In 2010, Cornell basketball had an amazing season and went all the way to the Sweet 16. A large (extremely large) part of that run was then-senior, NBA D-League All-Star and current member of the New Jersey Nets summer league team, Jeff Foote.
Foote was the big center that every team craves. He rebounded, blocked, and fought tenaciously down low. No one could stop him and he was named All-Ivy 3 times during his tenure at Cornell. In March, Foote accomplished the dream of playing in the NBA for the New Orleans Hornets. Being the first Cornell player to do so since Ed Peterson in 1950, it is safe to say that Foote left a legacy at the school, and for that, Cornell is honoring him with an award.
Today, President David Skorton announced that a couple days after his birthday on July 14th, Cornell will be presenting him with the “The Tallest and Most Talented Building at Cornell Since Bradfield Hall Award”. This is the first of this award and no one knows what it specifically entails. All this writer knows is that Foote is one hell of a player and person, so I applaud Cornell for the decision to honor our best basketball play ever, no matter how they do it.
P.S. Couldn’t come up with a better award name, Dave?