Three Up, Three Down: Cornell Edition

Three Up Three DownWith the Quakers coming off an upset win over Columbia to open their first Ivy weekend of the season, we take a look at who's hot–and who's not–as the Big Red come to town.

Three Up-

Miles Cartwright- The junior captain stepped up as a leader when the Red and Blue needed him the most Friday, pouring in eight points in the game's final two minutes to ensure that a nine-point second half lead wouldn't go to waste. Additionally, Cartwright was able to minimize his turnovers, a positive trend that he'll need to keep up against a Cornell team that averages seven steals a game.

Steve Rennard- After seemingly being left for dead, the junior was able to revitalize his season against Columbia. In 29 minutes of action, Rennard was able to score seven points on 2-4 shooting, including his first made three-pointer since a win over NJIT on Jan. 17th. If Rennard can maybe, just maybe, recapture his shooting touch from last year, the Quakers will only benefit from having yet another outside scoring threat.

Henry Brooks- Much like Rennard, Brooks was able to reverse an early-season bad habit on Friday night. In 28 minutes of action, the sophomore forward managed to keep himself out of foul trouble against Columbia's rangy big men, hearing only two calls against him on the night. Additionally, he showed some nice range in going 2-for-4 from the field, including one shot that was just inside the three-point line.

Three Down-

Patrick Lucas Perry's minutes, again- Where was he? If people thought that PLP had turned the corner after his sterling performance against Temple, they were wrong. Lucas-Perry received 15 minutes of playing time, but it seemed like far less, as he never seemed to establish much of a presence for himself on the court. The sophomore wound up going 0-for-2 from the field, and only managed to pick up a single rebound.

Every freshman not named Darien Nelson-Henry- It was a rough night for most of the Quakers' youngsters. Jamal Lewis tallied one assist, two turnovers, and a whopping three fouls in only seven minutes of action, earning him a comfortable spot on the bench. Tony Hicks scored eight points, but went 1-for-5 from the field. And, in keeping with tradition, Julian Harrell never even had a chance to take his warm-ups off.

The rims in the Palestra whenever Fran Dougherty shoots- Playing for the first time in a month following a bout with mononucleosis, the dynamic junior wound up going 1-for-5 from the field in 18 minutes off the bench, but his stat sheet could have looked a lot better. Dougherty had shot after shot take the exact wrong bounce at the exact wrong time, spoiling some sharp inside post and isolation moves by the athletic forward.

Red and Blue Scrimmage: Takeaways

The Quakers basketball team took the court for the first time this season Saturday morning with an opponent they know very well — themselves. The scrimmage featured 11 of the 16 players on the roster with Steve Rennard, Jamal Lewis, Simeon Esprit, Keelan Cairns and Larry Lougherty sitting out.

Three of the four freshman participated in today's game. Darien Nelson-Henry saw time at center and played well defensively and added six points and a handful of rebounds as well. Tony Hicks started for the white team alongside Nelson-Henry and had six points with a handful of assists and a couple of rebounds.

However, as coach Jerome Allen later admitted, the most impressive performance belonged to Julian Harrell. Although Harrell showed up on the stat sheet fewer times than his classmates, his hustle and defensive play earned his coach's respect. The focus for this team will be defense, and with a number of good shooters and good guards, those who can defend will see the most time on the court.

— Nick Greiner

Live Blog — M. Hoops Red & Blue Scrimmage

The M. Hoops season is officially underway today with the annual red and blue scrimmage. Follow along with Steven Tydings and Nick Greiner — they'll be evaluating who steps up on the floor to replace lost seniors, how players like Larry Loughery and Greg Louis, who we hardly saw last year, look and what the crop of four freshman can do.

Hoops recruit Julian Harrell talks to ESPNLA.com about choosing Penn

Quakers recruit and Southern California native Julian Harrell spoke with ESPNLA.com about the reasons he chose Penn — one of which was his relationship with Miles Cartwright, whom Harrell said he calls his "older brother." Harrell currently plays for Cartwright's alma mater, Loyola High School, in Los Angeles.

The 6-foot-5 guard committed to Penn in October, and drew interest form top programs like Stanford, California, Duquesne and Boston College, among others, but ultimately decided upon Penn. "I have a really good relationship with the coaching staff, the history at the Palestra — it just felt like a really good fit for me," Harrell said.

Basketball recruit Tony Hicks drops 38 in season opener

High school hoops is underway across the nation, and while the four Penn commits don't necessarily have college coaches to impress anymore, they're still putting in some work. Two future Quakers tipped off their senior seasons last night:

  • Tony Hicks, a guard out of St. Rita's in Chicago, scored an insane 38 points in his season opener last night, as St. Rita's beat Lake Forest Academy 79-61.
  • Julian Harrell and Loyola also won their season opener 81-42, as Harrell scored 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting. He also had four assists and six steals.
  • Big man Darian Nelson-Henry doesn't kick off his season until Friday, and point guard Jamal Lewis of Sidwell Friends plays tonight. Interestingly, Lewis will face Hicks and St. Rita's at the Gonzaga DC Classic in Washington on Dec. 9.

