Thursday, May 27, 2010

News and Notes

Your mid-day news and notes...with a Jeff Foote NBA theme.

The six players invited to the pre-draft workouts [for the Knicks] in Westchester include : Cornell 7-foot center Jeff Foote, Oklahoma forward Keith “Tiny” Gallon, Tennessee guard J.P. Prince, Western Kentucky guard A.J. Slaughter, Alabama guard Mikhail Torrance, and Tulsa guard Ben Uzoh.

The three players worth mentioning:

Jeff Foote: 12.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.9 blocks in 34 games in his senior season. He transferred from St. Bonaventure where he made the team as an academic walk-on. Foote increased his scoring and rebounding in each of the past three seasons. He has great size at 7′0″ and 265 pounds. His presence in the middle altering shots, setting picks and high FG% helped lead the Big Red to finish 29-5. Before losing to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 he registered 28 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks vs Temple and Wisconsin. Foote has won the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year the past two seasons. He has a 7″4″ wingspan and a high basketball IQ. He might not be the quickest of foot but he puts himself in great position on both sides of the court.

  • The Knicks' official Twitter feed asks Cornell's Jon Jaques for his opinion of Foote's game. Jaques responds, "Foote is the tallest and most skilled big in this draft class. For a legit 7 f[oo]ter to be able to pass and run the floor like he can, he'd be a steal in the mid-late 2nd rd. Knicks could certainly use him considering their lack of depth in the frontcourt."
Don’t let the Ivy league school fool you. They played hard in a pro-style system. Foote may lack the athleticism to compete every night at the NBA level, and we should know more after his workout today. Clearly, the last game in the tournament versus Kentucky, to me, Foote was way over matched. If I’m the Knicks I would look elsewhere.


Anonymous said...

I like Foote, and hope he does well, but I'll be surprised if he's drafted and/or makes an NBA team.

Part of his dominance (and I think the good Hollinger ranking) was simply the physical difference between Foote and the opponents. Plus, it helped that he usually had 3-4 3-point shooters on the floor at the same time so teams typically didn't double him and he could be exceedingly deliberate in the post. When he went up against teams that could physically match up with him (Syracuse, Kentucky) he couldn't do much. His strengths and weaknesses played perfectly in the Ivy League.

It might sound odd, but Foote isn't very athletic. He's able to run up and down the floor with the best of them, but he has no lateral quickness, or quickness off the floor (particularly the second jump). And even with the gains the past couple of years his strength is still pretty poor.

His strength, outside of sheer height, is passing and setting picks & his intensity, but I think he's going to be too much of a liability in other areas (traveling twice a game, in addition to the strength & quickness, and touch outside of 5 feet) for an NBA team to take a chance on him.

With the right coaching and a top trainer to get him into ideal shape maybe he becomes a deep bench player. It'll be interesting to watch.

Anonymous said...

Really? I thought Foote did well against Kansas and Kentucky. Kansas he was perfectly poised and scored 8 of our first 10 points. The entire Cornell team lost its poise against Kentucky in the first half, but most of them regained it in the second, including Foote, who made 3 blocks. I can't remember the Cuse game though.

Anonymous said...

I agree...early in the game, Cousins who is arguably the best big man in the draft, couldnt guard Foote when he got the ball in the low post.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

There are plenty of big men that are in the NBA or have played in the NBA that have lacked lateral quickness, quickness off and strength.

There is no perfect NBA big man. They all have flaws.

Foote has some abilities that exceed that of many of the NBA's post players, including his passing.

If a team can take him in the 2nd round and spend a year or even 2 years building his strength, he could be one of the great steals of the draft.

He has all the required fundamental skills to succeed in the NBA and enough athleticism to play in the NBA game. He does need to improve stamina, strength and physicality.

Anonymous said...

It helped to have good 3 point shooters, but it hurt to not have a real power forward. Jacques and Tyler were good, but they did not take too much pressure off of Foote.

Anonymous said...

He's certainly worth a late second-round pick, but taking him at 38 or 39 is over doing it. I'd draft a guy like Art Parakhouski in that spot -- a dominant center who already has an NBA body.

Anonymous said...

Wow, i hope the kid doesn't read this blog, "With the right coaching and a top trainer to get him into ideal shape maybe he becomes a deep bench player." So at his very best he's a deep bench guy? Thats pretty unrealistic. He struggled against Kentucky in the latter part of the game, and no one will argue the offense helped him but he has only played 2 and a half years of college basketball, not to mention bringing nba scouts to watch him at syracuse his "junior year". I think he has a lot of growth left, and after all he has done not only for our program and school, but for the community and youth especially in the community wish him the best. I just pray he doesn't read this blog or believe anything that is said. He has proven them wrong to this point, (will never play d3) and believe he will continue to.