Wednesday, May 29, 2013

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Above, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, the 1986-1987 Media Guide.  Below, news and notes...

  • Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) could only watch from the sidelines with street clothing (injured with back pains) as his Zalgiris club of Luthuania had their season come to an end on Tuesday following a 3-1 series defeat to Lokomotiv in the Eastern European VTB league semifinals.
  • Jeff Aubry (Cornell '99) is averaging 4.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for Los Indios de Mayaguez of the Puerto Rico BSN.  Aubry, a former All NBA D-League honoree, had 12 points and 6 rebounds on May 26 in an 87-86 defeat to Humaco.  Mayaguez is 14-11 and in 4th place in the 10-team league.
Painter picks Peck

The Boilermaker coach had the unexpected luxury of having three scholarships open earlier this spring, as Sandi Marcius, Jacob Lawson and Anthony Johnson each elected to transfer out of the program. Painter filled one of those vacancies with the addition of Cornell graduate student transfer Errick Peck.

Despite Peck having played in the non-scholarship Ivy League, Painter believes that the Cathedral High School graduate will make an impact for the Boilermakers.

“Errick had a very good career at Cornell,” Painter said. “He gives us kind of that combo (small or power forward). We think that he’s a very good addition for us.”

The 6-foot-6 forward averaged nearly 10 points and five boards for the Big Red this past season after missing his junior season with a knee injury.

“Errick gives us experience,” Painter said. “We don’t have any juniors on our team. He’ll be our oldest and most experienced guy.”

Purdue returns redshirt sophomore-to-be Donnie Hale at that position, as well as redshirt freshman Jay Simpson and incoming freshman Basil Smotherman. So Peck will have a lot of competition – though it will be much younger – for minutes next season.

“I think Errick is a player,” Painter said. “He’s going to be one of those guys that comes in and competes for a starting position. I don’t know if he will or not, he’s going to have to earn that. But after watching him on tape, I was very impressed.”

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