Monday, March 11, 2013

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, news and notes for Monday...

  • Lost Letterman wants an Ivy League tournament and writes, "It’s not just the coaches and players that would benefit from the tournament, but the league as a whole. Following Cornell’s run to the Sweet Sixteen in 2010 and the emergence of Harvard hoops (stemming from both Jeremy Lin and Tommy Amaker), people are aware of and interested in Ivy League basketball more than ever. It’s time to give those people something more to pay attention to."
  • Sports Illustrated writes, "The best arguments for small-conference tournaments: 1) You get a game on national TV, 2) It’s exciting to have a year-end event where everyone has a chance, and 3) You could steal an extra bid. In my opinion, the first two of those reasons are really stupid. You know how you get the most attention? Win games in the NCAAs. Cornell got plenty of love in 2010 when it blasted Temple and Wisconsin and played Kentucky mostly tough in the Sweet 16. As for the third one, how often does that even happen in the bottom 15 conferences? It’s a pipe dream. You’re not getting an at-large."
  • The Patriot News discusses some of the best March Madness memories and writes, "But the memories that stick are all the downtrodden teams that should've had no chance and somehow did. Cornell carving up Temple and Wisconsin three years ago in Jacksonville."
It’s tough to judge this year’s Cornell team, and it will be interesting to see how the Ivy League treats Shonn Miller in terms of the sophomore’s season awards. Miller was the front runner for Defensive Player of the Year and was a virtual lock for 1st Team All-Ivy until he missed the final four games of the season. Cornell folded after Miller, Johnathan Gray, and Devin Cherry were unable to play, losing their final six games and finishing in a tie for 6th place at 5-9. This weekend started with an uninspiring loss at Dartmouth and finished with a spirited performance, albeit with a gimmicky gameplan at Harvard. Courtney’s troops used the full 35 seconds on pretty much every possession in the first half, wasting time at halfcourt as the shot clock dwindled. The (good) idea was to limit the number of possessions, increasing the chances that a less talented team could upset a more talented team. It almost worked, as the Big Red were all tied up through about 16 minutes, but the talent disparity between the league champs and Cornell’s B Team was too great. The Big Red return a lot of talent next year, led of course, by Miller.
  • Below, links to our recap sections from each of Cornell's games during the 2012-2013 season. 
  • Cornell RPI WatchThe RPI (Rating Percentage Index) is a measure of strength of schedule and how a team does against that schedule. It does not consider the margin of victory, but only whether or not a team won and where the game was played (home/away/neutral court). The formula is 25% team winning percentage (WP), 50% opponents' average winning percentage (OWP), and 25% opponents' opponents' average winning percentage (OOWP). (See: for a further explanation of the formula.) The RPI may be the most influential factor in NCAA Tournament seeding. Cornell's RPI rank as of March 10 is No. 251 out of 344 total Division I teams. While neither the Ken Pomeroy or the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) are used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, the site ranks Cornell No. 266 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 257.  Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.

Friday, November 9
MIT 54 Harvard 69 Box Score - Recap
UMBC 75 Penn 80  Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 10
Western Michigan 55 Cornell 63 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 57 Buffalo 53 Box Score - Recap
Yale 82 Sacred Heart 85 (OT) [SNY] [Conn 6] Box Score - Recap  
Columbia 68 Furman 47 Box Score - Recap
Maine 54 Dartmouth 67  Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 11
Brown 58 Binghamton 49 Box Score - Recap

Monday, November 12
Yale 35 Saint Joseph’s 61 (Coaches v. Cancer) 
Box Score - Recap
Penn 69 Delaware 84 (Preseason NIT)
 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 13
Harvard 64 Massachusetts 67 (ESPN Tip Off Marathon) [ESPN]
 Box Score - Recap
Penn 53 Fairfield 62 
(Preseason NIT) [ESPN3] Box Score - Recap
Northeastern 67 Princeton 66 Box Score - Recap
New Hampshire 72 Dartmouth 58 
Box Score - Recap
Haverford 40 Columbia 74
 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, November 14
St. Bonaventure at Cornell [NBCSN]
 Box Score - Recap

