Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Cornell Men's Basketball Announces Class of 2017 and Roster for 2013-2014

Below in this post, Cornell Athletics' announcement of the Big Red's freshman class and the 2013-2014 roster.  Also see The Cornell Basketball Blog's bios of these "newcomers" which include: 

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell head coach Bill Courtney has announced five incoming recruits will join the Big Red basketball program in the fall of 2013. Freshmen JoJo Fallas, Desmond Fleming, Robert Hatter, David Onuorah and Darryl Smith will bolster a lineup that returns seven letter winners and two starters from a squad that opened Ivy season with a 5-3 record before injuries sabotaged the final three weeks of the season.

G JoJo Fallas – 5-11/175 — Los Angeles, Calif. (Shalhevet HS)
Fallas was a four-time first-team all-league pick at Shalhevet HS. A three-time all-division selection and two-time captain, Fallas was a four-year starter in both basketball and baseball. He helped his team to a 24-2 record as a senior and helped the squad advanced to the Southern Section 5A basketball championship game, the furthest any team at the school had ever advanced in the playoffs. Fallas was named MVP of the Sarachek Tournament his senior year.

G Desmond Fleming – 5-11/180 — The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands College Park HS)
Fleming earned first-team all-district and all-county honors after averaging 12.0 points, 3.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game as a senior at The Woodlands College Park HS. A preseason top 100 player on the Guy V. Lewis Award Watch List as the top player in the city of Houston, he also earned academic all-district accolades. As a junior on a 30-8 squad, Fleming averaged 7.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 assists per contest and was named honorable mention all-district. He was a three-year letter winner on the varsity. Fleming also competed in track and field during his high school career.

G Robert Hatter – 6-2/165 — Houston, Texas (Westside HS)
Hatter was a second-team all-state selection as a senior at  Westside HS and was a three-time first-team all-district and two-time all-region pick. He earned all-Greater Houston accolades by VPE Magazine and was ranked as the No. 3 point guard in the area. Hatter was named the district most valuable player as a junior after averaging 21.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. He was first-team all-league, all-district and all-region as a senior captain and earned team MVP accolades in each of his final three seasons. Hatter shot 50 percent from the floor, 88 percent from the free-throw line and 39 percent from beyond the 3-point arc in his final season.

F David Onuorah – 6-9/230 — Atlanta, Ga. (Marist HS)
An all-state selection by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association as a senior at Marist HS, Onuorah earned honorable mention all-county honors. He received preseason All-Metro honors by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Onuorah averaged 12.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game as a junior and 6.5 points and 5.1 rebounds as a sophomore. He was named the team's defensive player of the year in his final year.

G Darryl Smith – 6-2/180 — Chesapeake, Va. (Blue Ridge School)
Smith averaged 14.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a senior captain at the Blue Ridge School. A two-time first-team all-league pick and a two-time team MVP, Smith earned second-team all-league accolades during his junior year That season, Smith averaged 6.2 points, 5.2 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game for one of the top 20 teams in the state and was part of a team that advanced to the state championship game as a sophomore. Smith was a member of the 2012 state championship football team as a defensive back and was a sprinter on the track and field team.


Anonymous said...

I'm sure they're lovely people, but this must be the most underwhelming (and short) recruiting class in a long time. Only even mildly interesting one is Onuorah.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Like it or not, you'll eat those words.

Anonymous said...

There's a lot of talent coming into the league this year and we really only got one notable recruit (David O.). Smith and Hatter might develop into good Ivy players, but it could be a rough year relying on a frosh to run the offense. They might do well, but our guard play might be the weakest it has been in years.

We are striking out a lot in recruiting this year so far. It's early, but let's hope things turn around.

Anonymous said...

we will not be able to guard any wing forwards next year.

BigRed1965 said...

Hopefully Anonymous will indeed like eating those words. Darryl Smith is highly touted and could even be the starting point guard from what I am hearing. Onuorah sounds exciting, and the rest of the group sounds decent. Not sure a recruiting class of 5 freshmen is so "short" either. With Miller and Cressler leading the way, this should be a competitive Ivy team.

Anonymous said...

By "short" I mean height-wise. I know we need guards but I thought we had been crying about needing bigs for years. Only 1 guy taller than 6-2. And also, while the fact that we had sooooo many guards already and none of them worked out might imply that we simply need to try out even more guards in hope of landing a Dale or Wroblewski, I wonder if the fact that so many of them haven't worked out implies that maybe there is a development problem. Even Ski used to fling the ball away now and then as a frosh. No one was born perfect. Except Louis Dale.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

This spring we lose 4 players: Dwight, Jamal, Jake and Dom.
They are all wings and guards. There will be room in the roster to add at least 4 bodies and we could use all of those slots if we wanted on perimeter guys.

I want to remind the two negative posters that Darryl Smith, Robert Hatter and Desmond Flemming are legit solid Ivy League players.

Darryl had offers from Vermont and Northeastern--- two of the best mid majors on the east coast.

Trust your own gut. Watch Darryl's highlights. He played good competition and his athleticism shines through. He could be a special guard if he can develop consistent performances/effort.

Robert is also very good. He also had an offer from Northeastern, as well as from U. of Houston. He's better than your typical/average Ivy guard.

Desmond was primarily recruited by Division III high academics, but he was offered by New Hampshire. He has the opportunity like MAA to become a solid Ivy guard.

Finally, JoJo is the least athletic of the group. But he can shoot the ball and he's smart. He could turn out to be a good solid piece down the road like a Dom.

We don't need our point guard this year to be an all star. We are going to surround him with Shonn, Nolan and Devin-- all guys that are scary offensive threats as well as some big dudes in the middle (Braxston, The Daves and Deion).

Anonymous said...

As usual, it's not the position in the national numbers for the recruits, it is the "heart" and the character of the players. I'm reminded of Bayujs (sp?) Dow, Dale, Morton, Cram, Munson - all players who played way above their "hype".
Now it is up to the staff and the players themselves to prove how good they are.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Don't forget Shonn Miller.

Not a single BCS offer, mostly MAC schools.

As a junior--- will compete with Wes Saunders and Kyle Casey for league MVP.

Anonymous said...

It's also about having a coach who can coach. I don't believe recruiting determines everything. The class of 2010 proved that. Good coaches can make good strategies, spot diamonds in the rough, develop players over time etc. I have found it stunning how unwilling people have been to admit that we might have made the wrong coaching decision 3 years ago and that it might be the source of current problems. Instead we keep playing that some player turns out better than he looks on paper. We keep hoping for an entire roster of guys like Shonn and Nolan who are so good it doesn't matter who the coach is, keep saying "it's not Courtney, we just need Kobes". I'm not sure about that. Apparently Agel had a bunch of excellent all-Ivy dudes on his team, at least 3 by the time he left, but could he ever put together more than 5 Ivy wins? No. But a new coach comes in and does it with like 8 guys because coaching matters. All this hoping for some breakout prayer and acting like Dale makes it a rule that they happen is extremely disheartening. The biggest change we need is in Courtney's strategies. He is the only person who can turn this around. Donahue proved that turnarounds are possible and I am truly hopeful that Courtney grows as a coach this year.

Anonymous said...

Onuorah is incredibly athletic. Needs to polish his offensive moves as he won't be able to over power Ivy league players but he can be fun to watch.