Wednesday, July 24, 2013

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, news and notes for Wednesday...

  • Eitan Chemerinski (Cornell '13)  scored 10 points on Tuesday as his Team USA moved to 3-1 in group round robin play with a dominant 84-31 win over Russia in the Maccabi Games in Israel.  He previously scored 3 points in the team's tournament opener on Friday, an 86-83 overtime defeat to Argentina.  But the Americans bounced back in their second game on Sunday with an 89-55 win over Germany.  Then on Monday, Chemerinski notched 13 points on in a USA 111-57 win over Australia.  Team USA next faces Guinea-Bissau today.  The other preliminary group of competing countries which qualified for Men's Basketball include Canada, Kazakhstan, France, Greece and host Israel.
  • The Panther Lair recaps last nights playoff action from the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro Am:
The Lair 108, P&W BMW 90

It appeared nothing would stop No. 1 seed P&W BMW on its five-game winning streak entering the playoffs, but the squad ran into a bunch of Dukes.

Duquesne forward Ovie Soko scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and his Duke teammate Jerimiah Jones added a game-high 29 points as No. 4 seed The Lair upset top-seeded P&W BMW to reach the summer league championship.

In all, Duquesne players scored 83 of The Lair's 108 points on the night. A pair of incoming freshman Desmond Ridenour and L.G. Gill chipped in 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Though all the Dukes played well it was Soko that really made his mark. The Duquesne forward scored seven of his team's first nine points as the Lair began the night making five of six three-point attempts and opened leads of 18-5 and 29-14. The Lair finished shooting 11 of 22 from beyond the arc and converted 53.2 percent from the entire field all night.

Soko's biggest highlight came toward the end of the game. With The Lair sporting a comfortable 15-point lead, Soko drove the lane on P&W's Andrew Cressler, flew through the air and fully extended his right arm to slam down the contested dunk, easily the top dunk of the summer.

Nolan Cressler led P&W with a 21-point night. Pitt alum Chevron Troutman added a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds as Lance Jeter chipped in 12 points and eight assists.

After The Lair opened its 15-point lead in the first half, P&W made a 23-5 run midway through the first half to keep the game close. The score was tied 54-54 at halftime.

However, in the second half, P&W went cold from the field, struggling to find offense. After Cressler and Josh Taylor made a pair of threes, The Lair made 25-5 run to seal a spot in the championship game.
    • Below is the official press release announcing Arlen Galloway as the new head coach of Wentworth Institute of Technology:
    BOSTON, Mass. – Arlen Galloway, who has spent the last two seasons as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Cornell University, has been named the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Wentworth Institute of Technology. The announcement was made by Angel Ayres, Wentworth's Director of Athletics.

    "It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that we welcome Arlen Galloway as the newest member of our athletic community," said Ayres. "We are confident that he will not only continue with the success of our men's basketball program but enhance our entire department through his passion and team-oriented philosophy. I look forward to working with Coach Galloway as he starts his journey as our new head men's basketball coach."

    "I am honored to have been chosen as the next men's basketball coach at Wentworth Institute of Technology, said Galloway. "I am grateful for the opportunity that Angel Ayres, [associate director of athletics] Danielle Ferrara and the entire interview panel have given me."

    Galloway, who becomes just the fourth coach in the Institute's NCAA era (1984-present), helped the Big Red improve on its previous season's win total in his two years at Cornell, including 13 victories in 2012-13. In 2011-12, Cornell knocked off eventual Patriot League champ and NCAA darling Lehigh as part of a 10-3 campaign at home. He worked in nearly every aspect of the program, including playing an essential role in practice preparation and team travel. He assisted in the development of first-team All-Ivy guard Chris Wroblewski, the school's career assist leader, and three-point marksman Drew Ferry in 2011-12, as well as Nolan Cressler, an Ivy League Rookie of the Year candidate in 2012-13.

