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July 8, 2010

Cornell's Dale, Jaques Sign Professional Basketball Contracts

Courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Recent Cornell graduates Louis Dale and Jon Jaques have parlayed their basketball success for the Big Red into professional contracts, signing to play overseas this past week. Dale signed with German team BG Göttingen, while Jaques will head to Israel to play for Ironi Ashkelon. Classmates Ryan Wittman (summer contract with NBA's Boston Celtics and New York Knicks) and Jeff Foote (Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel) signed professional contracts this past month to continue their basketball careers.

Dale will play in the Basketball Bundesliga, the highest professional level in Germany, and will team up with former Bucknell center Chris McNaughton. BG Göttingen won the FIBA EuroChallenge in 2010, the top professional basketball competition run by FIBA Europe.

A three-time, first-team All-Ivy League pick, Dale was exceptional throughout his career and capped his senior season by capturing NABC All-District honors. Dale led the conference in assists (4.7) while also setting a career high in steals (42). He posted 12.8 points, 4.7 assists and 2.9 rebounds and shot 47 percent from the floor, 39 percent from 3-point range and 85 percent from the charity stripe. He was even better in conference play, boosting those totals to 13.3 points, 4.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 51 percent from the floor and 45 percent from 3-point range. He was named Ivy League Player of the Week once in 2009-10 and set the school's career assist record with 470. Dale became one of five Ivy League players to post 1,300 points, 400 rebounds, 400 assists and 100 steals in their career. His driving layup with 0.7 seconds left against Davidson at Madison Square Garden sent the contest into overtime, a game Cornell won with Wittman's buzzer-beater to advance to the championship game. He ranks among the school's top 10 all-time in scoring, assists, 3-pointers, 3-point percentage and free-throw percentage, among other categories. Dale was outstanding in three NCAA tournament games in helping Cornell to the Sweet 16, averaging 21.3 points and 4.0 assists while shooting 51 percent from the floor.

After a breakout senior year, Jaques will join Foote in the Israeli Premier League. While Foote's Tel Aviv team won the league with a 21-1 record, Ironi Ashkelon went 11-11 and was sixth in the 12-team league.

Jaques was a revelation in 2009-10 after seeing limited time in his first three seasons. After scoring just 11 points in 13 games as a junior, Jaques exploded for at least 11 points six times, including 20 points in wins over both St. John’s and Brown. The all-tournament pick in the Legends Classic started 23 contests and averaged 8.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 assists while shooting 50 percent from the floor, 48 percent from 3-point range and 78 percent from the free-throw line in Ivy play. He led the Ivy League in 3-point shooting overall (.452). He served as a team tri-captain for the 2009-10 campaign.