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YouTube potpourri VIII.

Another collection of videos from various corners of the Princeton basketball family. Above Coach Carril talks about the improvement of Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans.

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Mason Rocca preps for the Knicks.

Mason Rocca and Armani Jeans Milano host the New York Knicks tomorrow for a friendly at the Mediolanum Forum. Rocca spoke with about both this exhibition and his team's prospects this season.

The game will be broadcast on MSG and NBATV on Sunday at 12:30 pm ET.

Thursday News:

C. Young (2-0) 5.0 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K 0.90 ERA. 82 pitches, 51 strikes.

Chris Young (video) made what could have been his last start with the Padres a memorable one, throwing five shutout innings as San Diego blanked the Cubs 3-0.

But the story of the game was a pair of amazing catches by center fielder Will Venable. The former Princeton two sport star blocked 23 shots while playing basketball in college but his rejections of a pair of run-scoring plays last night may have been the defensive highlights of his professional baseball career.

In the top of the second inning Venable leapt full extension at the center field fence to rob Alfonso Soriano (video) and one inning later he pulled a sure home run out of the stands (video) while on the run to keep Chicago from tying the game. Not a bad night in the field for a guy who almost didn't play due to his sore back.

Because of Young and Venable the Padres remain in the playoff chase, trying to catch either Atlanta for the Wild Card or San Francisco for the NL West crown.

Northwestern has finally published their 2010-11 men's basketball schedule.

Princeton will welcome a 6'6" prospect to campus next weekend for a visit.

Center Desmond Hubert, who listed Princeton as one of his final seven schools said "everybody's even" when asked by about which direction he's leaning.

Bill Bradley is interviewed by Bleacher Report about the social impact of sports.

Georgetown's Austin Freeman was named Big East Preseason Player of the Year by Blue Ribbon.

An awkward attempt at a joke made by NRCC chief Pete Sessions behind closed doors has Princeton basketball as an indirect news item on Politico. Don't read the comments, or your eyes will start burning.

Marcus Schroeder in China.

When I talked with recent Princeton graduate Marcus Schroeder in late August about his NBA-DL tryout for the Reno Bighorns, he surprised me when he revealed that he was headed in the morning on a two week basketball barnstorm through China.

Now Schroeder is back stateside. He was nice enough to share some pictures and recollections in his own words from his experience after the jump. - JS

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Wednesday News:

Will Venable was scratched from the Padres' lineup on Monday night due to a sore back, the same ailment that landed him on the disabled list in early July. With Venable out of commission, the San Diego offense sputtered and the Friars are currently two games behind San Francisco in the NL West and 1.5 games behind Atlanta for the Wild Card with five games remaining on the schedule.

Before he went down, Venable smacked his 13th home run of the season (video) into the right center sandbox at PETCO Park.

Desperate to get back on track, the team turns to Chris Young versus the Cubs tonight at 10:05 pm ET.

Denver finalized their 2010-11 basketball schedule with the addition of a December 8th game at St. Mary's.

Memories of Marvin?

Princeton Alumni Weekly Photograph Collection

As some of you are already aware, for the past month I have been interviewing individuals about Professor Marvin Bressler, who passed away on July 6th at the age of 87 after a long illness.

Having already taped pieces with 30+ coaches, friends and former players, I hope to eventually speak to every branch of the Princeton basketball tree and record their anecdotes.

I mention this because while there are many boldface names who have stories about Professor Bressler to share, I've reached the point in my work where I'm comfortable making a public appeal for "Marvin Stories."

I think of Marvin as such an incredible storyteller and I never had the chance to record his stories before he passed away so I am trying to paint a detailed picture of the man through other people's personal recollections as well as the tales that he took such pleasure in recounting repeatedly.

If you are reading this and you have any memories from your time with Professor Bressler you would like to share I'd certainly be curious to talk with you. Emails can be sent here.

I also welcome any and all suggestions of people to try and speak with.

Jon Solomon

Nine questions for Judson Wallace.

Judson Wallace '05 has embarked on a successful professional career overseas since his graduation from Princeton - first with the German squad Eisbaren Bremerhaven, then playing in Italy the past three seasons for Orlandina Basket and Benetton Treviso.

After two campaigns in Treviso, Wallace signed with Club Baloncesto Gran Canaria of Spain's Liga ACB at the end of July.

Curious to know more about Wallace's move to the Canary Islands, I sent him nine questions to answer. His responses can be found after the jump.

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"Pete's Play."

The Princeton Public Library is holding a sold out silent auction on October 10th as part of their Centennial Gala entitled In Their Own Hands.

From the PPL web site:

"35 of Princeton's nationally celebrated residents and ex-residents have found a way to celebrate the library's 100th birthday. Each of the 35 has create his or her own page for our silent auction."

Former Princeton head coach Pete Carril's contribution to this event is posted above. The bidding starts at $300 and if you're interested I can pass a proxy bid on to one of the night's attendees.

Saturday News:

C. Young (1-0) 5.0 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 1 K 1.20 ERA. 72 pitches, 42 strikes.

Chris Young threw five strong innings before being lifted for a pinch hitter as San Diego defeated Cincinnati 4-3 to move back into the Wild Card lead, leapfrogging Atlanta.

Will Venable added two hits and scored two runs. Venable is batting 17-32 (.531) over his last 10 games. The Padres outfielder credits a significant change in his swing for this recent surge.

Two missing Seniors on a Stick.

A site reader graciously informed me that his parents were trying to find a new home for their stack of classic Seniors on a Stick. When I stopped by their house today for pick up they had decided to hold on to a few, including the two missing faces from my near-complete collection.

However, they did let me take snapshots of Jim Lane and George Leftwich's mugs. If someone reading has extras of either, I'd be happy to take them off your hands!

The afternoon was by no means a loss. I walked away with extra "Kit," "Slapper" and "Ivy Champs '89 '90 '91" oversized posters.

Friday News:

Will Venable has been on a hot streak as he learns to have fun during a pennant race. Venable was a perfect 3-3 at the plate last night in San Diego's 3-1 loss to the Dodgers, raising his average to .249.

Looking to slip back into first place, Chris Young gets the start for the Padres tonight at home versus Cincinnati. First pitch is scheduled for 10:05 pm ET.

Craig Robinson can be found in Washington, DC this weekend at the National Book Festival. Robinson discussed his team's tempered expectations for 2010-11 earlier this week with Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports.

Princeton recruit Denton Koon is taking his official visit to Princeton this weekend.

A Philadelphia-area shooting guard has committed to Georgetown.

Joe Scott and the Denver Pioneers hope to impress the WAC and/or the WCC and gain possible membership in either conference. Would certainly make more geographical sense than the Sun Belt. 2010 fundraising appeal.

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