cornell Daily Sun Sports ()
    -Slope Sports ()
    -WVBR Sports      
    -Former assistant coach, Jay Larranaga
    -Former assistant coach, Ricky Yahn () 
    -Former head coach, Steve Donahue ()
    -Former intern assistant Ryan Woerner ()
    -Former assistant coach, Zach Spiker ()
    -Former assistant coach, Nat Graham ()
    -Former assistant coach, Woody Kampmann ()
    -Former assistant coach, Izzi Metz ()
    -Former assistant coach, Paul Fortier ()
    • 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 September 30, Aubry is averaging 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for Halcones of the LNBP in Mexico, the premier league. Halcones is 7-2 and in 3rd place out of 16 teams in the league. Aubry, a 6'11" center, splits his time in both the Mexican and Puerto Rican professional leagues. 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).

    -Louis Dale ('10) (KAOD Dramas, Greece A1 premier league)-KAOD is currently ranked #41 in Europe and has not commenced its regular season.  Dale spent his first two professional seasons both in Germany's BBK Bundesliga, the country's premier league with Goettingen.
    -Jeff Foote ('10) (Zalgiris, Lithuania LKL premier league)-Zalgiris is currently ranked #12 in Europe.  Foote did not make an apperance in the LKL regular season opener for Zalgiris on September 26.  He did however contribute 13 points and 6 rebounds on September 30 against Europe's top club, the defending EuroLeague Champions, Olimpiacos (Greece) in the consolation game of the Gomelsky Cup hosted by CSKA Moscow.  Prior to joining Zalgiris, Foote played during the summer of 2012 on the Brooklyn Nets NBA Summer League team.  During 2011-2012, Foote averaged 15.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in the NBA D-League for the Springfield Armor after being named a starter at the D-League's All-Star Game during FebruaryFoote finished the D-League season ranked 4th in double-doubles and also 4th in rebounds. Springfield finished the regular season 29-21 (1st place out of 8 teams in the Eastern Conference) and was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Canton. Foote averaged 1.0 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in 4 games for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets during a 10-day contract between March 9 and March 19. Foote was ranked by the D-League as its #6 overall NBA prospect.  During April he was profiled in a video on  He participated in the Portland Trailblazers' 2011-2012 preseason training camp and 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.
    • Below, links to our recap sections from each of Cornell's games during the 2011-2012 season.
    1. 11/11/11 at St. Bonaventure L 58-79
    2. 11/14/11 Binghamton W 76-61
    3. 11/16/11 at Buffalo L 59-68
    4. 11/20/11 Boston University W 71-66
    5. 11/22/11 at Delaware L 64-72
    6. 11/27/11 American L 63-65
    7. 12/3/11 Lehigh W 81-79 OT
    8. 12/17/11 Albany W 85-82 OT
    9. 12/19/11 at Illinois (TV: ESPN3) L 60-64
    10. 12/21/11 at Penn State (TV: Big Ten Network) L 67-74
    11. 12/28/11 at Stony Brook (TV: Cablevision 118)) L 58-69 OT
    12. 12/31/11 at Bucknell L 60-63
    13. 1/3/12 at Maryland (TV: ESPN3) L 62-70
    14. 1/7/12 Albright W 78-60
    15. 1/13/12 Princeton (IVY) W 67-59
    16. 1/14/12 Pennsylvania (IVY) L 52-64
    17. 1/21/12 at Columbia (IVY) L 56-61
    18. 1/28/12 Columbia (IVY) W 65-60
    19. 2/3/12 at Harvard (IVY) L 60-71
    20. 2/4/12 at Dartmouth (IVY) W 68-59
    21. 2/10/12 Yale (IVY) W 85-84 OT
    22. 2/11/12 Brown (IVY) W 72-63
    23. 2/17/12 at Pennsylvania (IVY) L 66-73
    24. 2/18/12 at Princeton (IVY) L 57-75
    25. 2/24/12 at Brown (IVY) W 69-63
    26. 2/25/12 at Yale (IVY) L 40-71
    27. 3/2/12 Dartmouth (IVY) W 70-57
    28. 3/3/12 Harvard (IVY) (TV: ESPN3) L 63-67

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