Tuesday, June 1, 2010

News and Notes: Wittman Completes Workout with Wizards

Below, some news and notes from Ryan Wittman's workout today with the NBA's Washington Wizards. Last week, Cornell teammate Jeff Foote worked out with the Knicks.
  • The Washington Examiner writes, "Could there be another father and son tandem recognized as a part of the Wizards’ organization? Legendary Hall of Fame center Wes Unseld was a part of the organization for many years and his son, Wes Unseld Jr., is an assistant coach for the Wizards. If Ryan Wittman is drafted or sign with the Wizards as an undrafted free agent, he will join his father, Randy Wittman, who is an assistant coach for the team. Ryan led Cornell University to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 20 years in his sophomore year (2007-08 season), but is most noticed for last season’s run. Ryan Wittman is a pure-shooter as he averaged 17.5 points per contest, leading the way to the tournament again earning the school’s first-ever victory in the big dance over Temple and getting to the Sweet 16 with a win over Wisconsin – another first for the Ivy League school."
...it's hard to see the workouts as much more than some diversionary ploy. Now, that doesn't mean they're totally useless and unentertaining. (Keep in mind that the media only gets to see the end. We miss the rest of it, which definitely has more actual action and may or may not be used to make critical judgments.)... Wittman was a nice story. He was unfazed by playing in front of his dad, too: "He's been running me all my life." I also asked him about the juxtaposition of Cornell's amazing season and NCAA Tournament run compared to the Wizards' horrible campaign, and how he thought it might have affected his pops. "Obviously, they didn’t have the greatest season," said Wittman. "They would’ve liked it to go better. With our success at Cornell, I’m not sure if it allowed him to take his mind off it or whatever, but at least someone in the family had a good season, I suppose."

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