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A Review of Cornell’s 2017 Recruiting Class

Head coach Brian Earl added a plethora of talent to surround Matt Morgan, the Ivy League’s leading scorer, in 2017-18.

Ithaca, NY — The Cornell Big Red enter the 2017-18 season hungry to get back to the post-season for the first time since 2010, where they fell to a star-studded Kentucky Wildcats team in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, 62-45.

Head coach Brian Earl, the man in charge of putting the current team together and bringing them back into the national conversation, enters his second season leading the Big Red. After a 10-18 finish in his opening campaign, Earl will be expected to achieve more this season.

With his initial year and recruiting cycle complete, Earl is bringing in five new freshmen and a JUCO transfer to make up his first substantial recruiting class as the head coach at Cornell. 

Here is a look at each addition and at weather the group can help bring Cornell back to a postseason in the next four years. Continue reading A Review of Cornell’s 2017 Recruiting Class

Looking ahead at two redshirts who transferred following the 2015-16 season

Former Sacred Heart guard Cane Broome is ready to show the rest of the AAC what he’s got this season with the Cincinnati Bearcats.

The transfer market has dominated the 2017 College Basketball offseason thus far. Big name talents like Marcus Evans and the Lawson brothers have headlined a strong class of players changing teams.

But while the likes of Evans and the Lawson’s are the center of attention right now, their transfers will soon be forgotten until they step foot on the basketball court.  They’ll have a quiet year to acclimate to school, while familiarizing themselves with the new coach, teammates, court, and any of its warps or tricky dead spots.

The NCAA requires non-graduate transfers to sit out a season before they play for their new team. So we will have to wait until November 2018 before we see KJ, Marcus, and all the other transfers play for their new schools.

While the current offseason buzz has been focused on players deciding to transfer, and rightfully so, there should be even more excitement about the holding-tank of student athletes who plan to make a huge impact for their new team this coming fall after toiling exclusively in practice jerseys for a year. Continue reading Looking ahead at two redshirts who transferred following the 2015-16 season

Matt Morgan Declares For The NBA Draft

Cornell sophomore Matt Morgan was one of over 180 players to enter the 2017 NBA Draft early. He has not hired an agent, and is expected to return to school for his junior year.

Cornell Big Red combo guard Matt Morgan declared for the NBA Draft on Sunday after leading the Ivy League in scoring the past two seasons.

Morgan will not hire an agent in order to retain his college eligibility. In all likelihood, the combo guard will be back for his junior year and will use his declaration as an opportunity to talk to NBA scouts and coaches and continue to better his game.

Morgan is always looking to improve and take his game to the next level. Continue reading Matt Morgan Declares For The NBA Draft

Powerful Ivy League representation at opening game of 2017 NCAA Tournament

The Ivy League hosted their first conference tournament this season, and it was a huge success.

Up until the 2016-17 season, the Ivy League was the only conference to not hold their own tournament prior to Selection Sunday. At season’s end, the team with the best record would be the one with a ticket to the Big Dance.

Since we complain all the time that conference tournaments can end up sending an average team instead of their strongest into the field of 68, you would think the Ivy would have preferred to keep its long-standing selection method.

After all, it has worked rather well for 63 years.   Continue reading Powerful Ivy League representation at opening game of 2017 NCAA Tournament

A look at the Ivy League as the inaugural conference tournament gets underway on Saturday

AJ Brodeur and the Penn Quakers knocked off Harvard on Saturday to earn the final spot in the four-team Ivy League tournament, which opens up this weekend.

By halftime on Saturday night, the Penn Quakers had received word they would control their own destiny.

Thanks to a Columbia loss and Cornell and Princeton both winning big, all the Quakers needed was a win against Harvard to clinch their first ever Ivy League Tournament berth.

On Senior Night, with the game knotted up at 72, Jackson Donahue flashed to the right wing and drained a three with 6.3 seconds left. After the team failed to logically foul the Crimson, Siyani Chambers set up sophomore guard Corey Johnson, a 43 percent shooter from distance, but his shout bounced off the front of the rim and out.

Following Penn’s thrilling victory, the Ivy League’s first four-team conference tournament is all set and scheduled to be played this upcoming Saturday and Sunday. Continue reading A look at the Ivy League as the inaugural conference tournament gets underway on Saturday

Ivy League Power Rankings – February 27th, 2017

Bryce Aiken and the Harvard Crimson have the opportunity to build some extra confidence as the Ivy League tournament approaches when they take on Princeton this weekend.
Bryce Aiken and the Harvard Crimson have the opportunity to build some extra confidence as the Ivy League tournament approaches when they take on Princeton this weekend.

Princeton clinches a share of the Ivy League regular season title.  No top team definitively falls out of Tournament contention.

With only one weekend left in the regular season, teams are settling into their rankings.

Assuming the remainder of the season doesn’t produce any highly unlikely scenarios, three teams will be fighting for the last two seeds. Continue reading Ivy League Power Rankings – February 27th, 2017