Thursday, November 15
Brown 71 Central Connecticut State 86 
Box Score - Recap

Friday, November 16
Saint Peter’s 68 Cornell 64
 Box Score - Recap
Rutgers 58 Princeton 5
Box Score - Recap
Manhattan 45 Harvard 79 Box Score
Yale 56 Evansville 66 
(Coaches v. Cancer) Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 17
 61 Penn 59 Box Score - Recap
Yale 63 Buffalo 59 (Evansville, Ind.) (Coaches v. Cancer) Box Score
Brown 70 Maine 68 Box Score - Recap
Marist 67 Columbia 62 Box Score - Recap

Sunday. November 18
Yale 47 Western Illinois 59 (Oakland City, Ind.) 
Box Score - Recap
Cornell 40 Wisconsin 73 (Las Vegas Invitational) [ESPN3]  
Box Score - Recap

Monday, November 19
Penn 68 Fordham 70 (Preseason NIT, Bethlehem PA) Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 20
Columbia 75 Villanova 57 [ESPN3] Box Score - Recap
Harvard 56 Saint Joseph’s 75 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap
Penn 66 Lehigh 73 (Preseason NIT) Box Score - Recap
Cornell 53 Arizona State 64 (Las Vegas Invitational) [PAC-12 Sports Network] Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, November 21
Bryant 68 Brown 61 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 53 Syracuse 73 [TIME WARNER] Box Score - Recap
Yale 52 Vermont 65  Box Score - Recap

Friday, November 23
Cornell 89 Presbyterian 55 (Las Vegas Invitational at Las Vegas) Box Score - Recap
Columbia 75 Wayland Baptist 63 (SF Hilltop Classic) Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 24
Saint Francis (N.Y.) 76 Brown72 (OT) Box Score - Recap
IPFW 70 Dartmouth 66 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 72 Lafayette53 Box Score - Recap
Army 83 Yale 86 (2OT)  Box Score - Recap
Cornell 84 Longwood 78 (Las Vegas Invitational at Las Vegas) Box Score - Recap
Columbia 59 San Francisco 79 (SF Hilltop Classic) Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 27
Dartmouth 49 Bucknell 62 Box Score - Recap
Vermont 85 Harvard 78 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, November 28
Columbia 61 LIU Brooklyn 70 Box Score - Recap
Stony Brook 53 Cornell 76 Box Score - Recap
Binghamton 54 Penn 65 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 42 Wagner 48 (OT) Box Score - Recap

Thursday, November 29
Sacred Heart 56 Brown 69 Box Score - Recap
Hartford 60 Yale 51 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 1
Brown 50 New Hampshire 63 [WBIN/FCS] Box Score - Recap
Fordham 64 Harvard 73 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 61 Longwood 53 Box Score - Recap
Penn 47 Penn State 58 [ESPN3] Box Score - Recap
Colgate 63 Cornell 70 Box Score - Recap
Bucknell 65 Columbia 57 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 50 Kent State 62 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 4
Dartmouth 49 Elon 71 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 79 Boston College 63 [ESPN3] Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 5
Yale 64 Bryant 62 Box Score - Recap

Friday, December 7
Harvard 49 Connecticut 57 [SNY] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 8
Yale 56 New Hampshire 64  Box Score - Recap
Drexel 64 Princeton 57 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 56 Holy Cross 67 Box Score - Recap
Brown 57 Notre Dame 84 [ESPN3] Box Score - Recap
Villanova 68 Penn 55 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 9
Columbia 54 American 42 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 11
Boston University 64 Harvard 65 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 12
Dartmouth 50 Vermont 52 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 15
Princeton 60 Fordham 63 (Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival) [YES] Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 42 Arizona State 61 Box Score - Recap

Monday, December 17
Cornell 55 Vanderbilt 66 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 18
Albertus Magnus 63 Yale 112 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 19
Cornell 47 Duke 88 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap

Thursday, December 20
Rider 45 Princeton 62 Box Score - Recap

Friday, December 21
Penn 60 Delaware 83  Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 22
Cornell 57 Boston University70 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 66 Bryant 79  Box Score - Recap
Holy Cross 65 Harvard 72  Box Score - Recap
Elon 70 Columbia 79 Box Score - Recap
Bucknell 67 Princeton 79 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 23
Brown 42 Northwestern 63 [] Box Score - Recap