    Prior to his stint at Cornell, Galloway spent two seasons as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Middlebury College where he played an instrumental role in the Panthers posting an impressive 53-6 mark, including a 28-2 record during the 2010-11 season. That season saw Middlebury set a program record for wins and reach the semifinals of the Division III Men's Basketball Tournament for the first time in program history after capturing the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship with wins over Amherst and Williams. During the 2009-10 campaign the Panthers finished 25-4, advanced to the finals of the NESCAC Tournament, and earned the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament victory. While at Middlebury he assisted in all areas of the program, including recruiting, scouting, and film breakdown. He coached three All-NESCAC performers, a pair of NESCAC Defensive Players of the Year, and an All-American. In both seasons the Panthers were nationally ranked by and finished the 2010-11 season ranked third in the country.

    Galloway spent a pair of seasons (2007-09) as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Kenyon College. During this time the Lords compiled a total of 29 wins, which included 16 triumphs in the 2008-09 season. In 2008 Kenyon achieved its best North Coast Athletic Conference achievement in 14 years and the following season reached the conference semifinals for the first time in 14 years. While on the Lords' staff he served as the lead recruiter and assisted in scouting, practice and game planning, and on-floor coaching. Kenyon had the 2008 NCAC Rookie of the Year and the 2009 NCAC Player of the Year during his tenure.

    During the 2006-07 season Galloway began his coaching career at Washington (Md.) College where he assisted in scouting, film breakdown, on-floor coaching, and skill development workshops. He also served as the program's lead recruiter and helped to develop a Second Team All-Centennial Conference performer. Additionally, he directed the annual Take it to the RAC summer basketball camp.

    A native of Windham, N.H., Galloway was a four-year letterwinner at Kenyon where he played in 99 games, averaging 4.1 points for his career. During his sophomore season he averaged 6.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game and when his career ended he ranked among the program leaders in 3-pointers made, attempted, and 3-point field goal percentage. During both his junior and senior seasons he was the recipient of the Scott Selby Award, given annually to the player who best embodies the ideals of the men's basketball program." He earned a Bachelor's degree in political science in 2006 and is a candidate for a Master's degree from Washington in 2014.

    The Leopards, who finished 16-12 a season ago, open the 2013-14 season against Emmanuel College at the Emerson College Tip-Off Tournament on November 15.

    "Wentworth offers first-class academics and career preparation for its students as part of a supportive community located within the great city of Boston," said Galloway. "I am committed to working every day with our student-athletes to continue and build upon the winning tradition of Wentworth basketball. I want the entire Wentworth community to be proud of our basketball program and to join us in spreading the word to attract future classes of elite student-athletes interested in everything that Wentworth has to offer."

    • Below is a partial tentative listing of opponents on Cornell's 28-game 2013-2014 schedule which will include 6 home nonconference games.  The games listed are in no particular order. Teams which participated in the 2013 postseason are noted:
    1. at Syracuse (2013 NCAA Tournament Final Four)
    2. at Western Michigan (2013 College Basketball Invitational)
    3. at St. Bonaventure
    4. at Stony Brook (2013 Postseason National Invitational Tournament)
    5. at St. Peter's
    6. at Colgate
    7. vs. Loyola (MD) (2013 Invitational Tournament)
    8. vs. Radford
    9. vs. Binghamton
    10. NOVEMBER 22, 7 pm, vs. Siena
    11. DECEMBER 7, vs. St. Francis (PA)
    12. at BCS Opponent (Verbal agreement, Contract not signed yet)
    13. at BCS Opponent (not yet determined)
    14. vs. Division III Opponent (not yet determined)
    15. PLUS 14 Ivy League Games
    • 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
    Luke Petrasek (Northport HS) Northport, NY, 6-10, C, Columbia
    Ikemefuna Ngwudo (Milton Academy) Milton, MA, 6-5, F, Dartmouth 
    Eli Harrison (Sisters HS) Sisters, OR, 6-6, F, Dartmouth
    Cole Harrison  (Montrose Christian) Memphis, TN, 6-11, C, Dartmouth
    Mike Flemming (N'field Mt Hermon, MA) Lincolnshire, IL, 6-1, G, Dartmouth
    Wes Dickinson (Peddie School) Hightstown, NJ, 6-6, F, 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
    Preston Troutt (Trinity Christian) Dallas, TX 6-0, 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 
    Sam Downy (Lake Forest HS) Lake Forest, IL, 6-9, C, Yale
    A.J. 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

