Thursday, May 27, 2010

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Thursday...
  • The New York Post writes today, "The Knicks will resume pre-draft workouts today, with the headliner being 7-foot Cornell center Jeff Foote, whose club advanced to the Sweet 16. The Knicks, who have two second-round picks (38, 39), desperately need a center, and Foote emerged as All-Ivy League after transferring from St. Bonaventure. Forward Tiny Gallon, (Oklahoma); guard J.P. Prince (Tennessee); guard A.J. Slaughter (Western Kentucky); guard Mikhail Torrance (Alabama) and guard Ben Uzoh (Tulsa) also are on the docket." (emphasis added)
  • Several Cornell players are expected to involve themselves this summer in NCAA certified summer leagues. For example, last year Josh Figini played in the Howard Pulley Pro Am in Minneapolis with Ryan Wittman and Jeff Foote, meanwhile incoming recruit, Dwight Tarwater played in the Rocky Top League in Knoxville.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

The old Wall Street movie line of "knicks and chicks" comes to mind given Mr. Foote's dance and basketball exploits over the last couple of weeks......

Tick Tock Tick Tock....what could that be???

Maybe it's Jeremy "the Harvard Hyped Hoopster" Lin's 15 minutes running out.....quickly.

marshcat said...

Has a Cornell player ever been drafted in the NBA?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

YES.

http://cornellbasketball.blogspot.com/2009/05/alumni-news-cornellians-in-nba.html

Anonymous said...

Ken Bantum, a player who I got to see while I was a freshman at Cornell, was, ironically enough, drafted by the Knicks in 1985. The draft was either 6 or 7 rounds at that point, while now there are only two rounds.

I'm quite certain he was the most recent Cornellian drafted.

Anonymous said...

Poster number 1, for the love of God, please don't tempt Harvard people to post here. And this isn't a competition.

And while I don't think Lin is better than Witt or Dale (I mean come on, there's a reason they were POYs and he wasn't ... even a Dartmouth guy was POY ... and the whole UConn and BC thing, UConn was terrible this year and even Maine beat BC, heck even Maine was tied with UConn at the half and led briefly in the 2nd), how much does marketability matter? I think the concerted fan effort to market Jeremy Lin definitely got him noticed, but I wonder if marketability could also give him a drafting edge ... I suspect it might and Cornell fans shouldn't be stunned if it happens.

I mean, the most popular Cornell YouTube videos (single ladies, the house tour) get maybe 5,000 views each while Lin's most popular videos get almost 125,000. The comments are filled with Asian people saying how they'll buy all his merchandise. Don't forget how he sold out West Coast stadiums until they "looked like Hong Kong" in his own words. I mean, I think teams will notice this? I do think he is one of the best in the Ivy, and combined with ridiculous marketability I honestly just assumed this gave him the best chances in a tough draft.

133 North Quarry said...

Irony and coincidence are two different things. Foote and Bantum getting Knick interest is the latter.

-Policing grammar since 1985

Good luck to Foote.

Anonymous said...

another great shot of Errick Born Ready Peck

Anonymous said...

How are Jeremy Lin's "15 minutes running out"? He had a workout that went well with the Raptors this week and Chad Ford recently said a bunch of teams were strongly considering him with their second round pick. Why does everything have to be so anti-Harvard? I think it'd be awesome if Lin, Foote, and Wittman all got drafted; it'd add so much more credibility to Ivy basketball.

Anonymous said...

For the love of God....lmao.