Cornell's Foote signs with Maccabi Tel-Aviv
International hoops: Cornell's Foote signs with Tel-Aviv
BY SamAmico Akron : OH : USA | Jun 18, 2010 10 VIEWS: 27
A few news and notes from the international basketball world:
* NCAA tournament fans will surely remember the name Jeff Foote, the 7-foot-0 center who helped lead Cornell on a surprising run this past March. Well, Foote is now officially a pro, having signed a three-year contract with Israeli power Maccabi Tel-Aviv, the team announced Friday. Prior to signing the deal, Foote had a couple of workouts for the New York Knicks. He very well could be a second-round pick in the upcoming draft -- especially for a team that doesn’t mind letting him work on his game oversees for a few seasons.
* The Knicks, by the way, also worked out former Cornell guard Ryan Wittman, the son of ex-NBA guard and coach Randy Wittman.
* Speaking of pre-draft workouts, Patrick Patterson, a forward from Kentucky (which bounced Cornell from the NCAAs), has strutted his stuff in front of the Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz. He is expected to be a late lottery pick or middle first-rounder.
* Meanwhile, former NBA guard Sarunas Jasikevicius is back on the market after not having the option on his contract picked up by Greek club Panathinaikos Athens. The team reportedly is interested in signing Jasikevicius, but only if he is willing to come back at a lower price. Jasikevicius is now 34-years old and it is highly unlikely he will return to the NBA.
* Former Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks guard Roko Ukic has signed a contract extension with Turkish league champion Fenerbahce Ulker. Ukic had a decent season in Toronto in 2008-09, before being shipped to Milwaukee (along with Carlos Delfino) then promptly begging the Bucks to waive him this past season.
* Finally, one-time NBA guard Zoran Planinic has switched clubs in Russia, leaving CSKA Moscow for Khimky Moscow. NBA types once thought highly of the 6-7 combo guard, as he was drafted with the No. 22 overall pick by the New Jersey Nets in 2003. But his lone notable achievement in three NBA seasons was making a 77-foot shot to beat the third-quarter buzzer against Utah in 2005. By the end of that season, the Nets cut him loose.
Nice piece of news on Jeff Foote. I wonder if his three year deal has any buyout options after each year, or if Maccabi Tel-Aviv will just let him leave when an opportunity in the NBA arises.
This made my day