    Tyler Williams (Lakota West HS) W.Chester, OH, 6-1, G, Brown (2014) 
    Amir Bell (East Brunswick HS) E.Brunswick, NJ, 6-4, G, Princeton (2014) 
    Maki Mason (Hotchkiss School), Lakeville, CT, 5-11, G, Yale (2014)
    Khalil Bedart-Ghani (Loyola HS) Los Angeles, CA, 6-3, G, Yale (2014)

    • Below, a look at the "Cornell Coaching Plantations"  -- the men's college basketball coaches with ties to Cornell University.
      Ryan Wittman (Cornell Class of '10)-Graduate student  assistant coach at Boston College.  Played for Cornell under Steve Donahue.
      Jon Jaques (Cornell Class of '10)-Graduate student assistant 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 Vanderbilt. 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.
      Ricky Yahn-Head coach, Concordia College of Michigan. He was an assistant coach at Cornell during 2010-2011 under Bill Courtney.
      Arlen Galloway-Head coach, Wentworth Institute of Technology.  He was an assistant coach at Cornell between 2011-2013 under Bill Courtney.
      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 Cal Poly. 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.

    • 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 July 24, Aubry's season in Puerto Rico concluded where he averaged 7.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rico BSN, the island's premier league.  Mayaquez finished the season 19-17 and in 6th place out of 10 teams in the league and was eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs.  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 Cornell veterans of the NBA D-League.  (Cornell's four NBA D-League veterans is the most in Ivy 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 finished his rookie season with the Victors.
    -Louis Dale ('10) (KAOD Dramas, Greece A1 premier league)-As of July 24, Dale concluded his season and averaged 7.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.  KAOD finished 11-15 and in 9th place out of 14 teams in the A1.  Dale spent his  first two professional seasons both in Germany's BBK Bundesliga, the country's premier league with Goettingen.
    -Jeff Foote ('10) (Zalgiris, Lithuania LKL premier league/EuroLeague/VTB Russian League)-As of July 24, Zalgiris' season is concluded.  Foote averaged 7.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for Zalgiris in the Lithuanian premier league, the LKL.  During the LKL regular season, Zalgiris finished 10-2 and in 4th place out of 12 teams but won the league championship in a 4-0 finals sweep of Lietuvos Rytas.  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 was eliminated in the semifinals of the VTB playoffs.  Zalgiris is currently ranked #5 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 February and was named Second Team All NBA D-LeagueFoote 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)
    -Jonathan Gray ('13)
    -Miles Asafo Adjei ('13)
    -Peter McMillan ('13)
    -Errick Peck ('13)
    -Josh Figini ('13)
    -Manny Sahota (former player)
    -The Cornell Rebounders Club
    -Galal Cancer ()
    -Ned Tomic ()
    -Dominick Scelfo ()
    -Jake Mathews ()
    -Dwight Tarwater ()
    -Dave LaMore ()
    -Shonn Miller ()
    -Devin Cherry ()
    -Nolan Cressler ()
    -Braxston Bunce ()
    -Holt Harmon ()
    -Robert Mischler ()
    -David Onuorah ()
    -Robert Hatter ()
    -Desmond Fleming ()
    -Darryl Smith ()
    -Jeremy Hartigan, Cornell SID ()
    -Assistant Coach Mike Blaine ()
    -Assistant Coach Marlon Sears ()
    -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 ()
    -Former assistant coach Arlen Galloway ()

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    Anonymous said...

    Paul Rowley commits to William and Mary over Cornell, Harvard, Bucknell, etc.

    The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

    Good solid Patriot/Ivy level player. All 8 Ivies would've taken him.