Ivy League player carousel

The biggest story of the off-season was Miye Oni being selected in June’s NBA Draft.  The Yale junior and reigning Ivy Player of the Year decided to leave school early and leave his name in the draft.  Despite falling to the late second round, a perilous spot to making an NBA roster, Oni impressed in the Summer League and earned a guaranteed contract with the Utah Jazz.  He is playing just as well in the pre-season and looks to be a real steal for the Jazz.

Cornell’s Matt Morgan and Princetonians Myles Stephens and Devin Cannady played in the NBA Summer League as free agents, but none earned a long-term deal.  Cannady was signed by the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday and is expected to be assigned to the team’s G-League squad in Long Island.  Harvard’s Corey Johnson has a spot for this coming season, signing a deal in Spain with Zornotza Saskibaloi Taldea.

If Morgan and Stephens do not get sign with an NBA or G-League team over the next several days, they will, most likely, have to look overseas to continue their basketball careers.

Several Ivy grads had one more season of eligibility and will continue playing in 2019-2020.  In addition to the Big Red’s Stone Gettings, who skipped the 2018-2019 season, graduated from Cornell in December and moved to the University of Arizona, Columbia’s Quinton Adlesh is off to USC, Dartmouth’s Guilien Smith is at Northeastern, Havard’s Tommy McCarthy went to Rice, Penn’s Tyler Hamilton is at William & Mary and fellow Quaker Collin McManus is at Fairleigh Dickinson.

The biggest name in the transfer process was Brown’s Desmond Cambridge.  The 2018 Ivy League Rookie of the Year had initially narrowed his list to Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Stanford.  After dropping Stanford and tweeting that he would make his decision on April 29, no announcement was made.  Cambridge would eventually reopen his recruitment and end up at the University of Nevada.  Former Dartmouth forward Adrease Jackson had a more routine transfer process and moved to the University of Northern Arizona.

On the women’s side, three-time first team All-Ivy guard Katie Benzan surprised the conference when she decided to take off her senior season.  While Benzan has not made any announcements about her basketball future, it will most likely continue next year as a graduate transfer.  Two Dartmouth grads, Cy Lippold and Isalys Quinones will continue their basketball careers.  Quinones will continue with the Puerto Rico national team, which earned a bronze medal in this summer’s Pan Am Games, and Lippold will be a graduate assistant at Mercer, which will visit Yale on Jan. 2 and Columbia on Jan. 4.

Of the newcomers, Harvard leads the way with ESPN 4-star recruit Chris Ledlum and 3-star Ciaran Brayboy.  Yale and Penn each bring in an ESPN 3-star recruit with EJ Jarvis joining the Bulldogs and Max Lorca-Lloyd signing up with the Quakers.  Silke Milliman arrives at Penn as a 4-star recruit and #70 spot on the ESPN HoopGurlz recruiting site, while Princeton counters with Eleanor Mitchell, a 4-star recruit at #93.

Brown brings in junior Noah Meren, who played at Division III Skidmore for former Cornell assistant coach Joe Burke (2000-2004), and the Big Red welcome transfer Sarju Patel, who played at VMI under Cornell head coach Brian Earl’s brother Dan.  In addition, two Columbia transfers from last year, Joseph Smoyer and Kallin Spiller, and one from Dartmouth, Trevon Ary-Turner, will be eligible to play this season.

Below is the list of roster changes from 2018-2019 to 2019-2020 for all 16 Ivy teams.

Brown men:
Leaving
Desmond Cambridge G – junior; transfer to Nevada
Travis Fuller F – graduate
Obie Okolie G – graduate
Thomas Shaughnessy G – sophomore
Chris Sullivan G – graduate

Arriving
Perry Cowan G – 1st year
Dan Friday G – 1st year
Carsten Kogelnik F – 1st year
Noah Meren G – junior; transfer from Skidmore College
Josh Watts F/G – 1st year

Brown women:
Leaving
Mary Butler F – graduate
Morgan Clausen F – junior
Savannah Lewis F – junior
Nina Mehta G – sophomore
Shayna Mehta G – graduate
Erika Steeves F – graduate
Taylor Will G – graduate

Arriving
Myla Cox G – 1st year
Fiona Finn F – 1st year
Lexi Love G – 1st year
Sydney Rosant G – 1st year
Dani Short F – 1st year

Columbia men:
Leaving
Quinton Adlesh G – graduate; playing for USC as graduate transfer
Peter Barba G – graduate
C.J. Davis G – graduate

Arriving
Jack Forrest G – 1st year
Emmanuel Onuama F – 1st year
Asa Shannon F – 1st year
Cameron Shockley-Okeke F – 1st year
Joseph Smoyer F/C – junior; sat out 2018-2019 after transferring from University of Portland, eligible to play
Eddie Turner III G – 1st year

Columbia women:
Leaving
Sydney Brown G/F – sophomore
Sarah Elston F- graduate
Abby Lee G/F – graduate
Josie Little F – graduate
Maya Sampleton F – senior
Imani Whittington G/F – junior

Arriving
Kaitlyn Davis G/F – 1st year
Abbey Hsu G – 1st year
Carly Rivera G – 1st year
Kallin Spiller F – junior; sat out 2018-2019 after transferring from Seattle University, eligible to play

