MBB : Jefferson considering all college options; has interest in SU

first_img Published on October 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Amile Jefferson is taking his time. The senior power forward at Friends’ Central (Pa.) School is exploring every possibility before deciding where to play college basketball.With a final list of 10 or 11 schools he’s choosing from, Jefferson, a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com, has had a lot to consider this fall. And he’ll have even more to think about after he takes all of his official visits and meets with college coaches.‘There’s something different about every school that he’s visited or every coach that he’s talked to that he finds appealing,’ Friends’ Central head coach Jason Polykoff said. ‘So what he needs to do is, when it’s all said and done and he’s visited every school, is kind of sit down and see what situation’s the best situation for him both athletically, academically, socially.’Jefferson, the No. 12 power forward in his class, is currently in the midst of making official visits to schools and meeting with coaches. He’s already taken unofficial visits to North Carolina State, Villanova, Temple and Maryland, and he took an official visit to Ohio State last weekend, Polykoff said. The head coach said Jefferson also plans to visit Connecticut and is interested in Syracuse, among others.Cedric Jones coaches Jefferson’s AAU team, Team Philly, and said Jefferson met with Stanford on Tuesday. Polykoff said four more colleges were meeting with him at home or in school on Wednesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDue to his focus on the recruiting process, Jefferson was unavailable for comment.The power forward has caught the attention of so many schools because of his athletic build, ability to finish in the lane and his knowledge of the game. He averaged 19.5 points and 11 rebounds last season for the Phoenix. Jefferson continued to impress against top competition over the summer at the National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp and LeBron James Skills Academy, solidifying himself as a top recruit.‘I think he’s probably the best baseline forward in the country,’ said Dave Telep, senior basketball recruiting analyst for ESPN.com. ‘And for being such a not very physical guy, he is a tremendous finisher.’Those qualities have Syracuse interested in the 6-foot-7, 185-pound forward. And Jefferson is also intrigued by what the Orange has to offer.Adding to the appeal is the fact that Friends’ Central alumnus Hakim Warrick played for Syracuse, helping the Orange win the 2003 national championship before moving on to the NBA. Polykoff said the school’s rich history in basketball and its strong academic reputation grabbed Jefferson’s attention.Jefferson got a chance to play with Warrick on the ‘Friends’ Central Alumni’ team in the Delaware County Pro-Am League over the summer. And Jefferson has been able to ask Warrick about his experience at Syracuse.‘Amile’s gotten a chance to talk to him about the school (Syracuse) and ask the pertinent questions: What’s it like to play there and balance academics with athletics? The important questions,’ Polykoff said. ‘So I mean that’s helped because he knows somebody that’s in the inside that he could talk to.’Polykoff, who played with Warrick at Friends’ Central, said his old teammate and Jefferson are built the exact same way — both are long, lean and athletic.But the similarities end there. Their games are completely different.‘Hakim was a high-flyer, dunking from the foul line, getting rebounds and throwing out to the outlet,’ Polykoff said. ‘Amile is more under control. He’ll play with his back to the basket. He’ll give you an up-and-under.’Jefferson’s crafty play stems from his knowledge and understanding of the game. Jones, his AAU coach, said his basketball IQ is higher than anyone’s he has ever coached. Jefferson has had the right way to play the game drilled into him since he started playing for Jones in the fourth grade.‘We always preach, ‘Think the game, think the game, think the game,’ from when they were in the fourth and fifth grade,’ Jones said.Following that philosophy, Jefferson quickly learned the difference between a good shot and a bad shot in certain situations. He learned how to recognize mismatches on the floor and to attack them instantly.Now in high school, Polykoff gives Jefferson the freedom to change the team’s defense based on what he sees and feels on the court. On offense, his feel for the game is often on display.On one play against Abington Friends School last year, Jefferson was surrounded by three players. He calmly used a ball fake to shake one defender, and a shot fake sent a second defender in the air. Jefferson was left one-on-one in the post for an easy two points.‘That’s one of those plays where you just look and you go, ‘Wow, that’s pretty athletic and pretty creative,” Polykoff said. ‘ … That’s something that only a few guys can do.’And as he does on the court, Jefferson is taking in everything around him during the recruiting process before making his move.‘Everyone knows he’s a good kid, and it’s not like he’s looking for a one-track to the NBA,’ Polykoff said. ‘He’s looking for a school that supplies academics, athletics and social life that is a fit for him, just like he does most things.’rjgery@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Men’s tennis: Badgers kick off Big Ten Tournament versus Cornhuskers

