2015 SG Jackson Donahue commits to Penn basketball

Courtesy of hooprootz.blogspot.com

Courtesy of hooprootz.blogspot.com

There is another member of Penn's class of 2019.

2015 SG Jackson Donahue from Northfield Mount Hermon High School (Ma.) committed to join Penn basketball on Thursday, according to Donahue's twitter account. 

Donahue is now the third member of the class of 2019, joining small forward Jule Brown and point guard Morris Esformes in the class.

Donahue has been described as a big time three-point shooter, something that Penn could definitely use. The Quakers finished seventh in the Ivy League last year in three-point shooting, making just 32.1 percent of their long-range shots. Here is a video of what Donahue has been able to do from beyond-the-arc.

He had already picked up offers from Dartmouth, Brown and Albany according to Verbal Commits.

Penn has five commits in its class of 2018 slated to come to campus this fall and join a roster that returns just nine letterwinners as well as freshman Dave Winfield Jr., who dealt with injuries in 2013-14.

Nat Graham joining Penn basketball as an assistant coach

Nat Graham (center) will join Penn basketball as an assistant coach. Courtesy of Cornell Basketball Blog

Nat Graham (center) will join Penn basketball as an assistant coach. Courtesy of Cornell Basketball Blog

Nat Graham is coming back to Penn basketball.

After playing two seasons under coach Fran Dunphy, Graham's career has come full circle, as he will now join Jerome Allen's staff as an assistant coach, confirmed by his twitter account.

Graham was a two-time letterwinner at Penn, alongside Allen and  fellow assistant coach Ira Bowman, before finishing his playing career at the University of Western Ontario. Graham did graduate from Penn in 1997 before moving on to coaching.

The Penn alum was a coach under Steve Donahue during Cornell's run of Ivy League titles in the late 2000s before going with Donahue as an assistant at Boston College. Graham was the associate head coach of the Golden Eagles until the school cleaned house earlier in the spring.

Graham has already had a hand in recruiting, helping Penn land 2015 small forward Jule Brown. The Quakers still have to fill one assistant coach spot as Scott Pera left to join Mike Rhoades' staff at Rice while Jason Polykoff became the head coach at Division III Earlham College

2015 SF Jule Brown commits to Penn basketball

Jule Brown (left) committed to Penn basketball. Courtesy of Philly.com

Jule Brown (left) committed to Penn basketball. Courtesy of Philly.com

The recruiting train goes on: Jule Brown is coming to Penn.

Brown, a junior at Lower Merion High School (Pa.), decided to stay in the area for college and committed to Penn and became the second member of the Quakers' class of 2019.

Brown is the first forward in the class, joining Hebrew Academy (Fla.) point guard Morris Esformes in Jerome Allen's next recruiting class. According to City of Basketball Love, Brown, a 6-foot-6 small forward, told his coach he was going to wait until the summer to commit but a conversation with Allen changed his mind.

Brown also had offers from Ivy and Patriot League competition among others, including Columbia, Hartford and Lafayette. Brown was originally being recruited by Jason Polykoff, who left to coach Earlham College but new assistant coach Nat Graham helped close the deal.

Penn is coming off an 8-20 season and has just nine letterwinners returning from last year's squad. However, the Quakers will bring back freshman Dave Winfield Jr., who missed the season due to injury, as well as five freshmen in the class of 2018.

Ivy Digital Highlights from Penn women’s lacrosse Ivy championship

Wanna catch highlights of Penn women's lacrosse's victory over Princeton to win the Ivy title? Here you go. Make sure to catch the NCAA Selection Show at 9:00 P.M on NCAA.com

Columbia Spectator profiles Penn junior Connor Cuff

Baseball victory against Lafayette, final score 3-0.  Connor Cuff pitching.Penn junior Connor Cuff has been making waves on the mound all season long and everyone is taking notice.

The junior starting pitcher was profiled by the Columbia Spectator, speaking about the team's culture this year, his adjustment to college baseball and the upcoming one-game playoff against Columbia.

“The culture has really changed here,” Cuff said about the team's success this year. “We’ve had a good run. It’s the best since I’ve been here.”

Check out the DP's preview of the weekend game and make sure to follow theDP's coverage of tomorrow's playoff at Meiklejohn Stadium.


Behind enemy lines: Columbia baseball coach Brett Boretti

While Penn is in a one-game playoff for its first Gehrig Division title in seven years, the Quakers will need to get through last year’s Ivy champions, the Columbia Lions. The Lions are led by coach Brett Boretti, who spoke with the Daily Pennsylvanian about the upcoming playoff this weekend.

Daily Pennsylvanian: With this one-game playoff, your team is turning to senior pitcher David Speer. How important is it to have an experienced pitcher on the mound who had success against Penn last weekend?

Brett Boretti: Dave’s been [the number one] guy for us the last couple years and he’s a veteran. It’s a new game. He had a good outing last week but it’s a new game so we’ll have to do the best job we can. Penn has a good lineup; they proved that over the weekend. We’ve got our work cut out.

DP: Last year in the postseason, you had some "all-hands on deck" situations including against New Mexico with Joey Donino pitching almost seven innings in relief? Is this going to be the same type of game where you will turn to anyone if necessary?

BB: It’s definitely all hands on deck. We don’t play another game for another week. We’ve got plenty of time for the guys together. Continue reading

Three up, three down: Penn softball vs. Villanova

Three Up Three DownBy Staff Writer Laine Higgins

Penn softball has one regular season game remaining before taking on Dartmouth in the Ivy League Championship Series for the second straight year. That matchup is against Villanova on Tuesday. Here's who's up and who's down for the next week of Red and Blue softball.


