Dunne: Training in Dallas, Rautins looks to again prove worth in preparation for NBA Draft

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Sunday and Monday blended into a blur of jump shots and barbells for Andy Rautins. At the Mark Cuban Heroes Basketball Center in Dallas, he’s sleeping at the gym. Literally.After an 11:30 p.m. training session Sunday night, Rautins passed out inside the locker room. His apartment doesn’t get the Internet, and he had to finish some homework. So Rautins’ trainers hooked him up with makeshift amenities and hit the lights.‘They threw me some blankets, and I kicked it there,’ Rautins said.This is Rautins’ new life. After serving as the torchbearer along one of Syracuse’s most decorated seasons ever, it’s back to square one. Back to proving himself all over again. Monday morning, he trained at 10 a.m. Then again at 2 p.m. And again at 4 p.m. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn Dallas, Rautins is redefining himself for the NBA. This isn’t a job interview. Rather, a training ground. There aren’t any NBA teams stopping by. But with each 3-on-3 game against NBA players and each set of squats, Rautins is quietly polishing two specific areas of his game.He played exclusively in a 2-3 zone at SU, so he’s drilling himself in man-to-man again. And after playing shooting guard throughout college, he’s handling the ball as much as possible. In the pros, he’ll need to. Six-foot-4 shooting guards aren’t in demand. So, in short, sleeping is a luxury.‘I’m just trying to get stronger and work on my one-on-one defense,’ Rautins said. ‘It’s a big change going from zone to playing more of an isolation-type defense.’Once the dust settled on Syracuse’s punch-in-the-mouth Sweet 16 loss, Rautins trucked to Dallas. With the exception of a quick trip back to Syracuse, the pre-draft camp in Chicago and individual team workouts, that’s where he’ll stay until the NBA Draft. A batch of pro and college players are gradually joining Rautins in Dallas, including Golden State Warriors forward Anthony Randolph.It took four years to shed his sniper sidekick label in college. With a personal trainer, a skills coach and a strength trainer along with constant two-a-days, Rautins is shedding this stereotype again. To the naked eye, players like him are a dime a dozen. This résumé is recycled annually. Highly successful college player. Deadly from outside. Team leader. A player oozing with — channel your inner Mel Kiper Jr. — intangibles. Each day in Dallas, Rautins is doing everything in his power to prove he’s different. To prove he does translate to the NBA. There are more success stories than a Nutrisystem commercial. Last year, after torching defenses for 28.6 points per game as a junior, rail-thin Davidson guard Stephen Curry had no choice but to become a point guard.He did and pioneered Golden State’s fun-and-gun offense. Now he’s a leading Rookie of the Year candidate. Within days, Curry might be joining Rautins in Dallas. Good news. Rautins’ offseason mission is the same. ‘I’m just going to continue to work on my ball-handling ability at the point guard position,’ Rautins said. ‘Try to get stronger and prepare for the physicality of the league.’As for the zone-to-man switch, this isn’t anything new for Syracuse prospects. Some players make the transition better than others. The simple change from standing upright to crouching down to the court can be an awkward process, but Rautins insists his experience with Team Canada in the summer helps. Every summer he trades elbow shots with grown men in international play. To him, playing man defense is nothing more than hopping back on a bicycle. It’s not as daunting.‘That’s something I’ve become accustomed to,’ Rautins said of the man defense. ‘In zone, you’re relying more on the team and help situations as opposed to man-to-man, which is more one-on-one.’Granted, his window is short. So many SU standouts in recent memory — Paul Harris and Eric Devendorf come to mind — have seen their NBA hopes flame out. Be honest. You had no idea New Zealand had a basketball league. Like them, Rautins put up big numbers. But unlike them, Rautins relished his role as the unquestioned team spokesman. Soul-searching questions from reporters were embraced and analyzed. Never shunned. When Syracuse was blindsided by Le Moyne, Rautins summoned his team for a players-only meeting. When his team rolled to a No. 1 ranking, he stayed grounded. On the court, he was the team’s heartbeat.Leadership should count for something. Glue guys abound the NBA. One Eastern Conference NBA scout sitting on press row at an SU game raved about Rautins’ leadership, insisting it’s something teams look for. But still, Rautins isn’t complacent. Checking out Spurs-Mavericks playoffs games from the locker room at night, Rautins is reminded that changes must be made. Changes he’s taking head-on. ‘I welcome those challenges and am working extremely hard down here,’ Rautins said. ‘I’m around some really successful people. We’re getting in a lot of hard work here.’