Saturday, July 10, 2010

News and Notes: Saturday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Saturday...

  • Playing with the Boston Celtics against New Jersey on Friday, Ryan Wittman (Cornell '10) finished with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals on 4/7 shooting in the Celtics' final NBA Orlando Summer League game. The Boston Celtics official blog notes, "With so many players missing from Boston's regular roster from the past four days, other players were bound to get new opportunities. One of those guys is Ryan Wittman, who played sparingly through the first four games. With extended minutes, he finally found his stroke in the third and fourth quarters. His eight points in the half were a high for the week, but they weren't enough to help the Celtics overcome a nearly-full New Jersey roster." The Celtics 24/7 blog referred to Wittman's second half as "impressive."
  • The Ithaca Journal recaps Wittman's last summer league performance for the Celtics and writes:
    "In his final game with the Boston Celtics at the Orlando Summer League, 2010 Cornell graduate Ryan Wittman scored eight points on 4-for-7 shooting in 21 minutes, 2 seconds of action in an 86-68 loss to New Jersey. Boston finished the week with four losses in five games in the Florida league. Wittman, who didn't play in Monday's first game due to a coaches decision, saw his playing time steadily rise as the week progressed. Wittman added three rebounds and two steals in Friday's loss. The 6-foot-7 small forward is scheduled to play for the New York Knicks' summer league team in Las Vegas. The Knicks' first game is scheduled for Sunday."
  • The Cornell Daily Sun recaps Wittman's five games with the Celtics in the Orlando summer league as follows:
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.

The Celtics closed out their Orlando summer league schedule on Friday, falling to Derrick Favors and the New Jersey Nets, 86-68. Wittman shot 4-for-7 from the field in just over 21 minutes of play. He finished with eight points, three rebounds and two steals and was 0-for-2 from beyond the arc.

  • Seattle PI and the both reference Ryan Wittman's upcoming play with the Knicks in the Las Vegas NBA Summer League, although the latter site notes that Wittman may struggle in making the final roster. The Knicks open their summer schedule on Sunday.
  • ESPN lists players to keep an eye on in the Las Vegas NBA Summer League and notes with respect to the New York Knicks:
Ryan Wittman: The four-year Cornell standout went undrafted, but he might have the most limitless range of anyone in the gym. He also has some diehard fans who started a blog named Ryan Wittman Facts: "A three-year-old Ryan Wittman was the favorite in the 1991 Belmont Stakes before his parents pulled him out at the last minute."
  • Check out Jon Jaques' comments on Anthony Gatlin in the Ithaca Journal. We can't over emphasize the importance of Cornell's recent recruitment of transfers. Without former transfers such as Jeff Foote (St. Bonaventure), Jason Hartford (Chemeketa (Oregon) Community College), Mark Coury (Kentucky), Max Groebe (UMass), and Andrew Wilkins (Blinn College), the Big Red never would have won three consecutive Ivy League titles and certainly would not have had the depth to advance deep into the 2010 NCAA Tournament, landing in the Sweet Sixteen and finishing with a No. 17 national ranking in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The 2010-2011 Big Red will once again feature several transfers-- Coury, Groebe, Andrew Ferry (Valparaiso University/Palm Beach State College), and Gatlin (Centenary).

No comments: