Cornell, Spencer Van-Etten, graduate signs with NBDL
The Springfield Armor announced they have acquired 7'0 center Jeff Foote, a Spencer Van-Etten graduate, from the NBA Development League's Available Player Pool.
"We are excited to be having Jeff join our organization," said Armor head coach Bob MacKinnon. "He has tremendous upside, both for the D-League, and potentially the NBA. Jeff is also the kind of player that fits in well with our style of play."
Foote, 24, was a three-time All-Ivy League selection during his three seasons at Cornell University. After redshirting a year at St. Bonaventure University and transferring to Cornell, Foote earned second team All-Ivy honors during his sophomore season in 2007-08, averaging 7.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 22 games.
As a junior, Foote earned second team All-Ivy honors again, averaging 11.8 points while starting 30 of the Big Red's 31 games. Foote was also the Ivy League's leading rebounder (7.2) and shot blocker (2.1) and captured the first Defensive Player of the Year award in Ivy League history.
In his senior season, Foote was a unanimous first team All-Ivy pick and earned the conference's Defensive Player of the Year award for the second straight year. Foote averaged 12.4 points while starting all 34 games and was the conference's leader in field goal percentage (.633), rebounding (8.1) and the second-leading shot blocker (1.9). Foote also served as a team tri-captain.
During his three seasons at Cornell, Foote helped lead the Big Red to three straight Ivy League titles, as well as three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Prior to this league domination, Cornell had captured one Ivy League title since 1956.
Cornell was eliminated in the first round of the 2008 and 2009 NCAA tournaments, but as a 12th seed in the 2010 tournament, the Big Red upset fifth seeded Temple and fourth seeded Wisconsin for the first NCAA Tournament victories in program history. Cornell was eliminated in the Sweet 16 by number one seed Kentucky. In the 2010 tournament, Foote averaged 12.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 33 minutes per game, while shooting 65% from the field.
After graduating from Cornell, Foote signed a contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Super League in June 2010. In November 2010, Foote was sent on a one-year loan to Melilla Baloncesto of the Spanish Basketball League's second division. In August 2011, Foote signed a deal with Zastal Zielona Gora in Poland's top division.
Foote, a native of Lockwood, N.Y., joined the Armor for practice Tuesday and will be available for the Armor's game at 7 p.m. on Friday against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.