Tuesday, July 7, 2015

News and Notes: June/July Offseason Catch-Up

Below, some news and notes from the June and early July offseason...


  • On schedule news, Cornell visits Georgia Tech on November 13.  Binghamton announced it will visit Cornell on November 18.
  • Cornell Athletics announced the hiring of Craig Carter as the new lead/1st Chair Assistant Basketball Coach to replace Marlon Sears.  Listen to an interview with Coach Carter with ESPN Ithaca.  Below, the Cornell release:
ITHACA, N.Y. – Craig Carter, renowned as a top recruiter over more than a decade as a Division I assistant coach, has joined Bill Courtney's Cornell men's basketball coaching staff. Carter replaces Marlon Sears, who accepted the head coaching position at Montclair State in May.

Carter most recently was an assistant coach at Longwood, helping the Lancers advance to the Big South tournament semifinals after upsetting top-seeded Charleston Southern. He had previous successful stops as an assistant coach at Siena (2005-06, 2010-13) and Rutgers (2006-10) and under former Big Red assistant coach Joe Burke at Skidmore College (2013-14). He has also served as director of basketball operations at both UNC Greensboro (2003-04) and Massachusetts (2004-05).

Carter has assisted with nearly every facet of a program during his career, from game preparation and on-court coaching to implementation offseason player workouts, player assessment and development, academic monitoring and game scheduling.

Among the players he has recruited are former MAAC Player of the Year Kenny Hasbrouck and first-team selection Edwin Ubiles, the first two players in Siena history to appear on NBA rosters.

Prior to breaking into the Division I ranks, Carter held a variety of coaching and scouting positions at various levels. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach of the men's basketball team at Norwalk Community College in 1998 and followed with a two-year stint as an assistant coach of the boys' varsity team at Lincoln HS in Brooklyn from 1999-2001. During that time, he also worked as a scout for Talented Amateurs Around the Globe (TAAG) in Tampa, Fla. and was a video coordinator with the WNBA's New York Liberty in the summer of 2001. His final coaching stop before Siena was a two-year campaign as assistant men's coach at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, N.C.

Carter enjoyed a successful playing career as a guard at Rutgers (1987-91), serving as a two-year team captain. He helped lead the Scarlet Knights to NCAA tournaments appearances in 1989 and 1991. He was an Atlantic 10 all-tournament selection in 1989 after helping the Scarlet Knights win the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

A 1992 graduate of Rutgers, Carter earned his bachelor's degree in English. He also spent time in the professional sector as an elementary school teacher in Brooklyn, N.Y., a financial analyst for foreign exchange trading at General Electric and a financial analyst confirmation specialist for foreign exchange trading at Chase Manhattan Bank.

Carter has a daughter, Amber (25), and a grandson, Ellis James (3).
ITHACA, N.Y. – Rising junior men's basketball player JoJo Fallas will compete for Team USA at the 14th European Maccabi Games in Berlin, Germany. The games will be held from July 27-August 5.

Players from Northwestern, Wyoming and Lafayette will join Fallas on the basketball squad, as will Columbia's Noah Springwater. Team USA will be made up of 168 athletes from 26 states and the District of Columbia on a total of 20 teams. The event will be the largest gathering of Jewish people in Berlin since World War II, as more than 2,000 Jewish athletes from 36 countries are expected to attend.

Fallas emerged as one of the top sharp-shooters off the bench in the Ivy League as a sophomore, averaging 3.2 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.4 steals per game while shooting 34 percent from 3-point range (26-of-76) .He played in all 30 contests, averaging 11.9 minutes per game. Fallas recorded 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals at Syracuse. He also had 11 points with two rebounds and a steal on 4-of-4 shooting, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range, against South Carolina. He saw limited minutes in 14 games as a freshman.

