Wednesday, May 26, 2010

News and Notes: Evening Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday evening...
  • The New York Post's Mark Berman tweets, "Knicks will have pre-draft workouts tomorrow [Thursday], bringing in six, including big Cornell center Jeff Foote. They need a pivot for the roster.... Stand corrected. Knicks' pre-draft workout competitior Foote just missed out on Ivy Player of the Year. Was All-Ivy. But still a good story."
  •, the official website of the Knicks profiles Foote:
Prospect Profile: Jeff Foote
In the days leading up to the NBA Draft, will look at the players brought in by the Knicks for Predraft Workouts. A player's inclusion in this series of articles does not necessarily reflect the Knicks organization's preferences for the June 24 Draft at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. We continue our series with a profile of Cornell center Jeff Foote.
The Cornell Big Red was the darling of college basketball this season, as the Ivy League squad finished 17th in the country with a 29-5 record and reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. A key cog to their success was their big man in the middle, Jeff Foote, who now looks to have that same impact on whatever team drafts him on June 24.

Foote is a handful on both ends of the court, averaging 12.3 points, 8.1 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.9 blocks during his senior season. Perennial college powerhouses such as Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse and Wisconsin all had a hard time containing the seven-foot, 265-pounder during the 2009-10 campaign.

A member of this season’s All Ivy-League First Team, Foote has proven to be more than just a big body, showing off a deft shooting touch by connecting at a 62.5-percent clip from the field. He crashes the boards hard and sets strong picks, allowing teammates to get open looks.

Defensively, Foote is a true shot blocker with an astounding 7-foot-4 wingspan who at the very least alters shots when he isn’t swatting them away. He is the reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the year, having won the award the last two seasons. While he doesn’tBlockquote have the quickest of feet, he is very intelligent, getting himself in position to bother the other team, often forcing his opponent to throw up an awkward, off-balance shot.

Just a few weeks away from the NBA Draft, Foote looks to follow in the footsteps of the Knicks own Bill Bradley, who hailed from Princeton, as a rare Ivy Leaguer who can make an impact on the professional level. As his play this past season suggests, he should at the very least get the opportunity to do just that.
...who will they cheer for if Cornell meets Virginia in the national lacrosse championship? men’s basketball head coach Bill Courtney also spent three years as an assistant with the [Virginia] Cavaliers.

Courtney has made the first move towards filling out his coach staff, hiring Marlon Sears and Jay Larranaga to fill two of the three assistant roles. Sears has nine years of Division I assistant coaching experience at Binghamton, Wagner, and High Point, and joins the Cornell staff after a one-year stint with Ivy League rival Columbia, where he served as the Lions’ recruiting coordinator.

This will mark Larranaga’s introduction to the collegiate coaching scene after serving as the head coach of the Irish Senior National basketball team following an 11-year career playing overseas in Italy, Greece, France and Spain.

Courtney is no stranger to the Larranaga family, as he spent eight seasons as the associate head coach at George Mason under Jay Larranaga’s father, Jim.


Anonymous said...

Foote's come a long way and has really worked to translate his size into skill. Three years ago he was like a newborn giraffe out there who didn't know how to keep his feet untangled, but this season he really added strength and learned how to dominate the boards for rebounds and how to move the feet better to get dunks/hooks in traffic. Really hope someone takes him in the 2nd round... the only true 7 footer available!!!!

Anonymous said...

Old posts from St. Bonnie's messageboards when we first got Jeff Foote:

"Yea Jeff Foote is a solid 6'6, 90 lb powerhouse of a forward.
I'm sure he is going to REALLY be a threat next year for Cornell."

"maybe.....and i mean maybe a good intramural player here
hahahaahaha "

"A buddy of mine who is getting no minutes at geneseo held foote to 3 points in an AAU game and he was only 6"6."

"I played against him in a High School All-Star game. I was 6'4'' and 195 pounds at the time, and I could push him right out from underneath the basket. "

This year, the St. Bonnie's messageboard thread about Jeff Foote was of course entitled,

"one that got away."

old thread

new thread

Anonymous said...

Make no mistake, Single Ladies is what has put Foote over the top.