Friday, December 28
Providence 68 Brown 69 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap
Cornell 79 Saint Francis (Pa.) 67  Box Score - Recap
Yale 75 Nevada 85 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 29
Manhattan 58 Columbia 69 Box Score - Recap
Penn 63 Wagner 68  Box Score - Recap
Harvard 67 California 62 [PAC-12] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 30
Cornell 79 Binghamton 77 [TIME WARNER SPORTS] Box Score - Recap
Yale 62 Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 78 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 58 Akron 62 Box Score - Recap

Monday, December 31
Dartmouth 58 Boston College 79 [ESPN3] Box Score - Recap
Brown 50 Albany 57 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 69 Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 70 [ESPN2] Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, January 1
Yale 70 Iowa State 80 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, January 2
Colgate 59 Columbia 66 Box Score - Recap
Bucknell 72 Cornell 56 Box Score - Recap
Penn 57 Butler 70 Box Score - Recap

Friday, January 4
Brown 47 Rhode Island 59 [OSN] Box Score - Recap
Yale 61 Holy Cross 54 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 5
Princeton 74 Elon 64 Box Score - Recap
Penn 57 La Salle 74 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 64 Army 52 Box Score - Recap
Rice 62 Harvard 92 Box Score - Recap
Colgate 78 Dartmouth 62 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, January 6
Cornell 68 American 60 Box Score - Recap
Florida 79 Yale 58 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, January 8
Niagara 74 Brown 75 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 69 Holy Cross 78 Box Score - Recap
Army 58 Dartmouth 75 Box Score - Recap
Lafayette 85 Penn 83 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 12
Daniel Webster 34 Brown 71 Box Score - Recap
College at Old Westbury 84 Cornell 103  Box Score - Recap
Oberlin 39 Yale 104 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 75 Dartmouth 65 Box Score - Recap
*Penn 53 Princeton 65 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap

Thursday, January 17
Colby-Sawyer 42 Dartmouth 80 Box Score
Penn 54 NJIT 53 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 19
Harvard 50 Memphis 60 [FSN] Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 58 Cornell 67 NBCSN] Box Score - Recap
Saint Joseph’s 79 Penn 59 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap
*Yale 51 Brown 65 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, January 23
Penn 69 Temple 76 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 26
*Dartmouth 77  Harvard 82 OT [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap
*Brown 64 Yale 76 OT Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 66 Columbia 63 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, January 27
The College of New Jersey 33 Princeton 71 Box Score - Recap

Friday, February 1
*Brown 62 Dartmouth 50 Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 58 Penn 62  Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 59 Princeton 76 Box Score - Recap
*Yale 64 Harvard 67 Box Score - Recap

 Saturday, February 2
*Columbia 66 Princeton 72 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap
*Brown 82 Harvard 89 2OT Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 71 Penn 69 Box Score - Recap
*Yale 62 Dartmouth 71 Box Score - Recap

Friday, February 8
*Brown 46 Princeton 63 Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 60 Columbia 57 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 67 Cornell 65  Box Score - Recap
*Yale 68 Penn 59  Box Score - Recap

Saturday, February 9
*Yale 69 Princeton 65 Box Score - Recap
*Brown 48 Penn 71 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, February 10
*Harvard 63 Columbia 78 Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 56 Cornell 79 Box Score - Recap

Friday, February 15
*Columbia 55 Brown 58 [myRITV] Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 68 Yale 61 Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 73 Dartmouth 55 Box Score - Recap
*Penn 54 Harvard 73  Box Score - Recap

Saturday, February 16
*Cornell 69 Brown 66 Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 56 Yale 75 Box Score - Recap
*Penn 67 Dartmouth 57 Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 57 Harvard 69 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap

Friday, February 22
*Harvard 65 Brown 47 [myRITV] Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 65 Columbia 40 Box Score - Recap
*Penn 79 Cornell 71 Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 67 Yale 78 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, February 23
*Dartmouth 50 Brown 59 Box Score - Recap
*Penn 41 Columbia 58 Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 72 Cornell 53 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 72 Yale 66 [CBSSN] Box Score - Recap

