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Thursday News:

Italian top division team Cantu is reportedly interested in signing Ian Hummer.

With Hummer's graduation, Princeton is sixth in the Ivy League in returning player minutes.

Judson Wallace is out of action following hernia surgery.

Will Venable continued his amazing August, swatting home run number 20 (video) in a San Diego Padres victory. A statistical analysis of Venable's season shows that he may finally have found his groove

Craig Robinson addressed myriad topics at an informal Oregon State press conference.

A combination guard/forward has committed to Fairfield.

Aaron Young joins class of 2014.

Fresh on the heels of Mike LeBlanc committing to Princeton comes word that 6'0" point guard Aaron Young from Virginia Episcopal School has pledged to the Tigers. Young reportedly chose Princeton over Brown, Fairfield and Loyola of Maryland.

While I'm emailing his high school coach for quotes, watch a full game video here.

Full 2012-13 season highlights for VES includes plenty of Young's work. He's wearing #2 in the clips. More videos after the jump.

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Monday News:

Please join me in wishing Stan Adelson a happy birthday! Stan turned 90 yesterday. I love you Stan and I know I'm not alone with that sentiment.

Mitch Henderson and Sydney Johnson both made David Aldridge's list titled the "10 Best College Basketball Coaches Under 40 Years Old."

More lists! You can find John Thompson III and Joe Scott in a peer poll of the top 25 X's and O's coaches.

On the other end of the spectrum, see Craig Robinson as part of the "10 Worst Dressed Coaches in College Basketball." Personally, I appreciate the no tie look!

Thirteen Ivy League coaches were asked "Which six players in the conference would you most want on your team, regardless of position?" Just one Princeton returnee was a given response.

Will Venable was named the National League Player of the Week for the stretch ending August 18. A simple approach allowed Venable to become a complete player during his hitting streak, which ended at 15 games.

On Friday night San Diego came from six runs down to beat the Chicago Cubs. In addition to a two run triple off the top of the center field wall, Venable hammered a home run (video) to send the Padres in front late.

Going 9-22 at the plate after a lone hitless performance, Venable's season average has risen all the way to .272. He went deep again (video) on Saturday, HR number 19 for the former Princeton player.

Mike Brennan and American have released their 2013-14 schedule.

Mike LeBlanc commits to Princeton.

I'm traveling in Europe until the weekend, so I can't give this news the full attention it deserves but 6'6" New Hampton School forward Mike LeBlanc has committed to Princeton, joining point guard Amir Bell in the Tigers' 2014 class.

LeBlanc reportedly chose Princeton over offers from Rice, Yale, Brown, New Hampshire and Binghamton.

Some summer highlights can be found above with more links and a proper profile to follow once I'm back in New Jersey. There are a number of full game videos to tide you over here.

LeBlanc plays his AAU ball with Rivals Elite.

Monday News:

Will Venable has a career long fifteen game hitting streak going, a stretch that's included such highlights as four hits on Saturday and a walk off home run (plus subsequent double dousing) versus the Mets yesterday. Venable has the fourth-highest batting average of any player in baseball since the All-Star break.

There's a Q&A up with Princeton assistant Brett MacConnell.

What career would Sydney Johnson have pursued if he had not gone into coaching?

Three generations of Levys - Sydney, Howie and now Lior - have won gold medals in basketball at the Maccabiah Games.

Saturday News:

Mason Rocca began his overseas professional career in Jesi and nine years after originally departing, Rocca has returned to Pala Triccoli following a single season with Bologna.

Here's more on Judson Wallace signing with Olimpia Milano.

Ben Hazel and Edo Lawrence's squad lost in opening round of the JSBL playoffs. See page two for a box score.

Will Venable reacts to the suspension of teammate Everth Cabrera. Last night Venable set a new career high with his 14th home run of the season (video).

A creative schedule awaits Georgetown in 2013-14, including an Erev Super Bowl contest at MSG.

Fairfield needs one at least game to complete their upcoming non-conference slate.

2013-2014 schedule.

November 2013
Sun. 11/10 Florida A&M (330/324/331) - 1:00 pm ET
Sat. 11/16 at Butler (21/45/39) - TBA pm ET
Wed. 11/20 Lafayette (157/153/189) - TBA pm ET
Sat. 11/23 at Rice (323/317/322) - TBA pm ET
Tue. 11/26 George Mason (123/131/130) - TBA pm ET
Sat. 11/30 at Bucknell (53/66/59) - TBA pm ET

December 2013
Sat. 12/7 FDU (300/339/330) - TBA pm ET
Wed. 12/11 at Rutgers (110/102/103) - TBA pm ET
Sat. 12/14 at Penn State 183/140/155 - TBA pm ET
Fri. 12/20 vs Portland* (229/262/261) - TBA pm ET
Sat. 12/21 vs Pacific* (102/145/133) - TBA pm ET
Tue. 12/31 Kent State (131/127/137) - 12:00 pm ET

January 2014
Sat. 1/4 at Liberty (290/249/284) - 2:00 pm ET
Sat. 1/11 at Penn (280/243/258) - TBA pm ET
Sun. 1/26 Kean - 2:00 pm ET
Fri. 1/31 at Harvard (84/105/87) - TBA pm ET

February 2014
Sat. 2/1 at Dartmouth (294/269/283) - TBA pm ET
Fri. 2/7 Columbia (272/197/199) - TBA pm ET
Sat. 2/8 Cornell (246/265/254) - TBA pm ET
Fri. 2/14 at Brown (240/224/231) - TBA pm ET
Sat. 2/15 at Yale (199/192/208) - TBA pm ET
Fri. 2/21 Dartmouth (294/269/283) - TBA pm ET
Sat. 2/22 Harvard (84/105/87) - TBA pm ET
Fri. 2/28 Yale (199/192/208) - TBA pm ET

March 2014
Sat. 3/1 Brown (240/224/231) - TBA pm ET
Fri. 3/7 at Cornell (246/265/254) - TBA pm ET
Sat. 3/8 at Columbia (272/197/199) - TBA pm ET
Tue. 3/11 Penn (280/243/258) - TBA pm ET


2012-13 RPI/Pomeroy/Sagarin ratings are in brackets above.

As a point of comparison, Princeton was 126/92/105 in the same rankings last season.

*South Point Holiday Hoops Classic held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tip times and TV information will be added as it is known.

All information subject to change.

Your thoughts?

Monday News:

It appears Judson Wallace is returning to Italy, as he's poised to sign with Olimpia Milano.

Moved to the middle of the San Diego lineup, Will Venable has continued his hot streak. This stretch included Venable's 13th home run of the season (video), matching a career best. Venable also shared his thoughts on penalties for cheating in baseball with the Associated Press.

Princeton's game at Penn State will be take place at a venue the Nittany Lions haven't used for a game since 1996.

Georgetown and Oregon will tip the season in an even-less-tradtional venue: a United States Army base in South Korea.

Oregon State suspended a pair of forwards indefinitely.

A number of Princeton basketball slides have shown up on eBay, including this color shot of Geoff Petrie.

Here are stats through seven games for Jimmy Sherburne at the Milwaukee Pro-Am.

Dick Kazmaier passed away last week at the age of 82. Not only did Kazmaier's jersey number inspire Bill Bradley to don 42 but Kazmaier also earned a pair of varsity letters playing basketball. He scored 88 career points including a career high 13 against Dartmouth in 1951.

The Division I Men's Basketball Committee has altered the guidelines for seeding in the NCAA Tournament.