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

Building permits continue to exceed last year’s total

first_imgNine of the permits were for commercial development, representing the biggest slice of the total value, at $6.5 million.The year to date commercial permit total is 35, 1 less than this time last year, representing a decrease of approximately $2 million, with a total revenue of $25.4 million.It’s also worth noting the 12 permits for duplex homes, worth a total of $6.3 million.- Advertisement -The year to date revenue is currently sitting at $90.3 million, compared to $56.4 million at this point last year.last_img read more

CHAN surprise side Sudan finish third again

first_img0Shares0000Sudan have had an impressive run at the African Nations Championship in Morocco © AFP/File / STRMARRAKECH, Morocco, Feb 4 – Sudan came third for the second time in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) Saturday by defeating Libya 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 play-off draw in Marrakech.But while the bronze medals the Sudanese won in 2011 as hosts were expected, those they collected in the central Moroccan city came as a surprise. Few neutrals expected Sudan to go beyond the group stage of the competition restricted to home-based footballers with Morocco and Guinea favoured to advance from Group A.However, the east Africans came second behind the hosts on goal difference, upset Zambia in the quarter-finals and fell by a solitary goal in a tight semi-final duel with Nigeria.The fighting spirit of a squad coached by recently appointed Croatian Zdravko Logarusic was evident again against Libya as Sudan recovered from conceding a late goal to win the shootout.They converted all four penalties while Libyans Elmehdi Elhouni and Salem Ablo were foiled by saves from Sudan goalkeeper Akram Elhadi.Ablo missing condemned Libya to a first CHAN shootout loss after three spot-kick successes won them the 2014 title and they pipped Congo Brazzaville on penalties in a quarter-final last weekend.Walaaeldin Musa nodded Sudan into an eighth-minute lead and an Ablo header on 84 minutes after Elhadi failed to cut off a deep cross brought the teams level.Morocco host Nigeria Sunday in an eagerly anticipated final at the 65,000-capacity Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca with a record $1.25 million first prize at stake.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Crystal Palace, West Ham target Martin Braithwaite rejects China offer

first_imgToulouse striker Martin Braithwaite has rejected an approach from China.The Denmark international is ready to leave TFC this summer.La Dépêche du Midi says Braithwaite has fielded a lucrative offer from the Chinese Super League, but has turned it down.West Ham and Crystal Palace are interested in tempting the 26 year-old to England in the coming months.Braithwaite has been with TFC since 2013.last_img