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team (13–11, 5–6 Big Ten) will kick off the Big Ten Tournament versus Nebraska (11–14, 1–10 Big Ten) from Iowa City, Iowa.The Badgers enter the conference tournament ranked as the No. 6 seed where the Cornhuskers are No. 11. This will be the second time the two teams will face each other this year with Wisconsin taking the first matchup 4–3.Though the Badgers won their last decision, it was too close for comfort for Wisconsin as the two teams split their singles matches 3–3 with the winning point coming down to doubles where Chema Carranza and Josef Dodridge took care of business yet again in the No. 1 slot 6–1.Softball: Badgers finish off Boilermakers at home Sunday to win seriesThe University of Wisconsin Softball Team (22–17, 6–6 Big Ten) played host to Purdue (13–34, 4–10 Big Ten) in a Read…The Carranza Dodridge duo could very easily be a factor again in this one. Though they’ve faced some tough matches of late, the doubles team is still ranked No. 8 in the nation on the ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings with a 27–3 overall record.Carranza also looks to be a factor in singles play, going 8–2 in his last 10 matches with the second most wins on the team at 20–13. Daniel Soyfer is the only player on the Badgers who had a better record this season at 23–11 overall.On Nebraska, Toby Boyer and Linus Erhart will be taking on Carranza and Dodridge in the No. 1 doubles slot with an impressive 11–7 overall record going 3–2 in Big Ten matches.Boyer is also their top player in singles, going 11–8 in the No. 1 slot on the year for Nebraska. But Erhart will also be an issue in the No. 2 slot as the senior is 18–7 on the year.Women’s Tennis: Badgers halt seven-game skid in time for end of seasonThis weekend the Wisconsin Women’s Tennis Team was matched up with the University of Iowa and finally stole a “w.” Read…If Wisconsin can get past their first-round matchup versus Nebraska, they’ll face No. 3 Michigan tomorrow. Though they are ranked No. 12 in the nation, the Badgers played Michigan tightly in their first contest two weeks ago and should make for an entertaining match if Wisconsin can advance.Opening serve will begin at 2 p.m. today from Iowa City.last_img read more

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Elvis Džombić – Sportingtech – The power of the Pulse platform

