Saturday, July 14, 2012

News and Notes: Saturday Edition

Below some news and notes for Saturday...

  • Cornell's Shonn Miller was named by the Big Lead Sports as one of the country's Top 50 players. He was the only Ivy League player on the list and was ranked #50. Big Lead notes of Miller, "The Ivy League’s rookie of the year (8.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.7 blocks per game)." 
  • See Jeff Foote's box score from Friday action with the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA Summer League.  Foote finished with a double-double posting a stat line of 11 points (5/6 FGs), 11 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. SBNation.com wrote of the game, "First-round Draft pick Miles Plumlee looked fatigued and played ineffectively against Brooklyn. The back-to-basket center missed nine of his 12 shot attempts and hauled in only six rebounds in 30 minutes. D-Leaguer Jeff Foote soundly outplayed him, which does not bode well for Plumlee's NBA prospects." Recapping Foote's action on Friday, the Ithaca Journal writes:
ORLANDO -- Cornell University graduate Jeff Foote saved perhaps his best performance of the NBA's summer league for last, recording a double-double against Indiana on Friday as the Brooklyn Nets avoided a winless campaign by beating the Pacers, 90-77, in the finale of the Orlando Pro Summer League 2012.
The 7-foot Foote, a three-time All-Ivy center at Cornell, started his fifth game in a row and finished with 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds in nearly 28 minutes, his longest outing in Orlando. The Spencer-Van Etten graduate made 5-of-6 shots from the field and was 1-of-3 from the free-throw line. Foote also added one assist, one steal and committed one turnover and one foul.
The Nets finished with a 1-4 record. Marshon Brooks, a shooting guard for the Nets during the 2011-12 season, led all scorers with 34 points, tying a summer league record. The Pacers were 2-3 in the league.
After scoring 10 points and collecting six rebounds in his first game Monday, Foote combined for jst one point in his next two outings before bouncing back with nine points and seven rebounds on Thursday.
Foote, who played professionally in Israel, Morocco and Poland after graduating in 2010, attended the Nets' free agent camp May 21-23. In March, Foote was called up by the New Orleans Hornets on a 10-day NBA contract while playing for the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League. He averaged 15.1 points and 8.9 rebounds in 39 games with the Nets' affiliate.
Foote might get invited to the Nets' preseason camp ahead of the 2012-13 regular season. Following last year's NBA lockout, he accepted an invitation to the Portland Trail Blazers' preseason camp but did not make the team.

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