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2011 Recruiting Class.

Links to profiles and news on the Princeton class of 2011.

Brian Fabrizius - 6'11" : 210 lbs - Kimball Union Academy

Bobby Garbade - 6'10" : 235 lbs - Seton Catholic Central

Denton Koon - 6'7" : 200+ lbs - Liberty Senior High School

Clay Wilson - 6'3" - Lincoln Christian School

Wednesday News:

President Obama has named former Tiger John Rogers chair of the new President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability.

Rush The Court offers up a 2010-11 Ivy League primer, picking Harvard to stand on top come March. Their predictions have been added to our master list of conference previews.

Princeton recruit Denton Koon was listed as Preseason First Team All-Kansas City by KC Preps.

Oregon State held their annual media day yesterday. Read all about it in the Oregonian, the Register-Guard and the Gazette-Times.

New Recruit - Bobby Garbade.

He's 6'10" and he's getting bigger.

He's senior center Bobby Garbade (rhymes with car-raid), and yesterday he informed the Princeton coaching staff during an on-campus visit that he wanted to be part of the Tigers' next recruiting class. Pending admission, Garbade (pictured on the right above) joins Denton Koon and Clay Wilson, who each verbally committed to Princeton earlier this year.

Tonight I spoke at length with Garbade's high school coach Chris Sinicki, who has coached the future Tiger for the past three seasons at Seton Catholic Central High School in Binghampton, NY. Sinicki's exclusive quotes and analysis plus links to player evaluations and videos of Garbade can be found after the jump.

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"To Marvin, who understands."

It was a classy display by Princeton head coach Sydney Johnson to have his entire team and coaching staff show up to today's memorial for Marvin Bressler en masse.

Seeing the current Tigers occupying the back two rows of the filled-beyond-capacity auditorium, two things struck me:

1. The similarity in the experiences of those who were assisted by Marvin when they made his acquaintance during his first days at Princeton in the early 1960s to those who graduated in the past few years.

2. A sadness that the current freshmen on the team sitting in Robertson Hall will not have the fortune to get to know Marvin and that they did not share the privilege of his company.

Three inch buttons with Marvin's visage on them or select "Bresslerisms" were handed out at the door.


Sunday News:

Top-flight senior center Desmond Hubert has trimmed his suitors from seven schools to five. Ohio State and Virginia are off his list, but Princeton made the cut.

Rivals previews the 2010-11 Ivy League race.

Rush The Court considers Princeton's trip to Harvard this season the #66 "Can't-Miss Game" of the year.

Northwestern has named former player Joe Kennedy the team's new Director of Operations.

Princeton basketball soda.

A limited edition orange cream soda brewed up to celebrate the improbable Ivy title for the 2000-01 Princeton men's basketball team.

The neon color of the beverage makes me confident this drink is as sweet as that season was. I can't bring myself to decant it.

Brian Earl - top assistant in the Ivy League?

Is Princeton's Brian Earl (left) the top assistant coach in the Ivy League?

That's the result of a recently-published anonymous survey of Ivy coaches conducted by Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports.

Mason Rocca against the Knicks.

Sunday was a rare chance to see Mason Rocca play on American television, probably my first time watching Rocca in action since the 2006 FIBA World Championships. I just finished the New York Knicks vs. Armani Jeans Milano game on my DVR and I've posted a running commentary after the jump. - JS

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Wednesday News:

Princeton coach Sydney Johnson was the special guest at a high school in Missouri on Monday.

Georgetown picked up a commitment from a 6'9" DeMatha senior forward.

Hoya head man John Thompson III talked with MSG's Jon Rothstein about the upcoming season.

A great Fanhouse piece on the "graceful toughness" of Chris Mooney, who has rebuilt Richmond into a threat.

Spiders guard Kevin Anderson, Georgetown's Austin Freeman and Northwestern forward John Shurna have all been named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list.

Padres GM Jed Hoyer said the team would not pick up Chris Young's 2011 option, but he would be interested in Young's return to San Diego.

2009-10 Ivy Rookie of the Year Kyle Casey broke a bone in his right foot over the weekend and will miss the next 6-8 weeks. He is expected to return to Harvard's lineup before Ivy play begins.

Monday News:

Mason Rocca (left) scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds off the bench for Armani Jeans Milano, but the host team could not hold off the New York Knicks in yesterday's high scoring exhibition. Rocca was a game-best +15 for his squad in 20 minutes of play. Penn product Ibby Jaaber scored 16 points, swiped seven steals and committed nine turnovers. I have the game on my DVR and hopefully I can watch to write up a few notes shortly.

When Will Venable (video) struck out against Brian Wilson in the top of the ninth yesterday, San Diego's improbable final weekend push to make the NL playoffs came up one win short. Venable played in 131 games in 2010, batting .245 with 13 home runs, 29 stolen bases and 129 strikeouts. After making an adjustment to his back elbow in his swing and raising his average as high as .253, Venable went hitless in his final 12 at-bats.

Chris Young only was able to make four starts for the Padres this season. One in the second game of the year and three down the stretch. Young was 2-0 for the Friars with a 0.90 ERA in 20 innings. It is unlikely San Diego will pick up Young's option year.

Bishop John Barres told stories of Pete Carril at the Mayors' Prayer Breakfast in Reading.

Scott Greenman joins Georgetown staff.

I don't know why it still hasn't been publicly announced by the school (most of you should have been able to figure it out by now), but I've been waiting since early August to tell you that Scott Greenman is currently working on the Georgetown basketball staff as the team's Video Coordinator.

This position was recently held by Martin Bahar, who departed the Hoyas to become Princeton's Director of Basketball Operations in August of last year.

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