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Wilson: Parker’s consistency, elite scoring ability make him nation’s premier rookie

first_img Published on January 31, 2014 at 5:01 am Much debate has been made of this year’s class of talented freshmen. Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis and Duke’s Jabari Parker are two of them – arguably the two best – and Daily Orange beat writers Stephen Bailey and David Wilson make their respective arguments for the two rookies. See Stephen’s case for Ennis here. A week of conference play had gone by and something had gone horribly wrong for Duke.The Atlantic Coast Conference’s premier team was somehow only 1-2. Jabari Parker, its superstar freshman — the one who topped Wooden Award watch lists just weeks earlier — had suddenly become human.Maybe he was taking bad shots. Maybe he wasn’t multi-dimensional enough. Maybe his pedestrian defense had come back to haunt him — the basketball gods don’t like stuff like that.While the rest of the nation was relishing in the Blue Devils’ struggles, the 18-year-old forward would be tasked with righting the fast-sinking ship.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuke topped Virginia in its next game to pull to .500 without much help from Parker, but it wasn’t a particularly impressive Blue Devil performance. Then North Carolina State came to town.Everything that Parker had failed to do well during the first four games of ACC play, he fixed against the Wolfpack. He scored 23 points, his most in 2014. He shot 50 percent from the field and drilled both of his 3-point attempts. He grabbed seven rebounds. He even played a little bit of defense, and Duke won 95-60.“Changing habits is not easy, especially when you’re so successful with those other habits,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said after the game. “Today he really attacked.”Passiveness plagued his game for a couple of weeks, but when he’s playing active there’s no other freshman like him. He plays with the confidence of a senior and the skill of an NBA player. Even with Tyler Ennis, Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle in this freshman class, Parker has consistently stood above the rest.He already outperformed Embiid and Wiggins with 27 points in a loss back in November, and Saturday is another prime opportunity to prove his rookie superiority. No. 17 Duke (17-4, 6-2 ACC) might not beat No. 2 Syracuse (20-0, 7-0) when they square off at 6:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome, but with another chance against a star freshman in front of a national audience, he’ll remind everyone why he, and not Ennis, was the one with all the hype.Ennis has snatched some of those headlines away for two reasons. The first is how he seems to just keep getting better all season long.To put it in football terms, because the point guard position is so often compared to quarterback, at the beginning of the year he was a “game manager.”Now he’s also the closer.Parker’s been that all season long. Only twice this year has he been held to single digits, and never fewer than seven. Ennis has scored in single figures four times and was even shut out in 32 minutes against Eastern Michigan on New Year’s Eve.“Jabari’s one of the best players in the country,” Ennis said after the Orange’s 67-57 win against Wake Forest on Wednesday. “We’ll have to key in on him because he gets them going.”The second is Ennis’ clutch play. During SU’s win against the Demon Deacons, Ennis scored just two points in the first half and trailed during the second. The guard awoke and finished with 18.“I’ve been hearing real good things about him,” Parker said during the week. “He’s one of the big playmakers for their team.”The Blue Devils have largely avoided the need for Parker’s clutch play.Only three of Duke’s wins have come by single digits. He was benched for the end of the Blue Devils’ narrow loss to Notre Dame, but his consistent play has outweighed his relative deficiencies in the clutch.There’s good reasoning behind all the Ennis praise — a point guard is more valuable than a small forward — but almost every number points in Parker’s favor. He’s averaging 18.8 points to Ennis’ 12.3 and grabbing more than eight boards per game. He’s even shooting a higher percentage than Ennis despite the second highest usage (32.6) in the conference.For comparison’s sake, Ennis’ usage rate (20) ranks fourth on his own team among players who have played in at least 13 games. C.J. Fair’s 27.6 is eighth in the ACC.Their roles are different, and Ennis’ value is incredible to the Orange, but Parker’s game should be a familiar sight for Syracuse fans. There have been better freshmen than Carmelo Anthony, but Parker embraces comparisons to the one-and-done who brought SU its only national championship.After Saturday, maybe Orange fans will see that, too.David Wilson is a staff writer for The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @DBWilson2. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Miralem Pjanic to share the Locker room soon with Ronaldo?

