- In New York City Nike Pro City League action last night, Jeff Foote ('10) and his Dyckman NYAC team captured the league championship led by Foote's unofficial stat line of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Foote spent much of the evening matched up in the paint against NBA center, Roy Hibbert who played for Pro City League team, The Franchise. There are multiple videos of raw highlights from the game last night on YouTube.
- Dime Magazine contributing writer and Harvard Crimson staff writer, Martin Kessler, spoke with Foote after the game. Foote indicated that he expects to play in Poland this year and is nearly certain that a Cornell teammate from the Big Red's 2010 Sweet Sixteen team will be joining him. Food said, "It’s pretty official, but I’m not 100% sure, but there could be a teammate of mine joining me in Poland this year."
It looked like the deck was stacked against Dyckman/NYAC. It’s top player, Marshon Brooks, was absent for the third game in a row. It’s starting point guard from the conclusion of the regular season, Louis Dale, was in Europe. And the squad it was slated to go up against looked more like a mediocre NBA team from the future than your typical summer league squad.
But against a lineup that featured the NBA’s Roy Hibbert and Sundiata Gaines, the D-League’s Andre Barrett, and Florida’s Erving Walker, Dyckman/NYAC pulled off a convincing 110-88 victory against the defending champions last night at the Nike Pro City Championship.
Fueled by 20-point performances from Charles Lee and Bryant Dunston and a double-double from Jeff Foote, Dyckman/NYAC grabbed the lead late in the first quarter and never looked back, finishing with the 22-point win.
“Overall, we played really well,” said Foote, the former Cornell center who was charged with the primary task of defending Hibbert. “It’s nice to come out as champions.”
Let’s take a look at the top performers from last night’s matchup. Note: Of the three NBA players on the floor last night (Hibbert, Gaines, and Ryan Gomes), none make the list.
Jeff Foote aka The Foote Doctor
The Foote Doctor received a lot of abuse during his time at the Nike Pro City League. Whenever Foote got the ball in the post, the announcer would yell into his microphone, “It’s the man with the one-inch vertical!” and the crowd would laugh. But in a league that valued flash and flare, Foote stuck to his fundamentals. And without those fundamentals, there’s little doubt in my mind that Dyckman/NYAC would not have ended up with the trophy.
After nearly posting a triple-double in the semifinal, the seven-footer with a nice ability to pass out of the post finished with a double-double in the championship contest. Not only that, he also did a solid job defending Hibbert who was a non-factor after the first quarter.
“I think I did pretty well (against Hibbert),” said Foote. “He’s obviously got a little bit more NBA experience than I do, but I thought I played him pretty well. Especially once I started getting a feel for how his game works, I felt like I really did an ok job against him.”