Friday, July 9, 2010

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes...

  • Incoming Cornell transfer, Andrew Ferry, a 6'1" guard out of Valparaiso University via Palm Beach State College will visit China this summer with a select group of college all-stars as part of the Athletes-in-Action travel club.

  • Cornell Athletics formally announced the signing of professional contracts by class of '10 grads, Jon Jaques and Louis Dale. Below is the release:
Dale, Jaques Sign Professional Basketball Contracts
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Recent Cornell graduates Louis Dale and Jon Jaques have parlayed their basketball success for the Big Red into professional contracts, signing to play overseas this past week. Dale signed with German team BG Göttingen, while Jaques will head to Isreal to play for Ironi Ashkelon. Classmates Ryan Wittman (summer contract with NBA's Boston Celtics and New York Knicks) and Jeff Foote (Maccabi Tel Aviv in Isreal) signed professional contracts this past month to continue their basketball careers.

Dale will play in the Basketball Bundesliga, the highest professional level in Germany, and will team up with former Bucknell center Chris McNaughton. BG Göttingen won the FIBA EuroChallenge in 2010, the top professional basketball competition run by FIBA Europe.

A three-time, first-team All-Ivy League pick, Dale was exceptional throughout his career and capped his senior season by capturing NABC All-District honors. Dale led the conference in assists (4.7) while also setting a career high in steals (42). He posted 12.8 points, 4.7 assists and 2.9 rebounds and shot 47 percent from the floor, 39 percent from 3-point range and 85 percent from the charity stripe. He was even better in conference play, boosting those totals to 13.3 points, 4.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 51 percent from the floor and 45 percent from 3-point range. He was named Ivy League Player of the Week once in 2009-10 and set the school's career assist record with 470. Dale became one of five Ivy League players to post 1,300 points, 400 rebounds, 400 assists and 100 steals in their career. His driving layup with 0.7 seconds left against Davidson at Madison Square Garden sent the contest into overtime, a game Cornell won with Wittman's buzzer-beater to advance to the championship game. He ranks among the school's top 10 all-time in scoring, assists, 3-pointers, 3-point percentage and free-throw percentage, among other categories. Dale was outstanding in three NCAA tournament games in helping Cornell to the Sweet 16, averaging 21.3 points and 4.0 assists while shooting 51 percent from the floor.

After a breakout senior year, Jaques will join Foote in the Israeli Premier League. While Foote's Tel Aviv team won the league with a 21-1 record, Ironi Ashkelon went 11-11 and was sixth in the 12-team league.

Jaques was a revelation in 2009-10 after seeing limited time in his first three seasons. After scoring just 11 points in 13 games as a junior, Jaques exploded for at least 11 points six times, including 20 points in wins over both St. John’s and Brown. The all-tournament pick in the Legends Classic started 23 contests and averaged 8.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 assists while shooting 50 percent from the floor, 48 percent from 3-point range and 78 percent from the free-throw line in Ivy play. He led the Ivy League in 3-point shooting overall (.452). He served as a team tri-captain for the 2009-10 campaign.
  • The Cornell Daily Sun recaps all of Ryan Wittman's summer league performances with the Boston Celtics in the Orlando Summer League. The Sun notes:
Ryan Wittman ’10 made his debut with the Celtics Monday in Orlando, Fla. Wittman, who signed an NBA summer league deal with the reigning Eastern Conference champions, did not play in Monday's game, per coach's decision. The Celtics lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 87-82.

On Tuesday against Evan Turner and the Sixers, Witt was 3-for-4 with six points, an offensive board and a steal in only 10 minutes of action. Boston dropped its second contest in a row, 86-69, while Philadelphia improved to 2-0 in summer league play.

The Celtics on Wednesday picked up their first win in Orlando, dominating the Charlotte Bobcats, 92-71. Wittman dished out three assists and contributed a block in 20 minutes of work.

The Indiana Pacers rallied from a 27-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to beat the Celtics, 86-85, on Thursday afternoon. Witt nailed his first 3-pointer in a Boston uniform to finish with three points, two rebounds, a steal and an assist in 16-plus minutes. He attempted two shots on the day -- both from 3-point range.

  • Wittman's summer league box scores may be viewed at the Boston Celtics website.
  • German basketball team, Göttingen's public relations officer, Björn-Lars Blank stated in an email to the Cornell Daily Sun with respect to the team's signing of Louis Dale, “We are very happy that he joins us and we are looking forward to see him play in the German Beko BBL as well as in the prestigious Eurocup competition... Our head coach John Patrick points out that (for him) Dale was one of the best PGs in the NCAA Tourney. Also saying that Louis is a bright and intelligent person who fits into Göttingen very well.”
  • The Daily Pennsylvanian writes with respect to the Ancient Eight's place in basketball, "The Ivy League’s NBA representation this year comes from Cornell’s Ryan Wittman and Harvard’s Jeremy Lin, who were invited to play for summer league teams. Both graduated from their respective schools and have excellent makeups and fundamentally sound games. In other words, they’re shining examples of what makes their conference great."
  • The Daily Pennsylvanian also writes about the journey to the NBA from the Ivy League and notes, "this past season’s stars, namely Harvard’s Jeremy Lin and Cornell’s Ryan Wittman and Jeff Foote, have shown that a successful career in the Ivy League can indeed open opportunities to play at the professional level."
  • The Chisago County (MN) Press gives its 10 best stories of the 2009-2010 year, but notes, "Josh Figini, who was a mainstay in the top three the past two years because of his individual performances, [and] took his game out east to Cornell."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Chris McNaughton just signed on with EWE Baskets Oldenburg for 2010-11 and 2011-12.

It sounds as if BC Gottingen is not only a good stop in its own right, but also potentially a good springboard for Lou.