Monday, August 18, 2014

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, A Date in Cornell Basketball History.  The cover of Cornell's 1981-1982 media guide.  Below, news and notes for Monday...

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell senior men's basketball player Shonn Miller is joining a team made up of collegiate players from Division I, II and III on a goodwill tour through Belgium, The Netherlands and England through the Global Sports Academy.

Miller missed the 2013-14 season due to injury, but was a first-team All-Ivy League selection the previous year after averaging 11.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 1.9 blocks and 0.9 assists in 27 starts. He shot 48 percent from the floor and 79 percent from the free-throw line. The 2011-12 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, he already ranks high on the school's career list in blocks (fifth, 99) and could also hit the top 10 in steals (88) by the end of the season.

The team from the Global Sports Academy will play five games in seven days against a number of club teams while enjoying numerous sight-seeing opportunities in the three countries. The group returns to the United States on Thursday, Aug. 21.

Dartmouth assistant coach Jordan Watson leads the team that features five Ivy League players, including Miller. Yale's Javier Duren and Matt Townsend, Dartmouth's John Golden and Princeton's Clay Wilson will also be part of the tour. Rounding out the roster is Bryce Pressley and Alex Wintering from Portland, Joseph Lococo from West Liberty, Christopher Lee of Northwood, Zach Monaghan of Minnesota-Mankato and Bryant Ackerman of Elmhurst.

Since 1991, Global Sports Academy has been arranging tours for college and youth teams from the United States and countries around the world to promote international competition and goodwill. It was initially established to provide athletes overseas playing opportunities in ice hockey and has grown to support a total of 12 different sports that compete in 25 different countries. As a not-for-profit organization, its mission is to create and arrange athletic competition between equally matched teams at all international levels, promote international goodwill and a better understanding between nations through sports.
  • Nunes Magician ponders if Cornell will play Syracuse this season.  Take it from us, The Cornell Basketball Blog, the game is happening.
  • NBC Sports expects some tough times ahead for Vanderbilt and Nolan Cressler.


Anonymous said...

You mentioned the schedule vs Syracuse in your news. Any idea on when the official schedule will be released?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

The press release is already drafted. However, Cornell is waiting for one school to send us the signed contract. When that happens, the release will be published.

Unknown said...

The unasked question is whether Shonn Miller will take his redshirt 5th year at another college.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Shonn is on a 5-year graduation track. He'll need to greatly accelerate if he wants to graduate this year.

There is a better chance of him declaring for the NBA draft then going elsewhere. And the NBA is a real possibility for Shonn. He could start and star on Top 15 teams in this country. He is far and away the Ivy's best player, but in the past, played for bad Cornell teams.

If Shonn is patient, Cornell will get better with him and he will get better individually. He is also getting a world class educational experience.

I think Shonn will get numbers at Cornell over the next two seasons and will have plenty of NBA summer team invites. Scouts are watching him.

Anonymous said...

Devin Cannady chooses Princeton over Cornell, among other schools.

Cornell was among the schools recruiting Cannady the hardest, according to the player himself and multiple sources.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Yup, he is a good one. But Cornell has beat out Princeton many times, including for Jordan Abdur Ra'oof.

Anonymous said...

Well, you've drawn the attention of the hyperbole police here. Is Shonn Miller "far and away the Ivy's best player"? I have some trouble with that one. He hasn't played in a year, and he wasn't a unanimous first team selection when he last played. Wesley Saunders was a unanimous selection when both were last playing, and he's added a POY since. Miller is very good -- the difference between Cornell being mediocre and epically bad, which is a pretty big difference. But is he unquestionably head and shoulders better than everyone else in the league? I don't think so.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

You are entitled to your own opinion, but I think Shonn is head and shoulders better than everyone and is the league's best NBA prospect along with Siyani Chambers (I don't Wes Saunders is NBA material).

If I am drafting a team, I start my team with Shonn. He is a dominant defensive force and was the league's 4th leading scorer as a sophomore.

Shonn played on a bad Cornell team and missed 4 Ivy games and still earned the respect of the coaches. We all know playing for the league's best team helps with All Ivy status. Consider Wes' unanimous votes a result of winning the league (and he played all 14 games getting more exposure to voters).

Not knocking Wes Saunders. He's a beast. But Shonn is ridiculously good defensively. He steals, rebounds, blocks. He does every aspect of the defensive game and he is the ONLY Ivy player to tank in the top 10 in the league in all 3 areas.

And offensively, there is really nobody in the league at his size, the 6'7"/6'8" range/PF that scores the ball better than him.

