Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Jon Jaques is Back Home, Joins the Cornell Coaching Staff

Jon Jaques, Cornell Class of 2010, returns to Cornell as an assistant coach.  After graduating from Cornell, Jaques spent the 2010-2011 season playing professional basketball in Israel's top division with Ironi Ashkelon.  He has two years of coaching experience, spending the 2011-2012 season at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey and the 2012-2013 season at the Division I level with Columbia.  Jaques is also an experienced basketball writer having blogged for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and Slam Magazine.

While serving as an assistant coach/manager at Columbia, Jaques' main responsibilities included handling the team's film exchange program, helping with player development, and assisting the coaching staff in hosting on-campus visits.

As a senior at Cornell in 2010, Jaques led the Ivy League in 3-point shooting overall (.472).  He was also was an All-Tournament Selection in the Legends Classic in Philadelphia and started 22 contests and averaged 8.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 assists while shooting 50 percent from the floor and 78 percent from the free-throw line in Ivy play.  He served as a team tri-captain for the 2009-2010 campaign during which Cornell finished #17 in the Final USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Top 25 Poll and appeared in the 2010 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen.  Jaques was also a member of Cornell's 2008 and 2009 Ivy League Championship and NCAA Tournament teams.


Anonymous said...

Please show Courtney how we used to run an offense with ball movement. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hmm... how did this not occur to me... why was I bizarrely hoping for Geoff Reeves for absolutely no reason whatsoever when Jaques now seems completely obvious... alright then... I hope those initial three years on the bench before his breakout as a senior meant he had a lot of time to pay attention to what Donahue and Spiker were doing.

Anonymous said...


awwww yeaaaaa

Anonymous said...

Welcome back! He never belonged in Lion blue.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...


Bill has tried to run a system the last three years that require five super athletes on the floor.

To play Bill's style, you need speed, stamina and strength. It requires running the floor and reacting. Only athletes with great body control can play the system the way it is meant to be played.

To play in Donahue's system, you do not need to be an athlete, but you must be fundamentally sound.

Bill was trying to win with Donahue's guys. Good shooters, but mediocre to below average athletes.

It did not work.

Now... an argument could be made that Bill's system will never be effective in the Ivy League because the Ivy League does not attract good enough athletes.

But Cornell's recent struggles have had nothing to do with Bill's knowledge of the game or his ability to teach. He has a vision and he wants to implement it.

He needs players that can run his system.

He might never find them.

But he deserves the time. He deserves the time to set up the chess board with his pieces.

Jon Jaques was a 4-year Donahue guy. But he also played 4 years at Harvard-Westlake High School, played 1 year pro in Israel, coached 1 year at Stevens and 1 year at Columbia. POINT BEING... Jon has had many influences and experienced different coaches.

He will be a great ambassador, coach and recruiter for Cornell.

He can share a vision with high schoolers. He has experiences as both the 20th man as well a starter. He is a Cornell graduate, knows the academic programs, he played on a top 25 and Sweet 16 team here, he played professionally and coached in the Ivy League. He can say, "If I did it, you can do it too."

And there is no better sales pitch than that...

smooth25_2 said...

JAQUES! Passing will now return to cornell basketball, no more (literal) run in circle offense until 5 seconds left on shotclock and then hope for the best.

With all this recent recruiting talk nonsense, it is great to get a Win on board to start the season with a proven winner in Jaques.

Anonymous said...

I would take ball movement and high iq players over athletic average iq players any day of the week. I've heard enough excuses about Courtney and his style of offense and players he needs. Time to execute an offense that looks like it has a plan and purpose or move on.

If you're not getting the kind of players you want, then adapt your freaking offense.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Your second paragraph is a good point. But it is a premature suggestion.

Bill's guys were just frosh and sophs last year. (And he had injury issues) Now he has another class in the door (he owns the frosh, sophs and juniors).

So... with Bill's young athletic guards, Onuorah, Miller, Cherry, Cressler, Giddens, Lamore et al, we will see if this team can become what he wants it to be.
(Although having his own senior class would be more fair).

The fact of the matter is that you are impatient and Andy Noel is very, very patient.

Scott Thompson left Steve Donahue very little (basically just Ray Mercedes, Wallace Prather and Ka'ron Barnes) and Steve Donahue left Bill Courtney very little (basically just a young Errick Peck and Chris Wroblewski).

Andy gave Steve 5 years to show some evidence of life, and by 2004-2005, we are very, very average, but the ship seemed to be headed ever so slowly in the right direction.

I'd say the same applies here.

Bill will get his 4-5 years to show life and if we can put together a .500 record this year and show signs we are ready to make an upward move next year, Bill should be in a good place.

This team could be good enough to win 14 games. Obivously we are counting on two frosh big men a crew of frosh guards to play big roles.

Anonymous said...

Congrates to Jacques!

Go Red!!!

Anonymous said...

- Just because it took Donahue 4 to 5 years doesn't mean that's how long it takes. There are many coaches who have to basically scrap their teams down to nothing and yet manage to put up a great performance by their 3rd year on a team composed primarily of freshmen and sophomores (see Amaker, Donahue at BC, and even, to a certain extent, Cormier, who truly started with a steaming pile of crap on his plate). As has endlessly been said, even if you leave out the 4 injury ridden games, Courtney got worse every year, not better. He got some over-hyped wins over teams like Yale and Penn who had real, recent losses to rebuild from, while Courtney was still getting excuses from losses we suffered 3 seasons prior. That 5-3 start didn't mean he had improved, it meant the lower Ivy was lingering around a 250 that season that year and that while Yale and Penn and Brown and Dartmouth had reasons to be there, be it rebuilding or just plain building up from a 300 ranked team, we most certainly did not have reasons to be there, and were there because of ineffective coaching.

- Donahue did not inherit a team with as much name recognition to use in recruiting as Courtney did. You keep claiming that the # of Cornell players with other Div I offers got higher in recent years, implying that Donahue probably didn't start with as many guys with Div I offers, but you still want to insist that Donahue and Courtney began in an equivalent situation or environment. They did not.

- You act like it's a rule that a coach can't work with someone else's recruits when this bull is refuted every day. You want to say that Year 1 Martin > Year 3 Courtney because Martin inherited talent, but (a) Agel clearly didn't know what to do with that talent, apparently, and (b)you're basically claiming that Agel outrecruited Courtney and that Courtney can't recruit. Can't coach, can't recruit... what can he do then?

I personally believe he wasn't suffering a talent deficit and landed excellent recruits in his first two classes, but can't coach and can't develop players, hence these poor kids are forced to read horrid comments about how Brown players are just more talented than them and it's not the coach's fault.

Bill Courtney is going to have to change, and immensely. HE is the root of the problem, not anything else.