Monday, April 6, 2015

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, news and notes...

  • On Wisconsin, the NCAA writes, "Did You Know...In the past eight NCAA tournaments, the Badgers lost to six opponents seeded at least four spots lower, including Cornell and Davidson. (They were chronic upset victims. But not lately.)"
  • Bucky's 5th Qtr writes, "Five years ago, the thought of playing Duke for a national title was a bit of a dream for this Wisconsin program.... In the 2010 tournament, they had barely survived Wofford in the first round, falling just two days later to No. 12 seed Cornell."
  • On transfer recruiting, the News-Gazette writes, "the top two in this hot marketplace are Drexel’s Damion Lee and Cornell’s Shonn Miller."  On UConn's pursuit of Miller, the Register Citizen notes, "UConn has already met with Cornell’s Shonn Miller, who averaged 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game this past season. "  Also on Miller, Cox Hub writes, "Providence has also been linked to Shonn Miller, a six-foot-seven graduate transfer from Cornell, who would be immediately eligible for one season next year and is also hearing from UConn, Illinois, Boston College, California, Marquette and Michigan among others. Miller is a long and athletic four-man with a strong body who provides an explosive finisher inside the lane as well as a terrific defensive rebounder (he ranked 6th in the country in defensive rebounding percentage in 14-15). Meanwhile, the Post Pioneer discusses Miller as a potential Maryland target and writes, "The Ivy League standout for Cornell is a 6'7" energy forward that can score and rebound in spite of his relative lack of size for that position. Miller will graduate and be eligible straight away for whichever system he decides to go to. Miller averaged 16.eight points, 8.5 assists, and 1.8 blocks last season for Cornell. Miller is stated to have had the most get in touch with with UCONN, Illinois, Boston College, Michigan, Marquette, and California, but that doesn't imply that Turgeon hasn't contacted Miller. I believe that Maryland will keep where they are at the 4 and five positions and look for a guard or wing as a transfer."  And the Cal Golden Blog, writes, "Shonn Miller: If Cal strikes out on both Brown and Swanigan, I expect the Cornell transfer to be the next big target on the board. He was a legitimate starter at Cornell, he should be able to play in a Tarwater-type role as an undersized four." 
  • The Greater Bridgeport Athletic Association will honor former Cornell basketball player, Tom Sparks.  The CT Post writes, "Sparks got his start in sports with the Bridgeport Biddy Basketball League, Columbus Grammar School, coached by Charlie Tisdale, and coach John Giampaolo's North End Boys Club State team. He lettered for four years at Central High School for coach Stan Roman, surpassing the 1,000-point plateau, earning All-MBIAC honors in 1967 and `68 when he was also selected All-State. Sparks teamed with his best friend, the late Gene Mack, during the Hilltoppers glory years from 1965-68.  Sparks also starred on the track team in the 440, winning the MBIAC title in 1967.  He was a two-year co-captain for the Cornell University basketball team his junior and senior seasons. After graduating in 1972, Sparks returned to Bridgeport and demonstrated a strong commitment to the city's youth, coaching several basketball and Pop Warner Football teams. He also served as president of the King Kids AAU basketball program." 
  • Here is another look at Cornell's incoming 8-member frosh class for next season:
Stone Gettings (Loyola HS) Los Angeles, CA, 6-8, F
Matt Morgan (Cox Mill HS) Concord, NC, 6-2 G
Troy Whiteside (Webb School) Knoxville, TN, 6-4, G
Joel Davis (Wayne Country Day School) Goldsboro, NC, 6-3
Donovan Wright (Blair Academy) Blairstown, NJ, 6-6, F
Joseph Ritter (Woodrow Wilson HS) Dallas, TX, 6-8, F
Xavier Eaglin (Dayton HS) Raymond, TX, 6-7, F
Jack Gordon (St. Mark's School) Dallas, TX, 6-4, G
Checking in with the recruits, here are some recent honors and awards to report:  The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that Troy Whiteside was named All State for Division II-A.  The Houston Chronicle notes that Xavier Eaglin was named District 21-5A Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the Baytown Sun Super 25 Team.  He also was selected to play in the Houston Area Boys Basketball Coaches Association All Star GameThe Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Donovan Wright was an Honorable Mention selection in the Mid Atlantic Prep League.  The Star Ledger also named Wright Second Team All State for Prep Schools in New Jersey.  Jack Gordon was named All Southwest Preparatory ConferenceStone Gettings was named First Team All CIF 1A and First Team All Mission League per the LA TimesWRAL reports that Matt Morgan was named 2nd Team All District 9 in North Carolina.  He was also named Honorable Mention all area by the Charlotte Observer.  The Independent Tibune also mentions Morgan's recent performance in an all-star event and writes, "Cabarrus County boys basketball standouts Matt Morgan and Jaylen Stowe acquitted themselves quite well while also representing their home state this past weekend.   Morgan, Cox Mill’s career points leader, scored 17 points to help the North Carolina squad defeat South Carolina, 106-93, in the Carolinas All-Star Classic Saturday night at Socastee High School.  Stowe, who is Hickory Ridge’s all-time leading scorer, had 11 points and four rebounds. Stowe has signed with Mercer University (Georgia).  The 6-foot-1 Morgan, who will play at Cornell University, added four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

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