In the days leading up to the NBA Draft, NYKnicks.com will look at the players brought in by the Knicks for Predraft Workouts. A player's inclusion in this series of articles does not necessarily reflect the Knicks organization's preferences for the June 24 Draft at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

We continue our series with a profile of Cornell center Jeff Foote.


The Cornell Big Red was the darling of college basketball this season, as the Ivy League squad finished 17th in the country with a 29-5 record and reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. A key cog to their success was their big man in the middle, Jeff Foote, who now looks to have that same impact on whatever team drafts him on June 24.

Foote is a handful on both ends of the court, averaging 12.3 points, 8.1 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.9 blocks during his senior season. Perennial college powerhouses such as Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse and Wisconsin all had a hard time containing the seven-foot, 265-pounder during the 2009-10 campaign.

A member of this season’s All Ivy-League First Team, Foote has proven to be more than just a big body, showing off a deft shooting touch by connecting at a 62.5-percent clip from the field. He crashes the boards hard and sets strong picks, allowing teammates to get open looks.

Defensively, Foote is a true shot blocker with an astounding 7-foot-4 wingspan who at the very least alters shots when he isn’t swatting them away. He is the reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the year, having won the award the last two seasons. While he doesn’t have the quickest of feet, he is very intelligent, getting himself in position to bother the other team, often forcing his opponent to throw up an awkward, off-balance shot.

Just a few weeks away from the NBA Draft, Foote looks to follow in the footsteps of the Knicks own Bill Bradley, who hailed from Princeton, as a rare Ivy Leaguer who can make an impact on the professional level. As his play this past season suggests, he should at the very least get the opportunity to do just that.

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