Monday, April 22, 2013

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, A Date in Cornell Basketball History... Cornell's 1950-1951 Media Guide.  Below, news and notes for Monday...

  • The upcoming 2013-2014 season will mark three major championship anniversaries for Cornell.  The 100th anniversary of the 1913-1914, 90th anniversary of the 1923-1924 and 60th anniversary of the 1953-1954 Ivy League championships.  Both the '24 and '54 titles were clinched with wins over Princeton while a win over Yale secured the 1914 title. 
  • Mark your calendars for the next two big dates in the Cornell men's basketball program.  Cornell's season ending banquet is May 2, 2013 at 6 pm.  Meanwhile, The Cornell Basketball Prospect Camp will run from June 22-23, 2013.  The Camp is one of the program's most significant recruiting weekends.
  • In alumni news, Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) and his Zalgiris team open the semifinal playoff series against Neptunas in the Lithuanian LKL premier league on Tuesday.  Further below in this post, additional Cornell alumni updates.
  • 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
AJ Edwards (South Kent School) Kent, CT, 6-5, F, Yale
Anthony Dallier (Northfield Mount Hermon, MA) Wexford, PA, 6-6, F, Yale 
JT Flowers (Lincoln HS) Portland, OR, 6-5, F, Yale
Maki Mason (Hotchkiss School), Lakeville, CT, 5-11, G, Yale (2014)

  • Below, a look at the "Cornell Coaching Plantations"  -- the men's basketball coaches in the NCAA with ties to Cornell University.
    Jon Jaques (Cornell Class of '10)-Graduate student ssistant 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/Indios de Mayaguez, BSN Puerto Rico premier league)-As of April 21, Aubry is averaging 2.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rico BSN.  Mayaquez is 5-4 and in 4th place out of 10 teams in the league.  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. Aubry joins Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) (Springfield Armor), Ryan Wittman (Cornell '10) (Ft. Wayne Mad Ants) and Cody Toppert (Cornell '05) (Albuquerque Thunderbirds) as veterans of the NBA D-League.  During his more than a decade of pro experience, Aubry also played professionally in  the ABA (Miami Tropics) and abroad  in Puerto Rico (Arecibo Capitanes, 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.
-Jeff Foote ('10) (Zalgiris, Lithuania LKL premier league/EuroLeague/VTB Russian League)-As of April 21, Foote is averaging 7.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for Zalgiris in the Lithuanian premier league, the LKL.  Zalgiris finished 10-2 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 and was elimited after finishing 6-8 in Group E in the EuroLeague's Top 16 roundIn EuroLeague action, Foote averaged 5.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.  In a third league of competition, the Eastern European VTB League, Zalgiris finished 16-2 and in 1st place out of 10 teams in Group B.  Zalgiris awaits its first playoff opponent in the VTB.  Zalgiris is currently ranked #8 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)
-Dan Wendt ('98)
-Brian Williamson ('03)
-Jacques Vigneault ('03)
-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...

Recently you tweeted a list of some excellent players from New Jersey whom you said chose Penn over Princeton. Did you mean that, as higher quality recruits from New Jersey, they logically should have been of interest to Princeton but eventually wound up at Penn? Or did you mean that you know for a fact that they received formal offers from Princeton, but turned down the Tigers to become Quakers?

And if you indeed have this type of "cross-admit" data for Ivy League players, would you care to comment on Harvard's recent highly rated recruits? There's been a lot of speculation in recent years about lowered academic standards for Harvard basketball recruits. To the extent that some or all of these Harvard recruits were also offered by another Ivy, that would seem to mitigate the criticism, at least in part. Obviously, every other Ivy may have been recruiting only one cross-admitted Harvard player whom the other Ivy would have considered their sole low AI recruit for that class. If all seven hypothetical cross-admitted recruits and their hypothetical low AI scores wind up at Harvard, that still runs afoul of the spirit if not the letter of the AI rules. But to the extent every highly rated Harvard recruit is also being offered by another Ivy (especially if the other Ivy is Princeton or Yale), that goes some way toward vindicating Harvard's alleged low admission standards.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

You do not understand the Ivy Agreement and the A.I. and this is not the place to explain it in depth.

But in sum, the Ivy League Agreement (and its use of the AI as a tool for measuring admissions standards) mandates that each school recruit athletes representative of their general student body.

Accordingly, H/Y/P are supposed to have the most academically selective athletic teams (since they have the highest admissions standards generally) in the Ivy, just as Vandy does in the SEC, Northwestern in the Big 10 and Stanford in the Pac12.

For years, Harvard maintained those standards. Under Robert Scalise, the AD, Harvard has shifted its position and allowed academic boosters. This smokescreen tactic allows for Harvard to claim it remains selective.

Today, Harvard is recruiting at the AI floor with Cornell, Brown, Penn, Dart and Columbia.

Some may argue this is fair. But the practice does violate the spirit of the Ivy League Principles, just as Harvard's financial aid policy violates the spirit of the "no scholarships" rule.

Again, Harvard loves the Ivy image and Harvard needs the Ivy League. But at the same time, Harvard is doing what it can to skirt the rules and the principles of the League.

Anonymous said...

CJ Rivers would be a coup for Brown. We offered him as well, but didn't receive a shout-out tweet like Brown did.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

He's not going Ivy.

Anonymous said...

You mean because he's getting high major interest?

Anonymous said...

Original poster Anonymous 7:29 PM here again. I'm not sure on what basis you belittle my understanding of the Academic Index, but no worries. I asked two questions:

(1) Did the Penn players you listed in your tweets actually turn down an offer from Princeton, or did you merely mean that the Tigers should have been interested in general because the recruits were from New Jersey?

(2) If you do actually know which schools Ivy recruits turn down, how many of Harvard's recent high-profile recruits turned down another Ivy? If you're simply saying that Harvard is recruiting at the lower AI levels of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and Penn, that's one thing and actually not too bad a transgression. If you're saying that Harvard (by virtue of matriculating three, four or five low AI recruits per class) is operating BELOW the level of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and Penn (because these five Ivies only bring in one or two low AI recruits per class), that's an entirely different accusation, a greater violation of Ivy principles.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Princeton did recruit and offer several of the NJ prospects that landed at Penn, including Rosen, Owens, Langel and Begley. Princeton only offered Schiffner in football.


The Ivy League Agreement contemplates that EACH Ivy student-athlete must be academically representative of their respective university's general population. Thus, the Harvard athletes (along with Yale and Princeton) should each have higher A.I. scores than Cornell.

This is a core principle in the Ivy League.

For the sake of winning (and not upholding its own academic standards or the Ivy Agreement), Harvard is recruiting student athletes that sit at the Ivy's A.I. floor, including Zena as a perfect example.

Zena's academic profile is well, well below Harvard's standards. An academic booster kid such as Matt Franschila, however, will raise the team A.I. average, and help justify Harvard recruiting at the floor and accepting Zena.

So is Harvard recruiting below the floor of the League? No.

Is Harvard violating a rule? Not really, but they are violating the spirit of the Ivy Agreement by using booster kids to create an appearance that their teams are representative of Harvard's general student population.