Tuesday, November 10, 2015

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, news and notes...

 Above, a Cornell Basketball blanket circa 1912.
  • NYC Buckets picks Cornell for last place and writes, "Cornell — Robert Hatter made the game-winning shot in Cornell’s intrasquad scrimmage last month. The Big Red will need a lot more of that from Hatter, who might battle Edosomwan and Lo for the league’s top usage rate. Hatter isn’t an efficient scorer, but he’s proven capable of creating shots in volume, a skill Cornell needs this year."  NYC Buckets also notes, "The Week Ahead: All eight teams open their seasons on Friday. Dartmouth (at Seton Hall, FS1) and Cornell (at Georgia Tech, ESPN3) get national broadcasts, while Penn kicks off the Steve Donahue era at home against Robert Morris. The most evenly matched contest, per KenPom, pits Princeton at Rider, a rematch of last year’s opener that now pairs two teams picked third in their respective league polls. Later in the weekend, Harvard visits Providence (Saturday, also on FS1), and Penn hosts Central Connecticut State."
  • The Cleveland Plain Dealer writes, "senior transfer guard Galal Cancer from Cornell continues to rise in the [Ken State] backcourt.  'He hasn't been a scorer, but in terms of everything else, defense, running the team, knowing where he is supposed to be and when, 'G' has been our kind of player,'' [Ken State coach, Rob] Senderoff said."
  • CBS Philly profiles former Cornell coach, Steve Donahue.
  • Rush The Court previews the Ivy League with these Cornell snippet references:
    "The last time Harvard failed to receive a first-place vote in the preseason Ivy media poll, Cornell was wrapping up its three-peat in a season that would see the Big Red ultimately advance to the Sweet Sixteen."
"Donahue Returns — Recently, league teams have kept their coaching searches focused mostly on prior members of the Ivy family, and Penn didn’t deviate from that strategy this offseason, hiring former Cornell and Boston College coach Steve Donahue to replace Jerome Allen, who was fired after five-and-a-half years at the helm of the Quakers."
"The Ivy Grad Transfer Team –– The Ivy League rules against explicit redshirting and graduate students playing on its teams has led to an increase wave of former Ivy hoopers moving on to high-profile programs. Shonn Miller left Cornell for the chance to play at UConn; Brown’s Rafael Maia chose to play his final season at Pitt; and Dartmouth guard Alex Mitola sped up his graduation to be eligible to transfer to George Washington. Rounding out the Ivy Grad Transfer squad are Princeton forward Denton Koon (Hofstra) and Cornell guard Galal Cancer (Kent State)."
"Predicted Order of Finish
Princeton (11-3)
Yale (11-3)
Columbia (11-3)
Harvard (7-7)
Brown (5-9)
Dartmouth (5-9)
Penn (4-10)
Cornell (2-12)"
"Impact Newcomers
The Ivy Rookie of the Year race will be as crowded as ever this season with several teams outside the top three landing their most talented newcomers in precisely the position of greatest need. Here is a quick rundown of the many players who have a good shot at being in the ROY discussion in March:
Stone Gettings, PF, Cornell – With Shonn Miller deciding to use his final season of eligibility in Storrs as a graduate transfer rather than returning for a fifth year at Cornell, the Big Red doesn’t return any interior players with a demonstrated ability to use even a relatively low number of possessions with decent efficiency. Gettings is Cornell’s best hope for interior production from the freshman class, so he’ll likely get every chance possible to demonstrate his worth."

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