Marshall’s Jon Elmore thriving in newfound home after inauspicious beginning to college career

first_img Published on November 29, 2017 at 11:40 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+ For a West Virginia boy whose goal was to play college basketball, turn pro and never have to work a day in his life, Jon Elmore was on his way.Before he started his last year of high school, he had already signed a letter-of-intent to the Virginia Military Institute. Then, as a George Washington High School senior, he averaged 31.4 points per game and won the Bill Evans award, which is given to West Virginia’s top high school player. It was the second Bill Evans award in the Elmore household. Gay Elmore, Jon’s father, had won it in 1982 before going on to set the all-time scoring record at VMI. Now, Elmore was set to follow in his father’s footsteps as the next great Keydet.Then, two weeks before his freshman season began, that dream had to be put on hold.Elmore’s grandfather, Otmer, was diagnosed with late stages of cancer. Paralysis started setting in for the patriarch of the Elmore family, and he was no longer able to perform daily functions. In the early 1960s, Otmer played basketball for West Virginia University and was a “larger-than-life” figure for Elmore and his older brother Ot, named after him. In order to care for their grandfather, Elmore and Ot, who had redshirted as a freshman the year before at VMI, withdrew from the school before ever playing a game.“I decided that (my grandfather) was bigger than school and basketball,” Elmore said. “I got to spend the final four months of my grandpa’s life with him every day, talking to him, taking care of him. I wouldn’t trade that for anything.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the Marshall Thundering Herd, Elmore is averaging 24.6 points per game, good for 8th-best in the country, and eight assists per game, tied for fifth. After declaring for the NBA draft last summer and withdrawing to return to college, Elmore is the early-season leader for Conference USA player of the year. His success contrasts from how he began his career, off the court.Though he walked away from the college basketball spot he’d always wanted, he knew he had to continue playing basketball somewhere. He decided to enroll at Marshall, the closest Division-I school to his house in Charleston, West Virginia. For the next few months, he drove back and forth during the week from school to his home to stay with his grandfather.On his first day of class at Marshall, Elmore walked into head basketball coach Dan D’Antoni’s office, looking for a spot on the team. D’Antoni, who was in his first year at the helm of the Herd, knew Elmore as the former West Virginia prep player of the year, but he had never seen Elmore play before. VMI had signed Elmore before D’Antoni began recruiting for Marshall, so the former Herd point guard and NBA assistant coach was looking at other recruits.A few days later, D’Antoni gave Elmore a tryout, and he made the team. While he wasn’t eligible to play for the Herd until his first semester grades were posted, he began practicing with the team immediately.“I hadn’t even seen him play (a game) when I gave him a scholarship,” D’Antoni said. “I wasn’t worried about how he played, my emphasis was to find the best players in West Virginia. All of a sudden, you get a call from the state player of the year. He just jumped in our lap.”Stats and Ranks as of Nov. 29; Graphic by Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorElmore’s hero growing up was Steve Nash, whom D’Antoni coached from 2005 to 2008 while serving as an assistant for the Phoenix Suns under his younger brother, Mike. With the D’Antoni style in place at Marshall, the Herd played a similar, “seven-seconds-or-less” kind of basketball that allowed Nash to become a two-time league MVP. The ability to play a similar role in the Marshall offense as Nash did with the Suns made Elmore feel comfortable, and it convinced him he could be successful there.Since he couldn’t play in any real games for the Herd until he was deemed eligible, he joined an intramural league because his friends from high school asked him to play on their team. Despite not playing in a game for about a year, Elmore, in one game, dropped 101 points.“It got a little hot that game,” Elmore said. “I probably could’ve thrown up a hook shot that game and it was going in. Just one of those days.”About a year later, after Elmore consistently practicing with the team and setting intramural league scoring records, his first semester’s grades were posted. On Dec. 14, 2015, he played his first real game in nearly a year and a half. In a 92-73 win over North Carolina Central, Elmore scored five points in 18 minutes. He started that game — and has done so ever since.“It showed that the coaching staff and team had faith in me,” Elmore said. “The hard work that I put in through the time that I wasn’t eligible was big. (I’ve) just kind of been running with it ever since.”Marshall, too, has been running ever since with Elmore leading the offense, finishing fourth in the country in pace in each of the past two seasons. Elmore flourished in the offense’s Nash role, averaging 15.2 points and 5.8 assists per game. After beginning the season 2-6 without him, Marshall finished the year 15-10, including a 12-6 record in conference play. Last year, Elmore raised his averages across the board, and he lead the conference in scoring en route to earning first-team all-conference honors.With his success as a sophomore, Elmore declared for the 2017 NBA draft to see what coaches thought of him and receive feedback on his game. He eventually withdrew his name from the pool and returned to Marshall, gathering valuable experience in doing so.“It was a cool process,” Elmore said. “You get to the point in life or in your job or in basketball where you think you know everything and you think you’re the best at it. This summer was big for me because I got outside opinions from a lot of people on what I can work on and get better.”The nuances of keeping his body healthy and prepared for an 82-game season, like eating right and lifting more, were the main takeaways for Elmore. Changing his body is something he’s done in the past, after cutting body fat last season. After being scolded by D’Antoni for his 16 percent body fat, he dropped to eight percent through changes in his diet.“It’s been fun,” said Ot. “It’s not much of a surprise. I knew coming out of high school that wherever he went, he was going to be one of the best players at that level and in college basketball.”Now, a handful of accolades and a possible professional career lays in front of Elmore. He understands that his journey hasn’t been easy or straight-forward, but, he said, he’s always had faith and worked hard, so he figured everything would be OK.“All the hardships and different paths that I’ve had to take to get where I’m at,” he said, “that’s a pretty cool story.” Commentslast_img read more

