Wednesday, March 26, 2014

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, news and notes for Wednesday...

  • The Detroit Free Press writes, "The biggest surprise [of the NCAAs] might be the lack of teams from outside the power conferences. In 2010 Butler, Cornell, Northern Iowa and St. Mary's reached the Sweet 16."
  • Similarly, the San Francisco Chronicle writes of this year's Tournament, "There is no Florida Gulf Coast, Ohio, Cornell, Kent State, Davidson, Milwaukee, George Mason, Western Kentucky, Southwest Missouri State, Miami of Ohio, Valparaiso or Chattanooga, all of whom reached the Sweet 16 in the past 17 years."
  • The Evening Tribune remembers its 1994 high school all star selections and notes of a player who committed to Cornell but never played for the Big Red.


Anonymous said...

How many D3-caliber guards can we accrue?

Anonymous said...

Mark Blaudschun says on his blog, "I think [academically] it's harder to get kids into BC than Harvard."

That's why Steve had a hard time transitioning from the Ivy League to BC. He couldn't handle the tougher academic restrictions.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

If a kid is academically qualified, can pay his own way and has some extra pull (like the son of an alum), there is no reason why we can't take them. We have no scholarship limitations.

Remember, Harvard has a bunch of D-III guys. They took Matt Franschila, Tom Hamel and Alex Nesbitt, among other low level kids.

Well, Cornell is taking the son of an alum.

Cornell has a great class coming in. The other 4 recruits all had multi D-I offers.

Anonymous said...

Are any of Matt Fraschilla, Tom Hamel or Alex Nesbitt of Harvard academic boosters? That's a possible reason why one or more of them could be on the Crimson roster when Harvard is also recruiting nationally rated studs like Edosomwan and Saunders.

I've got no problem recruiting the son of an alum. That's always a feel-good story and it reinforces that Cornell and Big Red basketball in particular is a family. But don't confuse a feel-good story with Harvard's academic boosters. Those guys are recruited for a strategic reason. In their own (academic) way, they earn their keep.

Anonymous said...

What Anon 2:45 meant to say was "Welcome to CU Kyle. We're all hoping for big things!!"

Fans- In your anger for change, please ease up on the d-baggery directed at our student-athletes.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

The Harvard kids are indeed "Academic Booster" kids.

In the case of Cornell, we can't use Academic Boosters, even if we wanted to as each of the 7 undergrad colleges are "islands onto themselves." Harvard has just 1 undergrad college admissions. Cornell has 7.

As for Kyle and other members of the Big Red, they don't hurt having them on the team. They get admitted on their own merit. They have financial ability. And virtually no downside. Plus, sometimes they turn out to be damn good ball players. See Jonathan Gray.

Glad to have Kyle on board. He's not taking a roster spot from any of Cornell's top targets.

Anonymous said...

Are you sure that all three Harvard players named are academic boosters? Just because a kid is not getting any court time does not mean he is an AI booster. If Harvard is recruiting Top 100 types like Zena E, somebody's got to sit. You can only put five on the floor at once.

I think Fraschilla actually got some minutes this year, unlike the recruit from Harvard-Westlake in Los Angeles last season who was cut from the team before practice even started in October. Now THAT guy is an AI booster.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

I know as a fact who they use as Academic Boosters.