Monday, November 4, 2013

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, news and notes for Monday...
  • One Bid Wonders projects Cornell to finish 6th in the Ivy League and writes:
Projected starting lineup
G – Darryl Smith, Fr., 6’2” 180
G – Devin Cherry, Jr., 6’3” 185
G – Nolan Cressler, So., 6’4” 198
F – David Onuorah, Fr., 6’9” 230
C – Braxston Bunce, So., 6’11” 250
“We’ve been hit by the injury bug a little bit,” Cornell men’s basketball coach Bill Courtney said in what may have been the biggest understatement of the 2013 Ivy League
Men’s Basketball Teleconference on Oct. 23.
Last season, Shonn Miller did it all for the Big Red, leading the team in scoring, rebounding, blocks, and steals. The performance was good enough to land the sophomore on the All Ivy First Team.
But it’s looking like the shoulder injury that landed him on the bench late last season is going to keep him there — for a while.
“There’s no timetable of when he’s going to come back,” Courtney said.
With Miller out—possibly for the entire season—it’ going to be a difficult year for the Big Red, a team that returns few contributors from a squad coming off a sixth-place finish.
Don’t expect Cornell to move any higher in the standings this season.
That being said, the Big Red still has a number of intriguing, young pieces that will make this team worth keeping an eye on in the coming year.
Sophomore Nolan Cressler is the No. 1 reason. Last year, Cressler averaged 9.3 points per game on 40.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc. But more than that, Cressler did much of his damage late in the season after Miller had gone down with injury. With Miller on the bench, Cressler posted double-figures in the final four games of the season, going for 22, 19, 14, and 12.
Even if Cornell is out of the title picture by mid February, it will at the very least be entertaining to see what kind of numbers Cressler can put up.
The Big Red’s only other proven returning scorer is junior Devin Cherry. A 6’3” guard, Cherry averaged 6.3 points per game as a sophomore.
“We’ve always been a perimeter based team,” Courtney said. “I think that will certainly be the case this year.”
That being said, Cornell has some intriguing post prospects in 6’11” sophomore Braxston Bunce and 6’9” freshman David Onuorah.
It could be a long season for the Big Red, but—looking back on it 12 months from now when Miller is back on the court—it could also prove to be a critical one.
"Once Plum's all-time leading scorer in boys basketball, Bobby Franklin Jr. has joined the coaching staff at his alma mater.  Franklin will be an assistant this season under Mustangs coach Ron Richards.  Franklin finished with 1,364 points before playing at Clarion. Current Cornell sophomore Nolan Cressler broke Franklin's scoring mark two years ago."
Errick Peck
Senior, forward
6-6, 223 pounds
Last season’s stats (at Cornell): 29 games, 24.5 mpg, 9.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 43.7 FG percent, 32.6 3-pt FG percent, 69.7 FT percent
BACK HOME AGAIN The Indianapolis native and Cathedral graduate spent the first three seasons of his career at Cornell. With his Ivy League undergraduate degree squared away, Peck and Purdue found a mutual benefit in the NCAA’s graduate student transfer rule. Along with Sterling Carter, Peck is expected to provide a veteran presence on a team that otherwise has only two seniors and one junior, walk-on Neal Beshears. Basketball IQ is also a big part of Peck’s game.
BUT CAN HE PLAY? Painter was impressed enough by Peck’s practice and scrimmage habits to award him the start in the first exhibition against Indianapolis. His size won’t intimidate in the post in the Big Ten Conference, but he’s stronger than one might expect, and he makes up for the rest with his intensity. Peck ended his Cornell career with four straight double-digit scoring efforts last March. It will be interesting to see how he defends larger power forwards and adapts to a higher level of competition.
PASSING THE TORCH: In Basil Smotherman, Peck says he sees a more athletic version of himself at the same age. That could be fantastic news for the Boilermakers, since Smotherman will continue to develop while benefiting from daily practice battles with his elder. Many of the Purdue players have spoken of this as a corrective season — win, yes, but more importantly put the program back on track. By helping Smotherman develop, Peck can do both.

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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), Brown (NBC Sports Network) 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) (Springfield Armor, NBA D-League)-Foote is playing the 2013-2014 season with the Springfield Armor of the NBA D-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  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)
-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)
-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 ()
-Riley Glassmann (recruit)
-Jordan Abdur Ra-oof (recruit)
-Pat Smith (recruit)
-William Bathurst (recruit)
-Jeremy Hartigan, Cornell SID ()
-Assistant Coach Jon Jaques ('10)
-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.

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