first_img StumbleUpon David Webb, BetConstruct: Why meeting new regulations is the industry’s big challenge for 2019 April 4, 2019 Having only launched in 2017, Sportingtech is a relatively new player in the industry preparing to showcase its online gaming platform at this week’s Betting on Football.On the eve of the show, we spoke to Head of Business Development Elvis Džombić about Sportingtech’s USP, the developing partnership with Income Access, and the importance of building a platform that is compatible with a diverse set of third party tools.SBC: As you have developed the range of Sportingtech products, what markets and gaming verticals have you placed the biggest emphasis on?ED: I would outline our core product. The Pulse Platform is a very powerful system that demonstrates great stability, high performance, possibilities for customizations, great tools for managing all the operational activities for bookmakers, casino operators, and many more.We generally put our emphasis on the approach to the regulated and emerging markets in Latin America, Africa and Europe considering our turnkey offering for the online bookmakers and casino operators. In addition, we support projects where our clients only require certain areas of our technology, meaning that they can remain independent and able to manage operations themselves.Furthermore, the sports betting and casino verticals in our portfolio are expanding on a daily basis. We can offer the most competitive, attractive and high-value products to our clients and help them dominate their markets.SBC: Sportingtech was founded in 2017; once you establish yourself in the industry, what do you envisage being your biggest USP (Unique Selling Point) to online gambling operators?ED: Platform flexibility is our greatest USP as we have the ability to offer what other platforms cannot. This flexibility has its greatest value in the core of the Sportsbook engine which allows us to tailor our system to individual client needs.Depending on specifics; clients can manage their own risk analysis and trading activities, or we can take care of this to enable our client to focus on acquiring new players, marketing activities and so on.There is a fantastic Web Management module that gives the clients full control over the front-end part of their website. I would say these two are the biggest advantages that we proudly offer, expertly combined with other tools to create a positive difference.SBC: How pleased have you been with the first three months of your partnership with Income Access?ED: We are thrilled to be working with Income Access, one of the most renowned affiliate systems in the industry. Operators can increase their business performance by using the affiliate network, and we want to provide them with the second to none solutions. Income Access definitely has one of them.During these first months, we have been extremely satisfied. So far about 30% of our clients opted to use Income Access services and network. The exceptionally professional team provide training for its software in order to help set up foundations for a successful operator.We are yet to see the first results as some of the accounts are still in the process of setup, and we have no doubt that satisfaction will be mutually enjoyed. All of our clients have the option to choose Income Access for its fabulous network.SBC: How important is it for platform providers to be compatible with a diverse set of third party tools, for example CRM systems, business intelligence, AI, player tracking etc.?ED: Indeed, it is very important due to the fact that online operations can become very complex in terms of system requirements, the amount of data required and increasingly challenging markets.Nowadays, platform providers differentiate between areas of processing, storing and visualizing the data on behalf of clients. Furthermore, clients themselves are searching for better technology that is user friendly, meaning that the information can be found or generated in a simple and effective way.Here at Sportingtech, we have developed an ‘integration’ ready platform that can serve as the hub for a number of 3rd party software solutions, set to ease the operational processes. The factors mentioned in the question relate to the player data management, and I can confirm that some of these are already in-house developed solutions within our platform.Respecting the continuous development of the other providers and companies that specialize in iGaming software solutions, we will also continue to look at new innovations that can relate to products, to enhance the overall quality and performance of the Sportingtech platform.SBC: What are your key targets for the rest of 2018?ED: We have already signed several strategic partnerships for the South American and African regions, which are currently in the process of technical implementation. Certainly, the goal is to deliver these projects within our deadlines and to successfully set up operations within the framework of the business goals.We also confirmed our attendance at the most important regional industry events which proved great preparation to showcase and finalize new agreements with clients from the areas mentioned above. In terms of product development, we are currently working on a number of major projects to help further optimize the platform’s functionalities, developing new high-level capabilities that will ultimately allow continuous business development and growth.Catch up with the Sportingtech team at Betting on Football this week – booth 26. Share Sportingtech to show Pulse power in Uganda through BetOn August 15, 2019 Share Submit Related Articles SBC’s Year In Review: March 2019’s big betting news December 23, 2019last_img read more

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Unai Emery: Arsenal sack boss after 18 months in charge

first_imgUnai Emery has been sacked as Arsenal manager after 18 months in charge.The Spaniard, who previously led Paris St-Germain to the French league title and won three Europa Leagues with Sevilla, was appointed Gunners boss in May 2018, succeeding Arsene Wenger.He is to be replaced on a temporary basis by assistant and former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg.Arsenal said the decision had been “taken due to results and performances not being at the level required”.The Gunners have not won in seven games and lost 2-1 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday.They are without a Premier League victory since 6 October and eight points off the top four.They finished fifth in 48-year-old Emery’s first season in charge at Emirates Stadium after he replaced Wenger.The Gunners started this season with back-to-back victories against Newcastle and Burnley, but that run ended with defeat by Liverpool, before draws with north London rivals Tottenham and Watford followed.Their last Premier League victory was 1-0 win over Bournemouth.On Saturday, they battled to a 2-2 draw – their sixth of the season – at home to Southampton, with Alexandre Lacazette scoring an injury-time equaliser.Emery is the third managerial dismissal in the English top flight this season, after Javi Gracia and Mauricio Pochettino departed Watford and Tottenham respectively.Arsenal’s last victory came against Vitoria Guimaraes in the Europa League on 24 October, in which they needed two late Nicolas Pepe free-kicks to secure a 3-2 win. Source: BBClast_img read more

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