Yes, Shonn is head and shoulders above everyone else. If he were on Harvard, he would have rock star status among Ivy followers.

Anonymous said...

"And offensively, there is really nobody in the league at his size, the 6'7"/6'8" range/PF that scores the ball better than him."

Are you trying to wordsmith that criteria to exclude Justin Sears?

Comparing their most recent (soph) years, Sears averaged almost FIFTY percent more points than Miller, had equivalent rebounds, and more blocks than Miller. Miller did have more steals.

Now Miller is a superior defensive player, which is why I would take him over Sears, but your statement that I referenced above is obviously not true. Sears is a better offensive player and scorer.

Miller is clearly one of the best couple of players in the league, but to suggest that he is head and shoulders above everyone else is also simply not true.

Anonymous said...

It's more like Shonn was the difference between the worst team in a decade and the worst team in a century, if even that.

Don't forget that even when Shonn was surrounded by Errick, Cressler, and Gray in Courtney's 3rd year, it was still the worst team since '03, and that's excluding the final games he missed. We don't even know if he'll be surrounded by as much talent as that this time (aaand I just opened the door to CBB making claims about unproven freshmen and swearing that other players will make fabulous leaps).

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

In 2012-2013, the last time Miller played, he averaged 13.6 ppg in Ivy League play. Shonn played in 10 games.

Justin Sears averaged that same season 7.8 ppg. Sears played in 12 Ivy games.

In 2012-2013, the last time Shonn played, he was THE ONLY player in the Ivy to rank in the league's top 10 in rebounds, steals and blocks.

Oh, and the 13.6 ppg? That ranked him tied for 5th in the Ivy.

Case closed. Thank you, you've been a wonderful jury.

Anonymous said...

Getting an early start on your dubious choice of comparative statistics. Why compare Shonn's sophomore year to Sears's freshmen year? Why not sophomore-to-sophomore? In his sophomore year Sears averaged 19.5 ppg for tied 1st in the league. I believe Shonn is the best player in the league overall but I don't see why you need to make these not-so-fair comparisons for him; it annoys anyone who can see what you are doing.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

That is the most STUPID argument I have ever read on this Blog and that is saying a lot.

I don't care if Shonn was a senior and Sears was a rookie. That was the last season they played TOGETHER and played the EXACT SAME competition. Miller was head and shoulders better.

Had Shonn played last year, he might have tore up the league.

Yes, Sears had a great season last year... while not facing Maldunas or Miller, two of the premier bigs in the League.

BigRed1965 said...

Everyone, can we avoid ad hominem comments? The blog is and should be a fun place to communicate over a common interest, not a place to trade insults which the rest of us have to read.

Anonymous said...

Just took a look at a list of the best 50 players in NCAA BB and Shonn was not on it, but Wes Saunders was? By the way, Chambers was also absent from the list.

It appears everyone has their likes and dislikes.

Please allow me to have my opinion without much blowback. This years team in my opinion is much better than any team Courtney has fielded since he has headed the Program. its deeper at multiple positions, more Athletic and if the three point snipers that suppose to have arrived on campus show up this could be quite a come back year.

I've read all the chatter about the lack of a Point Guard but I personally not buying it. I feel that between Cherry and Hatter were pretty good at the point. Cherry had a much improved season last, particularly the second half and probably would have made All Ivy had BigRed finished with a winning record.

With the return of Shonn this team with this personnel could significantly improve. All will depend on the Defensive scheme. Defensive stoppers at the rim as good as anyones front court including Harvard should allow the backcourt to press up on their man to create many turnovers in solid man coverage!

Offensively, we should be able to score and assist just fine. Backcourt has proven they can score in all ways except the three. That is more of a concern than anything. I hear we have a couple of SNIPERS ready to pull the trigger so I'm hoping all will be well.

Lets Go BIGRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

How about this starting five:

Center: D. Giddens
Power Forward: Dave O
Small Forward: S. Miller
Shooting Guard : D. Smith
Point Guard: D. Cherry

That truly could be are best defensive set!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with that as the defensive team.

What do you think is the best offensive team blog?

Anonymous said...

I believe this best offensive team to start would be

Point Guard: D. Cherry
Shooting Guard R. Hatter
Small Forward S. Miller
Power Forward D. Lamore
Center: D. Giddens

BigRed has a very good team on paper with D. Smith, David O with more experience and the incoming Freshman. Truly believe this will be a very much improved team with a winning record at seasons end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

I am hearing strong "starter" candidates are Jordan, Shonn, David O., Devin, Robert, Darryl and Pat Smith (and possibly someone who could be added to the roster).