Monday, October 14, 2013

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, news and notes for Monday...



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ITHACA, N.Y. – When head coach Bill Courtney's whistle blew for the first time just a few minutes before 4 p.m. in Newman Arena, the 2013-14 Cornell men's basketball season officially began. With less than a month before the season tips off for the first time, the Big Red will pack plenty of preparation into that time. Look for the 2013-14 season preview in the coming days at www.CornellBigRed.com.
  • Tommy Amaker spoke to CBS Sports.  Here is a portion of the Q and A:
CBSSports.com: Last year wasn't the first year you had success in the NCAA Tournament as a head coach. You took Seton Hall to the Sweet 16 in 2000. How different is it as a coach to have success at a program like Harvard versus when you were coaching at a school in the Big East?
Amaker: A lot of people would view what we did our last year as more successful because of how challenging it is, and one of the bigger challenges is sustaining it. At our level, it's probably harder to sustain it than it is at other levels. You have a run with a certain group of kids, Cornell did that. They had a great run and sometimes it's harder to sustain it because it's difficult to get the kind of players again that fit your system and take you to the next level.
  • Check out the "Meet Errick Peck" profile on the Purdue Athletics Dept. website.  It has a full photo gallery of Errick in action at Purdue. 
  • The Ivy Office prepared a summary of media preseason honors, awards and predictions and notes:
ATHLON SPORTS
Predicted Order of Finish
1. Harvard

2. Princeton

3. Yale
4. Brown

5. Penn
6. Dartmouth

7. Cornell

8. Columbia


Preseason All-Ivy Team
Siyani Chambers, Harvard (So., G)
Fran Doughtery, Penn (Sr., F)

Sean McGonagill, Brown (Sr., G)
Shonn Miller, Cornell (Jr., F)
Wesley Saunders, Harvard (Jr., G/F)



Player of the Year
Wesley Saunders, Harvard (Jr., G/F)
BLUE RIBBON COLLEGE BASKETBALL YEARBOOK
Predicted Order of Finish
1.    Harvard
2.    Yale
3.    Penn
4.    Princeton
5.    Brown
6.    Dartmouth
7.    Columbia
8.    Cornell

Preseason All-Ivy Team
Denton Koon, Princeton (Jr., F)
Shonn Miller, Cornell (Jr., F)
Wesley Saunders, Harvard (Jr., G/F)
Miles Jackson-Cartwright, Penn (Sr., G)
Sean McGonagill, Brown (Sr., G)

Player of the Year
Wesley Saunders, Harvard (Jr., G/F)

Newcomer of the Year
Tavon Blackmon, Brown (Fr., G)

COLLEGEINSIDER.COM
Lou Henson Preseason All-America Team
Wesley Saunders, Harvard (Jr., G/F)



COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS
Preseason All-Mid-Major Teams
First Team
Wesley Saunders, Harvard (Jr., G/F)

Preseason All-Ivy Teams
First Team
Siyani Chambers, Harvard (So., G)
Sean McGonagill, Brown (Sr., G)
Wesley Saunders, Harvard (Jr., G/F)
Shonn Miller, Cornell (Jr., F)
Gabas Maldunas, Dartmouth (Jr., F/C)

Second Team
Miles Jackson-Cartwright, Penn (Sr., G)
Brandyn Curry, Harvard (Sr., G)
T.J. Bray, Princeton (Sr., G)
Kyle Casey, Harvard (Sr., F)
Rafael Maia, Brown (Jr., C)

Third Team
Laurent Rivard, Harvard (Sr., G)
Alex Mitola, Dartmouth (So., G)
Denton Koon, Princeton (Jr., F)
Steve Moundou-Missi, Harvard (Jr., F)
Justin Sears, Yale (So., F)

Fourth Team
Tony Hicks, Penn (So., G)
Nolan Cressler, Cornell (So., G)
Will Barrett, Princeton (Sr., F)
Fran Doughtery, Penn (Sr., F)
Alex Rosenberg, Columbia (Jr., F)

Coach of the Year
Tommy Amaker, Harvard

Player of the Year
Wesley Saunders, Harvard (Jr., G/F)

Freshman of the Year
Anthony Dallier, Yale (Fr., G)



LINDY'S SPORTS ANNUALS
Preseason National Rankings
26. Harvard

Predicted Order of Finish
1. Harvard

2. Yale

3. Princeton

4. Brown

5. Penn

6. Dartmouth
7. Cornell

8. Columbia
 


Preseason All-Ivy Teams
First Team
Sean McGonagill, Brown (Sr., G)
Siyani Chambers, Harvard (So., G)
Fran Doughtery, Penn (Sr., F)
Shonn Miller, Cornell (Jr., F)
Wesley Saunders, Harvard (Jr., G/F)

Second Team
T.J. Bray, Princeton (Sr., G)
Miles Jackson-Cartwright, Penn (Sr., G)
Kyle Casey, Harvard (Sr., F)
Justin Sears, Yale (So., F)
Gabas Maldunas, Dartmouth (Jr., F/C)


Player of the Year
Wesley Saunders, Harvard (Jr., G/F)
 


Newcomer of the Year
Tavon Blackmon, Brown (Fr., G)


