Tuesday, August 13, 2013

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Above, Edwin Sweetland (Class of 1899), a multi-sport varsity letterman and member of Cornell's 1898 men's basketball team.  Below, news and notes for Tuesday...

  • RCS Sports released its final rankings of the top graduating high school players from the Division I rich, Houston area.  Cornell freshman, Robert Hatter is ranked No. 14, Penn recruit, Dylan Jones ranks No. 18 and Cornell freshman Desmond Flemming checks in at No. 77.
  • The Ivy League references Eitan Chemerinski's participation in the Maccabi Games.
  • Sports Illustrated's Andy Glockner writes of Boston College, "Stevie D’s steady build worked at Cornell, and it’s starting to simmer in Chestnut Hill. Young team maturing w/ Hanlan/Anderson 1-2 punch."
  • SB Nation covers the transfers into the Purdue program and writes:
The first senior to transfer into Purdue was Errick Peck, an Indiana native who attended college previously at Cornell. The 6'6 forward averaged just less than 10 points per game and 5 rebounds per game in his last season at Cornell and has one more year of eligibility due to a knee injury that caused him to miss an earlier season. Peck was a relatively modest shooter at Cornell, making around 35% of his three pointers and almost 70% from the free throw line in his career. His numbers aren't staggering, but Purdue desperately needs to establish an outside shooting presence, as well as add some experience to the roster. As a fifth year senior Peck has been around the game long enough to bring some leadership to the table, though he'll be facing heavy competition for playing time.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

We've lost out on several kids that we reportedly offered in the last couple of weeks, including Tyrell Jenkins, Paul Rowley, Greg Malinowski, Jafar Kinsey, and Reed Timmer. They were all generally mid-major level kids, and who knows how much the staff wanted any of them. Let's hope that we can change this recent trend and land some talented players.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

I don't think our staff was in love with any of those kids you listed. They definitely liked Paul Rowley and Ty Jenkins, but these were not the guys at or near the top of the list.

You have to realize that some kids commit elsewhere when they are not feeling the love back from Cornell.

Looks like Cornell's top guys are still in play.

Anonymous said...

When are we going to be able to say: "WOW, we got this stud?!?!"

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:47: We can only dream. We apparently came close last year with Julian Jacobs, close means...nothing.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

We've got a bunch of studs in the mix, including a multi-BCS offer guard coming in September.

Anonymous said...

I don't thin talent is the issue. We have plenty of that. The issue is development.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Since Bill Courtney has arrived, he has not had a true center with a well rounded game. (Cornell's centers have been Coury (defense only), Osgood (injured), Chemerinski (offense only and only 6'8") and Figini (not a center in any sense of the definition)).

Cornell also has lacked a calming force at point guard since the graduation of Wroblewski.

Bill needs to find a PG and a Center if he wants the program to compete.

There is some optimism that Braxston and Darryl/Robert can provide those boosts.

But lack of talent has been an issue for Bill.

Each year he's had 1-3 nice pieces, but he has yet to have a formidable starting five.

Anonymous said...

Two things:
1. We haven't landed a "stud" with big offers since David O., which was over a year ago. Would love to land a guard like Jalen Hudson, who we've reportedly offered.

2. Any word on Bunce's health? Is he expected to play this year?

Anonymous said...

And yet another miss in recruiting:

C.J. Rivers chooses Drake "over Cornell and Valparaiso." http://www.bnd.com/2013/08/13/2742126/cahokia-guard-rivers-announces.html

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

C.J. is a good one. About on level with Jenkins and Rowley. Not the top tier target though.

Anonymous said...

This has been an awful early recruiting season. Rowley, Rivers, or Jenkins would have been a big addition to the team, whether through a big three who can shoot or an athletic point guard who are far more heralded than Darryl Smith.

Bill hasn't been able to land a star point guard, which is a huge problem if you're going to run a fast paced dribble drive offense.

Anonymous said...

So what has changed this year? Why should fans suddenly lower expectations just a year after the league beat out schools like UCLA, Texas, and Stanford for players?

Also, you said that we have a bunch of studs in the mix. Is that no longer the case?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

It is a timing issue. Ivies are not getting financial aid awards fast enough (and in the amounts they need).

With new NCAA rules allowing juniors to take official visits, soon Ivies might have no chance. Kids will come off the board before before an Ivy can do anything on FA and admissions.

And the issue is impacting everyone. That is why you haven't seen anyone commit to Harvard, Princeton, Penn or Cornell over the summer and why some kids are committing to places like Drake and William and Mary over multi Ivy offers.

Anonymous said...

Why anyone would commit to Drake over an Ivy is beyond me, unless you want to be close to home. You're almost certainly not going to the NBA from Drake...

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Drake has good academics, it has a nice gym, member of a very good Missouri Valley and you won't have $250K in loans.

Anonymous said...

Justin Gray, Alec Brannan, and other kids with high major offers are reportedly considering Harvard in their final lists of schools. Brown sounds like it has offered almost every kid who plays AAU ball.

I guess we'll see over the next few months whether your prophesy about the inability to land high level recruits (not low-major, D3 guys) in 2014 is an Ivy-wide problem, or a Cornell-specific one. Hopefully it's neither.

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, many of the other Ivies are listed as finalists for a bunch of notable recruits. Cornell is noticably absent from those or any other lists, which is odd given how public recruiting is these days.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

You better look harder. I see Cornell listed in PUBLIC view with a few BCS kids. But I am not pointing you in the right direction.

Anonymous said...

Sure, Cornell is linked to kids like Jalen Hudson, who has BCS offers. But none of those twitter feeds, recruiting sites, etc, mean anything unless we land one of them. I have faith in Bill to sell the program; the financial aid problem is a different story.