Friday, September 27, 2013

Cornell Recruiting Commitment: William "Will" Bathurst

Cornell received a recruiting commitment from William "Will" Bathurst (Olean HS) Olean, NY, 6-3, G. 

As a high school junior, Bathurst was First Team All Western New York by the Buffalo News, the CCAAI Player of the Year and First Team Class B All State and was named MVP of the Olean Tip Off Tournament in December 2012.  Bathurst was a Second Team Class B All State selection as a sophomore.

Reportedly, Bathurst had scholarship offers from James Madison, Rider, Iona, Niagara and Marist among others.

As a senior, Bathurst was named All Tournament at the IAABO Tournament and was MVP of the Olean Tip Off Tournament.  He was also named one of six finalists for Mr. Basketball in New York State awarded by the New York Sports Writers was named  Big 30 Player of the Year.  See also WIVB.  (click here to check out his official Mr. Basketball profile, via the Basketball Coaches Association of New York).  Bathurst also was the MVP of the Section VI Class B1 playoffs and named All Tournament Team in the Class B Tournament.  He was named All Western New York First Team (for the 2nd consecutive year).    The Buffalo News writes on the selection:
Wil Bathurst
Olean: 6-4 senior forward
PPG: 19.8 Reb: 7.0 Steals: 4.0
A two-time first-teamer for a multitude of reasons: His smooth all-around game includes a pretty outside shot, defense-staggering drives, an excellent eye for passing, the smart defensive plays (42 steals, 28 blocks) – while his ball-hawking rebounding is worth watching all by itself. Did it all in big moments for a program that faced major competition all year as an independent. A Class B All-Tournament selection as the Huskies closed out a three-year reign as Section VI champions by making the NYSPHSAA final in Glens Falls. For his career, Bathurst had 1,196 points (16.6 ppg), 545 rebounds (7.6), 224 assists and 110 blocks. Southern Tier’s Big 30 Player of the Year is committed to Cornell. Also an excellent golfer
 He also was named First Team All Western New York by the Centercourt Blog.  See discussion of Bathurst in connection with the Western New York Player of the Year and First Team selections with the Buffalo News and the Centercourt Blog.  The Centercourt Blog writes on Bathurst:
Wil Bathurst - Olean, Senior
19.8 PPG  /  7.0 RPG  /  4.0 APG  /  1.7 SPG  /  1.0 BPG
One of the very best all-around players in WNY this season.  A fan favorite and high-riser who can do everything on the court.  Helped the Huskies capture a third straight Section VI Class B title and a 20-win season against a grueling independent schedule.  Scored over 30 points in a game three times this season, including a 36 point & 12 rebound effort against Greece Athena.  Selected to the NYSPHAA Class B All-Tournament Team.  Named MVP of the Section VI Class B1 Tournament.  Was MVP of the Olean Tip-Off Tournament.  Will play Division I basketball at Cornell next season.
As a senior, Bathurst also was named First Team All State Class B by the New York Sports Writers Association.  See also the Buffalo News and WIVB for the story.  Per the Buffalo News, the Western New York Chapter of the Basketball Coaches Association of New York also selected Bathurst as the Small Schools Player of the Year.

Following his senior year, Bathurst was ranked as the #7 overall player in New York State by NYCHoopsNet of  NYCHoopsNet writes in its final ranking, "- A three year varsity starter, Bathurst averaged 23 points and 9 rebounds a game in this his senior season. He went over 1,000 points for his career in a 36 point outing against Greece Athena in early February, and he will surely go down as one of the best players in school history. Committed to play next season at Cornell, Bathurst is excellent attacking the basket, using his strong handle and good size to effectively get by defenders, and his outstanding shooting touch from the perimeter makes him a fantastic all around player. He was a finalist for Mr. Basketball in New York State this year, and he has led his Olean team to the Class "B" State Final Four."

