Young, Sexton headline list of point guards in NBA draft

first_imgLATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced CONCERNS: Sexton is capable of hitting from outside, such as when he hit six 3-pointers against Auburn and had five other games with at least three made 3s. The trick now is becoming a more consistent threat after making just 34 percent (44 of 131) for the season.SHAI GILGEOUS-ALEXANDERKentucky’s latest one-and-done talent wasn’t the Wildcats’ top recruit but thrived after becoming a full-time starter in January to make himself a possible lottery selection.STRENGTHS: He offers good size at the point after checking in at 6-6 at the combine with a nearly 7-foot wingspan. And he improved as the year went on, averaging 16.4 points, 5.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds after becoming the starter. He also shot 40 percent from 3-point range on the year.CONCERNS: He’ll need to add bulk to a lean 180-pound frame to handle physical play both on the perimeter and driving to the rim.OTHERS TO WATCH:— JALEN BRUNSON: The Associated Press national player of the year doesn’t have eye-popping athleticism, but he’s a steady and efficient performer who led Villanova to a second NCAA title in three seasons. The junior is a potential first-round pick.— JEVON CARTER: West Virginia’s floor leader and two-time Big 12 defensive player of the year could sneak into the first round.— TREVON DUVAL: After one year at Duke, he is likely a second-round pick with good athleticism (third at the combine in max vertical leap at 41.5 inches) but a suspect outside shot (29 percent on 3s).— AARON HOLIDAY: The UCLA junior is a first-round prospect and seems next up after the trio at the top. He was the Pac-12′s leading scorer (20.3 points) while averaging 5.8 assists, though he’s a bit undersized (6-1, 187). MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ STRENGTHS: The 6-foot-2, 178-pound Young averaged 27.4 points and 8.7 assists while putting up his share of eye-popping numbers, including four 40-point games and a Division I record-tying 22 assists against Northwestern State. He ranked fourth nationally in 3-pointers per game (3.69) and can score in bunches from anywhere, positioning him to thrive in the NBA’s free-flowing game.CONCERNS: All the offensive stats were often fairly empty down the stretch as Oklahoma lost 13 of 18 before squeaking into the NCAA Tournament for a first-round loss. Young wasn’t the most efficient scorer; he was in the top four nationally in both overall shots and 3-pointers attempted but the percentages weren’t great (.422 on field goals, .360 on 3s) while he also led the nation with 167 turnovers. He also had the smallest wingspan (6-3) of players at the combine and could stand to get stronger to handle physical pro defenders.COLLIN SEXTONSexton led Alabama back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.STRENGTHS: Athleticism — the 6-2, 183-pound freshman has plenty of it. He averaged 19.2 points while shooting nearly 45 percent, offering a quick first step and the aggressive edge needed to get to the rim. He had a solid floor game with 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. And while a similar height to Oklahoma’s Young, Sexton has a bigger wingspan (measuring a bit over 6-7 at the combine).ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Own-goal earns Iran 1-0 win over Morocco at World Cup Young is expected to be the first point guard chosen Thursday, while Sexton could join him as a top-10 pick.Here’s a look at the top prospects:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownTRAE YOUNGYoung’s scoring and playmaking ability drew comparisons to three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry. 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(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)There’s little question about where to start when looking at the top point guard prospects in the NBA draft: Trae Young and Collin Sexton.Young was the national leader in both scoring and assists with the Sooners as a freshman, while Sexton provided an aggressive presence at the helm of the Crimson Tide’s attack in his only year at Alabama.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

Bethel organizers prepare for the 2017 Camai Dance Festival

first_imgLinda Curda has been co-coordinating the Cama’i Festival for 25 years. She says they have a new group from Texas. “Danza Matachin Pavo Real group. That is a Mexican Indian dance group. We’re excited we have a Cree Indian group out of Canada.  Pamyua, we haven’t had them here for many, many years.”Along with the pioneering Alaska-Greenland band Pamyua, there will also be regional groups performing from places like Alukanuk, Chevak, and Mountain Village.Soon after the festival begins Friday evening, Cama’i will honor Raphael and Vivian Jimmy of Mountain Village as Living Treasures. Peter Atchek says the honor is a way for the community to say thank you to the cultural bearers who’ve kept Yup’ik dancing alive.“Raphael and Vivian represent the age that many of us didn’t see, during the time when Western civilization hadn’t come into our area yet, and they have retained a lot of what used to be the traditional type of dancing, and they practice that with their group now,” Atchek said. “And they carry on the tradition like it was before any interruption or touch from Western civilization or anywhere else in the world.”When honoring the Living Treasures, the community also remembers the Living Treasures who’ve been honored before them. Like last year’s David Boyscout of Chevak, who died last week of natural causes at the age of 93.Atchek also remembers Boyscout fondly.“Ever since I was a toddler, he was one of the drummers on the stage,” Atchek said. “Whenever we had Eskimo dancing, he was always there. He belonged to the Traditional Councils of the village. He was a true leader of our people.”The following day of the Festival, Saturday, a tradition is being revived after more than a decade— the Fur Fashion Show. Linda Curda got the idea after the University of Alaska Fairbanks Kuskokwim University Campus started a fur parka sewing class, and students asked to share their work.“And I said, we can’t just share it, we have to create the Fur Fashion Show again,” Curda said. “So yes, it’s been since 2005.”Anyone wearing any fur or other traditional clothing can take part. Just show up at 5:30 Saturday night. “Go-time” is at 6 p.m. Curda calls the show a parade of history, tradition, and skill.Next up at 7:45 p.m. is Peter Atchek’s favorite moment of the weekend—the Heart of the Drums. When all the drummers at the festival climb to the top of the bleachers in the Bethel Regional High School gym, circling the audience, and begin to beat in unison.“It’s usually a very powerful time of Cama’i where everybody participates,” Atchek said.“I do believe that as the drum is beating and the song is being sung, that all of our hearts truly get in unison, and your bodies share with one another, and we all become the drum ourselves,” Curda said.”“We’ve had people come up to us afterwards and say I didn’t expect that,” Atchek said. “Some of them come with their daily challenges, and they’re heavy laden, and then say I no longer feel like that, I no longer feel heavy laden, some healing happened during the Heart of the Drums.”Also on Saturday are free dental screenings from the Yukon Kuskokwim Dental Clinic, a workshop on Yup’ik regalia, and the Native Foods Dinner. Help is needed for the meal. Throughout it all, they’ll be dancing– beginning Friday evening and stretching over three days of celebration, remembrance, and culture into Sunday night. Byron Nicholai sings and drums at the 2016 Cama-i Dance Festival in Bethel. (Photo by Laura Kraegel, KNOM – Nome)The 2017 Cama’i Dance Festival begins tomorrow at the Bethel Regional High School. The weekend-long cultural celebration marks the largest annual gathering of Alaska Native dance in the world.Listen nowPeter Atchek has been helping organize Cama’i for more than a decade.“This year’s theme is Nunaniryuum Nalliini, meaning during The Time of Joy,” Atchek said. “It is the opposite of mourning. Cama’i is a celebration.”Atchek then recited in Yup’ik: “There’s a lot going on during Cama’i. It’s not only about dance. We have a lot of fun, and we’re going to do that this year.”last_img read more