Monday, July 8, 2013

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, news and notes for Monday...

  • Jeff Aubry's (Cornell '99) season came to an end in Puerto Rico as his Mayaguez team fell 4-3 in its opening round playoff series to Guayama.
Cornell sophomore-to-be and Plum native Nolan Cressler showed he had a knack for high-scoring games at the high-school level.
Plum's all-time scoring leader with 1,565 points, Cressler led WPIAL Class AAAA in scoring at 25.8 points as a senior and broke the Cager Classic all-star game scoring mark with 38 points.
The rising college guard is at it again in the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am League, which runs through July 17.
Cressler on Monday showed why he'll be one of the top returning backcourt players in the Ivy League when he scored 38 for his South Hills Audi team in a 90-83 win over PGT at Greentree Sportsplex. Cressler shot 14 for 20 from the field — 8 for 13 from 3-point range — grabbed 10 rebounds and had five assists.
His all-around game is rounding into shape in front of top college and semi-pro talent in the summer league.
“I know I have to work on being more aggressive on both sides of the floor going into next season, so that's what I am trying to do this summer,” Cressler said. “My teammates were really looking for me (in that game) and did a good job of putting me in good situations to score.”
Cressler was a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week last season. He averaged 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds and made a team-high 54 3-pointers.
He shot 43 percent from the floor.
  • CIO Today has an unusual reference to watching Cornell Basketball games from your hotel room.


Anonymous said...

I think that Dwight Howard moving to the Rockets should be good for Jeremy Lin's production. Lin really seemed to take a back seat when James Harden arrived in Houston, more than he should have. The offense became exceptionally Harden-centric. With Howard down low, the offense should become more balanced with more room for a traditional point guard triggering the action, freeing Lin to play more as he did before Harden showed up. It'll be interesting to see whether Lin's recent struggles have been a function of the offense or whether he is encountering a sophomore slump physically. He looks bigger in the upper body and that might be counterproductive.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

(1) Lin is on the trading block. Rockets are looking to move him. We'll see if anyone takes interest. Lin has already played with 3 teams in 3 years.

(2) Howard does not make anybody look better. He needs the ball in his hands, he clogs the paint and seldom passes it back out of the post. He has yet to make any guard look good.

If Lin stays with the Rockets, he gets to play with a winner. But his numbers will suffer even if he improves as a player.

Anonymous said...

You may have already explained this, but I'm curious why you think Northwestern is such a sleeping giant. Turning around a moribund program is always difficult. On the other hand, we've seen with Harvard that lower academic requirements have the potential to start a cascade of sweeping change.

But lower admissions standards are a prerequisite to the transformation. In the absence of insight into Northwestern administration policy, why would things get so much better in Evanston?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Northwestern is a sleeping giant because it has stellar academics, a terrific conference, near a major media market (Chicago) with television exposure.

Northwestern always hired the wrong candidates. Bill Carmody was a bad hire. It was a Big 10 school going about its business like it was Princeton.

Collins is a big time hire and it took him all of 30 seconds to land Northwestern's first ever top 100 recruit.

As Vic Law said, there will be other top 100 types going to NU.

NU will soon be top 35 program competing for the NCAAs each year like Notre Dame, Stanford and Vandy.

Anonymous said...

When Northwestern hired Carmody, it was still trying to win like Princeton, with high academic requirements for its basketball players. I think it's safe to say the Wildcats learned that, while an unusual offensive scheme can help a Cinderella knock off a BCS team from time to time, to win night after night in a BCS conference, you need the horses.

We know that Northwestern was watching the Ivy League when it hired Carmody. Let's see if the Wildcats are still watching the Ivies now. Harvard has shown that the surest and quickest way of winning in any conference is still opening the door at the admissions office.

Anonymous said...

Yale picks up another guard, Khalil Bedart-Ghani.

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:26: To be fair, Harvard's players still meet or exceed the AI floor, which is way more stringent than other conferences. They have floor kids, we have floor kids. The difference is that they have more resources for financial aid and are able to make a scholarship-like offer.

One can argue about whether their position is in the "spirit" of the Ivy League agreement that athletes should be representative of the student body, but I find that argument unconvincing.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

The above is a misleading comment.

Harvard permits "averaging" and the use of "booster" kids.

Cornell does not engage in "averaging" --- and thus each kid must get into Cornell as an "island unto himself."

In other words, Harvard is getting major cooperation from its Admissions people, more cooperation than Cornell gets.

Anonymous said...

Right, but regardless of averaging, all of the kids in the Ivy League need to meet or exceed the AI floor. That's the point.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Actually, you are missing the point.

Read THE Ivy Agreement and the 1974 Principles. If you read those documents, you would understand that each school is supposed to field athletic teams representative of its own student body. Harvard's teams are supposed to be academically more selective than at least 5 of the Ivies. But this is not the case.

Harvard's bargain basement basketball team is not representative of its student body.

It is a mathematical fact that Harvard has the highest SAT average of the 8 schools and it is a mathematical fact that the legitimately recruited Harvard men's basketball players (not the booster kids) have the lowest SAT average of the 8 schools.

Harvard has no business recruiting at the Ivy floor under the Ivy Agreement.

If we want to permit Harvard to dip to the floor, I suggest we dump the AI altogether and let each school dip as deep as it wants into the lower academic depths.