Thursday, September 24, 2015

News and Notes: Catching Up On The Offseason

Below, news and notes...

  • On recruiting news, Josh Warren (Downington West HS) Downington, PA, 6-9, F, committed to Cornell over last weekend.  See his profile on Verbal Commits and the story on his commitment in City of Basketball Love.  He joins Jerry Ben in Cornell's high school Class of 2016 recruiting haul.
  • In alumni news, Deion Giddens (Cornell '15) is signed to play with Iserlohn in Germany's B-League.  Classmate, Devin Cherry is also signed with SISU of Denmark.  Meanwhile, Drew Ferry (Cornell '12) is signed with Barcelos in Portugal.
  • Is JoJo Fallas ready to play a major role this season?  Fallas scored 28 points in the finals, but his Team USA came away with a Silver Medal in the Maccabi Games.  Fallas reportedly played at an elite level throughout the tournament. 
  • Both Shonn Miller (Cornell '15) and Nolan Cressler had mentions in this CBS article.  The former was named the country's "top defensive stopper" by Bleacher Report.
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Road games at traditional powers Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and Syracuse and home games against defending league champions Lafayette (Patriot) and Albany (America East) highlight the 2015-16 Cornell men's basketball season. The 28-game schedule includes 13 home games.

Cornell will play its first two games of the season on the road (Georgia Tech, Nov. 13; Colgate, Nov. 16) before opening the home slate against Binghamton on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.

The Big Red will play its annual Division III game on Nov. 23 against Penn State-Harrisburg, then faces Pittsburgh for the first time since 1992 when it heads to the Steel City two days later.

A short break for Thanksgiving will end when Cornell visits UMass Lowell on Nov. 29, but the Big Red returns home for a two-game homestand before the exam break when Siena (Dec. 1) and Lafayette (Dec. 5) visit Newman Arena. The Leopards, who won 20 games in advancing to the NCAA tournament as Patriot League Tournament champs, will face the Big Red for the first time in 10 seasons.

The Big Red will play nine games in the season's first 22 days before a two-week break for exams. Cornell will return to action at Syracuse, where it will attempt to snap a 34-game losing streak against the Orange, before MAAC contender Monmouth visits Newman Arena on Dec. 23. Cornell will close out the calendar year when it visits Saint Peter's on Dec. 28.

After flipping the page into 2016, the Big Red will gear up for Ivy play when 2015 NCAA tournament participant Albany visits Ithaca on Jan. 2, then closes out non-league play on Jan. 6 when it visits Howard.

The always rigorous Ivy League schedule kicks off in New York City on Jan. 16 when the Big Red meets travel partner Columbia for the first leg of the home-and-home series. The Big Red will also have home-and-home series with each of the other six schools, including 2015 co-champs Yale and Harvard, as well as CIT participant Dartmouth.
Ka'Ron Barnes '04, Men's Basketball
A unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection as a senior, Barnes was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) all-district team as a senior, becoming just the ninth Cornell player so honored. He graduated ranked fifth all-time at Cornell in scoring (1,382 points), fourth in free throws made (308) and assists (327), and third in steals (150) and games started (88). Barnes was a two-year captain who led the conference in scoring (19.6 ppg.) and was second in both assists (4.6 apg.) and steals (1.9 spg.) as a senior and was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Week. He was named team MVP after becoming the fourth player in school history to score 500 points in a season, ending the year third all-time with 544 points. Barnes was a second-team All-Ivy League pick as a junior after averaging 14.2 points. He was the 18th 1,000-point scorer in school history and became the first player in Cornell history to record at least 1,000 points, 300 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 steals in a career. He still owns the single-game assist school and the Newman Arena record with 13 against Lafayette during his junior campaign.


BigRed1965 said...

Would love to see JoJo Fallas light up the scoreboard for COrnell this year as he did in the Maccabi final!

mark twain said...

would love to see big red competitive again. is this the critical year for coach??

TJ said...

All I can say is wow!!
Also in recruiting news, the No. 18 ranked player in the Class of 2017 wants to take an official visit to Cornell and has the support of his family.