Monday, November 26, 2012

Cornell's Shonn Miller is Player of the Week

Cornell's Shonn Miller takes home Ivy League Player of the Week...


Below, the release from the Ivy League Office.

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League men’s basketball closes out the first month of the season and moves into the second with another full schedule this week.

All eight teams are in action among the 15 games spanning a five-day stretch. Six of eight teams play at least one game at home while Dartmouth heads out on its eight-game road trip and Princeton finishes off its four-game road swing.

The League is back on the NBC Sports Network this week with Harvard hosting Vermont on Tuesday night. Brown travels north to take on New Hampshire in its first television game of the season to be carried live by WBIN-TV and FOX College Sports.

Columbia grabbed the national spotlight last week with its 75-57 win at Villanova. It was the Lions' first win against a Big East Conference team since Nov. 30, 1985 (a 85-65 win at Seton Hall) and was just their second victory over Villanova since a 76-64 road triumph on Dec. 29, 1969, at the Spectrum.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cornell sophomore forward Shonn Miller (Euclid, Ohio) averaged 12.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 62 percent from the field and 78 percent from the free-throw line in helping the Big Ref to a 2-1 week while earning all-tournament honors at the 2012 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. Miller opened the week with a 13-point, 12-rebound effort against then-unbeaten Arizona State in Tempe, adding three steals while making 4-of-6 shots. He was again in double figures with 10 points, five rebounds and three steals in an easy victory over Presbyterian before connecting for 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block in 25 minutes against Longwood. He hit both three-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws, all in the final 30 seconds of a six-point win.

Miller's Statistics for the Week:

MINFG-APCT3FG-APCTFT-APCTREBA   B  S  PTS
at Arizona State344-6.6671-2.5004-5.8001210313
vs. Presbyterian275-7.7140-1.0000-0.000510310
vs. Longwood254-8.5002-21.0004-41.000721014
TOTALS28.713-21.6193-5.6008-9.8898.01.30.32.012.3





Cornell Athletics also issued the following release:
ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell sophomore Shonn Miller has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week after helping the Big Red to a 2-1 record on the week, including a tournament title in the Upper Bracket of the 2012 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. Miller, the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2011-12, picked up his first Player of the Week honor of his career.

An all-tournament selection, Miller averaged 12.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 62 percent from the field, 60 percent from 3-point range and 89 percent from the free-throw line. He opened the week with a 13-point, 12-rebound effort against then-unbeaten Arizona State in Tempe, adding three steals while making 4-of-6 shots. He was again in double figures with 10 points, five rebounds and three steals in an easy victory over Presbyterian before connecting for 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block in 25 minutes against Longwood. He hit both three-pointers as well as 4-of-4 free throws against the Lancers in the Upper Bracket championship game.

For the season, Miller is averaging 9.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.9 blocks and 1.4 assists per game while connecting on 46 percent of his shots overall and 90 percent from the free-throw line. He ranks in the top 10 in the Ivy League in rebounding (seventh), field goal percentage (10th), free-throw percentage (fifth), steals (fifth), blocks (fourth) and defensive rebounds (third, 5.6).

Miller and the Big Red face defending America East champion Stony Brook on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at Newman Arena in Bartels Hall.

IVY LEAGUE AWARD WINNERS 2012-2013

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week 1 November 12-Gabas Maldunas, Dartmouth/Will Barrett, Princeton
Week 2 November 19-Fran Dougherty, Penn
Week 3 November 26-Shonn Miller, Cornell

ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Week 1 November 12-Nolan Cressler, Cornell
Week 2 November 19-Rafael Maia, Brown
Week 3 November 26-Grant Mullins, Columbia

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

WTG Shonn - Love the percentage shooting.

Anonymous said...

Our chaotic appearance on the offensive end can be disconcerting, BUT....

Between Eitan/Josh, they are averaging 6.5R, 12P in 35MPG. That's solid productivity from an Ivy "5" slot. And 10PF's to spend, not just 5.

Between Shonn and our "5" duo, that is excellent productivity upfront. One might also be able to add Errick's 5R, 7P in 21MPG at the "4."

It also looks as if Coach may have found his shooters in Cherry and Cressler.

It's going to be just fine to spot Cressler in at wing. At 6-4, 200, he can get the job done as long as he splits time with someone like Errick who has a little more muscle and clever hands around the basket, to do some of the dirty work inside.
Wittman taught us three things:
a) having a 6-6, 215 wing with great shooting range is like... heaven (ask any coach);
b) they're pretty hard to come by;
c) if you've got a guy who is more of an inside threat from the wing to spot in for your smaller shooter, tandem activity will work out great!

PG is beginning to sort itself out, too. There will be many times this year when we'll be glad we've got both Galal and MAA to send out there alongside Johnny. Galal/MAA are averaging 5.5APG; that's good work for a PG position.

Not trying to imply that we're "there" yet, but our hard work has gotten us headed in the direction of "there."

br2 said...

Great analysis! Stony Brook will be a good test coming up, let's see how it plays out.

Anonymous said...

CBB - In your opinion, is Donahue's job in jeopardy? The ACC is not as forgiving as the Ivy League.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

In my own opinion, without any inside information, I think Donahue gets one last season (2013-2014).

I think he should be given 2014-2015 as well, but I don't think he will get it.

B.C. expects to be an NCAA Tournament team or at least a consistent NIT team. The program will not settle for no postseasons 2-3 straight years (and CBI does not count for an ACC program).