Antwoine Anderson shines in crowded depth chart as Connecticut grad transfer

first_imgAnderson believed Fordham’s outlook was bright when he committed there. But the victories never came. Fordham only finished above .500 once, going 17-14 in Anderson’s redshirt sophomore season of 2015-16. The team never made the NCAA Tournament while Anderson was there.For his final collegiate season, Anderson chose UConn in large part because he believed the Huskies would have a chance to make the Big Dance.“The biggest thing for me is I wanna go to the NCAA Tournament,” Anderson said. “And to the NBA after this season.”On-ball defending is the first trait UConn head coach Kevin Ollie brought up about Anderson. Some of the traits Anderson brings to the floor “can’t be measured,” Ollie said.“The experience and leadership he brings to the team and his poise in hectic moments,” Ollie said, “are very important to us.”UConn has plenty of options for late-game offense, including Adams, its leading-scorer. But Anderson said that if the game is on the line, he’ll be lobbying with Ollie in the huddle to let him take the last shot.“Of course, always, that’s the shot I want to take,” Anderson said.When asked if he thinks Ollie will let him take it, he laughed: “Of course.”CORRECTION: Fordham’s place in the Patriot League was misstated. Fordham competes in the Patriot League only in football. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Published on December 4, 2017 at 10:45 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+ A 6-foot-2 guard, Anderson was mostly recruited by low-major Division I schools out of Bishop Kearney (New York) High School. Niagara, Boston University and James Madison extended him scholarship offers, he recalled, but he eventually chose Fordham due to its strong business school and the potential upside he saw in the program.After his redshirt freshman season for the Rams, Anderson’s head coach left and the new one told Anderson he’d never play for him, Anderson said. He stayed and turned into one of the team’s best players, averaging the most minutes (33.6) on the team last year.Neubauer and the Fordham coaching staff declined to comment for this story.Now, Anderson runs the point at Connecticut, which has won four NCAA championships since 1999. He’s part of a crowded backcourt that also features Jalen Adams, Alterique Gilbert and Christian Vital. As a graduate transfer, Anderson plays 33.6 minutes a game and averages 10.3 points per contest.“I figured that I would play all four years at Fordham,” Anderson said. “So for me to have this opportunity is amazing and very exciting for me.”College offers wouldn’t come until Anderson embraced playing hard. Anderson spent his early years of high school occasionally questioning what he was asked to do instead of just doing it, then-Bishop Kearney head coach Jon Boon said. He’d had his moments on the AAU circuit, including locking down Andrew Harrison, who eventually starred at Kentucky, in the summer prior to Anderson’s senior year. But the fully engaged Anderson wasn’t on display at all times.His senior year, though, everything clicked. When Boon yelled at his lefty point guard to do something, Anderson did it. The 2012-13 Bishop Kearney team featured Thomas Bryant, who starred at Indiana University and now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, and Chinonso Obokoh, who played at Syracuse. That season, the Kings won the New York Public High School Athletic Association title in class AA, the largest in the state. Boon credited Anderson as the reason the team won the championship.“He was the glue that kept everything together that year,” Boon said.The college decision for Anderson was drawn out until the end of the postseason run, but in the end, the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham enticed him enough to become a Ram.After redshirting his first year due to academic ineligibility, Anderson played just more than 18 minutes per game in his redshirt freshman season. Then, Fordham fired head coach Tom Pecora, who had recruited Anderson, after a 10-21 season. Fordham hired Jeff Neubauer, who told his inherited point guard he’d never be able to play for him, Anderson said.When Anderson came home the summer after Neubauer’s hiring in 2015, he contemplated transferring. But he decided to stay. This was a personal challenge.