16 Sep
2020

NBA Draft: The case for picking Andrew White

first_imgUPDATED: June 20, 2017 at 10:55 a.m.The case for drafting Andrew White goes like this: Dude gets buckets.Two weeks after a 3-point-laden NBA Finals, in which Cleveland had to pour in a Finals-record 24 triples to beat Golden State in just one game, White hopes that his shooting skill will convince a team to pick him during the NBA Draft on Thursday night at the Barclay’s Center in  Brooklyn. The draft begins at 7 p.m.Most projections have White, who last season set the single-season record for 3-pointers at Syracuse (112), going in the late-second round. This spring, White trained with Tyler Relph of Dr1ven Training, every day, in Dallas for an hour to an hour-and-a-half.Relph sees White’s NBA comparison as James Jones. The Ringer thinks Rodney Hood.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Daily Orange builds a case here for NBA teams to draft White and find out if those comps could be correct.“He fits any place that needs shooting,” Relph said. “And in the way the NBA’s going, everywhere needs shooting.”Threat from beyond the arcAn NBA 3-point line is 23 feet, nine inches from the hoop — a three-foot increase from the college game and a transition that a shooter such as Andrew White doesn’t worry about making.All season long, White launched long-range shots and made 40.3 percent of his 278 attempts from deep. Last season, only 10 NBA players with 50 3-point attempts or more shot better than 40 percent.At SU, opponents regularly rushed defenders to White if he got the ball four feet or closer to the 3-point line, but it often didn’t matter. White’s elevation and high release point from a 6-foot-7 frame — another plus for White — separated him from the closest defenders.“I was impressed with his shooting while contested,” Relph said when asked what surprised him most about White. “He really doesn’t seem affected.”Nowhere was it more evident than in his final 3-pointer in a career-high, 40-point barrage on Senior Night against Georgia Tech. Late in the second half, White snagged a pass across his body and pulled up well behind the arc. GT’s Josh Okogie never had a chance. Facebook Twitter Google+ There’s every reason to believe White’s skills will translate to the next level. He provided evidence in a mid-June workout with Relph when White, albeit without a defender, knocked down 32 NBA-range 3-pointers in a row. Once opponents respect his jump shot, he opens up other facets of his team’s offense.“He’s a guy who comes off the bench and gives you good minutes,” Relph said. “He’s a good locker room guy and he gives you 3s.” Low-risk, high-reward investmentThe counterpoint to the knock on White’s age (he’s almost 24) is his experience, multiple mock drafts cited. He’s played in the Big Ten, Big 12 and ACC, arguably college basketball’s three best conferences, transferred twice and patiently sat out a year. He remained level-headed throughout shooting slumps and never seemed flustered on or off the floor.He showed a savvy approach before the 2016 draft by using his allotted month to gather information and think through his situation before ultimately deciding to return to college. White’s maturity impressed Relph. The trainer compared White’s persona to Los Angeles Lakers forward and fellow client Julius Randle, who sat out his rookie season following a leg injury in his first game.Maturity may not equate to on-court production, but in White, teams know what they’re getting.3-and-D potentialWhite’s skill set paired with his 6-foot-7, 210-pound frame makes him a candidate to become a 3-and-D contributor in a league that’s never shot more 3s and never needed more lengthy wings on defense. The caveat here is that White spent a year playing zone defense and major scouting reports unanimously regard him as an unpolished defender. Offensively, White fits a similar profile as Michael Gbinije did a year ago: An older, skilled player who can fill a role immediately to provide potential value in the late second round.Even if teams must stash White in the G-League, as the Detroit Pistons did Gbinije, they will always need shooting. White told DraftExpress he believes teams already think of him as a specialized 3-and-D player, and that he watched Golden State’s Klay Thompson and San Antonio’s Danny Green to model his game after theirs. He hasn’t fully embraced the tag, but whether or not he develops into a more all-around scorer is irrelevant right now. Teams should draft White for who he is.“If you can shoot it,” Relph said, “you’ve got a chance.”center_img Published on June 19, 2017 at 3:10 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the start time for the NBA Draft was misstated. The draft begins at 7 p.m. EST. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Commentslast_img read more

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14 Aug
2020

Wanda “Merlene” Basinger: Feb. 25, 1926 – Jan. 14, 2015

first_imgWanda Marlene BasingerWanda “Merlene” Basinger died on January 14, 2015 at Redlands, Calif. at the age of 88.  Merlene was born on Feb 25, 1926 at Wellington, Kansas.  She was the daughter of John H. Walker and Edna Hurt Walker.  She was married to Lewis Tobe Basinger on April 20, 1947 at the First Baptist Church.Merlene was employed by the First National Bank for 6 years as Bookkeeper and Asst. Teller.  She was also employed by International Harvester as a Bookkeeper for 7 years and as Secretary at the Junior High School for 3 years and a bookkeeper for USD 353 at the Central Office for 20 years before retiring on July 1, 1988.Merlene was a member of the First Baptist Church since December 1935.  She started playing the organ when a Freshman in High School.  She directed the Senior Choir for a few years; then became church organist for some 50 years; was also Sunday School Secretary; served as church clerk two different times, then served as church clerk and treasurer for 10 years.  The serenity Prayer was her favorite one.Merlene liked cooking, crocheting, jigsaw puzzles and watching sports on TV.  She crocheted several afghans and doilies for her children, also she made one quilt for each child.Merlene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband “Tobe” in 2002; and one brother, John (Bob) and wife Barbara.She is survived by one son, Dr. Bradley Basinger of Redlands, California; one daughter, Brenda Bruster and her husband Alan; one grandson, Justin Bruster and his wife Alicia; two great grandchildren, Joslyn and Noah Bruster of Haysville Kansas; and one brother, Richard Walker and his wife Sharon of Wellington, Kansas.Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church, Wellington on January 30, at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Kurt Henson officiating.  Interment will be in Prairie Lawn Cemetery.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on January 29 from 1: 00 – 8:00 p.m.A memorial has been setup with the First Baptist Church. Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

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13 Aug
2020

Reynolds please with response to launch of testiowa.com

first_imgJOHNSTON — Governor Reynolds says the response to the launch of the testiowa.com website on Tuesday has been tremendous.   “In the first 24 hours alone, more than 80,000 Iowans completed the online assessment and more than 250 scheduled an appointment. We had 631 social media mentions of the hashtag #testiowachallenge with a reach of over 18.8 million.” Reynolds wants all Iowans to go to the website and take the assessment.   “It’s really the first step to understanding more about the virus activity in Iowa, again what can we do to mitigate and start to manage it so we can open businesses back up, get life back to normal, but do it in a very safe and responsible manner.” Reynolds wants Iowans who work in essential service-type jobs to fill out the assessment.  “If you work in healthcare, law enforcement, manufacturing or other essential services, please complete the assessment. It is critical for all Iowans that you stay healthy and well, and this again will help us understand the scope and spread of the virus and help to see if our workforce has symptoms, we can get them the test and get them back online. We would encourage our first responders, healthcare workers and essential workers to take the test.” Reynolds says there’s 107 new positive cases that have been reported for a total of 3748 cases. There were seven more deaths reported for a total of 90. 1428 total confirmed cases have recovered.last_img read more

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