Friday, March 1
*Brown 84 Cornell 65 Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 69 Penn 64 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 53 Princeton 58 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap
*Yale 46 Columbia 59 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, March 2
*Dartmouth 63 Princeton 68 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 72 Penn 75 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap
*Brown 61 Columbia 58 Box Score - Recap
*Yale 79 Cornell 70  Box Score - Recap

Friday, March 8
*Penn 66 Brown 64 [myRITV] Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 51 Harvard 56  Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 62 Dartmouth 76  Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 66 Yale 71 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, March 9
*Cornell 56 Harvard 65 [NBCSN] Box Score - Recap
*Princeton 67 Brown 80 Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 58 Dartmouth 64 Box Score - Recap
*Penn 65 Yale 79 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, March 12
*Princeton at Penn, 7:30 pm

  • Below is an updated list of players committed to Ivy League schools in the class of 2013 (unless otherwise noted):

Steven Spieth.(Jesuit HS) Dallas, TX, 6-6, F, Brown
Aram Martin (Miller School) Charlottesville, VA, 6-9, F, Brown
Lealand King (Brentwood School) Los Angeles, CA, 6-6, F, Brown
J.R. Hobbie (Manasquan HS) Manasquan, NJ, 6-4, G, Brown
Tavon Blackmon (Gonzaga) Washington, DC, 5-11, G, Brown
Matt Madigan (Mt. Tabor HS) Winston-Salem, NC, 6-4, G, Brown
Chris McComber (John McCrae School) Ottawa, ON, 6-7, F, Columbia
Kendall Jackson (Suffield Academy) Suffield, MA, 5-9, G, Columbia
Jeff Coby (Choate Rosemary Hall) Choate, CT, 6-6, F, Columbia
Ikemefuna Ngwudo (Milton Academy) Milton, MA, 6-5, F, Dartmouth 
Eli Harrison (Sisters HS) Sisters, OR, 6-6, F, Dartmouth 
Mike Flemming (N'field Mt Hermon, MA) Lincolnshire, IL, 6-1, G, Dartmouth 
Matt Fraschila (Highland Park HS) Highland Park, TX, 5-10 G, Harvard 
Hunter Meyers (Douglas HS) Minden, NV, 6-6, F, Harvard 
Zena Edosomwan (Northfield Mt Hermon, MA) Hollywood, CA, 6-9, F, Harvard 
Matt Howard (A.J. Flora HS), Columbia, S.C., 6-4, G, Penn 
Dylan Jones (Village HS) Houston, TX, 6-8, F, Penn 
Dave Winfield (Harvard Westlake HS) Hollywood, CA, 6-8, F, Penn 
Tony Bagtas (Westlake HS) Atlanta, GA, 5-11, G, Penn
Khyan Rayner (Jesuit HS) Portland, OR, 5-9, G, Princeton
Henry Caruso (Serra HS) San Mateo, CA, 6-4, G, Princeton 
Hashim Moore (Hun School, NJ) Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 6-5, F, Princeton 
Spencer Weisz (Seton Hall Prep) Florham Park, NJ, 6-4, G, Princeton 
Steven Cook (New Trier HS) Winnetka, IL, 6-5, G, Princeton
Pete Miller (Northfield Mount Hermon, MA) Northfield, MA, 6-10, C, Princeton 
Amir Bell (East Brunswick HS) E.Brunswick, NJ, 6-4, G, Princeton (2014) 
Sam Downy (Lake Forest HS) Lake Forest, IL, 6-9, C, Yale 
Anthony Dallier (Northfield Mount Hermon, MA) Wexford, PA, 6-6, F, Yale 
JT Flowers (Lincoln HS) Portland, OR, 6-5, F, Yale

  • Below, a look at the Cornell Coaching Plantations, the coaches in the NCAA with ties to Cornell University.
    Jeff Jackson (Cornell Class of '84)-Head Coach of Furman University (Division I).
    Jon Jaques (Cornell Class of '10)-Assistant coach at Columbia University. Played for Cornell under Steve Donahue.