Women’s Golf Signs Paulak For 2017-18 Season

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s golf team has signed high school student-athlete Sam Paulak (Kansas City, Mo.) to a National Letter of Intent for the 2017-18 season, head coach Rachael Pruett announced Monday, Nov. 14. Paulak is a multi-sport athlete for Park Hill High School. She finished in third-place at the 2016 Missouri State High School Tournament and garnered first-team all-conference and all-district honors all four seasons. Paulak was named 2015 Midwest PGA Student-Athlete of the Year and was selected to the Kansas City all-metro team.  This past spring, she won the 2016 AJGA Preview at Brookhaven. She also received 2015 all-state honors in soccer and was named a team captain the last three seasons.                                             Drake opens the spring season on Feb. 10 at the Ball State Sunshine Invitational in Port St. Lucie, Fla.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Print Friendly Version “We are excited to welcome Samantha Paulak to the Bulldog family. She has the work ethic and curiosity for how to get better on and off the course that will help her be successful and as well as make us better as a team,” said Pruett.last_img read more

POSITIVE MEETING ON CANCER SERVICES AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL

first_imgA positive meeting has taken place in Dublin today on the future of cancer care services at Letterkenny General Hospital.Letterkenny General HospitalThe meeting was attended by members of Donegal Action for Cancer Care and Co-operating for Cancer Care Northwest; the Department of Health; senior members of both the Saolta University Hospital Group and Letterkenny General Hospital; HSE and the National Cancer Control Programme.Local Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh TD and the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD, both welcomed the positive and informative meeting with all the relevant stakeholders. Minister McHugh outlined that “At today’s meeting, there was a firm commitment given by the Saolta Group that they would continue to strengthen symptomatic breast care cancers services at the Hospital, and provide additional supports, with the overall aim of enabling the services provided by the Unit to be sustainable in the long term.”The meeting was a follow up to the previous meeting that took place last February, organised by Minister McHugh through Minster Varadkar’s Office, to address the concerns people in Donegal had regarding the long term commitment to the cancer services at Letterkenny General Hospital. The purpose of today’s meeting was to brief those involved on the commitments given in the previous meeting and to outline next steps and actions.Minister Varadkar, commenting on the meeting “As I outlined on Highland Radio last month when I was in Donegal, we are absolutely committed to ensuring that the Breast Care Unit at Letterkenny Hospital is strengthened and that it continues to provide the best possible care for patients into the future. I am pleased that at today’s meeting there was positive engagement from all key stakeholders who are working together to ensure that this services continues.”POSITIVE MEETING ON CANCER SERVICES AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL was last modified: August 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cancer care servicesdonegallast_img read more

Zuma pays tribute to Chinua Achebe

first_img25 March 2013South African President Jacob Zuma has sent his condolences following the death of Nigerian author Chinua Achebe.Achebe passed away in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States on Thursday at the age of 82.“I have learnt with great sadness of the passing of this colossus of African writing. Chinua Achebe was indeed Africa’s greatest literary export and a legend of African literature,” Zuma said in a statement on Friday.“It was in his famous novel Things Fall Apart that many Africans saw themselves in literature and arts at the time when most of the writing was about Africans but not by Africans.”The President said that the African continent owed a debt of gratitude to Achebe.“On behalf of the South African government and all her people, we wish to send our deepest condolences to the Achebe family, his birth country of Nigeria and the whole literature community. May his soul rest in peace.”The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory also passed on their condolences to the family of Achebe, “a great African writer and thinker.”“Nelson Mandela referred to Achebe as a writer ‘in whose company the prison walls fell down’,” said spokesperson for the centre, Sello Hatang.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Home from Home: Raising orphans in loving community homes