[email protected]center_img Published on April 26, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Syracuse rides 2nd-half surge past No. 16 Ohio State

first_img Published on November 28, 2018 at 9:40 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 COLUMBUS, Ohio — From the top of Value City Arena, up in section 306, several dozen fans in orange rose to their feet. Their applause could hardly be heard across the building. Syracuse had pulled away, ever so slightly.Three sections below, amid the loud roars and white towels whipping in the air, Tyus Battle found a moment of calm. Up six with a minute left, he crossed over at the top of the key. He eyed an opening down the left side of the lane. Two dribbles left and a floater high fell through off the glass followed. The crowd fell into an anxious hush. Hundreds of Buckeye fans filed for the exits.What happened Wednesday night demonstrated the progression of a rested, reloaded Syracuse. Battle, in his best all-around performance of his junior season, scored a game-high 20 points. In its 72-62 victory over No. 16 Ohio State (6-1), the Orange (4-2) defense played its best game of the season, which doubles as its best performance since March. Despite three players fouling out, Syracuse held on to tally an early road win.“We really needed this,” said Battle, who added a pair of assists and three boards.Syracuse, in its first unfavorable venue since a Round of 32 win over Michigan State in March, entered the break down, 31-29. But sophomore forward Oshae Brissett (14 points, two 3s) and freshman point guard Jalen Carey (4-for-4 from the line down the stretch, plus three assists) initiated a second-half surge that sent SU past the Buckeyes, a No. 5 seed in last season’s NCAA Tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse head coach Jim Boeheim couldn’t put a finger on what led to SU’s 72-point outing, other than an 11-for-24 showing from 3-point range and a good bit of defense.“This was the first time I’ve seen us play the way we need to play,” Boeheim said. “That’s a good sign.”Senior point guard Frank Howard, who scored eight points, said the defense energized an SU offense and lifted them out of a seesaw battle. “Second half, we felt a lot more comfortable taking contact,” he said. “We’re all locked in on both ends, and the shots started to fall.”The victory functions as a boost to Syracuse’s already-underway NCAA Tournament resume, which factors in nonconference performance. The win against No. 16 Ohio State, on the road, also bumps the Orange to two games above .500 and provides belief that SU could enter ACC play at 11-2, given it takes care of the remaining seven nonconference opponents on its schedule.Howard is working back into the lineup following ankle surgery. From the top of the 2-3 zone, he didn’t provide the activeness that made him last year’s ACC steals-per-game leader. He said he still needs about a week before he’ll be 100 percent. But he did cover ground and hit a jumper that silenced the OSU crowd in the second half. He did call plays from the top of the key in a more spaced-out Orange approach. And he did provide security at the point, committing zero turnovers.The win is all the more encouraging given SU’s frontcourt fended off a formidable OSU team. The defense, despite foul trouble turning some of the game into a free-throw contest, became more active. This coincided with OSU falling ice-cold from deep — 6 for 22 from 3 in the game — in part because the SU defense crept up a couple of feet higher. Just a couple.