Monday, June 13, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday...

  • The Ridiculous Upside blog reports that Cornell's Jeff Foote ('10) was invited on Thursday to workout for the New York Knicks. Foote worked out for the Knicks last summer along with Cornell teammate Ryan Wittman ('10). Wittman ultimately earned a spot on the Knicks' summer league team while Foote opted out of summer league play. Foote spent the 2010-2011 season with Melilla of Spain's second division while on loan from his primary club, Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel.

  • Clemson University Athletics Department notes that Cornell's Andrew Ferry's teammates on his Athletes In Action squad, which is competing in Asia through June 26, includes Clemson's Catalin Baciu as well as Drew Barham (Memphis), Colton Christian (Michigan), Matt Dickey (UNC Asheville), Zachary Filzen (Buffalo), Titus Robinson (Buffalo), James Hulbin (Northwestern State), Stephen Thomas (IUPUI) and Andre Williamson (Appalachian State). The Athletes in Action team will compete against professional teams in East Asia and also conduct clinics for young children.

  • Former Cornell head coach, Steve Donahue announced via Twitter that his former Big Red players- Ryan Wittman, Jeff Foote, Louis Dale, Geoff Reeves, Jon Jaques, and Aaron Osgood will serve as camp counselors at the Boston College team camp.

  • PorBasket in affiliation with, conducts a season review of each of Portugal's premier league teams. The site writes of Ginasio and Cornell alum, Jason Hartford ('10), "He was the most regular player in the team. A good outside shooter, balancing between the 3 and 4 positions, Hartford was always there when the team needed him."
  • Throughout the year we provide periodic updates on Cornell's eight (8) overseas alumni playing professionally. Below, some updates:
-John McCord ('97) (SIG Strasbourg, Pro A France)-2010-2011 season concluded. The 6'6" forward and long time veteran of the European leagues averaged 11.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Strasbourg finished 12-18 and in 12th 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 June 13, the 6'11" Aubry is averaging 5.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game for Arecibo (15-11, 4th 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.

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