Hornets Sign Jeff Foote

Published: March 9, 2012

After seeing what an Ivy-Leaguer did for the Knicks, the New Orleans Hornets decided to sign former Cornell forward, Jeff Foote, to a 10-day contract.

According to the excellent Jim Eichenhofer of Big Easy Buzz Blog (which you should be reading), Foote will be first Cornell product in NBA since 1950-51, when Ed Peterson graced the NBA with his presence.

Foote, a Cornell University product, has appeared in 29 regular season games with the Springfield Armor in the NBA Developmental League this season, starting in 28 of the 29 contests. He averaged 14.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 32.9 minutes of play with the Armor.

The 7’0” center will like make his NBA debut for the Hornets, originally going undrafted and signing with the Springfield Armor in November 2011. At Cornell, Foote won back-to-back Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year awards his junior and senior seasons. He helped lead Cornell to the Sweet 16 his senior season, which he averaged 12.3 points, and led the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.633) and rebounding (8.1).

Foote is expected to see the minutes the Solomon Jones previously occupied.

In related news, Carl Landry is expected back before the trade deadline, giving the Hornets an opportunity to showcase his health to other teams prior to actually trading him, as they will presumably try to do.


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