“I just wasn’t going to let somebody tell me I wasn’t going to be able to play for them, ever,” Anderson said. “I wanted to go and fight for a spot.”Back at Fordham, Anderson intended to prove himself. Neubauer’s “a big defense guy,” Anderson said, so his standout on-ball pressure in practice helped him earn playing time. Anderson eventually led the team in minutes in his redshirt junior season under Neubauer.Anderson won Neubauer games with his offense, too. Against VCU on January 18, Fordham was tied in overtime until Anderson pulled up at the top of the key, faded away and won the game. Just a couple weeks later, Anderson pulled up from 3-point land in double overtime against St. Joe’s and walked-off once again. UPDATED: Dec. 6, 2017 at 6:25 p.m.Last spring, two colleges courted Antwoine Anderson aggressively. He had just completed his redshirt junior season at Fordham and had been granted a release to use his final season of eligibility elsewhere.Seton Hall guaranteed Anderson would play 35 minutes a game, he said. All that Anderson saw at Connecticut, which also wanted him, was a depth chart featuring three strong guards. As he’s done all his life in basketball, Anderson took the challenge.“I didn’t want it to be easy,” Anderson said.Anderson chose UConn (6-2). He and his Huskies teammates take on Syracuse (6-1) at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday at 9 p.m. The responsibility of guarding one or both of Syracuse’s leading scorers, Tyus Battle and Frank Howard, will likely fall to Anderson, too.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Thrilling Races At Grays Harbor Raceway On Saturday

first_img360 Sprints8 EntriesFast Time: J.J. Hickle, 13.327Heat Race Winners: J.J. Hickle (1), Evan Margeson (2)A-Feature: 1. Reece Goetz, 2. Henry Van Dam, 3. J.J. Hickle, 4. Jay Cole, 5. Evan Margeson, 6. Cam Smith, 7. Mike Romig, 8. Doug Peter Submitted by Grays Harbor RacewayA full pit area of race cars and a great night of racing was on hand for the second race of the 2013 campaign at Grays Harbor Raceway on Saturday May 4th.  Despite only three classes running the features proved to be thrilling for fans making it out to the 3/8-mile clay oval.  Divisions competing included the 360 Sprints, Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds, and USAC Ford Focus Midgets.In the 360 Sprint feature Reece Goetz of Snohomish would earn the lead on lap three after passing Henry Van Dam and would look for his first win of the year.  Goetz would hold off Van Dam on several occasions as he tried to retrieve the lead but Goetz would continue to lead.  Despite a late charge by Van Dam the Great Western Transport/Elma Lanes #9R Eagle of Goetz would keep his mount in front and would pick up the win.The Kovash Logging/Johanson Excavating #33V A.R.T. of Enumclaw’s Henry Van Dam was second with defending champion J.J. Hickle of Quilcene placing third in his Meyer Electric/Kitsap Powdercoating #3 XXX.  Crossing the line in fourth place was the Our Community Credit Union/Bulldog Trailers #0J of Jay Cole from Shelton and Evan Margeson of Tacoma in his TFC Plating #50 XXX rounded up the top five finishers.  Earlier in the night Hickle was quickest in qualifying with a time of 13.327 seconds while heat race winners were Hickle and Margeson.In Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modified action McCleary native Jeff Foster had the field covered for much of the distance in the J&F Automotive/Baby Ready Mix #8.  But a caution on lap twenty would bunch the field up and Foster would lose the lead to the winner of week one on the restart, Scott Miller.  The Shelton driver set a rapid pace in his Blue Bear Park/Blondie’s Restaurant #26 Shaw and looked to make it two in a row.  But in the last few laps two-time and defending track champ Joe German from Wishkah was on the move.German for much of the early stages was right behind Jeff Foster running in second.  He would have to go to the rear of the field during the last caution due to a rock entering his cockpit and hitting his battery switch  bringing him to a halt.  German was able to get back on the track and come from behind and pass Scott Miller for the lead on the high side on lap twenty-six.  German would lead the rest of the distance to win his first race of the season in his Wishkah Iron Works/Ozman Services Inc. #75X Skyrocket.“During that race something came thru the car and hit me in the chest and then hit the battery switch,” said German, “either then that it was a good night for us and the track was really racy.  The first race of the year we had some weird issues with our fuel filter getting plugged up so hopefully all that stuff is behind us.”Scott Miller would finish in second followed by Cosmopolis driver Tom Sweatman in the Sweatman Trucking/D&D Dyno #11 machine.  Finishing fourth was the Williams Family Salsa/DNC Competition Engines #14 Dirt Works of Seabeck’s Craig Moore and Jeff Foster completed the top five finishers in fifth.  Heat race winners earlier in the night were Joe German and Tom Sweatman.Last but not least the USAC Ford Focus Midgets were in the house.  