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo leaves Real, Cristiano Ronaldo stays in Real. These days there were many speculations on the departure of one of the best footballers in the world.Speculations have begun when the Spanish authorities accused Ronaldo for tax embezzlement in the period from 2011 to 2014.Since then, they are “moving” Ronaldo to big clubs such as PSG and Manchester United, and Juventus’ legend Alessandro Del Piero has revealed what he thinks about Ronaldo’s possible moving to Juventus.“If Cristiano Ronaldo is not happy in Real and wants to leave, Juventus has plenty of room for him,” said Italian player.Since the speculations began, Ronaldo did not give any press statements, especially because his focus is on his national team, which has yesterday qualified in the semifinals of the Confederation Cup. When the competition ends, Ronaldo is expected to hold a meeting with Florentine Perez, after which the fate of the famous Portuguese will be known.Currently, there are speculations on Ronaldo sharing the locker room with Miralem Pjanić, which in the end would result in making a great tandem.(Source: fokus)last_img read more

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IPL 2011: Shilpa slams Gehlot over cheerleaders’ attire

first_imgRajasthan Royals co-owner Shilpa Shetty and captain Shane Warne during the launch of Rajasthan Royals jersey in Jaipur on April 05.Indian Premier League (IPL) team Rajasthan Royals has objected to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s reservations against the cheerleaders’ dress ahead of the start of the fourth season of the popular domestic league in the Twenty-20 format. Gehlot had passed an order asking the teams to ensure cheerleaders were dressed in full-sleeved costumes while performing in Jaipur during the IPL matches. However, the government order has left the home team aggrieved as they have invited international cheerleaders for this year’s tournament. Taking potshots at the Rajasthan chief minister’s instruction, Rajasthan Royals co-owner Shilpa Shetty said, “Cheerleaders would wear ghagra this season. On a serious note, it is never our intention to make our cheerleaders look vulgar. They are here only for the purpose of entertainment.” “We have international cheerleaders participating this year and they will wear what they usually wear. There is a thin line between sensuousness and vulgarity, so we will not cross it,” the actress added.last_img read more

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World no. 1 Simon Halep stunned in Sydney ahead of Australian Open

first_imgBut Barty was undaunted, using her signature court craft to break straight back and secure victory two games later.“It was extremely difficult conditions, very swirly down at court level. So I figured if I’m going to play Sim anytime, and it’s her first match, it was now. I was very happy to make the most of it,” said Barty.“I had nothing to lose out here so I just came out and played with freedom. I believed I could win.”Earlier in the week, Halep admitted the back injury that ended her 2018 season early was “very scary”, but said she had recovered and was feeling fit.The early finish to 2018 was a disappointing end to a spectacular season, which saw the 27-year-old secure the year-end number one ranking for the second year running.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion She got off to a stellar start, reaching the Australian Open final and went on to win the Shenzhen Open, the Rogers Cup and her debut Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Halep, the reigning French Open champion and 2018 Australian Open runner-up, had a bye through to the second round, meaning she heads to Melbourne Park for the opening Grand Slam of the year with just one game under her belt.Barty, who ended a breakthrough 2018 with a WTA title in Zhuhai and is now ranked 15, brought the momentum into the new year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsShe had already accounted for another French Open winner, Jelena Ostapenko, in the opening round and had an extra gear against Halep, breaking serve twice to win the first set.Halep, without a coach after splitting with Darren Cahill who wanted to spend more time with his family, was first to break in the second set and had a chance to hold for 5-3. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READcenter_img Nikola Jokic gets another triple double to lead Nuggets to close win over Miami View comments Simona Halep of Romania hits the ball around her back to Ash Barty of Australia during their women’s singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)World number one Simona Halep’s preparations for next week’s Australian Open suffered a huge setback Wednesday when she was bundled out of the Sydney International at the first hurdle.The Romanian hadn’t played since withdrawing from the WTA Finals in October with a herniated disc, and was no match for fast-rising Australian Ashleigh Barty, who scored the biggest win of her career 6-4, 6-4.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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