Monday, May 9, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, a game program from the '80-'81 season. Below, some news and notes for Monday...

  • Dave Bliss ('65) (photo below) continues to remain mixed up in controversies. See the stories published last week in USA today, here and here. Bliss was named to the All-Ivy League Second Team as a senior when he was third in team scoring with a 12.8 average. He was the recipient of the Cornell Daily Sun Athlete of the Year Award in ’65. He coached the Big Red freshman basketball team in 1966-67 and again from 1969-71.
  • Former All Ivy center, Andrew Naeve ('97) announced today his decision to run for public office again with a bid for an Iowa state senate seat. Above, Naeve collides with Brandon Roy back on January 2, 2006 when Cornell faced the Washington Huskies in Seattle.
  • Louis Dale's ('10) rookie season with Goettingen of the German BBL came to a close on Sunday as Goettingen fell out of the playoffs with a game No. 3 defeat to the DB Skyliners, 82-59. Goettingen was swept 3-0 in the series. Dale finished with 6 points and 1 assist on the day. See additional updates on Cornell's pro alumni further below in this post.
  • Throughout the season we will provide periodic updates on Cornell's eight (8) overseas alumni playing professionally. Below, some updates:
-John McCord ('97) (SIG Strasbourg, Pro A France)-Through May 9, the 6'6" forward and long time veteran of the European leagues is averaging 11.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Strasbourg sits at 11-18 and in 11th place in the 16 team league. During his roughly fifteen year pro career, McCord, a former 1st Team All Ivy League selection, has played in France's pro leagues, Venezuela and in the United Kingdom.

-Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones Rojos, LNBP Mexico/Arecibo Capitanes, Puerto Rico Basketball League)-Through May 9, the 6'11" Aubry is averaging 6.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game for Arecibo (7-7, 5th place out of 10 teams). Aubry splits his time in both the Mexican and Puerto Rican professional leagues. He played several seasons in the NBA D League in the early part of his career with the Fayetteville Patriots and Florida Flame. During his more than a decade of pro experience, Aubry has also played professionally in the ABA and abroad in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Poland, Argentina, Uruguay and Peru.

-Cody Toppert ('05) (Forli, LegaDue Italy)-2010-2011 season concluded. Toppert, a 6'4" shooting guard was averaging 9.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for Forli before the franchise terminated his contract during March. Toppert previously also played this season with the Plymouth Raiders of the British Basketball League where he was averaging 14.2 points per game before moving to Italy. Like Aubry, Toppert is a veteran of the NBA D League, a former Albuquerque Thunderbird. During his pro career, Toppert has also played in the CBA as well as in Germany, Portugal, and New Zealand.

-Jason Hartford ('08) (Ginasio, LPD Portugal)-2010-2011 season concluded. The 6'9" Hartford concluded his season averaging 14.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Ginasio finished the year 10-12 and in 6th place in the 12 team league and was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. During his career, Hartford has played professionally in Finland and Africa (Mozambique).

-Louis Dale ('10) (Gottingen, Bundesliga Germany)-2010-2011 season concluded. Dale completed the regular season averaging 8.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Goettingen ended up 17-15 on the season and in 7th place out of 18 teams in the Bundesliga.

-Ryan Wittman ('10) (Ft. Wayne Mad Ants, NBA D-League)-2010-2011 season concluded. With the season finished, Wittman averaged 7.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game for the Mad Ants of the NBA D-League. Ft. Wayne finished 24-26 on the season and in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. Before moving to the D-League during January, Wittman averaged 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game for Forli in Italy's LegaDue this season.

-Jeff Foote ('10) (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel Winner's League/Melilla, Spanish 2nd Division)- 2010-2011 season concluded. Foote averaged 7.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 52.7 percent from the floor. Melilla did not qualify for the playoffs finishing with a 14-20 record and 11th place finish in the 18 team league. Foote is on loan to Melilla from Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv.

-Jon Jaques ('10) (Ashkelon, Israel Winner's League)-2010-2011 season concluded. Jaques finished his season averaging 3.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Ashkelon was 6-21 and ended in 10th place in the 10 team Israeli league.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...
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