Garrett Thomas of McCleary showed the way for most of the distance in his Olson Landscaping/Martelli Distributing #14 Beast.  With only one caution occurring the race went pretty much green to checker and Thomas started off with a big lead in the opening laps.Eventually Snohomish’s Chase Goetz, winner of the first night back in April, closed the gap and started to put pressure on Thomas.  Thomas would keep Goetz in check despite the Sno-Lynn Machine #3S of Robbie Vaughn from Snohomish coming into the picture to make it a three car race for the lead.But on the final lap Goetz was able to get a good run on the bottom of turns three and four finding an opening and making it past Thomas for the win.  For Goetz it marks a perfect start to the season with two wins in two starts in his Great Western Transport/Elma Lanes #91 Beast.“Winning two in a row feels great,” commented Chase, “hopefully the next time we come out we can make it three in a row.  On the last lap I just saw an opening and decided to try and pass Garrett.  I got to thank my sponsors Elma Lanes, Great Western Transport, Sandblasters Inc. and Powdercoating Inc. for supporting me.”Garrett Thomas would cross the line in second with Robbie Vaughn right behind him in third.  Finishing fourth would be Montesano driver Jeremy Miller in the MASCO Petroleum #44 Beast and earning fifth was Dougie James of Shoreline driving the James Brown Racing #29.  James was fast time of the evening in qualifying at 16.944 seconds and heat race winners were Ariel Biggs, now living in Ocosta, in the Don Emery owned #11E entry and Chase Goetz.Grays Harbor Raceway will return with race three of 2013 next Saturday May 11th for Ladies Night.  All ladies and mothers will get into the races for $5.00.  Classes that will be in competition will include the Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds, Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks, Hornets and the debut of the Northwest Extreme Sprints.  For more information log on to www.graysharborraceway.com or call the brand new Northwest Tracks Hotline at (360)-699-RACE.Race SummarySaturday May 4th, 2013Grays Harbor RacewayElma, Washington USAC Ford Focus Midgets10 EntriesFast Time: Dougie James, 16.944Heat Race Winners: Ariel Biggs (1), Chase Goetz (2)A-Feature: 1. Chase Goetz, 2. Garrett Thomas, 3. Robbie Vaughn, 4. Jeremy Miller, 5. Dougie James, 6. Todd Hartman, 7. Chance Crum, 8. Annika Johanson, 9. Ariel Biggs, 10. Lee St. Paul Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds14 EntriesHeat Race Winners: Joe German (1), Tom Sweatman (2)A-Feature: 1. Joe German, 2. Scott Miller, 3. Tom Sweatman, 4. Craig Moore, 5. Jeff Foster, 6. Kyler Moore, 7. Allan Muenchow, 8. Zack Simpson, 9. Carl Larson, 10. Scott Westley, 11. Kevin Keller, 12. Kris Asche, 13. Del Schnitzer, 14. Rayun McMichael Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Liverpool could be kicked out of the EFL cup after fielding ineligible player!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Reuters/GettyAdvertisement Premier League table leaders Liverpool FC are currently under the radar of the English Football League, after the allegation of putting an ineligible player on the field in their Carabao Cup match against MK Dons on Thursday, and may face disqualification from the competition!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Reuters/GettyThe player, Pedro Chirivella, is a product of the club’s youth system, and was on a loan spell away at La Liga 2 side Extremadura UD last season. It is reported that Chirivella, 22, required a clearance from the Football Association themselves before appearing on field for the Reds.However, the Spanish youngster was substituted in the 63rd minute, replacing Naby Keita, as the UEFA Champions League winners secured a smooth 2-0 victory.Advertisement Although, the Reds are now under scrutiny by the FA, and their decision might see the club from paying a fine to Klopp and his boys entirely disqualified from the Carabao Cup tournament.“We are currently considering the matter,” one spokesperson from the EFL was quoted saying.Advertisement The club has officially released a statement regarding the situation.The statement read: “The club are aware of a potential administrative issue pertaining to one of our players. We are working with the relevant authorities in order to establish the facts of the matter and will be making no further comment until this process is complete.”Anfield veteran James Milner opened up the scoreline in the 41st minute, and the Dutch youngster Ki-Jana Hoever netted in a second one in the 69th minute. Advertisementlast_img read more

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