Saturday, December 13, 2014

News and Notes: Saturday Edition

Below, news and notes...

  • Canisius will face UMass today and the Gazette writes, "The Golden Griffins were picked 10th out of 11 in the MAAC preseason poll, but [Jim] Baron, as he’s done at many previous stops, has his team overachieving at 4-3. Canisius opened the season with wins over Vermont and Lehigh, then dropped three straight to St. Bonaventure, Cornell and Buffalo. They’ll arrive on a two-game winning streak after besting Saint Peter’s and Niagara."
After a 2-1 start, the Loyola Maryland men's basketball team has lost five of its past six games. That’s concerning to coach G.G. Smith, but with a pair of nonconference games against Stony Brook (5-4) and Fairfield (4-5) ahead before Patriot League play begins, he knows the Greyhounds can grab some much-needed momentum.“You want to win because you want to get that winning attitude,” Smith said Thursday afternoon, after a Midwest recruiting trip. “We’ve got three wins: against UMBC, Cornell and Columbia. Looking back, that Columbia win is going to be a pretty good win for us, and Cornell is a whole lot better than they were last year. We want to win every game, but I just want to see some improvement. I want to see some improvement on the offensive end.
  • CSN Philly notes Drexel has struggled since defeating Cornell.
  • Below is a list at the Cornell commits for 2015:
Checking in on Cornell's commits: Stone Gettings had a huge game on Friday posting 28 rebounds to go with his 23 points per the LA Times which writes, "At 6-foot-8, Stone Gettings of Loyola is certainly tall enough to get lots of rebounds. But in the last two games of the Beverly Hills tournament, it's as if his hands were a magnet for the basketball.  One day after getting 16 rebounds, Gettings grabbed a career-high 28 rebounds and added 23 points in Loyola's 77-60 semifinal victory over El Camino Real. The Cubs (6-2) will face unbeaten Long Beach Poly (7-0) in Saturday's 7:30 p.m. final.  'It's the first time I've hit over 20 rebounds in a game in my career, so that's always a great milestone,' said Gettings, who signed with Cornell."  Gettings is averaging 12.7 points per game with 13.4 rebounds per game this season for Loyola.  Per the Goldsboro News, Joel Davis had 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists on Tuesday.  Per the Independent Tribune, Matt Morgan had 21 points.  He also added 6 rebounds and 6 assistsThe Salisbury Post notes that Morgan scored 22 points on Tuesday.  Troy Whiteside had 23 points on Wednesday per the Daily News.  On Whiteside, The Knoxville News Sentinel writes:
Webb guard Troy Whiteside Jr. chooses Cornell
Troy Whiteside Jr. has been driven for years to reach his potential as a basketball player, yet it's not the No. 1 goal for the Webb School of Knoxville senior.

Whiteside wants to be a doctor.

That would explain why Whiteside turned down several Division I scholarship offers for basketball, with other offers potentially coming this season, and signed Monday to attend Cornell of the Ivy League, which plays Division I basketball but doesn't offer athletic scholarships.

"From the start, I was really looking for a good balance academically and athletically with the academics coming first," Whiteside said. "That really fueled my decision to go to the Ivy League and Cornell."

Whiteside, a 6-foot-3 point guard/shooting guard, turned down Division I offers from Liberty, American and Samford. Arkansas and California also were recruiting Whiteside.

"Who knows if he played the season out, the different offers he would have received?" Webb coach Ricky Norris said. "He's had a lot of interest from a variety of different schools. His improvement has been fun to watch."

Whiteside, averaging more than 20 points going into Friday's home game against rival Catholic, saw his recruiting stock soar during the summer while playing for Game Elite, an AAU team based in Atlanta.

It was a team loaded with future Division I players, including 6-7 small forward Jaylen Brown of Marietta, Ga., the nation's No. 2 overall prospect.

Game Elite played tournaments coast to coast in front of the nation's highest profile coaches.

"It's a ton of great exposure," Whiteside said. "You play top-notch talent every single weekend, all across the country. You play against great players and you practice with great players. It's continual competitive basketball all the time, so it really helps you get better and helps you learn how to play with really good players."

Norris said playing for Game Elite was a change for Whiteside.

"I think one way he benefitted was he learned how to be a really good role player on a phenomenal team," Norris said. "He's brought leadership back to our team and he's playing at an incredibly high level."

The same could be same for Whiteside's academics.

"I can tell you, when it comes to the classroom and the court, I've never been around a kid as focused as Troy," Norris said. "It's rare to find a kid as focused on both academics and athletics at the level Troy is. I think his teachers would echo that comment."

As for his career goal, Whiteside wants to be an orthopedic surgeon.

Last summer, Whiteside shadowed Dr. David Hovis, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Knoxville.

"I was really even more interested in being a doctor after I did that this summer," said Whiteside, whose brother, Donovan, played at Webb and Centre (Ky.) College.

Before he goes to medical school, Whiteside will get a chance to showcase his basketball skills at Cornell.

Norris won't be surprised to see Whiteside in the headlines.

"I think he has the potential to be an elite Ivy League guard," Norris said. "I think he has all-conference potential. I don't know how early it will happen, but it's definitely there."

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