“We guarded the 3-point line better than we have all year,” Boeheim said. “Somehow after that bad start, we did start to defend.”Over the past three seasons, Syracuse’s nonconference road performances have proven to be indicators of not only how the Orange does in conference play, but also whether Syracuse makes the NCAA Tournament. A title victory at the Battle 4 Atlantis became a resume boost on Selection Sunday in 2016. A road loss at Wisconsin, plus other nonconference losses to St. John’s, Connecticut and Georgetown, were key factors in SU’s NIT fate during the 2016-17 season. Last December, the Orange lost to Kansas but picked up a meaningful road win at Georgetown.So while it’s only one game in November, the outcome Wednesday provides a signal of SU’s capability to play in road environments. The OSU victory is the only road matchup of Syracuse’s nonconference slate, and the Orange don’t play away from home again until conference play begins Jan. 5 at Notre Dame.Against the Buckeyes, the Orange came to life midway through the second half. With 11:36 to play and the score even at 45, back-to-back Carey penetrations-and-kicks generated layups for forwards Brissett and Elijah Hughes. Hughes, who dropped 18 on 4-for-9 shooting from deep, drilled a 3-pointer from the wing. The SU bench stood up. Next, Battle hit a jumper and soon SU had a 10-point lead, the momentum in its favor.Despite the towel waves, the gap stayed there for good.With a few seconds left, the only unified noise came from one place way upstairs: section 306. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Haunted Maze will be at Fall Fest Saturday

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015:Tuesday•WHS volleyball at Wichita Collegiate, 5 p.m.Wednesday•Blood drive at WHS.Thursday•Cross Country at El Dorado, 4 p.m.•C-team volleyball at Wichita Collegiate, 5 p.m.•Pep assembly.•Homecome parade, 6:30 p.m.Friday•Cross Country at El Dorado, 4 p.m.•Football at Wellington vs. Wichita Collegiate, 7 p.m.Saturday•JV Volleyball at Wichita Chaparral, 8 a.m.•4A Tennis Regional at Pratt, 9 a.m.Today’s Lunch–  Chicken Fry Z’s, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Fresh Broccoli, Peaches, Hot Roll and MilkTuesday’s Lunch — Chili, tortilla Chips, Celery and Cucumbers, Cinnamon Roll, Pears, Baby Carrots and Milk.Today’s News*This Saturday there will be a haunted maze at fall fest from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. by the tennis courts. There will also be a showing of The Ring until 11 pm. Everyone is welcome and the cost is only $1.00. You don’t want to miss out!*Crusader Creators will NOT meet this week due to homecoming activities.*ATTN JUNIORS:  The Kansas Star Casino has purchased ACT vouchers for all current Juniors.  If you are planning on taking the ACT stop by the counseling office for your voucher.*Students interested in going to Spain in June of 2017- Please pick up packet information from Mrs. Groom.* The homecoming dance will be this Friday from 9:30 to 11:30.  Tickets may be purchased during lunch this week for $3, or $5 at the door.  Dress is casual attire. You must have a student ID to be allowed into the dance.  If you want to bring an out of town date, please sign them up in the office by Thursday.*Homecoming is this week! Spirit Week Days are:Wednesday: Tacky Family PhotoThursday: Superhero vs. VillainFriday: Crusader Nation*September 14th through November 11th all student-athletes 7th through 12th grades, will be given the opportunity to attend Core-Strengthening Yoga on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 6:40-7:15 at the middle school gym.*WHS Work Ethic Program will meet tomorrow from 11:30-12:30 in room 107. Bring a lunch!*Football players- you can turn in your $2 in the office for the football signs.Guidance office news:College visits during lunch:Thursday, Oct 15- Baker UniversityFriday, Oct 16- University of Kansas.Monday, Oct. 19 – Butler County CC.Thursday, October 22, Friends UniversityMonday, Nov. 2- Hutchinson CC.Fun Fact of the Day:Stressed is desserts spelled backwards.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Schalke Fans Fight Greek Police Ahead PAOK Game

first_imgTHESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — About 150 Schalke supporters have clashed with riot police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki ahead of their team’s Europa League match against PAOK.No arrests or injuries were reported from the violence hours before Thursday’s game.Police said the group of German fans, who had previously visited a district full of beer parlors and restaurants, threw fireworks and stones at riot police escorting them. Police responded with tear gas.About 1,400 Schalke fans are expected to attend the game.TweetPinShare3737 Shareslast_img read more