Ivy hoops roundup – June 21, 2019

  • Addie Micir is headed for Lehigh, which announced Wednesday that Micir is leaving Princeton to join the Mountain Hawks’ coaching staff as an associate head coach. Micir was an assistant under Courtney Banghart at Princeton last season following five seasons as an assistant at Dartmouth. Micir was 2011 Ivy Player of the Year at Princeton, earning her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Princeton in 2011 and her master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth in 2018. Micir’s departure from Princeton was announced two days after new Princeton head coach Carla Berube’s introductory press conference. Berube will have to hire an all new assistant coaching staff after the recent departures of assistant coach Carrie Moore and director of basketball operations Jessica Imhof with Banghart to North Carolina and assistant coach Cinnamon Lister to UC Irvine.
  • Brown’s Mike Martin will be joining USA Basketball as an assistant coach for the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru from July 31 through August 4.  Martin, the 2019 Ivy League Coach of the Year, and Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard will work under the head coaching leadership of Providence College’s Ed Cooley.
    The team will practice at the Ruane Development Center on the Providence College campus from July 21 through July 26 before they head off to Peru.  The US will be in Pool A against the Virgin Islands on July 31, followed by games against Venezuela on August 1 and Puerto Rico on August 2.  The medal round play will be held on August 3-4.
  • Bella Alarie, the 2017 and 2018 Ivy League Player of the Year, will be a part of USA Basketball’s Pan American team on the women’s side.  While she’s waiting for that tournament, she continues her work on USA Basketball’s 3×3 team. This past weekend, her team came in third place in the 3×3 event in Turin, Italy.  They went 2-1 in group play, defeating the Czech Republic and Canada, but losing to France.  The Stars & Stripes defeating Mongolia in the quarterfinals before losing to the hosts, 16-12.
    After two tournaments, Alarie is sixth in scoring with 35 points, and her team finds themselves in second place overall with 115 points, 35 points behind France.  The US will next head to Poitiers, France (July 5-6), Ekaterinburg, Russia (July 9-10) and Lignano, Italy (July 13-14).
  • In other 3×3 news, former Brown Bear Damon Huffman was added to USA Basketball Men’s 3×3 World Cup team.  He replaces Briante Weber, and will join former Princeton Tiger Kareem Maddox, former Purdue Boilermaker Robbie Hummel and former Florida Gator Canyon Barry.  Huffman, Maddox and Hummel, along with former Tiger Dan Mavraides are members of the Ariel Slow & Steady team that won the recent 2019 Red Bull USA Basketball 3×3 Nationals.
    Huffman is presently the top ranked 3×3 player in the country and the No. 23 ranked player in the world.  In four years at Brown, Huffman averaged 12.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He was the 2006 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, as well as an honorable mention All-Ivy selection in 2007 and was a first-teamer in his 2008 senior campaign.
    On their first day at the World Cup in Amsterdam, the US went 2-0, including a victory over three-time defending champion Serbia, to start Pool A play in first place.  On June 21st, the Stars & Stripes will conclude preliminary play with games against South Korea and the Netherlands.  If they can stay in the top two, they will make it into the quarterfinals on June 22.
  • Columbia’s Patrick Tape and Jake Killingsworth have returned from their trip to Greece as part of USA East Coast basketball.  The team went 3-0 against Greek Amyntas (83-61), Greek-Athens All Stars (77-61), and the Greek U19 National team (63-61).  Tape averaged 18.7 minutes, seven points and three rebounds per game, while Killingworth had 17.7 minutes, 3.7 points and 1.7 assists per contest.
  • Harvard alum Jeremy Lin – NBA Champion!
    Said Tommy Amaker to the Harvard Crimson, “We are all so very proud of Jeremy and this most historic accomplishment! Jeremy’s story and journey is nothing short of amazing—we are thrilled and honored that Harvard is included.”
