Monday, August 5, 2013

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, Dates in Cornell Basketball History.  Top, an advertisement for Cornell's 1993 "Rally Around the Red" Employee/Family Night along with a t-shirt from the event.  Bottom, a rare Cornell Basketball t-shirt from the 2010 Sweet Sixteen run, complete with the Tournament's bracket results printed on the reverse side.  Below, news and notes...

  • BC Interruption mentions Eitan Chemerinski's participation in the Maccabi Games.
  • Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports writes, "Cornell transfer Errick Peck is going to be a factor for Purdue. The 6-6 veteran averaged 9.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last season for the Big Red, and could start at power forward for the Boilermakers thanks to his experience and intangibles. Peck is eligible to play immediately since he already graduated from Cornell. Look for Purdue to be one of the more improved teams in the Big Ten next season."  
  • CBS adds that Peck will be an "underrated" piece added to the roster.
  • 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) 
Landon Russell (Nolan Catholic HS) Ft Worth, TX, 6-2, G, Yale (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 August 5, 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 August 5, 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 August 5, 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...

    I'd like to see what happens if we play big this year. It could be a bust -- especially if Shonn falls in love with the three and hits about 20% of them.

    The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

    I would be shocked if we play big and Shonn moves to SF, but I can verify it is being discussed.

    Further complicating Cornell's ability to play big--- Shonn has had zero summer work his perimeter shooting and ball handling. I just don't think he will be ready to play out there.

    I think it we see Shonn at the 4 (who is a legit BCS PF with his length and athleticism) paired with a big fella in the paint--- either Giddens, Lamore, Onuorah or Bunce.

    q'nis said...

    What has Shonn Miller been up to this summer? Was Cressler the only one to play in a high level league?

    The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

    Shonn had shoulder surgery when he went back to Cleveland. No summer league for him.

    Dwight played in the Knox Pro Am with all of the UTenn guys.

    Most of our other guys don't live in majors cities. And others are spending their summers just working out on their own. There are many ways to improve. Summer/street ball is not the only or the best way. Jeff Foote improved while in college and he never played in a summer league. He just lived in the gym.

    q'nis said...

    What kind of shoulder surgery, do you know? Hoping it wasn't the labrum.

    The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

    I don't know the specifics, but it was the injury he suffered during the season that kept him out the final 4 games.

    I don't get the sense the coaches are worried about him.

    He should be good to go on time.

    Anonymous said...

    What's up with William and Mary pulling in Paul Rowley and Greg Malinowski over Ivies, including us?

    Anonymous said...

    Nobody comes back perfectly from injury no matter how good you think they are. It took Dale half a season before he got close to where he was at.

    Gore was never 100% of what he was.

    Took Peck an entire season to fully regain all his explosiveness.

    Miller is the man, and outliers always happen, but he probably will not be the Miller we all want him to be this season.

    The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

    Shonn had a knee injury a year ago (mainly due to his growth spurt). Bet you did not even notice. Consider him the outlier in that case.

    Anonymous said...

    What knee injury that required surgery? He had a stress fractured two years ago for which he was out for like 3 weeks with. These aren't the same as shoulder surgery or surgery in general.

    You're not arguing apples to apples.

    He had shoulder surgery - this is a big deal. Expecting him to come back 100% is nothing short of optimistic.

    The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

    "Nobody comes back perfectly from injury no matter how good you think they are."

    That was your argument.

    Care to rephrase?

    And Shonn is expected to be fine. He played with the injury the Penn/Princeton weekend. It didn't impact him (He had 38 points and 14 rebounds in the those two games. Also 5 blocks and 3 steals.

    Care to change your opinion?

    Unknown said...

    At the time Shonn's injury was so "unserious" that BC was accused of tanking to save his own skin by holding him out. So seems reasonable to assume he'll be fine.

    Anonymous said...

    So hilarious ... he has always claimed we lost the last six games due to injury now he wants to claim injury didn't affect two of those six. You are so hilarious dude. Kinda like how we were losing because of those preselected seniors because they were so untalented, but future classes haven't done as well as them because they were experienced veterans. No conflicts there. "They were the reason we were losing but they were the reason we were winning!"

    The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

    The only one that is hilarious is you. Not only can you not read, but you ignore facts.

    Shonn Miller missed the last four games. He played through his injury the Penn/Princeton weekend, then was pulled out to avoid risking further injury for those final two weekends. YES, hge played terrific against the Ps despite the injury.

    But here is where you ignore facts.

    Jonathan Gray missed the last 6 games of the season, including the critical Penn/Princeton weekend. He was only Cornell's 2nd leading scorer.

    But after the Penn/Princeton weekends, not only did Cornell lose Gray and Miller, Cornell also lost Devin Cherry who missed the last four games.

    But we are not done yet. Galal Cancer missed the last two games.

    Those are four of your top eight guys missing the last Ivy weekend (two games) and three of your top eight guys that missed the last two weekends (four games).

    If you want to criticize Cornell after those injuries, feel free.

    But please, let's not ignore facts. Even with Shonn playing injured and playing well against the Ps, Cornell still was without its premier perimeter scoring guard--- Jon Gray. Without Jon, team's could focus more on Nolan in their scouting reports.

    Anonymous said...

    Schedules are out at most Ivy schools, meaning our league schedule can be pieced together.

    Harvard's schedule is surprisingly weak. Given that they will be really good this year and they're coming off a tournament win, I'd expected a much tougher slate. Our 2010 team went to #1 Kansas and # 10 Syracuse; the closest they're getting to a good team is...a rebuilding UConn and an unranked Colorado. Weird.

    But, they keep recruiting high level kids with the big boys (Brown too is, surprisingly, in on a couple). We've lost out on four recruiting targets in the past couple weeks. After last season's disappointing run following David O's early commitment, I hope things change.