Monday, June 21, 2010

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday...

  • The Pinoneer Press' Charley Waters writes, "The Wolves fired Randy Wittman as coach. Monday, they [had] his son, Ryan Wittman, the record-setting scorer from Cornell and Eden Prairie, in for a workout. Ryan was wearing out the nets during a Saturday morning shooting workout in Hopkins [High School]." Wittman has also worked out for the Knicks, Nets, Wizzards, and Kings. Above, the Timberwolves' assistant general manager Tony Ronzone discusses Wittman.
Ryan Wittman - Cornell (Ht. 6-7, Wt. 210)
- Son of former Wolves coach Randy Wittman
-Consistent perimeter jumper - always balanced
-Hard working and aggressive

"He can shoot it. He understands how to play. It's good to see local guys like that come in. He's a kid that someone can look at as a specialty player, come off the bench and make shots." -- Tony Ronzone
  • attended Wittman's workout and noted, "

    Ryan Wittman:

    The hometown kid had his time to shine today, and that he did. Wittman probably made around 60% of his shots, including a flawless trip around the arc from three-point land.

    Wittman is a true three-point specialist but also showed some flashes off the dribble. He had trouble getting around James, though – as did everybody – which resulted in multiple blocked shots. But he shook George once on a fake to the right and then pulled up right in his face from 18-feet.

    Wittman would be a great pick in the second round for many teams. His three-point shooting could add another dimension to the Wolves that they desperately need. Though, he would never be a starter in this league, he could play a very similar role to J.J. Redick of the Orlando Magic.

  • Cornell Athletics announced, "ITHACA, N.Y. -- Fans of the Big Red men's basketball team can meet new head coach Bill Courtney and his staff on Tuesday, June 22 from 5-7 p.m. at the Country Club of Ithaca. This free event is sponsored by the Rebounders Club." Courtney will introduce his new staff to the Ithaca community and will visit with alumni, fans and students in attendance. A cash bar and snacks will be available.
  • Incoming Cornell freshman, Dwight Tarwater will participate this summer The Pilot Rocky Top League, comprised primarily of collegiate and pro players. Tarwater will play on Richardson Construction along with C.J. Watson of the Golden State Warriors.
NCAA tournament fans will surely remember the name Jeff Foote, the 7-foot-0 center who helped lead Cornell on a surprising run this past March. Well, Foote is now officially a pro, having signed a three-year contract with Israeli power Maccabi Tel-Aviv, the team announced Friday. Prior to signing the deal, Foote had a couple of workouts for the New York Knicks. He very well could be a second-round pick in the upcoming draft -- especially for a team that doesn’t mind letting him work on his game oversees for a few seasons.

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