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 Jan
2020

Ebola Survivor Wants Gov’t ‘Dollar Rally’ for Survivors

first_imgA survivor of the deadly Ebola virus disease and driver of Representative Saah Joseph’s ambulance during the heat of outbreak is calling on the government to help conduct a nationwide ‘dollar rally’ to support all Ebola survivors and orphans in the country.Speaking to newsmen yesterday at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism regular press briefing in Monrovia, Foday Gallah explained that many of the Ebola survivors were finding it very difficult to survive since recovering from the deadly disease.Ebola survivors throughout the country are finding life difficult especially due to the stigma and trauma with which they have to cope in their various communities, work places and homes, he stated.  “But I believe that government can help to address some of these challenges, including the improvement of survivors’ lives in society,” he said.“We are survivors and not a virus and need to be treated with care because we can help greatly in the fight against Ebola by telling our own story and experiences. We need the support of the government, various communities, friends and family members if the trauma and stress we are facing are to be reduced,” he said.If nothing is done by government and its partners to support Ebola survivors and orphans, Foday fears that some of them might likely engage in prostitution, criminality and other unlawful acts that will be harmful to the society in the near  future.Ebola is a deadly disease that usually disgraces people before killing them, he noted, and anyone surviving the disease must be supported in order to overcome the trauma and stress, including the future impact that causes many people to suffer from other sicknesses after recovering from the Ebola virus disease. “During the height of the crisis,” he explained, “we saw that things were terribly unbearable for our people.  People were dying in our hands, others in the ambulance, and we saw some people being denied by centers due to lack of space to care for them.”Foday revealed that he contracted the virus from a little boy who last August lost his parents and other family members to the deadly virus. He himself had transported them to the treatment center but none of them but the little boy survived the disease, Foday recalled.“After I dropped some of the patients at the ETU, I received this call and had to quickly get there to bring the patient over, but only to reach there and see this little boy vomiting, with no one to get him out or provide medical support,” Foday explained.He further disclosed that, “When these people, about seven of them, died, I informed the family that in case of anything, please call me. After two days they called and informed me that the four-year old boy was vomiting and needed medication.  And because people were distancing themselves from sick people, we had to do these things ourselves.“Husbands were leaving their wives for fear of contracting the disease. Family members, too, were also leaving relatives.  We saw children who fell prey to the disease in our very presence. We needed to do something to help our people and this was how some of us contracted the virus.”He said he was confident that together with the community, government and its partners, the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease can be sustained.  Foday warned citizens not to be complacent and should not relax until Liberia is totally free of the disease, or announced by World Health Organization (WHO) that Liberia is Ebola-free.Foday Gallah, who has been described as one of the heroes in the fight against Ebola in Liberia, hailed District 13 where  Representative Saah Joseph’s  Population Communication International (PCI) and family members are located.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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