Cornell men:
Leaving
Joel Davis G – graduate
Jack Gordon G – graduate
Steven Julian F – graduate
Jake Kuhn G/F – junior
Matt Morgan G – graduate; looking to play professionally
Troy Whiteside G – graduate

Arriving
Marcus Filien F – 1st year
Greg Dolan G – 1st year
Chuks Uzoka F – 1st year
Jordan Jones F – 1st year
Noah Gear G – senior
Sarju Patel G – junior; transfer from VMI

Cornell women:
Leaving
Caitlyn Smith G – senior
Samantha Clement G – graduate
Jessica Willerson F – senior

Arriving
KC Carter G – 1st year
Anna Hovis F – 1st year
Ania McNicholas G – 1st year
Shannon Mulroy G – 1st year

Dartmouth men:
Leaving
Will Emery F – senior
Adrease Jackson F – junior; transferred to Northern Arizona
Guilien Smith G – graduate; playing for Northeastern as a graduate transfer

Arriving
Demi Adelekun F – 1st year
Trevon Ary-Turner G – sophomore; sat out 2018-2019 after transferring from Weber State, eligible to play
Jackson Blaufeld G – 1st year
Paul Hudson F – 1st year
Cameron Krystkowiak F – 1st year
Nate Ogbu F – 1st year
Jayden Reaves G – 1st year

Dartmouth women:
Leaving
Emily Dryden F – graduate
Cy Lippold G – graduate; graduate assistant at Mercer
Isalys Quinones F – graduate; playing for Puerto Rico national team

Arriving
Kaiyah Corona F – 1st year
Allie Harland G – 1st year
Emma Koch G – 1st year
Karina Mitchell G – 1st year

Harvard men:
Leaving
Balsa Dragovic F – graduate
Robbie Feinberg G – graduate
Corey Johnson G – graduate; playing for Zornotza Saskibaloi Taldea (Spain)
Tommy McCarthy G – graduate; playing for Rice as graduate transfer
James McLean G – graduate
Weisner Perez F – graduate

Arriving
Ciaran Brayboy F – 1st year
Chris Ledlum F – 1st year
Tommy O’Neill F – 1st year
Luka Sakota G -1st year
Idan Tretout G – 1st year

Harvard women:
Leaving
Katie Benzan G – senior; probable graduate transfer for 2020-2021
Kelsey Bogdan G – graduate
Madeline Raster G – graduate
Nani Redford G – graduate
Sydney Skinner G – graduate
Grace Tworek F – junior

Arriving
Gabby Donaldson G – 1st year
Gracie Martin G/F – 1st year
Lola Mullaney G – 1st year
Sara Park G – 1st year
Annie Stritzel G – 1st year

Penn men:
Leaving
Jackson Donahue G – graduate
Tyler Hamilton G – graduate; playing at William & Mary as graduate transfer
Zack Kaminsky F – senior
Collin McManus C – graduate; playing at Fairleigh Dickinson as graduate transfer
Max Rothschild F – graduate
Jake Silpe G – graduate
Antonio Woods G – graduate

Arriving
Jonah Charles G – 1st year
Jordan Dingle G – 1st year
Max Lorca-Lloyd C – 1st year
Lucas Monroe G – 1st year
Max Martz F – 1st year

Penn women:
Leaving
Princess Aghayere F – graduate
Kristen Daley G – graduate
Deja Jackson G – graduate
Ashley Russell G – graduate

Arriving
Mandy McGurk G – 1st year
Silke Milliman F – 1st year
Kayla Padilla G – 1st year
Faye Parker C – 1st year
Kenzie Wood F – 1st year

Princeton men:
Leaving
Elias Berbari G – graduate
Noah Bramlage F -graduate
Devin Cannady G – leave of absence during senior year; playing for Long Island Nets (G-League)
Myles Stephens F – graduate; looking to play professionally

Arriving
Tosan Evbuomwan F – 1st year
Keeshawn Kellman F – 1st year
Konrad Kiszka F- 1st year
Ryan Langborg G – 1st year
Jacob O’Connell C – 1st year

Princeton women:
Leaving
Qalea Ismail G – graduate
Sydney Jordan G/F – graduate
Gabrielle Rush G – graduate

Arriving
Maya McArthur F – 1st year
Ellie Mitchell F – 1st year
Maddie Plank G/F – 1st year
Nicole Young G – 1st year

Yale men:
Leaving
Alex Copeland G- graduate
Miye Oni F – senior; drafted #58 by Golden State Warriors, traded to Utah Jazz; Signed to 3 year contract (1 year guaranteed)
Trey Phills G – graduate
Blake Reynolds F – graduate
Thomas Ryan F – graduate

Arriving
EJ Jarvis F – 1st year
August Mahoney G – 1st year

Yale women:
Leaving
Ale Aguirre G – junior
Alexandra Maund F – graduate
Gabby Nelson G/F – graduate

Arriving
Klara Astrom G – 1st year
Jenna Clark G – 1st year
Ayla Elam F – 1st year

2 thoughts on “Ivy League player carousel”

  1. As usual, Dr. B, well researched and very informative. Abby Meyers, a 6′ sophomore, is “rearriving” for the Tiger women, after leaving school last year. She showed tremendous potential in her first year. Her presence makes the Tigers even stronger.

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