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Thursday News:

The NCAA has released their annual Academic Progress Rate report and Princeton faired quite well across all sports, including a perfect "1000" multi-year rate for men's basketball. You can search by school, sport and conference here.

Chier Ajou has been officially added to Northwestern's 2012 recruiting class, making him the tallest player in school history.

Just up the road from Evanston, Princeton recruit Steven Cook is working on his shooting touch.

Mason Rocca might stay with Milano for another season after all.

There is a quote from John Rogers in a piece about the value of the NBA's advertising partners.

YouTube potpourri LXXI.

Here’s the latest collection of videos from various corners of the Princeton basketball family. Above, Craig Robinson is interviewed before Oregon State's graduation.

A diverse eight additional videos follow after the jump.

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Monday News:

Judson Wallace knocked down a championship-sealing pair of free throws with a just over a second remaining as FC Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 73-69 in the deciding game of the ACB championship series.

Chris Young (1-1) likely deserved a better fate on Father's Day, taking a loss despite throwing seven innings versus the Reds during which he only allowed two earned runs. Young also drove in his team's first tally with a bases loaded walk (video). The Mets fell to Cincinnati 3-1.

Siena won the Lega A championship series in five games, perhaps ending the career of Mason Rocca with EA7 Emporio Armani Milano

He says he won't make a decision until March of next year, but a big man from the Los Angeles area mentions Princeton as one of five like-minded schools showing interest in him.

The Tigers are one of over 40 schools inquiring about a small forward from Georgia.

Another Georgian has a comparatively shorter (but still lengthy) school list that includes Princeton.

Georgetown will open its season on November 9th against Florida on an aircraft carrier near Jacksonville.

A formidable 2012-13 schedule for Richmond is nearly complete.

Northwestern's Bill Carmody is one of the coaches quoted in a piece about a recent rule change that allows unlimited texting between recruits and those seeking their services.

A 7'1" Sudanese center will (pending NCAA approval) apparently suit up for Carmody's squad this season, adding much-needed interior size.

Craig Robinson's sister was the graduation speaker at Oregon State yesterday.

Kevin "Moon" Mullin was a special guest at last week's Courier-Post/Kiwanis Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet.

Will Venable is improving in matchups versus lefties.

Did you hear the Patriot League is adding Boston University as its ninth member?

Tuesday News:

Will Venable returned from his oblique injury and promptly smacked three hits versus Milwaukee, including his fifth home run of the season to lead off the game.

It was pointed out to me that in the process Venable passed his father Max for most career hits in his family.

You can watch Pete Carril receive his honorary doctorate from Princeton here. Go 1:02:46 in to see.

Chris Mooney shared stories of Coach Carril at the Richmond head man's recent lecture on leadership.

While it has some errors, this Princeton recruiting page also acts as a class-by-class depth chart. Worth bookmarking.

Not on this list is a two sport standout who currently has no plans to keep playing basketball as a Tiger.

2013 Princeton recruit Steven Cook is a part of Fundamental U.

Coming off the "craziest 12 hours or 14 hours of my life," Chris Young takes to the mound for the Mets, this time in Tampa versus the Rays.

Judson Wallace scored a team-high 13 points for FC Barcelona in the third game of the ACB finals. Wallace's team trails Real Madrid 2-1.

His contract is up at the end of this season and apparently Virtus Bologna has interest in signing Mason Rocca. Siena is on the verge of sweeping Rocca's current team, EA7 Emporio Armani Milano, in the Lega A championship.

Al Dufty is remembered fondly.

Tuesday News:

Following up on the Harvard Crimson report from before the weekend, the Daily Princetonian polled several current and former Princeton players (as well as select luminaries from other Ivy programs) about a possible conference tournament.

Perhaps more importantly, Soft Pretzel Logic uncovered a serious error in the initial article. The current proposal would eliminate one non-conference game, not one of the 14 meetings between Ivy foes as was originally stated.