    Kevin App (Cornell Class of '07)
    -Assistant coach at Army. Played for Cornell under Steve Donahue.

    Yanni Hufnagel (Cornell Class of '06)-Assistant coach at Harvard. Served as student-manager at Cornell under Steve Donahue.

    Steve Donahue-Head coach of Boston College. Served as head coach at Cornell between 2000-2010.

    Zach Spiker-Head coach of Army. He served as an assistant coach at Cornell under Steve Donahue from 2004-2009.

    Joe Burke-Head coach of Skidmore College (Division III). He was an assistant coach at Cornell under Steve Donahue between 2001-2004.

    Izzi Metz-Former Head coach Hobart College (Division III). He served as a Cornell assistant coach for five seasons between 2001-2006 under Steve Donahue and is currently an assistant coach and head of basketball operations at Boston College under Donahue.

    Nat Graham-Associate Head Coach (assistant) at Boston College under Steve Donahue. Served as an assistant coach under Donahue at Cornell from 2005-2010.

    Woody Kampmann-Assistant coach at Boston College under Steve Donahue. Served as an assistant coach under Donahue at Cornell from 2007-2010.

    Ryan Woerner-Former student intern coach under Steve Donahue during the 2009-2010 season and assistant coach for Cornell's women's team during 2010-2011. Currently director of basketball operations at St. Peter's.

    Steve Robinson-Assistant coach at North Carolina under Roy Williams. He was an assistant coach for Mike Dement at Cornell for two seasons, including on the 1988 Ivy League Championship team.

    Paul Fortier-Assistant coach at Washington under Lorenzo Romar. He served as an assistant coach at Cornell during 2003-2005 under Steve Donahue.

    Desmond Oliver-Assistant coach at Charlotte. He was an assistant coach at Cornell between 1998-2000 under Scott Thompson.

    Ricky Yahn-Assistant coach at Longwood. He was an assistant coach at Cornell during 2010-2011 under Bill Courtney.

  • 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 March 10, Aubry, who had been injured for most of the season, averaged 6.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game prior to the injury for Halcones of the LNBP in Mexico, the country's premier league. Halcones finished the season 32-8 and in 2nd place out of 16 teams in the league. Halcones was eliminated in the semifinals of the playoffs.  A 6'11" center, Aubry 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).
-Alex Tyler ('10) (Rockville Victors, Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League)-Tyler is in his rookie season with the Victors.
-Louis Dale ('10) (KAOD Dramas, Greece A1 premier league)-As of March 10, Dale is averaging 7.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.  KAOD is 5-14 and in 12th place out of 14 teams in the A1.  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/EuroLeague/VTB Russian League)-As of March 10 Foote is averaging 9.1  points and 6.0 rebounds per game for Zalgiris in the Lithuanian premier league, the LKL.  Zalgiris is 8-0 and in 4th place out of 12 teams in the LKL.  Foote was named to the LKL's All Star team for the 2012-2013 season.  Zalgiris also finished 8-2 in the 6-team Group C in the opening round of the EuroLeague.  In EuroLeague action, Foote is averaging 5.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.  Zalgiris is now in the Top Sixteen's Group E with a 4-6 record.  In a third league of competition, the Eastern European VTB League, Zalgiris is 15-2 and in 1st place out of 10 teams in Group B.  Zalgiris is currently ranked #5 in Europe.  Prior to the start of the 2012-2013 season, Foote played with the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA Summer League and participated in the team's free agent mini-camp.  During 2011-2012, Foote averaged 15.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in the NBA D-League for the Springfield Armor (the Brooklyn Nets' affiliate) 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. 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 2012 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's premier league.
  • Below is a 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)
-Robert Hatter (committed recruit)
-Desmond Fleming (committed recruit)
-Jeremy Hartigan, Cornell SID
-Assistant Coach Mike Blaine ()
-Assistant Coach Marlon Sears ()
-Assistant Coach Arlen Galloway ()
-Brian Delaney, 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 ()

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Anonymous said...

