Thursday, September 6, 2012

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

In honor of the Democratic National Convention, above, we look back to when President Barack Obama correctly picked Cornell to knock off Temple in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Obama said. "I like Cornell... I think they have a terrific team." Below, some news and notes for Thursday...
  • Jeff Aubry (Cornell '99) opened his 2012-2013 season with the Halcones Rojos of the Mexican LNBP.  In an 86-76 loss to Xalapa on Tuesday, Aubry finished with 4 points and 6 rebounds.
  • Highlights of Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) in the Nike Summer Pro League in New York:


Anonymous said...

I want Foote to make a full-time NBA roster so badly...but, his progression just looks so slow. He has improved, no doubt about that. But, I don't think he is now, nor am I sure he will ever be, an NBA talent.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

There are a lot of really bad big men in the NBA. Foote is probably as good or better than at least a half dozen centers currently on NBA rosters (if not more).

Is Foote an NBA talent? Don't know. But would love to see him get a fair chance and some minutes to prove himself. He was surely an elite player at the D-League level. He might able to bridge the gap with one more year of added strength and coordination. He's already much improved from 2010.

Anonymous said...

There's an article in today's (9/6) Crimson which quotes an anonymous student who was notified by the Harvard Administrative Board that he or she is being investigated for cheating. This student "estimated that more than half the [Introduction to Congress] class played varsity sports."

First of all, can you imagine any course on a college campus where more than half of the class is a varsity athlete? That is embarrassing for the professor and for Harvard. It's like a remedial class at a community college for kids who can't do real university-level work.

Secondly, how many varsity athletes will have to take a year off? How many team rosters will have holes this year? You know that, somewhere, Pete Thamel is quietly smiling from ear to ear.

Anonymous said...

If Foote really wants to give the NBA a shot, going to Europe is a step back. Obviously, the European leagues pay far better than the D-League, but Europe will be there down the road if you're a 7-footer. The NBA will not.

I'm not questioning Foote's judgment, and he has obviously thought this through carefully (assuming he ends up in Europe, that is). But why not give the D-League one more shot?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Your points are valid, but perhaps he needs/wants the money of Europe and believes he can somehow still manage to find his way back to the NBA.