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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

Notes:

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.



Tuesday News:

Spencer Weisz (seen above with David Blatt and Howie Levy) and the United States' 17-18 youth boys basketball team took the gold at the 2013 Maccabiah Games with a 78-62 win over Israel.

Will Barrett may have one of the "10 Prettiest Jump Shots in College Basketball for 2013-14 Season," but there's just one issue with his inclusion...

Sticking with lists, Mitch Henderson is 10th among the "Best Coaches Never to Make the NCAA Tournament."

Here are updated statistics for Jimmy Sherburne at the Milwaukee Pro-Am.

Hans Brase talks about his experience playing for the German U-20 team.

It doesn't get much better than an animated .gif of Will Venable diving synched with Marvin Gaye.



The schedule, so far.

We're at the point in the year where the upcoming Princeton basketball schedule could be announced tomorrow just as easily as it could be unveiled six weeks from now.

Who are the Tigers playing and where are they playing'm? What is already known, what is likely and what is still to be revealed?

For that you'll have to head beyond the jump. Last season's RPI/KenPom/Sagarin rankings for each foe can be found after their school's name.

If you have missing information, feel free to provide!

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Friday News:

As you can see from the final scores of games versus South Africa, Turkey, Canada and Brazil, Spencer Weisz and the United States 17-18 youth boys basketball team haven't faced much opposition at the 2013 Maccabiah Games. They'll go for the gold on Sunday versus Israel.

Will Princeton be the 114th-best team in Division I this season? One early preview thinks so.

The school's "38 Days, 38 Sports" turns the spotlight on men's basketball.

It was nearly another double-double for Edo Lawrence in JSBL action.

Will Venable has had a hot stretch, wherein he hit his 12th home run of the season (video) and made yet another tremendous diving catch to keep San Diego in front of Milwaukee. In his last 10 games Venable is .324 at the plate, raising his season average to .236.

The Ivy League Digital Network has unveiled their pricing plans.

This season Oregon State will visit both Maryland and DePaul.

Brown is the first Ivy League program to officially announce their 2013-14 schedule.



George Mason at Jadwin?

According to GMU Hoops, Princeton will host George Mason this season. A date for the game is unknown but that's a quality home contest in a schedule wherein only a pair of non-conference home tilts have so far been uncovered.



Tigers to play Liberty for first time.

I know a small number of as-yet-unannounced games on Princeton's upcoming schedule but one of them wasn't a visit to Liberty on January 4, 2014. Probably time to assemble a master list of the eight non-conference contests uncovered to-date.



Monday News:

T.J. Bray appears on the first team of an admittedly "way too early" preseason All-Ivy League.

In JSBL action, Edo Lawrence had a substantial double-double.

Not to be outdone, Jimmy Sherburne converted more than half of his 29 field goal attempts during a recent Milwaukee Pro-Am contest.

Hans Brase and Germany took 11th place at the U-20 European Championship.

A look back at Chester High School basketball includes the recollection of a time when the school defeated Reading High, then coached by Pete Carril.

You can meet Will Venable when the San Diego Padres visit the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 31st.



Princeton to play at Penn State this season.

The last time Princeton visited State College it was a game to forget. Hopefully the Tigers will fare better on December 14th of this year versus the Nittany Lions.



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