Tuesday, March 25, 2014

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, news and notes for Tuesday...

  • The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports, "Just four days after his release from Cornell and official word that he was transferring, sophomore guard Nolan Cressler picked up a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt.  Since Thursday, a number a higher-level programs have inquired about the 6-foot-4 Cressler, a Plum graduate, who was an All-Ivy League honorable mention this past season after averaging 16.8 points. He scored a career-high 34 against Brown. Cressler, Plum's all-time leading scorer, said Cornell wasn't as ideal a fit as he first expected.  Schools that passed on him when he was coming out of high school were showing interest. As a senior at Plum, he had four other offers, from Boston University, Holy Cross, Yale and St. Francis (Pa.)."
  • On Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes, "[ESPN] aired a neat graphic that showed in four previous times in the NCAA Tournament, when the Ryan's Badgers had allowed an opponent to score 75 points they had lost: to Maryland (2002), North Carolina (2005), Arizona (2006) and Cornell (2010)."
  • Cornell's incoming recruiting class next season includes four members: Riley Glassmann (Fremd HS) Palatine, IL, 6-5, G, William "Will" Bathurst (Olean HS) Olean, NY, 6-3, G, Jordan Abdur-Ra'oof (Gonzaga HS) Washington, D.C., 6-7, F, and Pat Smith (Archbishop Wood HS) Warminster, PA, 6-5, F.  Per the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Markward Club awards dinner will honor Pat Smith for academic excellence.  Riley Glassmann's team finishes the season ranked in Illinois by Comcast SportsWil Bathurst is ranked as the #7 overall player in New York State by NYCHoopsNet of Rivals.com.  The ranking is the final ranking updated on March 17, 2014.  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."

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