  • The Brown men’s basketball team announced its six-person incoming class.  Five players will enter as first-years, and one is a junior Division III transfer:
    Braelee Albert F (Brentwood High School, Los Angeles), Perry Cowan G (DePaul College Prep, Chicago), Dan Friday G (University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Detroit), Carsten Kogelnik F (DeMatha Catholic, Baltimore), Noah Meren G (Moses Brown School, Skidmore College, Providence), Josh Watts F/G (Gonzaga High School, Maryland)
  • According to a report at Women’s Hoop Dirt, Brown assistant coach Sara Binkhorst will become the head coach at Division III Wheaton College in Massachusetts.  Wheaton is a member of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference, which includes MIT, Smith, Wellesley and Clark.  The Wheat went 9-16 (4-12 NEWMAC) last season.
    Binkhorst is a graduate of Bowdoin College (ME), who was a 1,000+ scorer and a two-time first team All-NESCAC player.  She has been an assistant coach on Sarah Behn’s staff for four years, three as a paid assistant.
  • Cornell women’s assistant coach Shelby Lyman has left the program after two years on Dayna Smith’s staff.  According to Cornell Athletics, Lyman has accepted a position at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  There she will be an assistant to first-time head coach Blake DuDonis.  The Falcons were 10-15 overall and 4-10 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC).
    Lyman played for the Big Red from 2010-2014, finishing her career second all-time in games played, and top 15 in assists (14th), steals (14th), and minutes played (13th).  Prior to her return to Ithaca, she was an assistant with Division III St. John Fisher College and AAU Empire Dragons.
  • Cornell men’s assistant coach Donovan Williams has left Brian Earl’s staff to join Griff Aldrich’s staff at Longwood.  Williams, who worked on Mitch Henderson’s staff at Princeton during the 2015-16 season, joined Earl when he took over the Cornell job in the spring of 2016.  Prior to his work in the Ivy League, he spent 2010-2015 at Lafayette (working under former Penn assistant Fran O’Hanlon) and 2008-09 as a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech.
    Williams joins a Lancers team that went 16-18 overall (5-11 Big South) and earned a spot in the College Basketball Invitational Tournament.
  • In addition to Cornell, the Dartmouth men still have an open spot from the loss of John Andrzejek to Kyle Smith’s Washington State staff in late April.
    With Binkhorst and Lyman moving on from their respective teams, and Taja Edwards leaving Dartmouth for Loyola Marymount, there are still open assistant positions with the Brown, Cornell and Dartmouth women’s programs.
  • Former Penn basketball player Matt Poplawski has been hired as an assistant men’s soccer coach at USF, after spending the last two years as a volunteer assistant at Wake Forest.  In addition to playing on the pitch, Poplawski started his college career on the Quakers’ JV basketball team.  Due to a number of injuries in the 2013-2014 season, Poplawski was called up to the varsity squad for the last seven games of that campaign.  He stuck with the men’s team for the entire 2014-2015 season, playing in 17 games and starting three.  His determination was a bright spot for Quakers fans in a frustrating season that would turn out to be the last for head coach Jerome Allen.
    Poplawski left the program in his last two years to concentrate on soccer, where he was captain in his junior and senior seasons.  He was an honorable mention All-Ivy midfielder in his rookie season, when the Red & Blue won the 2013 Ivy title. He was also named to league’s first team in his senior year.
  • Former Yale women’s basketball player Bethany Ellis (1998-2002) has been named Director of Athletics and Chair of the Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics (PERA) at Wellesley College of the Division III NEWMAC conference.  Ellis arrives at Wellesley from Boston University, where she was Associate Athletic Director and Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Student Athlete Development since 2015.
    Before her time with the Terriers, Ellis was the head women’s basketball coach at Johnson and Wales University, the Director of Basketball Operations at Providence College and Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator at Assumption College.
  • ESPN/Ivy Tournament broadcaster, Ivy Madness critic and former Columbia hoopster Dalen Cuff has been tapped to join the new ACC Network on its soccer broadcasts and serve as a college basketball analyst, along with anchoring in studio.  Cuff played for the Lions from 2002-2006 and captained the 2005-2006 team.
  • ICYMI, here’s IHO’s coverage of the retirement of former Princeton men’s coach Bill Carmody and the announcement of the Brown men’s 2019-20 schedule.