How Josh Warren became a pass-first player for Cornell

first_imgIt hasn’t always been this way, but Cornell’s offense hinges on Josh Warren’s passing.As a senior forward, Warren runs the Big Red (1-3) offense. He leads Cornell in assists per game (4.75) and has a team-leading 6.8 rebounds per game. Standing at 6-foot-8, that combo is rare in college basketball.“He’s almost like a point guard in our half-court offense, which is a lot of responsibility for a bigger guy,” head coach Brian Earl said.Passing wasn’t always Warren’s strength. At Downingtown West (Pennsylvania) High School, Warren finished his career with 1,228 points, crowning him Downingtown West’s second all-time leading scorer. His high school head coach Jason Ritter said Warren would work out before school, setting an example for other players on his team.“He just outworked everyone,” Ritter said. “What made him great was his size, but he just outworked everybody in our league.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn high school, Ritter needed Warren to make the important shots. His high school team needed him to finish possessions, not initiate them. At Downingtown West, Warren averaged 15.0 points per game and 1.8 assists in his senior season. This season at Cornell, Warren averages 10.5 points per game and 4.5 assists per game.When Warren chose to play at Cornell, his game had to change. Instead of being a go-to scorer, Warren had to become a facilitator as a forward. The offense had to run through him. When Earl informed Warren of his new role, Warren was ready to take on the challenge.“It was kind of smart of him to not say ‘Hey I scored in high school, so I’m going to score here,’ Earl said. “He does whatever’s needed for the team.”Photo Courtesy of Cornell AthleticsWhen he got to Cornell, Warren started focusing on ball handling, passing and shooting. It was the first time he needed to hone these aspects of his game, he said.In his past three seasons, Warren said he looked up to Matt Morgan and Steven Julian — Cornell’s leading scorer and best defender, respectively. Now, they’ve both graduated. Although Warren said that no single player is going to replace them, he’s acknowledged that everyone is going to have to step up their game. His pass-first mentality was a starting point.As one of three seniors on Cornell, coaches said lesser experienced players look up to Warren like he used to admire Morgan and Julian.Because of Warren’s high basketball IQ and leadership, he was named one of three Big Red captains. In Cornell’s only win on the season, Warren paced the Big Red with 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds.“We try to be a smart team,” Warren said, “And that kind of starts with me.” Comments Published on November 19, 2019 at 9:52 pm Contact Sophie: srlevine@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Police arrest three Zamalek players

first_imgPolice in Cairo have arrested three players of Egyptian club Zamalek for reportedly abusing a military officer.Zamalek trio Mahmoud Abdel-Razik (aka ‘Shikabala’), Salah Soliman and Hazem Emam were picked up at Cairo airport and transmitted to Al-Nozha police station on Monday.DelayThe Zamalek team trip from Hurghada to Cairo has been delayed for over an hour on Monday after the team’s star player Shikabala was involved in a personal conflict with an officer at the airport.-While the Zamalek delegation was at the airport, a pilot officer was at the cafeteria with his wife. The pilot was wearing a red jersey, supporting Zamalek rival Ahly. A verbal dispute occurred between him and Shikabala, developing into a physical confrontation, manager of Hurghada airport, Sami Abdel-Menem told Ahram Arabic gate.Zamalek fans commented it’s -Shikabala’s turn for disputes with military in media reports, after Ahly star Mohamed Abou-Treika, who was linked last month to a similar case, denied allegations. No official statement yetZamalek hasn’t stated anything officially yet about the Shikabala’s incident, but are expected to say something on the matter soon, especially because exaggerated rumours have started to circulate online in blogs and social networks concerning the dispute.The Cairo-based team was returning from Gouna after winning to South Africa’s Orlando Pirates 2-1 on Sunday in round four of the African Champions League group stage.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra star as India crush Bangladesh in Asia Cup opener

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Newcastle boss Benitez closing on Eibar defender Lejeune, Abraham

first_imgNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is closing on a deal for Eibar defender Lejeune.The Mirror says Benitez is set for a transfer breakthrough by landing defender Lejeune.United will pay £10m up front for the Eibar stopper who can also play defensive midfield.The former Manchester City contracted player, 26, would be Benitez’ first big buy of the summer and he is also searching for a new keeper.Former City keeper Willy Caballero is an option with Mats Selz heading to Anderlecht.Newcastle also hope to land Chelsea England U21 star Tammy Abraham on loan.last_img read more