Sunday, May 3, 2015

News and Notes: Sunday Edition (Offseason News Catch Up)

Above, Cornell's season highlight video and 150th birthday Glorious to View video (which has a Cornell Basketball moment captured).  Below, news and notes for Sunday...

    • A Cornell Daily Sun columnist writes, "Cornell has a great history of athletics — an undefeated hockey season and championship, a football program that boasts five national titles and historic names, a Wimbledon champion and a baseball program almost 150 years old. Not to mention more recent developments —  perennially contending lacrosse and wrestling teams, gold medalists in women’s hockey and a Sweet Sixteen berth in March Madness. To be honest, football only won one game this year, a thriller over winless Columbia and we tend to support our winning teams. Look at men’s hockey. When our basketball team was dominating the Ivies five or six years ago, we’d fill Newman and rush the court. If the Ws start coming, I think the fans will as well."
    • The Columbia Spectator writes, "Let’s face it, the Ivy League is by no means a basketball conference. Since 2000, only two players—center Jeff Foote of Cornell and guard Jeremy Lin of Harvard—have played in the NBA, with the latter being the only one still suiting up. No one could fault [Maodo] Lo if he did decide to transfer. The added exposure and experience would go a long way in his development."
      • The Cornell Sweet 16 team is looking to play in the TBT yet again.
      • Bull Run doesn't believe that Buffalo should play its local rivals and writes, "That doesn't mean that contests every year against the same three schools are bringing any other benefit. That goes for Binghamton, Cornell, and any other ideas about regular rivalry games against Stony Brook or Albany, too."

        •  Here is another look at Cornell's incoming 8-member freshman 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 invited to the North Texas Basketball Coaches Association All Star Game and named by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) First Team All State Private Schools (all regions) and All Southwest Preparatory ConferenceStone Gettings was named First Team All CIF 1A and First Team All Mission League per the LA Times.  Gettings was also selected to play in the Collision All Star Game in a field loaded with high major recruits.  See the story in the LA Daily News and LA SentinelWRAL reports that Matt Morgan was named the Independent Tibune's Co-Player of the Year and was also 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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