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Syracuse walk-on Brendan Paul enters transfer portal

first_img Published on August 23, 2019 at 1:34 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Paul first started getting looks this summer at the Cleveland Am-Pro. He put up big scoring numbers through shooting the ball and “found a new love” for passing and creating opportunities. Some nights, he said he hovered around 35 points and 10-plus assists. Paul — against better competition — thrived.Haught, who worked with Paul over the summer and is the trainer for NBA stars D’Angelo Russell and Devin Booker, noticed the buzz and interest directed at Paul. Haught has noticed a significant jump from Paul’s mental game over the past two years, which allows Paul to “lock-in” more easily.Over the summer, Paul split most of his days between the gym and the weight room. He played one-on-one games against pros and showed his progress in the Cleveland Am-Pro. Haught said Paul has always been unheralded in Cleveland basketball. He attended Hawken High School (Ohio), a small catholic school, and didn’t gain much exposure until he played the 2017-18 season with Brewster Academy (New Hampshire).  Haught said Paul put in the work this summer, and he was expecting to play.“If you’re never going to play (at Syracuse) this much time, you might as well explore your options,” Haught said. A few days before Paul left to go on Syracuse’s trip to Italy, Paul said Haught sat down with Paul’s father, Curt, and the two reached an understanding.“I just love the game,” Paul said. “And sitting on the bench… it can be hard.”Haught said there are a ton of teams reaching out with interest in Paul. Paul officially entered the portal Thursday night.He kept his decision quiet, only speaking with his family and close friends, and keeping it mostly to himself even as he played with his SU teammates in Italy. When he woke up this morning, he had 130 text messages.“He’s been an underdog his whole life and he carries that with him,” Haught said. “That’s his chip on his shoulder.”This story was updated with additional reporting. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Syracuse sophomore guard Brendan Paul entered the transfer portal and will explore leaving Syracuse, Paul confirmed to The Daily Orange.Paul, a walk-on at Syracuse, said he received feedback from his play over the summer and from his trainer, Robbie Haught, that pushed him to consider his options. Though entering the transfer portal could ultimately allow him to return to SU if his options aren’t attractive enough, Paul said he’s already been contacted on the phone by Missouri State and Appalachian State as of Friday afternoon.“I always knew I was capable of playing basketball at the Division I level, that’s why I decided to walk on to Syracuse,” Paul said. “Now knowing that I would have never ended up playing as much as I wanted to, I wanted to explore (my options).”last_img read more

G-League: Taylor King is ‘back home’ to lead Agua Caliente Clippers

first_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory King is one of three former Duke University players on the roster as Blue Devils guard Andre Dawkins and center Marshall Plumlee are among the team’s most notable names.Forward Tyler Harris (Auburn) and F/C Tyler Roberson (Syracuse) were selected by the team in the G League Draft, and guard Julian Jacobs (USC), forward J.J. O’Brien (San Diego State) and forward Keith Steffleck were added in the Expansion Draft.“I think this is going to be a fun experience for everyone once we get going and people see what this league is and who these players are and how passionate they are,” Hill said.The AC Clippers inaugural 50-game season includes 24 home games, 24 road games and two additional games at the annual NBA G League Showcase from Jan. 10-13 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. King was recruited by Duke out of Mater Dei but bounced to Villanova before finishing his collegiate career at Concordia in Irvine. From there he began a prolific seven-year career playing in overseas leagues.“I played mostly in the U.K.,” said King, who led the British Basketball Association during the 2014-15 season averaging 20.1 points per game while playing with Cheshire Phoenix. “I was also in Lithuania; I was in Asia, Middle East, Mexico (and) Canada. I’ve been all over the place.”A McDonald’s High School All-American in 2007 and now considered an experienced veteran, King, 30, takes a certain pride in being the oldest player on the AC Clippers roster.“Not old by any means but the oldest one on the squad. My job is to come in here with my experience and do whatever I can to help the team win,” said King, who currently resides in Fountain Valley with his young family.Hill likes what he has seen from the 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward during the team’s preseason training at Darlene May Gym on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona University. POMONA >> New opportunities are usually good opportunities, but Taylor King is clear on why his newest opportunity is different.“It’s nice to be back home,” said King, the former Mater Dei basketball great who has spent his professional career thus far playing for a number of different European teams. “I have a wife and child and family around, so I get to be at home, so it’s really nice.”King is on the roster for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, the new NBA G League expansion team that opens its season tonight at 7 p.m. against the Santa Cruz Warriors at Citizens Business Bank Arena.“I think players have to feel comfortable to experience their mistakes and learn from them,” Agua Caliente Clippers coach Casey Hill said. “I think we’re doing a pretty good job of providing an environment for that; we have some guys with experience, and they’re helping us with that.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters center_img “Having a guy who understands the different defensive rotations and the offensive schemes that teams come at you with, he helps just showing some of the techniques done right, right there in practice where guys can see it and emulate it,” Hill said.Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Another embarrassment, Vijay Goel thinks India won two gold medals in Rio

first_imgUnion Sports Minister Vijay Goel suffered yet another foot-in-mouth moment on Sunday when he referred Silver and Bronze medallists P.V. Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, respectively, as “Gold medallist” despite the fact that he stayed at Rio with Indian players throughout the Olympics.”Today the Khel Ratna awardee, Dhyan Chand awardees, Dronacharya awardees, Tenzing Norgay National Adventure awardees met the Prime Minister. In that we also had two Rio ‘gold medallists’ P.V. Sindhu and Sakshi Malik,” Goel told the media here.Khel Ratna awardees, Dhyan Chand awardees,Dronacharya awardees,Tenzing Norgay awardees also met PM today: Vijay Goel pic.twitter.com/PXyYHGZoNF ANI (@ANI_news) August 28, 2016″Today in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address Prime Minister has encouraged the players of RIO Olympics and other players. I think their dedication for their games deserves a national welcome. We will keep taking initiatives that will take sports forward. We will also prepare for the upcoming Olympics for 2020, 26, 28,” he added.PM MODI MEETS RIO MEDALLISTSMeanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Sindhu and Malik at his residence.Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi in his Mann Ki Baat address said India’s daughters have made the nation proud at the just concluded summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.”We won Rio Olympics medals. Our daughters proved themselves once again, that they are not less than anyone. Sports needs motivation and the public is the best entity to do it. Dipa Karmakar stood at 4th position…it was great. It is very good to know that our nation wants us to focus on extracurricular activities,” he added. (Also Read: Tendulkar presents BMW cars to athletes)advertisementHe said that the nation should be proud of the achievements of Karmakar, P. V. Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, but strive at the same to take this momentum of glory forward.He said that the aim of the task force would be to assess the performance of Indian sportspersons at the Rio Olympics as also to recommend overall strategy for sports facilities, training, selection procedure and other related matters. (He asked me Maarogi to Nahi: Sakshi on her meeting with PM Modi)As per media reports, the task force has been asked to submit its report to the Prime Minister’s Office by the end of September.last_img read more