Thursday, August 28, 2014

Roster Report: Cancer Rejoins Cornell

Galal Cancer has re-joined the Cornell men's basketball team.  Meanwhile, freshman Riley Glassmann will not play for Cornell this year.   See the 2014-2015 team roster.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

CBB, this is big news. What else can you say? Is Cancer eligible to play this season? Would he start over Hatter? Is Glassman still in the picture at Cornell?

Anonymous said...

Galalllll Cancerrrr BORN READY

Second of all, WTF happened to Glassman? We still do not have a true perimeter 3 and its a big hole in our roster right now.

Anonymous said...

What happened to Riley Glassmann?

Anonymous said...

An interesting development to be sure, and one that doesn't come as a complete surprise. (I remember seeing Galal in the stands last year supporting his former team.) The question is, does he still have two full years of eligibility?

Anonymous said...

Seems to me that's pretty big news. Enables Cancer to split the point guard role with Hatter and enables Cherry to slide over tothe two-guard spot.

How did all this happen with Cancer leaving the team at the end of the 2013 season and then missing all of 2013-14??

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

To answer some questions:

(1) Galal's decision to leave the team a year ago was not made in haste. It was a long, long discussion that lasted 2 months. Ultimately, it was Galal who made the decision to leave. He wanted to be a regular student. He's missed the game and it is great to have him back. We hear it was he who approached Bill Courtney and the team was happy to have him return.

He's a shooting liability, but he has a great handle and creates havoc for the opponent with his shifty drives to the lane. He makes Cornell better on both ends.

(2) Galal has just 1 year of eligibility. In theory, he could apply for a 5th year, but it would be a long shot request. It may not even be within his interest.

(3) We cannot discuss Riley Glassmann's reasons for departure at this juncture. That said, he is still at Cornell and is a regular student supposedly enjoying his new experience.

We've heard now from a couple sources that Pat Smith has been really impressive and could be the frontrunner ahead of both Wil Bathurst AND Riley Glassmann among the frosh. Riley does nothing exceptional, but does a little bit of everything solid/well. Pat is just a plain sniper, a real scorer and has a mirror image game of Cressler. Bathurst is sort of an undersized 3/4 who needs to continue to build his outside shot. Right now, he's 2" sorter than Errick Peck and has a similar game style.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Forgot to mention, yes, Cancer will play this season.

Cornell will likely use 3 guards with Cherry and the Smiths (Pat and Darryl), as well as Wil B. off on the wings. Even Hatter can play off the ball and shoot. Lot of guard/wing options.

Also, Jordan A'R could be used as a 3/4 man. Staff loves his game.

Riley is a good player and would have helped because he is a jack-of-all trades, but Pat Smith is the more critical piece because he is pure shooter and is needed to replace Nolan.

Anonymous said...

Pat Smith is weak and is going to be abused on the defensive end.

Bathurst is a 6'3" power forward. Wow. Yea that's going to work out well...

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Actually, I am told Pat is tough, has a Gore like tenacity. Kid has been through a lot.

And anyone is an upgrade over Nolan on D, who was just a pure defensive liability. Did Nolan ever shut anyone down besides a D-III opponent?

And don't worry about the defense. Cornell has one hell of a defensive backfield on the frontline with Shonn, Jordan, David, Deion and even Dave.

I expect they will start Galal at PG and take two of the following to play flanking guards to his left and right: Robert H, Darryl, Devin, Wil, Pat. Cornell has a nice group there. They can throw a bunch of different looks.

Even guys like Mischler, JoJo and Desmond might improve and push for minutes.

millertimeatnewman said...

This is great! Hopefully his FT and 3 point shooting has improved, as well as his decision making (ie: not dribbling right into two 7-footers)

What happened to Glassmann? Probably would have been a deep reserve this year anyways, but he is a good 3 point shooter which our team desperately needs.

Wonder how Galal made his decision to come back?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

CBB just learned that Riley left Ithaca this week and made a late enrollment at Indiana University. They recruited him last fall.

The situation remains unclear/uncertain, but appears he is planning to take a preferred walk-on role with (possible chance of earning a scholarship) with the Hoosiers. Indiana has not released its 2014-2015 roster, but this is the word we've received.

Anonymous said...

Riley says he left because of a nagging knee injury that has caused him to have 3 surgeries.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Riley could have received a Cornell education and remained in the basketball program.

His departure was a surprise to the Athletics Department.

Anonymous said...

Wanted to stay closer to home, wouldn't have been in business school frosh year at cornell, direct admit to Kelley Business at Indiana, a top program in country.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Glassman. i dont he could have made it at Cornell, hes got no chance in the BIG10.