Monday, July 26, 2010

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday...
  • After inuring his hand a month ago at Cornell's Elite Camp, incoming Cornell freshman, Jake Matthews, a 6'2" guard from the Pittsburgh area tweets, "hand feels great. still have a couple weeks though. anxious to get on the court!" He adds, "More motivated than ever right now...and it won't stop." Matthews impressed observers at the Big Red's Elite Camp with his ability to create his own shots and score the ball off the dribble against Division I level prospects. And in the continued tradition of Cornell guards, Matthews can shoot from long range.
  • The Wall Street Journal writes, "[Jeremy] Lin may not be the NBA's only Ivy rep next year. Cornell's Ryan Wittman, who played in seven NBA summer-league games this month, could be next in line."
  • You may want to make plans to be in Ithaca on Tuesday, November 17. As we previously reported, the date is expected to be Cornell's home opener for 2010-2011 (against the CAA's Delaware) and will likely included the raising of Cornell's 2010 Ivy League Championship and Sweet Sixteen banners. It should be a magical night. Get those cameras ready.


Anonymous said...

Quite frankly, given Wittman's Summer League performances I think it would be shocking if he got invited to a training camp.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Wittman shot the ball quite well during the summer league, which is what some NBA teams need. He may need a year on the other side of the pond to prove himself. And it is quite possible that he makes more cash overseas than what he might make in the NBA.

Anonymous said...

He didn't shoot well. Nobody passed him the ball. He was basically told to stand in the corner and spot up, while his teammates ballhogged all day. Especially Jaycee Carroll and Matt Janning, those two morons missed so many opportunities to pass Witt the ball for open 3s.

Anonymous said...

He shot 18% (2-11) from 3. He did shoot 67% (8-12) from 2, but for someone whose calling card is 3 point shooting that has less impact on GMs.

We all know Wittman can shoot the lights out but unfortunately he wasn't able to in the Summer Leagues. I think it was at least partly due to his lack of minutes and lack of shot attempts, a huge difference from his role in the Cornell offense.

I agree though that it would probably be a good idea to go to Europe for at least a year.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, that 2-of-11 from the arc statistic is misleading... it is with him taking only 1 or 2 shots per individual game. You need more chances than that to find your stroke ... in the two Rautins games I saw, even Rautins would throw like 3 bricks before he started sinking treys. If only his first 2 tries counted, his stats would look like Witt's.

Anonymous said...

Looking at all the people who get signed after the summer, my thoughts couldn't help but go back to wondering why Jeff Foote didn't stick around for Summer League etc. The Summer League started on the 5th and Foote reported to Israel on the 4th (then returned & is going back). Many people, including moderators of several Knicks blogs, saw Foote as a serious prospect. Even if he didn't get drafted, why didn't he wait through the summer?

Could it simply be money? On a local tv interview by phone, he said they offered him more money than he might have got even if the NBA signed him.

On that radio interview in Israel, I think they said that the same Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv offered Duke's John Scheyer $600,000/yr. Scheyer is likely the most desirable prospect of all so this is a high range.

So can we assume they offered Foote somewhere between NBA minimum and $600,000?

The Israeli show also said that, for some prospects, Israeli teams weighed their options and waited until the end of the Summer League so that they could offer them far less money if they didn't get picked up by an NBA team. Scheyer and Foote's offers were made prior to Summer League.

The only thing that makes sense in my mind is that they offered him wads of cash and warned him that it might be considerably reduced at the end of the summer if he didn't take it right then. But this is clearly just guessing.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Foote has a TREMENDOUS contract and he is playing for arguably one of the top 5 franchises outside of the NBA.

When you get an offer like that you have to take it.

There is too much uncertainty with NBA summer leagues and camps. Even Lin is not guaranteed a roster spot, just guaranteed some cash, which is "play money" by NBA standards.

Foote's best shot as a real NBA player is to add more weight, increase his conditioning and more important, learn to play in a quicker and faster moving game with pro level talent around him.

He'll need 1-3 years before he is ready to make an impact in an NBA game.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Foote's contract reportedly has incentives to earn seven figures. He could end up making more than Lin.

Anonymous said...

Also note that 11 attempts is closer to what a player would get in a single game than in 10 games. I don't think any reasonable person would take the 2-of-11 figure seriously; 1 or 2 attempts per game is too small a sample size to produce representative results.

Regarding Jeff Foote, not matter how much money he was offered relative to anybody, he clearly would have preferred to play in the NBA, and probably would still like to do so. He likely just had to weigh his options and made the choice of getting paid lots of money while developing for a couple of years, vs. risking not being signed by the end of the summer. The people left unsigned by the end of the summer probably now have little choice but to take whatever Europe offers, or the low salaries in the D-League. For the more desirable prospects like Scheyer or Foote, it makes sense that they would have to offer them more than NBA Free-Agent minimums and offer it before Summer Leagues to nudge them towards Europe a bit. Scheyer turned down that $600,000/yr offer though.