The coaching tree is NCAA men's coaches, as you are excluding Tsipis and Walker (and maybe others?) who are coaching women's teams.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Yes, the list is limited to men.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Yes, the list is limited to men.

Anonymous said...

I'm really worried that Cancer's departure hints at an even bigger crisis, and hope that Andy Noel is taking a very close look at this program.

I want to be supportive of Bill Courtney, but after three years of him showing zero signs of improvement, I don't know how.

Out of conference, the team was indubitably worse than it had been over the last two years. It was just painful and terrible to watch game after game. Nevertheless, the rest of the "bottom 5" were seriously struggling as well -- Penn and Dartmouth had only 1 senior between them & were seriously rebuilding, Brown was depleted by injuries, and Yale had lost Mangano & Willhite -- so there was hope that despite our situation we could pull a "Penn last year" where we beat the people we could beat and put ourselves in a situation to take advantage of upsets.

A 5-3 start made it look like that could happen but the P/P home weekend was a "complete facepalm weekend", to borrow the words of another commenter. Don't forget we had not been depleted by injuries yet, and Jonny Gray's mysterious absence still didn't explain why everyone else could suddenly only shoot 3 for 30.

What's more annoying is that people keep saying "oh Galal and the other guards just weren't very good, Courtney needs to recruit this and recruit that then everything will be fine". Courtney probably has a roster with more Div I mid-major offers than Cornell has seen in a while, yet 85-90% of his team seems not to play very well. So they looked like some of the best recruits we had coming out of high school, yet in college, the majority played rather poorly. IMHO this means the problem is more likely that the coach is ineffective at developing players, which means recruiting won't solve the problem.

Finally, I am extremely concerned about the loser attitude developed by so many fans, whose bizarre idea of support is "be mature enough to accept that you are destined to be mediocre". They say things like "it's okay to lose to Princeton by 20". Well someone should send Wagner and Yale that memo because they clearly didn't get it and seem to beat Princeton every year. Harvard and Princeton are barely top 100 teams. Every season they suffer multiple losses to other Ivies. Cornell 2010 would have them for a light snack. It is a sad testament to how small we now think that we see such average teams as impossible to contend with.

Anonymous said...

Point guard play was a big weakness for us this season even with Miles and Galal. They're both gone, and we have no true points on the roster. We're in serious trouble.

br2 said...

100% agree with Anon @ 11:45am. Wish more people saw it like this.

Anonymous said...

Rumor on campus is Cancer left because of his relationship with the coaches

Anonymous said...

Hard for points guards to succeed when few cuts to the basket for assists to be dropped off during dribble drive penetration, few back door cuts attacking the basket that a point can hit with assists and when running a three man weave at the top looking for and opening with multiple three point shooters looking to convert.

With that said , I do believe we will be better at the point than some believe when we get the Bigs across the front line posting up looking for the pass from the point and the pick and roll from a two guard set. Those adjustments alone will improve opportunities for the point. Our guards in transition are as good or better as any in the conference when you have Shonn or Erick running the lanes. We just need for the Bigs to be fighting for superior position downlow across the frontline! Cresslers ability to extend the floor, Cherrys ability to drive the lane and Shonns ability to hold his own under any circumstance only needs to be supplemented with a true center ie Bunce and a true wing like Lamore. That lineup can match up with any team in the Conference. We should be fine

Anonymous said...

Are there any transfers who can play point and contribute immediately in the works? If this current roster/small recruiting class is what we're playing with next season, we're in some trouble. We might be ok, or even good, up front if everyone is healthy, but you can't win in college ball without solid point guard play.

We'd be relying on one kid, Hatter, who might be good down the road but needs to bulk up for college. Scelfo isn't a great ballhandler and is a better 2 who can take the ball up occasionally.

We're probably slated as a second division team if we don't somehow add talent. Unless we get a transfer, I'm skeptical that will happen. I think Penn overtakes us next season.

BigRed1965 said...