The Buffalo News' profile on Bathurst from his junior year First Team All Western New York selection is as follows:
Wil Bathurst
Olean: 6-3 junior forward
PPG: 18.4. Rebounds: 8.0. Assts: 3.3.
You name it, Bathurst does it for the Huskies, who went wire-to-wire atop The News’ small school poll. He can score from outside, beat defenders one-on-one, take the ball to the basket and finish, or rack up assists with dishes or well-placed deliveries to his talented teammates. Equally as impressive is how he elevates to pursue defensive rebounds as well as blocked shots (1.9 per game). A third-team pick last year who has been a part of two straight Section VI Class B championship teams, the very accomplished golfer (he participated in the state tournament last year) says he would like to play basketball in college.
The Buffalo News' profile from Bathurst's sophomore year when he earned Third Team All Western New York honors, notes:
Wil Bathurst Olean: 6-2 sophomore forward PPG: 11.8 Reb: 7.6 Assts.: 2.2 On a young, talented team that seemed to have it all among its five underclassmen starters, Bathurst has a bit of everything in his game. Great size, ballhanding, leaping ability, body control, knack around the basket, three-point range, defense (2.1 steals), rebounding, unselfishness, explosiveness. The X-factor on a team that went 22-2 and held the top spot in The News small school poll all year.
During the offseason, Bathurst played AAU basketball with Locker-1 out of Western New York.  At the Gym Rat Challenge he was evaluated as follows:
Will Bathurst (6-4 forward) Locker 1/Olean H.S.: A stat-sheet stuffer that really affects the game in every facet. He is a strong, explosive player that does a great job of finishing around the basket. Capable of taking over a game in spurts. He also hits the boards well for a wing, and pushes it effectively in transition. Hearing from Iona, Niagara, Marist.
Below, Bathurst's personal highlight video: 


See also highlights of Bathurst's 25 points vs. Canisius High School, appearance in the postseason regionals vs. Wayland-Cohocton High School and postseason honors from the Buffalo News (10:50 mark).

On the commitment to Cornell, the Buffalo News' Keith McShea writes:
Olean senior Wil Bathurst told me via Twitter direct message that he has verbally committed to Cornell.
Bathurst was a first-team All-Western New York selection as a junior last  year for the Huskies. The 6-3 multi-talented forward was part of a third straight Section VI championship before Olean's season ended with a buzzer-beating loss to Batavia in the Far West Regionals.
I've thought Bathurst had Division I potential all along, and thought he proved it last season. He has good size and has the ability to do pretty much anything you need on the court.
The commitment was also reported on Time Warner Cable/YNN:
OLEAN, N.Y. — Olean boys basketball standout Wil Bathurst verbally committed to Cornell University on Friday, Bathurst told YNN's Andy Young through direct message on Twitter.

A highly talented 6'4" forward, Bathurst has been a key cog for a strong run of Olean teams. As a junior last season, he averaged more than 18 points per game while helping the Huskies to the Far West Regionals, where they lost on a buzzer-beater to Batavia. As a sophomore, Bathurst was a part of the Olean squad that made it to the state final four in Class B.

Cornell is an NCAA Division I program, competing in the Ivy League.


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Uh, so we get a low-major kid, Harvard lands Chris Egi and Andre Chatworth, with Justin Gray likely to follow.

The wealth gap grows with each passing year.

I thought recruiting was supposed to be Bill's strong suit. Princeton, Harvard, and Penn are beating us in that battle, and the on-court one as well.

I'm growing increasingly frustrated with the program with each passing year. The fact that we're probably going to finish last this year only exacerbates that frustration.

Anonymous said...

Harvard's Chris Egi is a huge get. Watching his highlight video makes me cringe for our already lackluster inside game.

Now, I'm ready for you to go all "BUNCE, BUNCE, BUNCE!" And that's fine, you can. Just show me Bunce's highlight video, because I sure haven't seen him play in college yet.

And, where does Onurah stack up with Egi.

Harvard is killing it...killing it!

I don't think we have to worry about firing BC or not, my hunch is that he's going to jump ship once a good high level assistant offer comes his way. Writing is on the wall for the league, probably in 5 years we'll have scholarships by the time Harvard waffle stomps us (and everyone else) enough.

Please refute these speculations with facts. Facts such as Chris Egi was the #11 ranked center in the NATION.