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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16 Aug
2020

First official fan shop of BiH football team opening soon

first_imgThe first official fan shop of BiH football team will open on 18 March.The shop will be located in the street Ćurčiluk mali 7 in Baščaršija, and it will be open on the day of gathering of BiH football players before the match with Greece.The shop will have more than 300 items of original equipment and souvenirs.Manager of BiH team Safet Sušić and BiH football players will attend the opening ceremony, and there will be surprises for visitors.last_img

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11 Aug
2019

Just threw that one week at the bye week when the

first_img“Just threw that one week at the bye week when the vets kind of took the week off,” he said, referring to how much of the Cardinals offense he ran. “We got one, I think, maybe two practices. Not a whole lot but this has been way better.”This, as in organized team activities and mini-camp.For the first time since his arrival, Barkley was able to concentrate solely on the Cardinals’ offense“It’s been fantastic just to get reps in this offense, to grow as a quarterback in this system and to understand where B.A.’s mind is at in his play-calling,” he said, referring to head coach Bruce Arians. “I feel way more comfortable than last year; just grasping what’s going on and the why behind everything; not just looking at one guy and trying to get him the ball, but seeing the whole picture.“This whole spring felt really comfortable. I thought I had a good OTAs. I heard a lot of good feedback, so I’m excited for camp and preseason.”Count offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin among those impressed by Barkley’s offseason progress.“You can tell from being out here from Phase I to Phase II to even now, you can see him starting to mature a little bit, too, in our system,” he said. “Because you remember he came from Coach (Chip) Kelly’s system in Philly and you know, there’s not a whole lot you need to know other than look at the card and throw the ball where he tells you to throw it. We’re a little bit more complicated — not a knock on that offense because it’s been great for Coach Kelly, but we’re a little bit more complex as far as terminology, formations and things of that nature.” 0 Comments   Share   TEMPE, Ariz. — It’s hard to quantify, but quarterback Matt Barkley may have had the best offseason of any Arizona Cardinals player.Of course his starting point was quite different from that of his teammates.Officially, Barkley has a year under his belt with the reigning NFC West champions, but it was a year spent on the outside, so to speak, as the scout team quarterback.In other words, Barkley played opposing team quarterback rather than Cardinals quarterback. The Cardinals acquired Barkley less than two weeks before the start of the 2015 season, surrendering only a seventh-round draft pick to Philadelphia.It was a low-cost, low-risk move for the Cardinals, who decided to take a flyer on a former four-year starter at USC.The Cardinals now have a pair of ex-USC signal callers on the roster.Barkley has learned quite a lot from Carson Palmer, as well as Drew Stanton.“Especially during the season just about their process, day-to-day how they prepare for games and for our opponents; just their mentality and their attitude in approaching game dates. It’s different than what I’ve been around,” said Barkley, a 2013 fourth-round pick. “I’ve never been around older guys like that and they’ve been through a lot; been through injuries both of them; been through good teams, bad teams. It’s fun to see them now that everything is clicking with this team, how they’re approaching it and how they want to keep it that way so we’re at a high level as a team.”It’s a big year for Barkley. It’s his contract year, the final season under his rookie deal.Barkley, however, doesn’t see it that way.“I think every year is big, I think every game is big, I think every practice is big,” he said. “If you’re Carson and you’ve been here for ‘X’ many years, I think you still got to be locked in and pretend that it’s big. You can say it is, and it’s no bigger than any other thing for me.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback Matt Barkley (9) throws a pass during NFL football practice, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at the team’s training facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Come training camp, Barkley will be locked in a battle with undrafted rookie free agent Jake Coker to be the Cardinals’ No. 3 quarterback.In other words, a lot of eyes will be watching the two.“I’m not worried about who’s watching me,” said Barkley, who turns 26 in September. “I’ve had a lot of people watch me in the past, for good and bad reasons, so I don’t think you can worry about that. I know what I’m capable of and confident that this team can use me.”Barkley’s NFL experience is limited, to say the least.In three season, Barkley has appeared in just four games, completing 30-of-50 passes for 300 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions. He last played Nov. 10, 2014 against Carolina, when his one pass attempt fell incomplete.With both Palmer, 36, and Stanton, 32, signed through 2017, many have wondered — often out loud — about the Cardinals’ quarterback of the future.Might that be Barkley?“I think I’ve done a good job so far. I’ve shown the coaching staff what I can do,” he said. “Once we get to San Diego (in training camp) and play a different opponent that’ll be fun and the other preseason teams that we’ll have will be a good opportunity to show them that I can play.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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