I hope the optimistic outlook of Anonymous proves justified. If Bunce comes through, we will benefit by his large presence underneath. Miller is the real thing and Cressler is definitely an Ivy star in the making. For now, I am proud of the seniors' game efforts against Harvard under difficult circumstances, especially the career game of Miles Asafo-Adjei and the second good night in a row for Errick Peck. Eitan Chemerinski leaves as school FG% career leader. And for one, I hope Coach is back. As I have said before, look at Steve Donahue's third-year record - he was going backward at 5-22. He wound up giving us the best team Cornell ever had. Give Coach a chance. He will make Cornell competitive at the top rungs of the League before long.

Anonymous said...

ANON 6:05PM-

What did you miss?

During our six game end of season collapse, Penn overtook us already (they've got 6 W's now with a chance at #7 tomorrow night) and Dartmouth tied us.

Look around the league and see who's coming back for the other seven teams. Make no mistake. We will be picked to finish last. Sadly, that will be the right call. It's back to 1999 again.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

We are not getting picked last. If you pick us last, you do not have a clue.

We have issues yes, but there is way too much talent on this team to finish last.

We lose quite a bit, but we have the two most heralded frontcourt recruits to EVER land in the program coming on board.

We also have Cressler, Cherry and Miller back.

That is not a last place team.

You want to pick us last? Put your name on it and bookmark this section.

Anonymous said...


Check the dates. Let's not rewrite history. That 5-22 record was in CoachD's first (not third) full season on the hill. Remember how he arrived mid-year, in Sep-2000? During his first full year at Cornell, SD already had Toppert, Taylor, and Vandenberg playing for him. Had 6-11 Vandenberg stayed healthy, you have to think that trio would have been the nucleus for a quicker run to the top. Even without him, the Red, led by Toppert and Taylor, finished alone in second when they were seniors.

In his second full year, Donahue, like Courtney, added an Ivy ROY.
In his third full year, Donahue didn't have a collapse like we just saw. It was all on the upswing from his first full year.

The parallels of Donahue's first three years to Courtney's first three years are now looking weak. It is probably time to stop comparing them.

On the positive side, we've got Cressler and Miller. If Bunce can be the big we must have to be a winner, it's a nucleus that can make good things happen. But he's played no D-1 ball yet....

Anonymous said...

I agree that last place is unlikely, but you are always so positive it is hard to take anything too seriously.

You told us that Gatlin and Groebe were all-Ivy types. You said prior to this season that we would have as much talent as anyone in the league.

I can't remember anyone being better than you predicted, which I think means that your estimates might be high.

I would be careful about Bunce until he has actually played in games. Mike Hall at Harvard came in with more cred than DNH, and he didn't get off the bench for a team that sometimes really needed some inside help.

I hope Bunce is great, but I'm not counting those chickens yet, especially with the knee issues.

And I think Peck is a big loss. We may have other wings, but any that can average 10 and 5? Or are physically capable of playing with anyone?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Gatlin was injured his entire career.

And Groebe, well, UMass offered him, Georgetown offered, Penn loved him, we loved him. He just did not have the type of career some hoped. It happens.

Jon Gray had a better career than I advertised when he committed. So did Jon Jaques.

Anonymous said...

As I said before, there is a tremendous difference between HS and D1 BB. Much better D, much faster, and much more intense, so that shooters need set plays, and to come off of screens to get the "look". Just running and gunning is for playground ball - and while dunks look good on the hilite, rarely wins games. Good D on the dunkers means that you block them out - all of the time..

Anonymous said...

Let's put it this way: how many of our returning players would start for Harvard next year? One.

Despite all the talk about Courtney being such a great recruiter, it's been proven Amaker is way ahead (although his methods are dubious). mike Martin and Jerome Allen are also doing a terrific job, so its not like were dominating in this regard. We got one kid early on, but it's been a rough recruiting year overall.

I get that we took a shot at JuJu. if he had committed our outlook next year would be completely different. But he went to USC and I'm disappointed there wasn't a better backup plan.

Anonymous said...

Why are Harvard's methods dubious? He's playing within the rules. You have a problem with using AI boosters, lobby to have that rule changed, don't hate on TA.

Anonymous said...

I apologize for quibbling over a small point but, to me, it's not even completely clear that Shonn Miller would start for Harvard next year. The top of the Crimson rotation will be Saunders, Casey, Curry, Chambers, Rivard, Smith, Edosomwan and Moundou-Missi.

