Wednesday, July 7, 2010

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes...
  • Several media sources including, The Hoops Market and One were first in reporting that the Israeli club, Ironi Ashkelon has signed Jon Jaques (Cornell '10). Jaques is the fourth memeber of Cornell's class of 2010 to sign a professional basketball contract, joining Ryan Wittman (summer contracts with Boston Celtics and New York Knicks), Jeff Foote (Israel-Maccabi Tel Aviv), and Louis Dale (Germany-BG Göttingen). Macklin and Lovett represents Jaques and confirmed the signing. Meanwhile, Dale is signed with World Wide Hoops while Wittman is signed with Mark Termini Associates Inc. Dale's agent also confirmed his signing.

Wittman Debuts

Former Cornell basketball player Ryan Wittman scored six points in his NBA Summer League debut with the Boston Celtics on Tuesday in Orlando, Fla.

Wittman went 3-for-4 from the field in 10 minutes, 35 seconds of playing time in the Celtics' 86-69 loss to Philadelphia.

He missed the first shot he took -- a 3-pointer in the first quarter -- and connected on his next three field goals, all late in the fourth quarter.

He also recorded an offensive rebound, a steal and a turnover.

Wittman, who graduated in May, did not play in Monday's AirTran Always Pro Summer League game against Oklahoma City.

Boston plays Charlotte at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Evan Turner, the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft last month, had 13 points and four assists for the 76ers.

  • The blog, Celtics Town added, " Ryan Wittman only played a few minutes, but hit some tough shots. I’m pretty sure his passion bucket was filled to the brim."


Anonymous said...

Witt could've scored 16 points instead of 6 if they'd pass him the frickin' ball.

Anonymous said...

I think he's a better fit for the Knicks than the Celtics anyway and he'll get his shot with NYK is Vegas.

Anonymous said...

It was painful to watch Witt until the final 3 minutes of that game.I had actually stopped watching near the start of the fourth quarter and was surprised to read that he eventually finished with 6 points so I went back to watch the archived version.

Seems like at first he just camped out, wide open in the wings, waiting for someone to pass to him, which they simply did not; by the end, he just took matters into his own hands and got active around the net. Good on him. I hope he gets to showcase his signature skill at some point though.

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Anonymous said...

Pro basketball is not the same as Ivy League Basketball, just in case any of your were wondering.....

Anonymous said...

i understand the difference, thanks. i see these kids are shooting up ridiculous shots instead of passing because they are trying to get their stats up so they get noticed...but the scouts will be more impressed that when wittman gets the ball he makes the extra pass giving his teammate the chance to knock down a 3. he'll get his.

Anonymous said...

After watching some of the Orlando games, I don't really think NBA Summer League fare is representative of in-season NBA action either.

There's been little time for coaching. The offense appears to contain mostly slashing towards the basket (or not), with some dishing inside to a waiting PF or C. There's less perimeter ball movement than you see in the regular season.

During an in-season game, all well-coached NBA teams get an open 38-42% distance shooter his looks. Even though you saw Witt pass the ball to a more open perimeter guy a couple times, there's really no incentive for most players to make it happen in the Summer League.