first_imgCentral to the Home from Home model of care is the special bond between foster parent and child. (Image: Home from Home)It all started 11 years ago with one house and six children. Today it is a network of community-based foster homes that give orphaned and neglected kids a chance at a real childhood, outside institutions, in a loving home. This is the innovative model of South Africa’s Home from Home fostering network.“Home from Home isn’t an institution. We’re not a children’s home,” says co-founder and managing trustee Pippa Shaper. “We are a group – a cluster – of small community-based family homes. Our homes look like any other home on the street. They integrate into the local community.”Recognising that children respond better in small community foster homes than in institutional care, Home from Home was founded in 2005, and has grown rapidly from one house in Khayelitsha to many homes around the country.Over the past 11 years, about 300 children have been raised by the Home from Home network. Today, it cares for 198 children in 33 homes, in 15 different communities, all over the Western Cape.“When we decide to work in a new community, we come from a couple of angles,” says Shaper. “Either we will discover, through working with the Department of Social Development, that there is a tremendous need to have a new home in the area. Other times, a church or community organisation will come to us and say, ‘We’ve got a need in our area.’ But they don’t have the resources, they don’t have the model, they don’t have the idea to do it.“That’s when Home from Home comes along. We’ve got the model of care set up. We have the experience. We’ve got the professional skills. So we can come in and partner with a local community group or church to help them – and empower them, really – to look after their own orphans.”Central to the Home from Home model of care is the special bond between foster parent and child.“To work with children – this is the thing I like most in my life,” says Hellen Ntshikila, a foster mother living in Khayelitsha. “I used to look after my sisters at home. It’s in my veins, to look after children.”Selecting the right person for the role of foster mother is paramount. A small, loving family unit, where siblings are kept together, is the recipe for the children’s ongoing development.This creates a place where they can be brought up as part of a community, speaking their first language, and gaining a sense of their own identity.“Selecting the home mother, the foster mother, is the most difficult part of all our work. They are the most important people in the whole organisation,” says Jayne Payne, social worker and co-founder of Home from Home. “We need to get someone who is really going to love and cherish the children, and look after them as if they are their own children. It has to be someone who really wants to care for children.“And we’ve been very, very lucky. We’ve got wonderful foster mothers – so dedicated. Because it’s a hard job to care for children who aren’t your own.“We see the foster mothers every few days. We are very involved with them.”Many of the children under the care of Home from Home are HIV-positive. But with proper care and medication, they can go on to live full and meaningful lives.A safe, stable, loving family is what every child needs and deserves. Children in foster care have often come from a place of great sadness – of abuse, neglect, poverty, ill health and loss. Home from Home aims to redress this by providing children with security from harm or any form of abuse, in secure families where they can settle and not be fearful of being uprooted. It also provides children with the food, health care, education and psychological support they need.By loving the children and accepting them as they are, Home from Home aims to raise its foster kids to become well-adjusted adults who will contribute to society.The network creates opportunities for them to become valuable members of society through every means possible – individual treatment plans, therapeutic assistance, extra help with educational needs, excellent health care, the chance to expand their world vision through experiences they would otherwise not get.HOW TO VOLUNTEEROne of the most rewarding ways to get involved with Home from Home is by becoming a volunteer. They accept both local and international volunteers, and there are many tasks they need help with. Everything, from taking children on outings to helping get children and foster parents to clinics, the NGO needs assistance from taking children on outings to providing a lift to a foster mother and child to the local clinic for an appointment.“We would also love to have volunteers with special skills – for example, counselling, physiotherapy and occupational therapy amongst others – which we could incorporate into our programme,” says Shaper.To find out more, visit the Home from Home website.last_img read more

