Friday, March 28, 2014

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, news and notes for Friday...
  • Braxston Bunce successfully transferred into Cornell's School of Hotel Administration from his previous program of study in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  Congrats to him.
  • Dom Scelfo attended QB Jeff Matthews NFL Pro Day per the Ithaca Journal.  Scelfo got to spend time with his uncle, Frank Scelfo, who is the QB coach of the Jacksonsville Jaguars.
Berkeley Prep's basketball season ended more than a month ago with a loss in the Class 4A state semifinal. But for coach Bobby Reinhart, it was the Hillsborough County winter sports awards ceremony that marked the end of the Gray era.
For eight years Reinhart has coached Justin Gray or his older brother Johnathan, a 2009 Berkeley Prep graduate. At Thursday's half-hour ceremony, with his older brother in attendance, senior guard Justin Gray was recognized with the Alston "Mac" McGahagin Boys Basketball Award, given annually to the county's best player.
"It's bittersweet for sure," Reinhart said about the occasion. "Justin's had a great career, and as they mentioned in the ceremony, he's as equally a good young man as he is a basketball player. The example he's been in our program for the past five years is something we'll miss."
Gray, a 6-foot-4 Texas Tech recruit, led the Bucs to a 27-4 finish and a state final four appearance, averaging more than 17 points and seven rebounds per game.
It was a season Gray said was the best of his life. And this time, brother Johnathan was beside him the whole way.
Before the season began, Reinhart offered an assistant coaching position to Johnathan Gray, who averaged a team-high 18.4 points  his senior year in 2008-09 and went on to play at Cornell.
Having the opportunity to be involved in his brother's final Berkeley Prep season and see it end with Hillsborough County player of the year honors put the elder Gray at a loss for words.
"For me, at the level I was playing at, to see someone exceed those expectations where I was as a player, I can't even describe it," he said.
Justin, who didn't know he'd won the award until his name was called to come up and receive it, glowed as he held the large plaque he'd been given. After posing for pictures with the award, Gray returned to his seat beside his proud brother.
Falling just two wins short of a state title, Gray said his senior season didn't end exactly how he wanted it to. But looking ahead to his future college career and back to the experience he shared with his older brother, the player of the year admitted things were about as good as it gets.
"He mentored me and he was kind of that rock for me on the bench when I wasn't really in the game," Gray said. "To go on this run this year with him was amazing. I'll never forget it."


Anonymous said...

Longtime Boston Globe sports columnist Mark Blaudschun reporting in drips and drabs across several posts on his blog "A Jersey Guy" that Amaker asked BC for a commitment to lower academic standards for the basketball team down to Harvard levels but BC balked.

It's amazing that this issue, of all the potential complications when hiring a new coach, would be the sticking point hiring an Ivy coach.

We're mostly resigned that Ivy programs can play games with the AI but I would have thought that its mere existence would ensure that every Ivy keeps academic levels comfortably above those in so-called major college programs. Isn't it the case that the 176 minimum AI score has this effect?

Anonymous said...

Pretty ironic, isn't it, that if this is true, meant that BC refused to "lower" its academic standards for the basketball team to Harvard's level. Imagien that!!

Anonymous said...

Do you have a link to the article stating that about Amaker and BC?

Anonymous said...

Blaudschun's blog is called He's been following the BC situation closely ever since Steve was let go. The most recent post, entitled "Harvard gain, BC loss--Amaker stays," is a good summary of the story overall. But to read more specifics, check any post that pertains to Amaker going back two weeks. Much of what Blaudschun says about the relative difficulty of getting poor students admitted as athletes at BC compared to a (presumably slightly) easier path at Harvard is contained in the comments section. Blaudschun often says more there in his responses to readers than in the main body of the post.