Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Alumni News: Toppert to the U.K.

Euro Basket.com is reporting that Cody Toppert (Cornell '05) has signed with a team in the British Basketball League:
"The Airwaves Plymouth Raiders are delighted to announce the signing of shooting guard Cody Toppert (193-G-83, college: Cornell) for the 2010/11 season. The 6'4"- 27 year old Toppert, an American, comes to the Raiders with a very impressive resume, and importantly, a European passport. Through family links, Toppert has both German and American nationality, which means that [the] Raiders are still permitted to bring in three American players.

'I'm over the moon with getting Cody on board,' said Raiders new coach Gavin Love . 'He brings a very high basketball IQ, and he's played for a lot of very high profile teams internationally. Ive spoken with Cody a lot, and I think he's going to be a great fit for this team. He can really shoot the ball, and he's going to bring a lot of experience to the team.'

Toppert graduated from Cornell University in the USA in 2005, averaging just over 11 points and 3 rebounds per game. But it was his career in basketball after leaving Cornell that really excited Love. He went on to play for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds in the NBA Development League, exciting fans with his long range shooting ability. After a season in New Mexico, he moved to New Zealand's top league where he played for the Taranaki Mountain Airs and finished the season as the third highest scorer in the league. He then moved to Portugal where he played in the premier league for Barreirense and put up some impressive statistics. Last season, Toppert played in the German league for MEG Goettingen in the Bundesliga and BC Scholz Recycling Weissenhorn in Pro B.

'He certainly has the pedigree that were looking for,' said Raiders Chairman Bob Widdecombe. 'He comes highly recommended to us, and his resume speaks for itself. He's going to be an integral part of the team next year, so it was important that we got him signed quickly. The fact that he's got a European passport will allow Gavin to keep looking for another 3 American players, and were hopeful that we can get another player signed by the end of the week.'

'He's played for some great teams, and with some excellent players so far, added Love. But what has really excited me was his enthusiasm to come to Plymouth. He has done a lot of research into the city and the team, and he's really looking forward to joining up with the team in late August when we'll assemble everyone for pre season training.'"

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not to be rude, but all he can do is spot up. His handles and penetration abilities are pretty soft. But good luck to him.

Anonymous said...

I’m not Cody Toppert. I’m not his mom, his dad, his brother, or his publicist either. I’m just… a fan.

But ENOUGH with this sort of purposeless rudeness. The guy came to Cornell when we had a 20-loss program. While he played, it returned to ~.500. He was essentially a four-year starter, averaging 11P/4R/1.5A/0.9St/32min, who shot 40% as a 2 and hung onto the ball as well as any 2 ever does. Toppert and colleagues laid a foundation that made possible the recruitment of the Classes of 2009 and 2010. Perhaps a couple dozen or so of the other 2500+ players who have laced’em up for Ivy teams over 50+ years can claim this sort of legacy.

You can argue that Cody Toppert himself did not make the last three years happen. You can argue that he alone did not make the program growth during 2001-04 happen. You cannot argue that the time sequence and statistics described above are accurate. You also cannot debate the passion, hustle, and coachability he brought to the court.

He was there and it all happened.

Juelz said...

It's very interesting to me how people get on here and talk about other people's basketball skills or what they can or can't do alon with what was done or not done at Cornell. No matter what people wanna say the only thing that matters is he's playing overseas at a proffesional level and the people who wanna say he can't do this or that are NOT! So go ahead and talk trash about ball handling and being a one dimensional player but truth is whatever he's doing he's playing and doing something all the haters wish they could. The man can play ball or else he wouldn't sign a proffesional contract. I am not a relative or have any relation to him. I have just seen him play and respect good basketball.

Juelz said...

It's very interesting to me how people get on here and talk about other people's basketball skills or what they can or can't do alon with what was done or not done at Cornell. No matter what people wanna say the only thing that matters is he's playing overseas at a proffesional level and the people who wanna say he can't do this or that are NOT! So go ahead and talk trash about ball handling and being a one dimensional player but truth is whatever he's doing he's playing and doing something all the haters wish they could. The man can play ball or else he wouldn't sign a proffesional contract. I am not a relative or have any relation to him. I have just seen him play and respect good basketball.