Chat with Julian Harrell, Penn hoops commit [UPDATED]

Update: Check out the full story that appeared in Wednesday's issue of the DP.

I got a chance to speak with both Julian Harrell and his AAU coach Gary Franklin about the 6-foot-5 swingman's decision to commit to Penn. Harrell joins Jamal Lewis, Tony Hicks and Darien Nelson-Henry as the latest additions to the recruiting class of 2012.

Here are some nuggets that didn't make the article in full.

Harrell on his decision to come to Penn (joining his longtime friend Miles Cartwright) and forego offers to Stanford, Duquesne, and St. Mary's, his other top schools:

Number one, I have a really good relationship with coach Allen. [Also] Miles Cartwright … is like a big brother to me, I've known him since I was five years old.

And I really like the city ... and I like the players on the team. I thought it was the overall best fit.

According to Coach Franklin, Harrell's strengths include his competitiveness, winning mentality, and ability to create off dribble penetration. Harrell's weakness, according to some, is his outside shooting. Coach Franklin said he saw improvement in that aspect of Harrell's game this summer and provided some good insight:

I think the big thing honestly first is just confidence.

There were some times where Julian would have maybe opportunities to step up and take the shot, and instead he would look to create and get to the basket where maybe that was the best shot available in terms of maybe forcing the drive.

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VIDEO: Men’s hoops recruit Julian Harrell highlights

Take a look at the newest member of Penn basketball, Julian Harrell, in his highlight reel:

Also, just for fun, here's an interview he did with Penn sophomore Miles Cartwright's younger brother Parker. Harrell is a senior at the high school where Miles played and where Parker is a sophomore.

West coast guard Julian Harrell commits to Penn

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(CaliHighSports.com)

The recruiting news keeps rolling in for the Quakers. Men's basketball picked up its third recruit in the last week with the verbal commitment of Julian Harrell, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

If that school sounds familiar, that's because Penn sophomore standout Miles Cartwright is an alum. The two played together during Cartwright's junior and senior years.

Scout.com's Josh Gershon broke the news this afternoon on twitter.

"It was tough to choose the ivy league over the PAC-12, ACC, A-10, MWC, And WCC but I picked what me and my family thought would be best for my future," Harrell told C2Crecruiting.com. "I have a great relationship with the coaches, I loved Philly, I really liked the team, and I think that I can contribute immediately.”

Harrell is ranked an 86 by ESPN, which describes him as having "a nice frame with long arms, but he isn't a high level athlete." The site's appraisal points to his high basketball IQ and excellent decision making on the floor.

Calihighsports.com put Harrell as its #19 player in a summer Top-30 list for the state, and gave an extensive description of his game:

Harrell is an adept scorer who knows how to finish at the rim. Harrell loves taking his man off the dribble with the ball and thanks to his long arms and smooth touch is tough to stop at the basket. He can score at the basket with both hands and has an array of baby hooks and floaters that he uses pretty effectively.

Scout.com lists Harrell as having a bevy of offers: Air Force, Duquesne, Portland, San Diego, St. Louis, St. Mary's, Stanford and UTEP.

Harrell joins guards Jamal Lewis, and Tony Hicks, and forward Darian Nelson-Henry as commits for the class of 2012.

Geographically the coaching staff is assembling a very diverse roster, with representatives from Washington, DC., Chicago, LA, and Washington state. And though it is only October 1, Penn has already put together what looks to be a formidable class.

Hoops recruit Julian Harrell shows Penn interest [updated]

Courtesy of allbuffs.com

Courtesy of allbuffs.com

Class of 2012's Julian Harrell, a 6'5 small forward out of Loyola Academy (Calif.), took his first official visit, making a cross-country trip to Penn.

[Updated info: Harrell is also considering official visits to Duquesne, Portland, St. Mary's and Stanford]

According to Scout.com:

"I took an official visit to Penn last weekend," Harrell said. "I liked it a lot. I really like coach (Jerome) Allen. Miles Cartwright, who is like a big brother to me, is up there and he showed me around. He was my host so that was pretty cool. I really liked it out there."

Cartwright's relationship with Harrell makes sense, given Cartwright is an alum of Loyola. In fact, Harrell is currently a teammate at Loyola with Miles' brother, Parker Jackson-Cartwright (who's an elite 2014 prospect).

Listed at 6-foot-5, 190 lbs., Harrell is rated an 86 according to ESPN, which had this mini-scouting report:

Julian has a nice frame with long arms, but he isn't a high level athlete. He can handle the ball well in the open court and he has a high basketball IQ.

Check out this video of highlights and and an interview with Harrell: