Wednesday, May 8, 2013

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Above, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, the 1981-1982 Media Guide.  Below, news and notes for Wednesday...

  • Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) watched and celebrated while injured from the sidelines last night as his Zalgiris club of Lithuania captured the Lithuanian LKL Championship with a 4-0 sweep of Rytas.

  • Cornell Athletics issued the following release and the above season highlights video:
Miller Named MVP At Men's Basketball Banquet
Cornell Athletics

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell men's basketball team honored its seniors and handed out its 2012-13 team awards when the Big Red met for the yearly awards banquet on Thursday, May 2 at the Moakley House at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.

Sophomore Shonn Miller earned the team's Most Valuable Player Award. Miller earned first-team All-Ivy League honors after averaging 11.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 1.9 blocks and 0.9 assists in 27 starts. He shot 48 percent from the floor and 79 percent from the free-throw line. Miller posted 18 double figure games and four double-doubles on the season. He led the Ivy League in defensive rebounding (5.5 per game) and was third in blocks and second in steals. He joined Ivy League Player of the Year Ian Hummer as the conference's only players to rank in the top 10 in the Ancient Eight in scoring, rebounding blocks and steals. An all-tournament selection at the Las Vegas Invitational, Miller had some monster games during the season, including a 23-points, 10-rebound effort against Princeton. He dominated in the win over Colgate with career highs of 20 points and 14 rebounds to go along with four blocks and three steals and notched 15 points, seven blocked shots and five steals in the win over Dartmouth. Miller became the first player in Cornell history to notch at least five blocks and five steals in a single game. He was named Ivy League Player of the Week once during the season.

The James D. Paul II Sixth Man Award went to senior forward Errick Peck. Peck was named honorable mention All-Ivy after averaging 9.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 29 contests, including 11 starts. He was even better in Ivy play, averaging 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 46 percent from the floor overall and from 3-point range. He tied a single-game school record by making all eight field goals as part of a 20-point, five-rebound effort in the win at Penn. Peck scored a career-high 28 points at Dartmouth and closed his career by averaging 18.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals in his final four contests. Peck scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished three assists and blocked two shots against Old Westbury and had 21 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists in the win at Saint Francis (Pa.).

The Rebounder's Club Award was presented to senior Miles Asafo-Adjei. The team's unquestioned leader, the defensive specialist averaged 2.8 points, 2.6 assists and 1.6 rebounds in his final season. Asafo-Adjei played in 30 contests with 28 starts and averaged 20.5 minutes per contest. Among the Ancient Eight's leaders in assist-turnover ratio (79:35), he had 47 assists and 14 turnovers in his last 18 games. He closed his career with a career-high 15 points to go along with four assists in a career-best 36 minutes of play at Ivy League champion Harvard. Asafo-Adjei had nine points with four rebounds and four assists against Yale and had six points, two rebounds and two assists at No. 22 Wisconsin. In the win over Colgate, Asafo-Adjei had eight points and four assists.

Cornell finished the season with a 13-18 overall record and a 5-9 mark in conference play. The Big Red will return two starters and nine letter winners for the 2013-14 campaign, including Miller and Nolan Cressler (9.3 ppg., 3.7 rpg.), a leading candidate for Ivy League Rookie of the Year this past season. 
  • Boiled Sports writes on Purdue's recruitment of soon-to-be Cornell graduate, Errick Peck:
As you probably know, fellow Indianapolis Cathedral alum Errick Peck has his final three down to Purdue, Xavier and Duquesne...and the decision rides on upcoming visits to the latter schools.
For those of you that don't get wrapped up in recruiting- good for you.  It's a dirty, slimy business, even when it's within the rules...and it's putrid and foul when the teams that press the envelope get involved with a kid's Dad or AAU coach who is a willing dance partner.  Plus, as we all know too well, Purdue is a consummate bridesmaid in these battles; timing isn't right, player didn't receive enough love (hate that fricking phrase), or a player miraculously changes his mind due to circumstances unknown.
BUT, the Errick Peck scenario is different.  He's 21 years old, a fifth year Senior and seemingly damned important to Purdue.  Not sure if the Muskies or Dukes need him as much as Purdue right now...and am also not sure that it matters to Peck.  He's gotta do what's best for him at this point.  We talked about Peck a few weeks ago as one of the guys we wanted to see in a Purdue uni as he would check off a number of boxes that the program needs right now...but none is a bigger box than maturity; something this squad desperately needs.
Back in 2009, Peck didn't receive offers from any of the teams that he's got in his final three this time around. Butler was really the only offer of note (if you're looking at it solely from a basketball power standpoint)...But this was pre-back-to-back NCAA finals appearance Butler.  The other two offers were Missouri State and Evansville. When he weighed his options, Peck thought an Ivy League education would be of some value after he was done playing basketball (weird idea, right?).
Actually, that scholarship was pretty damned valuable monitarily too.  As I save for my kids' college tuition in the distant future, Purdue's nearly $10k pricetag doesn't seem like chump change.  But Cornell's $45k/year ticket is eye-popping. Keep in mind that price doesn't include room, board or tweed blazers with a crest on the breast (which I presume all Ivy League students have to wear year-round).
Peck was injured one season, played three solid years, has an Ivy League diploma and now has a chance to play in the new-fangled Big East, A10 or B1G...and potentially make an impact at any of the three programs. I'm glad Purdue's in this conversation and has a chance to land him; a character guy who's also a good basketball player isn't a bad thing for a program, even for only a season.  I have no idea if Kelsey Barlow is a close communication to Peck due to their time at Cathedral...but have read nothing that indicates they are- that can't be a negative for Painter at this point.
According to many sources I've read, Painter's pitch to Peck has been consistent with what Painter does- he makes no promises.  And unlike a typical 18 year old recruit with little life experience behind him and bad counsel whispering in his ear, Peck seems to like Painter's recruiting technique.
And speaking of that technique, the message boards have been ablaze (kinda) with the discussion of Painter as a recruiter. Plenty of Purdue fans want to see Painter stop being so honest, and maybe sugar coat the product that he's selling a bit.  I get what they're saying.
On one hand, you have coach A who tells a kid that he can't stop thinking about him via social networking, or that he reminds him of an NBA all-star.  On the other hand, you have a coach that refuses to promise playing time, let alone express is admiration for an 18 year old boy.  As a guy who is a horrible liar, I get where Painter's coming from...but as a guy who also sells business service to clients, I know that there's a time for brutal honestly, and the courting process isn't ideal.
But Painter's recruiting helped him get a verbal commit from Dakota Mathias this week...that's a good thing.  Mathias isn't currently in anyone's top-150, but based on the way his young AAU season is going, he'll break into one of the recruiting service's rankings in the next few months. He's between 6'4" and 6'6" (according to different sources), is a good shooter and is out of Ohio.  He felt like Purdue was a good fit and seems to really want to play in God's that's a good start.  Just as Hazell got his first '14 verbal, Mathias will be in Painter's 2014 class...but there are three or four other players who look to be Purdue leans.  We'll see who pans out in the next few months. You can be assured of one thing though- we at BS won't be too excited about any of these guys until they sign their letters of intent.
Sorry for the diversion from our normal focus, NHL hockey of course...I'll do my best to get you an update as soon as I care about it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And Columbia grabs a late 2013 pickup in Luke Petrasek.