A four-time first-team all-league pick at Shalhevet HS in Los Angeles, Calif., Fallas helped his team to a 24-2 record as a senior and led the squad to the Southern Section 5A basketball championship game, the furthest any team at the school had ever advanced in the playoffs. He was a four-year starter in both basketball and baseball.
ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell head coach Bill Courtney has announced eight incoming recruits will join the Big Red basketball program in the fall of 2015. Freshmen Joseph Bayless, Joel Davis, Xavier Eaglin, Stone Gettings, Jack Gordon, Matt Morgan, Troy Whiteside and Donovan Wright will join a squad that returns a pair of starters in juniors Robert Hatter (11.3 ppg., 2.7 rpg.) and David Onuorah (2.0 ppg., 3.5 rpg., 1.5 bpg.) and five of the team's top eight scorers, none of whom will be seniors. Cornell ranked as one of the most improved teams in the country last season in posting a 13-17 record, an 11-game improvement over the previous year. After being picked to finish eighth in Ivy League the preseason, the Big Red finished fifth. Cornell led the Ivy League in blocked shots (4.8 bpg.) and field goal percentage defense (.389), the latter ranking 18th nationally.

Joseph Bayless * 6-8 * 240 * F (Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson HS)
• Bayless was a second-team all-district selection as a senior at Woodrow Wilson HS.
• Averaged 4,7 points and 4.6 rebounds as a senior for a 29-5 squad that finished ranked among the state's top 25 teams.
• Shot 54 percent from the floor and 76 percent from the free-throw line.
• He served as varsity captain his final season.
• Averaged 3.0 points and 3.7 rebounds as a junior.

Joel Davis * 6-3 * 170 * G (Goldsboro, N.C./Wayne Country Day School)
• Earned all-state honors as a senior at Wayne Country Day School.
• Davis was named all-conference three times, as well as to the scholastic all-conference team.
• Scored more than 1,000 career points.
• Earned a nomination for the McDonald's All-America game as a senior.
• Averaged 12.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 blocks per game as a junior at Wayne Country Day School.
• Captured all-area honors.
• Invited to play in the Wayne County All-Star Game as a senior.

Xavier Eaglin * 6-7 * 205 * F (Raywood, Texas/Dayton HS)
• Named first-team all-district and District Player of the Year as a senior at Dayton HS.
• Two-time all-area selection.
• Named to the academic all-state squad as a senior.
• Ranked among the top players in the Houston area by RSC sports.
• Named MVP of the Lee College Classic as a senior.

Stone Gettings * 6-9 * 230 * F (Calabasas, Calif./Loyola HS)
• Averaged 15.0 points and 10.9 rebounds per game as a senior co-captain at Loyola HS, earning first-team all-league and all-area honors.
• Posted 4.9 points and 3.8 rebounds as a junior for a team that went 27-4, capturing honorable mention all-league accolades.
• Ranked among the top 50 players in the state of California as a senior by ESPN.com.
• McDonald's All-America nominee in his final season while earning a spot in the Collision All-Star Game.
• Also lettered in baseball and water polo.
• Two-time winner of the Loyola Scholar-Athlete Award.

Jack Gordon * 6-5 * 185 * G (Dallas, Texas/St. Mark's School)
• Gordon was named first-team all-state as a senior at St. Mark's School.
• Averaged 17.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game as a senior captain while hitting 72 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting.
• Took home first-team all-league and all-district honors for the state's prep schools in his final season.
• Gordon was invited to play in the North Texas Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game as a senior.
• Picked to the all-conference first team as a junior after averaging 17.8, 4.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists points per game.
• Also a first-team all-league pick as a sophomore.

Matt Morgan * 6-3 * 180 * G (Concord, N.C./Cox Mill HS)
• A two-time all-state selection and three-time all-conference and all-county selection, Morgan was named conference player of the year as a senior at Cox Mill HS.
• He was chosen to play in the Carolinas All-Star Classic in his final season, winning the game's 3-point contest.
• Also invited to the East/West Carolina All-Star Game.
• Became first player in school history to surpass 1,600 career points and earned the school's Athlete of the Year as a senior.
• Averaged 25.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists as a junior to capture first-team all-state by NCpreps.
• Shot 49 percent from the floor and 89 percent from the free-throw line in earning first-team all-league and second-team all-district honors.
• Also was first-team all-county and honorable mention all-region by the Charlotte Observer as a junior.
• Morgan averaged 14.5 points and 5.5 assists as a sophomore.
• Was a three-time team MVP.
• Also played football.

