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: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Arsene Wenger issues contract warning to Theo Walcott

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned Theo Walcott that his contract negotiations could end up affecting team selection if the situation drags on for the rest of the season.Walcott’s current deal with the Gunners expires at the end of this season and negotiations have reached a stalemate, raising fears the England winger could become the latest star name to quit the north London club over the last 12 months.Wenger has already been forced to let Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie leave against his wishes and, with Liverpool and Manchester City interested in Walcott, he doesn’t want the contract talks to end in a repeat of those departures.The 23-year-old could potentially sign a lucrative pre-contract agreement with another club in January and Wenger admitted that, should the situation drag on, he may reconsider how best to utilise the player later in the season.“It can (change selection policy), but at the moment I still hope to extend his contract so at the moment, it doesn’t affect me. Of course at some stage…,” Wenger was quoted as saying in several English newspapers on Tuesday.“If in April it (the contract) is not done, you can think it will be difficult to do.” Walcott has not started a match since the opening day 0-0 draw against Sunderland and received a mixed reception from some sections of the Emirates Stadium crowd when coming on to score the final goal in Saturday’s 6-1 win over his former club Southampton.But Wenger called on the fans to lay off Walcott and backed the winger to cope with the boo-boys.“You want your players to be supported no matter what kind if contractual situation they are in,” Wenger added.“I hope it will not affect him and that it will not affect our fans.“Theo has gone through a lot at 23 years of age. A lot of positives, a lot of negatives and he is level-headed. “We are lucky: I don’t know what they do at Southampton, but they bring players out, (Alex Oxlade) Chamberlain and him, with their feet on the ground.”last_img read more

Did the PMO sideline WilsonRaybould on failed framework negotiations This chief believes

first_imgNation to NationAs the scandal involving the Prime Minister’s Office and former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould continues to grow by the day, everything that led up to it erupting last week is now getting a closer look.That includes Wilson-Raybould’s involvement in the failed Indigenous rights framework that fell apart late last year.Or more so, her apparent lack of involvement in what was supposed to be a game-changer for First Nations and the dismantling of the Indian Act.“I feel the Prime Minister’s Office held (Wilson-Raybould) back on this work,” said Chief Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith Indian Band in British Columbia. “We were dealing mostly with Minister (Carolyn) Bennett who, as you know, rolled it out very terribly.”Allegations surfaced last week that the PMO pressured Wilson-Raybould to intervene in a criminal case involving SNC-Lavalin. The Globe and Mail newspaper suggested in its report this was the reason why she surprisingly demoted from justice minister to veterans affairs last month.Wilson-Raybould resigned earlier this week from her role as minister of veterans affairs.It’s a scandal that doesn’t appear to be going away.As for work Wilson-Raybould was doing as justice minister, chiefs in B.C. couldn’t understand why she wasn’t more involved in developing the framework. Rather, Bennett, as minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, took the lead.“I think she was more or less sidelined in that work,” said Wilson on Nation to Nation Thursday. “We couldn’t understand why those two ministers weren’t working better together.”The framework was promised exactly a year ago on Feb. 14 when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood in the House of Commons delivering a speech that came with big promises. One of those included tabling legislation by last December.It never happened as chiefs and Indigenous leaders pushed back against the process saying it was flawed from the get-go and never seemed to get any better.Now the government is rolling the framework out in pieces, including the Indigenous Languages Act that was tabled earlier this month and the proposed Indigenous child welfare bill that still hasn’t reached the House of Commons.“We have serious work before us with child and family legislation and language. This takes away from that work,” said Wilson.Grand Chief Joel Abram of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians said a draft of the child welfare legislation is weak.It doesn’t respect First Nation jurisdiction or the need for proper funding in order for nations to take back control of child welfare.In fact, the government is proposing First Nations or groups interested in controlling child welfare first have to make a deal with the federal government and another with provinces.“It’s not true recognition of First Nation authority if you require ministerial agreements with the province or the feds,” said Abram.Trudeau promised to table the legislation by the last week of January but as of Thursday there is still no word on when, or if it will.N2N@aptn.calast_img read more