March 28, 2010
Cornell, basketball and Judaism
The Kentucky Wildcats have been bounced from the NCAA basketball tourney—and with them my hold on my bracket pool. At least now I don’t have to watch John Calipari boast and wonder whether it was worth the $100 I made.
After today, only the Final Four will remain. The reluctant Jewish hooper John Scheyer may be among the lucky, but the Cornell Bears will not. And that means former Jewish Day star player Eitan Chemerinski won’t either.
Chemerinski, who can solve a Rubik’s cube in a ho-hum two minutes and speaks only four, averaged just 2.7 minutes per game as a freshman this season. At 6’9”, Chemerinski is more Goliath than David. But he’s no Philistine. And it’s safe to say Cornell will have around for another three years.
Why did he choose the Ivy school? The Washington Post explained in a profile last year:
Though the Ivy League is defined by it’s unique back-to-back weekly schedule of games on Fridays and Saturdays. So I guess Chemerinski isn’t Orthodox. Few Jewish athletes are.