Friday, July 12, 2013

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, news and notes for Friday...
  • Nolan Cressler is back in action in the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro Am on Monday.  On Wednesday, Cressler had another strong game and has captured the attention of the Pitt Panther fans.  The Panther Lair recaps the game as follows, "South Hills Audi 76, GNC 66.  Pitt alum Chevron Troutman scored 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as South Hills Audi rolled to its third-straight win of the summer.  Troutman - despite having eight turnovers on the night - made 11 of his 15 shots from the field and controlled things in the paint. He also keyed an 8-0 run midway through the first half, giving South Hills Audi an early 26-15 lead.  GNC made it a game in the second half. The squad went on a 7-0 run, capped by a Kasey Tuttle three-pointer, which tied the game at 54. However, South Hills Audi responded with a 10-0 run of its own, sparked by a pair of huge blocks from Troutman and fellow Pitt alum John DeGroat on back-to-back possessions.  The Cresslers continue to impress for South Hills Audi. Nolan Cressler scored 18 points on 8 of 14 shooting and grabbed five rebounds while Andrew Cressler added seven points and seven boards. DeGroat chipped in 10 points, five coming during South Hills Audi's 10-0 run.  TraVaughn White led GNC with 30 points on 12 of 21 shooting including 2 for 4 from beyond the arc. Duquesne's Derrick Colter had an off-shooting night, only netting nine points on 3 of 12 shooting." Panther Digest also provides a recap as follows, "South Hills Audi 76 GNC 66 South Hills Audi won its second game in a row, a 76-66 win over GNC.  Former Pitt standout Chevon Troutman led South Hills Audi, again. This time, Troutman dumped in a double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds.   Nolan Cressler chipped in 18 points, his second double-figure outing in as many games. Former Pitt player John DeGroat added 10, in the win. South Hills Audi made the biggest difference on the glass with a 42-25 edge.  Despite the loss, Duquesne's Tre'Vaughn White finished with 30 points on 12-21 (57.1%) shooting."
  • James P. Naismith, the grandson of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, is an alumnus of Cornell's College of Engineering per


Anonymous said...

So does Tomic have a shot at cracking the rotation next season?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Anything is possible, but I have a hard time seeing it.

I think we see Shonn at the PF/4, Nolan at the SF/3, Devin at the SG/2 and Darryl Smith given the ball to run the point.

The reserve guards should be primarily Dom at the 2/SG and Hatter at the 1/PG (with Mischler, Matthews and Fleming trying to breakthrough).

The starting 5 spot and the reserve 4 and 5s seem like the most open competition.

Cornell has a lot of talent (albeit unproven) at these spots and Ned will have major competition to earn mins.

Have to think the lead candidates to start at the 5 (and back up the 4/5) are: Bunce, Onuorah, Giddens and Lamore. Harmon and Tarwater ought to also get long looks as well. But Tomic and J.Cherry could be on the far outside looking in.

At the end of the day---we all know Bill Courtney wants guys that are athletic, can run the floor, can defend and create their own offense.

Shonn, Nolan, Darryl and Devin fit those criteria. David O and Braxston may have the inside track on the starting 5 because of their defensive ability. Braxston brings more offensive polish, but David O may be more conditioned and ready to run at the "Cornell Pace."

Deion is what Bill wants in a defensive big man, but you give up a lot of offense. His offensive progression is critical for his earning more minutes.

Dave L is right there too. But for opposite reasons. Dave is a solid offensive front guy, but needs to get better defensively and on the glass.

Ned, Holt, Dwight are all highly skilled offensive guys. But they need to prove they can defend in Bill's system as well.

My hunch is a coin flip decides between Braxston and David O. I am sure the staff is excited to see those two go up against Deion and Dave in fall practices. The best will rise to the top and get the minutes.

If Holt gets stronger and quicker he can get mins too.

Cement feet don't get many minutes in Bill's system.

And defense always trumps offense, which is why Miles started over Galal.

Anonymous said...

Where would Kreefer fit in BC's system?

Kid had a negative vertical leap, but his footwork was perfect. Definition of a solid hard-working team/role player.

Courtney would probably bench him for 4 years straight.

Sometimes substance is better than flash. Look at Tim Duncan.

My point? Guys like Ned, Holt, Dwight shouldn't be thrown at the end of the bench for unproven flash that BC brings in.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, the Nets and the Yankees aren't the only teams which can buy themselves a championship.