National Top 10 Point Guard
Siyani Chambers, Harvard (So., G)
Best Shooter
Laurent Rivard, Harvard (Sr., G)
 


Best Rebounder
Rafael Maia, Brown (Jr., C)


Best Playmaker
Siyani Chambers, Harvard (So., G)


Best Defender
Shonn Miller, Cornell (Jr., F)
 


Most Versatile
Sean McGonagill, Brown (Sr., G)
 


Best NBA Prospect
Siyani Chambers, Harvard (So., G)

NBCSPORTS.COM
Preseason Mid-Major Power Rankings
2. Harvard

Preseason Mid-Major All-America Teams
Second Team
Wesley Saunders, Harvard (Jr., G/F)

Honorable Mention
Siyani Chambers, Harvard (So., G)

Predicted Order of Finish
1. Harvard
2. Penn
3. Yale
4. Brown
5. Princeton
6. Columbia
7. Cornell
8. Dartmouth

Player of the Year
Wesley Saunders, Harvard (Jr., G/F)

Four More Names to Know
Siyani Chambers, Harvard (So., G)
Tony Hicks, Penn (So., G)
Shonn Miller, Cornell (Jr., F)
Cedric Kuakumensah, Brown (So., F)

SPORTING NEWS
Predicted Order of Finish
1. Princeton

2. Harvard

3. Yale
4. Brown

5. Penn

6. Cornell

7. Columbia

8. Dartmouth

Preseason All-Ivy Team
Wesley Saunders, Harvard (Jr., G/F)
Miles Jackson-Cartwright, Penn (Sr., G)
T.J. Bray, Princeton (Sr., G)
Shonn Miller, Cornell (Jr., F)
Siyani Chambers, Harvard (So., G)

Top Player
Wesley Saunders, Harvard (Jr., G/F)

Top Newcomer
Dave Winfield Jr., Penn (Fr., C)

Top Coach
Mitch Henderson, Princeton

USA TODAY
Preseason National Rankings
31. Harvard

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  • Cornell Basketball will host Alumni and Friends Weekend from December 6-8. Included will be a Friday evening reception, Saturday's game against Saint Francis (Pa.) and a postgame reception, then Sunday's annual alumni game.  During halftime of the St. Francis game, Cornell will honor its championship teams from 1953-1954 and 2008-2009. 
  • Cornell's games against Syracuse (ACC Sports Network and RSN), Louisville (WHAS), Notre Dame (ESPN3) and St. Bonaventure (NBC Sports Network) will all be televised.  The games against Louisville and Syracuse will also likely be carried on ESPN3 or another ESPN channel.  Time Warner Sports will also likely pick-up the Syracuse game as well.  Games vs Binghamton, vs Siena and at St. Peter's and at Stony Brook, might also be televised on MSG (St. Peter's), Time Warner Cable Sports (Binghamton and Siena) and Cablevision Sports (Stony Brook).

  • Below, a look at the "Cornell Coaching Plantations"  -- the men's college basketball coaches with ties to Cornell University.
    Jon Jaques (Cornell Class of '10)-Assistant coach at at Cornell. Played for Cornell under Steve Donahue. 
    Ryan Wittman (Cornell Class of '10)-Graduate student  assistant coach at Boston College.  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 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/diurector of basketball operations 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 currently playing professionally. Below, some updates: 
-Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones Rojos, LNBP Mexico premier league/Indios de Mayaguez, BSN Puerto Rico premier league)-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 (Mayaguez, 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 during 2012-2013 with the Victors.
-Louis Dale ('10) (KAOD Dramas, Greece A1 premier league)-Dale spent his  first two professional seasons both in Germany's BBK Bundesliga, the country's premier league with Goettingen.  His third pro season during 2012-2013 was in Greece in the A1, country's premier league, with KAOD Dramas.                                         
-Jeff Foote ('10) (Zalgiris, Lithuania LKL premier league/EuroLeague/VTB Russian League)-Foote spent the 2012-2013 season with Zalgiris of Lithuania, one of Europe's top 10 teams and was named an All Star in the domestic LKL league, the country's premier league.  He also participated with the team in the EuroLeague.  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 NBA.com.  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.    
Drew Ferry ('12) (Albacete, Spain EBA)-The 2013-2014 season is Ferry's rookie year in the Spanish 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)
-Galal Cancer (former player)
-Holt Harmon (former player)
-The Cornell Rebounders Club
-Ned Tomic ()
-Dominick Scelfo ()
-Jake Mathews ()
-Dwight Tarwater ()
-Dave LaMore ()
-Shonn Miller ()
-Devin Cherry ()
-Nolan Cressler ()
-Braxston Bunce ()
-Robert Mischler ()
-David Onuorah ()
-Robert Hatter ()
-Desmond Fleming ()
-Darryl Smith ()
-Jordan Abdur Ra-oof (recruit(
-Pat Smith (recruit)
-William Bathurst (recruit)
-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 ()
Blueprint for Success, the yearbook commemorating Cornell's memorable 2009-2010 season is on sale. Visit the Cornell Athletics website to order your copy today! Or pick up a copy sold in the Cornell Store on campus.

Fans of the basketball program in the Ithaca area should not miss the opportunity to join the Cornell Rebounders Club.

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