Leah Allen: This freshman right fielder has been the star of Penn’s offense all year, maintaining a batting average of .410 and racking up 41 RBI. Allen leads both the team and the league in these categories. When Allen steps into the batter’s box, the Quakers can always expect something big. Perhaps the best example of this is the 13 home runs she has hit this season, also a league high. If Allen continues her hitting hot streak she will prove to be a valuable asset in this game and the Ivy Championship Series.

Mindset: At the beginning of the season, coach Leslie King set a clear goal for her team: to end up in the Ivy League Championship game for the third year in a row. In order to do this, she encouraged her girls to treat every minute on the field — be it for a routine practice or a game-deciding inning — like a championship game. Thus, the Red and Blue should be able to keep their nerves in check and walk out onto the diamond as proud, defending champions come May 3 when they face the Big Green. Continue reading

Polykoff leaves Penn basketball for Earlham College

Jason Polykoff (center) seated between Ira Bowman and Jerome Allen

Jason Polykoff (center) seated between Ira Bowman and Jerome Allen

Another Penn basketball assistant has found a new home.

Jason Polykoff, who had spent two seasons as an assistant under coach Jerome Allen, has left to become the head coach at Earlham College, a Division III school in Richmond, Ind.

"Jason's experience at a number of levels gives us confidence that he is a well-rounded coach and understands what it is going to take to become successful," Earlham Athletic Director Mike Bergum said in a press release.

"It is exciting to have Jason at the helm. He will be an integral part of the campus community and be valuable in building relationships with students."

Polykoff is the second assistant in the last month to leave for a new job after Scott Pera joined Mike Rhoades' staff at Rice. At 30 years old, Polykoff will now have his first head coaching job in college basketball after previously being the head coach at Friends Central High School in Pa.

Allen will now need to fill two spots on his bench alongside assistant Ira Bowman. Former Cornell and Boston College assistant Nat Graham is rumored to be the replacement for Pera. Graham played two seasons at Penn from 1993-95 under coach Fran Dunphy.

Henderson | Takeaways from Day One at Penn Relays

Relays 2014Long-distance runners have never gotten the public attention that they deserve.

Full disclosure: I’m biased. Big time.

I was a cross country and (middle- to) long-distance track runner throughout high school. I put everything I had into running, and more often than not, I did so with little to no public fanfare.

I’ll admit, it sounds a bit like sour grapes, but I have plenty of evidence to back up my viewpoint.

Take Thursday at the Penn Relays. Continue reading

Roundtable: What should you look forward to at the Penn Relays?

Jeramy Elkaim will be looking for redemption at this year's Penn Relays. (Credit: oregonlive.com)

Jeramy Elkaim will be looking for redemption at this year's Penn Relays. (Credit: oregonlive.com)

Ladies and gentlemen, it is finally here. Penn Athletics’ signature event, the Penn Relays, are here and underway. For the 120th time, athletes from across the country — and the globe — have converged on Penn’s campus for the myriad track and field events through Saturday afternoon. Unquestionably, there are dozens of events that excite everyone taking place at Franklin Field. But which events are our editors most excited about? Find out!

Sports Editor Riley Steele: I’ll never forget my first Penn Relays experience last year, taking in the beautiful weather while thoroughly enjoying the atmosphere and unbridled joy of victorious high school runners.

This time around, the events that excite me most are unquestionably anything involving USA vs. The World. Specifically, I can’t wait to see former Olympians Walter Dix and Justin Gatlin do battle against some of the world’s best in the men’s 4x100-meter race on Saturday afternoon. Gatlin performed at the Penn Relays in 2013, leading his 4x100-meter squad to victory. The mere thought of a repeat performance is enough to get me out of bed and down to Franklin Field before noon this weekend.

Sports Editor Ian Wenik: You can watch the pros all you want. I’m going to have my eyes firmly glued to the college men’s 4xmile championship on Saturday afternoon. There may not be a single field more stacked than this one. Stanford’s team, which boasts the Rosa brothers, Joe and Jim, should be worth the price of admission alone. Both juniors are All-Americans, with Joe boasting the slightly better personal best in the mile (4:01.72). If the Cardinal have those two running the third and fourth legs of the race, they’ll be tough to beat.

But Stanford’s Pac-12 rival Oregon, the top seed for Saturday, is no slouch. The Ducks have five runners at their disposal that have run sub-four-minute miles, including senior Jeramy Elkaim, who is looking for redemption after his late-race fade in 2013 handed the Relays’ distance medley title to Penn State. That list doesn’t even include freshman phenom Edward Cheserek, who’s already won two national championships in two different seasons (cross country and the indoor 3,000m).

Maybe I’m just being nostalgic. After all, I watched all these guys torment my team back when I ran in high school (go Millburn!).

Senior Sports Editor Steven Tydings: Why pick out a single event? The Penn Relays are so much more about the experience and an eclectic group of runners and throwers from throughout the nation (and beyond) taking part in the highest level of competition. This is a time to celebrate — regardless of the event — and enjoy a crowd that far surpasses what we saw during Homecoming or Spring Fling.

And when you look at the talent that is coming just from Penn, it makes me want to be there for the entire weekend. Noel Jancewicz already did her thing, and now it’s time for some upperclassmen to make their marks. If there is one race that I have to pick, I’m going to take the Olympic Development mile at 3:55 p.m. on Saturday, where Penn’s star, Thomas Awad, will look to keep up his impressive sophomore year.