Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
As teams are introduced, you often see the player get his name called run through a pack of teammates to sky upward in a chest bump on the floor. Ivy kids roll a little different.
Jeff Foote likes to play paper rock scissors.
He always throws rock, and never loses.
In a nutshell, that has been his senior season, rock hard, and still winning.
The transformation is not complete. But it's close.
The journey from a 6 foot 9 180 pound high school senior that no Division 3 college looked at twice, to a 7-foot 240 pound pro prospect wasn't easy.
Spencer-Van Etten grad Jeff Foote put in his time and sweat to get there.
Foote says, " I put in a lot of work this summer, working on my moves and everything like that. And the weight room does add a lot of confidence to a player. This is my third year, so you kind of get a hold of things."
The weight room work has shown, in his confidence, his play, and perhaps most notably, his wardrobe.
Senior guard Louis Dale says, " We see a more confident Jeff. Definitely on defense and on offense. He's rebounding the ball great, and just playing with an attitude which is great for us."
Also no t-shirt under the jersey this year, that's the biggest thing that jumps out.
" Yeah, I think he wanted to show his guns, so now he's doing that."
Others have taken notice as well.
Both Foote and Ryan Wittman have been invited to the NBA pre-draft camp to see how they stack up with the nation's top seniors.
Head coach Steve Donahue says, " I think in a matter of time, whether that's 6 months, 2 years, 3 years, that I think they both can succeed at it. Both have a tremendous work ethic and they're not close to where I think they'll be in 3 to 5 years as they continue to work on it."
" I'm really excited, obviously. I want to continue my career in basketball and this is the first step in doing it. After the season it's going to get tough with some extra conditioning and workouts. So not really much of a rest, but I'm looking forward to it."