MBB : On the block: Position-by-position breakdown of Syracuse vs. Rutgers

first_img Published on February 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm Point guardScoop Jardine vs. Mike CoburnIt’s amazing what a little familiarity can do for a point guard. Even if Coburn is nowhere near as skilled in the passing game as Jardine, the senior from Mount Vernon, N.Y., has a weapon at his disposal that is equal to what Jardine has: a running mate he has known forever. Jardine’s childhood counterpart is SU stalwart Rick Jackson. For Coburn, the Scarlet Knights’ best player in Jonathan Mitchell grew up on the Lower Westchester playgrounds with the 6-foot point guard. Coburn rarely goes for points and will struggle more against SU’s zone. It’s what he is groomed for. It’s hard not to see Jardine having the advantage in this matchup.Advantage: SyracuseShooting guardAdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrandon Triche vs. James BeattyRick Jackson was SU’s MVP through the first 25 games. Triche has taken that title in the last two. With Jackson struggling, Triche says he finally recognized he needed to assert himself in the SU offense, and against Louisville and West Virginia he went for 41 total points. SU head coach Jim Boeheim says Triche needs to be a scorer. Against the very average Beatty (averaging 8.7 points per game), Triche will have a chance to eclipse his season average of 11.2 points per game.Advantage: SyracuseSmall forwardKris Joseph vs. Dane MillerJoseph is coming off a pretty complete performance against West Virginia, but to Jim Boeheim, Joseph’s game is still not where it should be. Miller will be a challenge in some aspects of the game. For example, he’s fifth in the Big East in blocks per game. But he has also proven the ability to not be much of an offensive threat at times, evidenced by his zero-point, one-rebound performance against Seton Hall last Saturday. He doesn’t compare with a player the caliber of Joseph.Advantage: SyracusePower forwardRick Jackson vs. Jonathan MitchellThis is where Jackson will look to exploit Rutgers’ lack of overall size, because on offense he’ll have the ability to match up against the undersized Mitchell. Rutgers will undoubtedly double- and even triple-team Jackson, so SU’s other shooters have to step up. Mitchell’s claim to fame recently has been a four-point play that won his team a game over Villanova, but he’s been lighting up the scoreboard lately with at least 20 points in five of six games.Advantage: EvenCenterBaye Moussa Keita vs. Gilvydas BirutaIt’s a matchup of two freshmen here, and it includes the freshman who should be starting at center for SU. Moussa Keita is a starter by name only. Most of the time, C.J. Fair’s subbed in for Moussa Keita in the past two games. On the other side, Biruta has impressed in his freshman season. He’s among the top three freshmen in the Big East in field-goal percentage (first), free-throw percentage (first) and rebounding (third).Advantage: RutgersBenchRutgers’ bench has some spark, including wing Mike Poole and forward Austin Johnson, who leads the team in field-goal percentage. But the biggest factor off the bench will be from SU. That would be C.J. Fair, who has played an average of 35 minutes in the past two games. He’s averaging more than 10 points per game in his last three. Will Fab Melo get some minutes here?Advantage: Syracuse Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

After spinal injury, alumnus continues startup business

first_imgThree years ago, the future could not have looked brighter for alumnus Anthony Zhang. The 22-year-old entrepreneur’s startup EnvoyNow, a peer-to-peer delivery service app established at USC in 2014, had been growing ever since the ABC series Shark Tank’s executive producer Mark Burnett made a deal with Zhang — $100,000 for 10 percent of his company — valuing EnvoyNow at $1 million. EnvoyNow then expanded to other college campuses across the nation such as the University of Michigan, and his team was flooded with weekly emails from students at other campuses who expressed interest in joining the company. But all of that changed when Zhang and his girlfriend, McKenna Weinstein, a senior majoring in business administration, attended a Las Vegas pool party in April 2016. When Zhang dove into the pool, he overestimated its depth and banged his head on the bottom, leaving his body in shock. “Honestly, it was just an accident,” Zhang said. “I’ve been a swimmer my whole life, and it was so much shock at the moment that I don’t even have the next three or four days down.”Zhang was rushed to the ICU, and after several surgeries, he found that the accident shattered his neck and spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed in all four limbs. After six weeks in the ICU, Zhang was transferred to Craig Hospital in Denver, which specializes in spinal cord injuries. According to Zhang, Weinstein also took a year off at USC to stay by Zhang’s side as he spent the next months in rehabilitation, intensive physical therapy and “basically learning to get back from [the incident].” “It was nine hours of therapy a day — the full nine hours,” Zhang said. “I was exhausted every single day, I was trying to get better, so I wasn’t thinking about EnvoyNow and just trusted that the rest of my team would run it.”Through rehab, Zhang’s body slowly recovered; he can use his arms now and is still working to regain more mobility in his limbs from physical therapy. Months after the accident, Zhang received notice from his colleagues that they wanted to leave EnvoyNow. He learned that during his time in rehab, the company was not doing as well as he had hoped. “It was definitely a pretty bad point in my life,” Zhang said. “I had my physical therapy going, and people I trusted were pretty much giving up on our dream. All I wanted to do was to be back at the office, helping them out, doing it together, but I couldn’t.”With the help of Chief Operating Officer Grant Shuler, a senior at the University of South Carolina, and his remaining team members, Zhang pulled the company together into a “core team” to ensure each aspect of the business was still running throughout last fall, all while undergoing hours of therapy daily. Zhang later began to work with several investment groups that were interested in acquiring EnvoyNow, and this January, EnvoyNow was officially acquired by JoyRun, another delivery platform.“JoyRun’s purely college-focused, so it was an easy transition,” Shuler said. “In the first month or so, [we were] transitioning [our] team and then combining them together so that we could do a combined force across college campuses.”Months later, Zhang already began building his next startup, Know Your VC. Compared to EnvoyNow, Know Your VC is more wide-reaching, Zhang said, applying to anyone who wants to research investors for their business. As a response to the sexual harassment allegations that circulated among Silicon Valley’s biggest investors over the summer, Zhang wanted to create an outlet in which people can anonymously exchange information about certain investors. “Having a platform where people can share these experiences and be safe without them completely blowing up in the news or without bottling them up … I feel like that is something worthy of building,” Zhang said.In the future, Zhang plans on growing Know Your VC and continuing to pursue his goals as an entrepreneur.“People have great ideas [for a company], but they are too afraid to do it, [and] it’s easy to get caught up in excuses,” Zhang said. “But that indecision, that hesitation … You don’t know when something might just completely change your life, so I would just take it and do it.”last_img read more

Kwasi Appiah must improve Black Stars for AFCON: Ahinful

first_imgEx -Black Stars player Augustine Ahinful says Kwesi Appiah’s side are not convincing and need to do more in the next two months to end the country’s trophy drought.Kwesi Appiah has achieved his first target as Black Stars coach by qualifying the team to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals after edging out Malawi on a 3-0 aggregate on Saturday.The Black Stars are looking ahead to next Thursday’s draw in South Africa where they will know their opponents for the tournament which will be played from January 19 to February 10 2013.“We should change the way we play, I’m surprised we are winning but the boys are not playing the football we want to see”. He told JOY Sports“Look at the way the Malawians were possessing the ball and I’m asking myself why can’t we play like that, even though we were leading, we could not hold onto the ball. We have qualified alright but we should look at that aspect of the game as well”.“What the coach should do is to make the team prepare well when it comes to holding of the ball ahead of the tournament”.last_img read more