Miller would break into that rotation but, depending upon whether Amaker wanted to go small/quick or big/tall, Shonn might very well be sitting on the bench at tip-off.

That's the kind of discrepancy in recruiting pipeline that we're looking at. Our best player might not start for Harvard and its AI All-Stars.

Anonymous said...

It's undisputed Tommy Amaker is doing something we've never seen in this league. He's brought in a number of high major-level kids, and all of them, despite any complaints, have cleared the AI floor. He turned around a historically awful program and made it into a top 25 team (briefly, last season). They just won their third straight league title (one was a tie) and will almost certainly win again next year if Casey/Curry come back and probably even if they don't. The gap in talent between Harvard's projected team and everyone else in the league is tremendous. Amaker's prophesy that he would create a league dynasty is coming true.

I do think there's something wrong with bringing in a kid who couldn't play high school varsity just to lift the AI average and then immediately cutting the kid, although one would speculate that was the arrangement all along. But that's Harvard's issue, because, again, all their kids have cleared the floor.

We need to catch up. I'm tired of pulling in and relying on D III kids. I want to win.

Anonymous said...

Anon 11:34 AM: Yup, hit the nail on the head. And Amaker is in knee deep with serious, serious talent for 2014.

I'm guessing Amaker won't leave Harvard until after next year at the earliest, when it has a chance to be top 25 and he gets a bit more national recognition. Or, maybe, he'll go coach Julian Jacobs at USC and turn him into an NBA point guard (just kidding).

Anonymous said...

Harvard's aggressiveness in recruiting is not limited to simply using academic boosters, although I think that coding kids who still are on their high school junior varsity teams as Division I collegiate athletes represents a greater degree of creativity than is usually seen with boosters. (I do agree with Anonymous 1:12 PM that the kid almost certainly knew the deal all along before immediately getting cut: He gets into Harvard, Amaker gets his AI score into the team average.)

The bigger issue is simply the number of low AI admits Amaker gets onto his roster. Here again, it's murky and not clear that Amaker is breaking the rules per se, only that he is violating the spirit of fair play and the principle that all conference teams operate under the same constraints.

Harvard is pursuing "the Duke model" of basically saying anything goes in terms of basketball recruits. That's Harvard's right as a university, but not as a member of a conference which has pledged to explicit rules designed to create an even playing field in recruiting.

Anonymous said...

all will be well if more kids dont leave the team. if players stick around then the team can turn thigns around. the talent is there and we have no idea what bunce or harmon can do. and the incoming freshman. impossible to assume how hard they will work and compete to be successful.

Anonymous said...

I could care less about Hvd. What I care about is CU playing up to their ability - which is significant. Running and gunning does not get hi percentage FG averages - but - backdoors, screens, continuous movement (ie.fundamentals) does. And it is imperative that the team (as a whole) shoot 80%+ FT. How hard is that? Winning teams do it all the time.
Shut-down Defense, blocking out, not only on rebounds, but on cutters, dunkers, etc. is the name of winning BB - and not just in the IVY's. Go Big Red - get the character guys (ala A Gore, Dale, Bayucz, Bradfield, Morton, etc)! And see what happens.

Anonymous said...

How hard is that? Well, seeing only four teams in the NCAA (among 1,200 teams over that time) have shot 80 percent as a team from the free throw line in a season, pretty hard. Seeing Cornell's Sweet 16 team, an automatic group from the line with the exception of Jeff Foote, shot 72 percent and Cornell's record is 76 percent, pretty hard. This silly notion that good teams shoot 80 percent from the free throw line is crazy. Cornell shot over 70 percent and is an above-average free throw shooting squad. The No 1 team in the country, Gonzaga, shoots 70 percent. Duke, the No. 2 team, shoots 73 percent. Cornell made 70 percent.

BigRed1965 said...

I do stand corrected. The Donahue 5-22 record was in his 2nd year of coaching, not his 3rd but not his 1st unless somehow we throw out his actual first. And in his 3rd season he was 9-18, nothing to rave about. Do we only grade coaches by how they do when they have only their own recruits?