Troy Whiteside * 6-4 * 185 * G (Knoxville, Tenn./The Webb School)
• Was a two-time all-state selection at the Webb School of Knoxville.
• Whiteside earned district player of the year honors as a senior after helping the team to a spot in the state semifinals.
• Helped guide his team to three state final four appearances.
• Averaged 14.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game as a junior while tying for the team lead in 3-pointers made (45).

Donovan Wright * 6-5 * 200 * F (Easton, Pa./Blair Academy)
• Was an honorable mention all-league selection as a senior at Blair Academy, helping the team to a league title and a 19-7 overall record.
• Was one of three seniors to commit to Division I programs, with his teammates choosing to attend Villanova and Notre Dame.
• Helped lead team to a prep state title as a junior and a runner-up finish as a senior.
• Named first-team all-prep league as a sophomore while playing at the Hotchkiss School.
• He also played soccer.
  • Here is another look at our profiles of 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 Bayless (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.Joel Davis participated in the Wayne County All Star Game per Argus News.
  • Jerry Ben is Cornell's first recruiting commit in the class of 2016.
STORRS — With a style that thrives with "position-less" players, it's easy to see why Shonn Miller appealed to UConn.
Ability ... and adaptability.
"I think I can bring a lot of different things," Miller said during a recent interview at the Werth Family Center. "Defense is probably my No. 1 thing. I hold that as one of my staples, I guess. Defense, rebounding, having the ability to guard different positions and being able to score, outside, inside, mid-range. I feel like I can do a lot of different things — whatever is needed."
Miller, 6 feet 7, transferred from Cornell, where he was one of the best players in the Ivy League. Because he wouldn't be allowed to play in that league as a fifth-year grad student, it was well-publicized throughout the season that he would be transferring. But he kept his focus on Cornell until the last minute elapsed on his Ivy career.
"As hard as it is to believe, I didn't talk to anybody before the season was over," Miller said. "[UConn coaches] were one of the first ones to call. Just having a telephone conversation with coach [Kevin] Ollie, and then he and coach [Glen] Miller came to Cleveland to have lunch with me and set up the visit to come here, it just kind of felt right. It felt like I would fit here, and things were just right for me."
Miller missed the 2013-14 season with a shoulder injury, and his coach at Cornell, Bill Courtney, said observing the game for a season from the bench gave Miller a wealth of ideas on how to use his talents. He returned last season and averaged 16.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.0 assists in 31.3 minutes — a lot of scoring and rebounds, a little of everything else. He took 104 three-point shots and made 26.9 percent, but rival coaches, like Yale's James Jones, thought he was more effective attacking the basket. In the highlight of the season, Miller had 24 points and 15 rebounds in an upset of Harvard. Ollie calls Miller a "cerebral" player.
Just as Sterling Gibbs, a transfer from Seton Hall, can be the ideal mentor and complement for freshman Jalen Adams, Miller can be the same for sophomore Daniel Hamilton, similar in size and all-around skill.
"Obviously, he's a special player," Miller said. "I've been watching him. He can basically score whenever he wants to. With me being on the other side, we can complement each other, present an aspect to teams that it's going to be hard to guard."
"We tried to play faster, tried to switch it up," he said. "Ivy League schools are known for playing that Princeton style offense, but Coach Courtney got away from that and tried to speed the game up, and that's the way we played. If we play fast, I can play fast, but if we slow it down and run sets, I can bring that aspect, too."
Miller, who has been on campus four weeks, has provided some indication of that in pickup games.
"Very fast paced," he said. "We get up and down. There are certain rules, you've got to get over in a certain amount of time, so it's very up and down, physical. It's different. You've got to get used to it."
That is what this move is about for Miller — the chance to prove he can adapt to a bigger stage, a new level.
 "I wanted to be in the good program, play at the highest level and make the tournament, which I think we can do," Miller said. "[UConn] won the national championship before I got to college [in 2011], and they won again two years ago. I was aware of everything they were doing. I thought this team was really good. Looking at what they needed last year, I feel like I can step in and help. It just felt like one of the places I could see myself playing, fitting in ... just stepping in for whatever, being able to bring the qualities that they see in me, lead by example, or vocally, whatever works with the group."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Anyway to put together a list of the upcoming season's schedule? I saw we open at Georgia Tech and we are playing Sienna and Binghamton. Has anything else been leaked?