Jonathan Tannenwald also has added a quote from Penn AD Steve Bilsky since this piece was originally published.

Mason Rocca spoke on behalf of Olimpia Milano during the National Day to Combat Thrombosis.

Seems like a long shot given the sheer volume of other schools interested but a forward from Newark has the Tigers on his extensive list of suitors.

A sixth freshman-to-be has committed to play for Sydney Johnson at Fairfield.

YouTube potpourri LVII.

Here's the latest collection of videos from various corners of the Princeton basketball family. Above, an interview and highlights from Dan Mavraides' breakout game for Aris Thessaloniki.

Five additional clips after the jump.

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Thursday News:

Lackawanna vs. MCCC - 7:00 pm ET
Arkansas State vs. Denver - 8:30 pm ET - Root Sports

Despite 16 points from Mason Rocca, Milan dropped a 65-63 decision to Fenerbahce Ulker in Turkey. EA7 Emporio Armani falls to 0-2 in Group G of Euroleague's Top 16.

Princeton recruit Hans Brase led his team to an easy victory over Solebury.

I mentioned New Trier's win over Niles West previously, but this story has new quotes from future Tiger Steven Cook.

Richmond (12-9) routed Fordham, 102-58.

Tonight Denver welcomes Arkansas State to Magness Arena.

Wednesday News:

Fordham vs. Richmond - 7:00 pm ET

Mercer (4-15) fell to Manor at home, 59-57. Flip Seculic had 16 for the Vikings.

Bill Carmody is no fan of the RPI, especially how it treated a couple of his Princeton teams.

Georgetown's John Thompson III flew to Georgia to watch a high school game the same day his Hoyas beat Rutgers.

Sticking with news of former Tiger head coaches, Pete Carril went to a game at St. Joseph's Prep over the weekend.

Let's move on to results from The Old World. In the first week of the Euroleague's Top 16, Mason Rocca scored eight points for EA7 Emporio Armani in a loss to the Greek squad Panathinaikos.

The second round of Eurobasket saw Aris drop an 81-74 decision to BC Donetsk. Dan Mavraides added seven points off the bench for the Yellows.

Landstede Basketbal lost a high-scoring game despite 17 from Kareem Maddox.

Richmond hosts Fordham tonight.

If you missed our piece on Will Barrett withdrawing from Princeton, it can be found here.

Dispatches from Europe.

There are six different former Princeton players currently suiting up professionally overseas. I asked each of them (minus Konrad Wysocki, who I don't have contact info for) to update how things are going both professionally and personally in Europe. Responses have been slowly trickling back the past month.

Read chronological first person dispatches from Pawel Buczak, Mason Rocca, Kareem Maddox, Dan Mavraides and Judson Wallace after the jump.

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Rutgers: Past, Present, Future.

The 118th meeting between Princeton and Rutgers takes place on Wednesday night at the RAC, a floor the Tigers have not won on since 1999.

As we start our build-up to this inter-state rivalry game I recommend the following lengthy pieces, which are all included after the jump: A recap of last year's OT win, the historical epic "Rutgers in the 2000s: A Decade of Dismay" and a new review of Princeton's '99 victory versus the Scarlet Knights, which also came in overtime.

Tomorrow we'll continue with a Rutgers Know! Your! Foe! and a new interview with Mitch Henderson.

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YouTube potpourri XLVII.

Here's the latest collection of videos from various corners of the Princeton basketball family. Above, video game enthusiast Bill Carmody.

Five additional clips after the jump.

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Monday News:

Northwestern hosts Robert Morris in an exhibition tonight.

Both Harvard/Princeton contests make one man's list of favorite conference games this season.

Kareem Maddox had six points and four rebounds in Landstede Basketbal's win at Rotterdam. Maddox is currently third in the DBL in blocked shots.

Coming off the bench Mason Rocca also totaled six points as EA7 Emporio Armani Milano passed Novipiù Casale Monferrato in the fourth quarter.

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