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Hornets Sign Center Jeff Foote

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 The New Orleans Hornets need to sign D-Leaguers to 10-day contracts continued today when they inked Center Jeff Foote to a deal. With all of the injuries to the Hornets frontcourt (Emeka Okafor, Carl Landry, Jason Smith), Foote will have an opportunity to show the big leagues what he can do.

Foote played 4 years of college ball at Cornell. He led the Big Red to a rare Sweet 16 appearance two seasons ago. Once he takes the court for New Orleans, he’ll be the first Cornell alum to play in an NBA game in over 60 years. For the last season and a half, Foote has played for the Springfield Armor of the NBA Developmental League (D-league).  Jeff’s numbers this year with the Armor were good as he averaged 14.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 32.9 minutes of play.

The 7-footer could make his NBA debut tonight as the Hornets battle the Nuggets in Denver. Tip-off is set for at 8:00.

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