Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Still Sweet...

Check out the official website for Zastal, a team in Poland's PLK league. The site's main banner features reunited former Cornell teammates, Jeff Foote ('10) and Ryan Wittman ('10). Foote and Wittman, now pro teammates, were leaders on Cornell's Sweet Sixteen and N0. 17 nationally ranked 2010 team.

Foote and Wittman are also featured on Zastal TV in the lower corner of the website.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wittman was not a captain. Tri captains were Foote, Tyler & Jaques.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Isn't it curious that 2 of our big 3 were not voted captains by their teammates?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Wouldn't call it "curious"--- the best leaders are not always the best players.

Anonymous said...

Actually one of the many things I liked about that 2010 team was that just because you were "the big 3" didn't mean you'd give all the interviews etc, or that you'd represent the team at every event. The Big 3 not automatically being the captains is exactly the kind of thing they'd do. And remember Jaques was voted captain even before his breakout year, when he had spent much of his career on the bench. At Harvard if you were that deep in the bench you wouldn't even know if you were coming back next year, much less be voted captain.

Anonymous said...

I know for a fact that Donahue approached the "Big 3" with the idea of making Jaques and Tyler captains. All 8 seniors were pretty much captains on that team. The 3 chosen were simply symbolic.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Not even sure why this is a topic of discussion. It was a non-event then and a non-event now. The team had as much chemistry as you can hope for in a team of 20 guys and everyone knew who to follow.

Anonymous said...

(CBB I think people are just discussing it, not making it an "event".)

Good idea by Donahue, IMO. I was always a bit surprised by how "bench" players were often repping the team -- Wilkens joining Foote for Q&As, Aro (bench back then) repping the team for interviews, Reynolds and Wire getting lots of space in an NYT team profile. Great way to keep people feeling integral & committed whether they got lots of PT or not, IMO.

Whether or not Donahue was behind all of this, I suspect that their unique living arrangement helped some. I imagine it would allow players to get to know, deeply, all the qualities of all the other players, no matter how much attention they got on the court.

Anonymous said...

Not sure that team voting picks the captains...