Samsung’s Vision Of A Hyper-Flexible Gadget Empire At CES 2013

first_imgThis year at CES 2013, it seems that Samsung might actually be in touch with what real people are looking for in their cutting-edge new gadgets.With its “see what sticks” approach – an you name every Galaxy Tab form factor? If you said. “Yes,” you’re lying – the company commands a massive empire of products across a vast array of markets – and it’s hell-bent on making them all play nice with each other. Happily, the company is adding some cool bells and whistles along the way.Connect All The Things“We’re committed to providing different form factors, screen sizes and operating systems,” said Tim Baxter, President of Samsung Electronics America, at the company’s CES press conference. “One screen isn’t enough anymore. Consumers want their devices to be connected and they want their content to move freely between them. Actually Smart Smart TVsBut beyond weaving an interconnected web of devices under its banner, Samsung is pulling some nifty tricks in its new product lines. Samsung’s surreal new OLED TVs, set to hit shelves later in 2013, can convert regular content to ultra-HD, so buyers aren’t stuck watching prehistoric-looking content on their entertainment hardware of the future. In its Smart TV fleet, a little device the company calls an “evolution kit” – “a brain transplant for your TV” – can plug into your 2012 Samsung set to bring it up to speed with the features of a 2013 model.But here’s the most bizarre twist: On the new OLED TVs, a feature called Multi-View employs 3D glasses sporting earbuds to allow two people watch completely 2 completely different programs on the same screen at the same time, supposedly with no deterioration of viewing quality. (But not in 3D, obviously.)The Clever Future Of Smart AppliancesSamsung has all kinds of crazy stuff cooking in the home, too:A four-door LCD fridge that can turn into a modular freezer on the fly. (It’s even integrated with Evernote.)A “Flex Duo” oven that can cook two meals at two different temperatures simultaneously. (Kind of like that Multi-View TV!)A “speed oven” that combines a convection oven, broiler, microwave and traditional oven.  Cameras And Computers Round Out The DeckOf course, even when these bleeding edge products finally hit the market, they’d be priced well beyond mainstream consumers’ budgets. At least at first. Still, it’s nice to see that Samsung’s future of a smart, well, everything includes ways to extend the shelf life of its products and expand their utility beyond conventional parameters. At its CES 2013 press conference, the company also announced updates to its acclaimed Series 7 notebooks and the NX300, the latest in its well-regarded mirror-less camera line.Samsung Eclipses SonySamsung has come a long way. Sony, former electronics top dog, missed the boat on big trends – like mobile – and has been hurting ever since (See ReadWrite DeathWatch: Sony), posting a massive $6.4 billion loss for fiscal 2012. The Korean upstart has filled the vacuum – and then some.Samsung now dominates the all important smartphone market, and is working aggressively to connect the dots from mobile to its other product areas.  Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#CES 2013#Samsung center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting taylor hatmakerlast_img read more

High Court notice to MP Pragya Thakur

first_imgThe Madhya Pradesh High Court on Thursday issued a notice to BJP Bhopal MP Pragya Singh Thakur on a petition challenging her election to the Lok Sabha, the petitioner’s lawyer said. The petition seeks to set aside her election on the grounds that she allegedly adopted “corrupt practices” and whipped up communal passions during the campaign. Rakesh Dixit, a journalist, has filed the petition in his capacity as a voter registered in Bhopal.Advocate Arvind Shrivastava, his lawyer, said Justice Vishal Dhagat served the notice to Ms. Thakur on Thursday and sought response within four weeks.During the Lok Sabha poll campaign, Ms. Thakur violated Section 123 (3) (seeking votes on the basis of religion) of the Representation of the People Act, the petition claimed.‘False statements’She also made false statements against her rival and Congress candidate Digvijaya Singh which violated Section 123 (4) (making false and defamatory statements about another candidate) of the Act, the lawyer added.last_img read more

Children in Detention Centres to Benefit from Counselling Workshops

first_imgChildren in detention centres, along with their parents, will benefit from counselling workshops being organised by the Ministry of Youth and Culture. The sessions are being planned by a special Children Support Taskforce, consisting of a wide cross section of civil society groups and individuals who have come on board to assist with parenting and other interventions. Convenor of the group is Rev. Dr. Marjorie Lewis and Deputy Convenor is Psychiatrist, Dr. Aggrey Irons. Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, in an interview with JIS News said the sessions will be rolled out this summer. “They are now finalizing the curriculum, finalizing the schedule and we are very pleased about this process,” she said. Additionally, Miss Hanna said the Ministry will be rolling out a project dubbed, ‘Art for Life’, where children in State care will be exposed to art, music, dance and poetry. She said the sessions will complement the regular programmes of the institution. “We feel, especially in those situations where some of our young women, for whatever reasons, have ended up there…they need avenues for expressions and that’s what the Art for Life programme is about,” she said, adding that the programme is being sponsored by the CHASE Fund. Highlighting the importance of the counselling workshops, the Minister said it is important for the children to have counselling with their family members. “At some point they will be re-integrated into their families and there needs to be a transition and an understanding of how that transition will take place. That is one of the critical reasons why we have decided to put it in place,” she added. Miss Hanna had announced in her recent presentation in the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, that the ‘Art for Life’ programme would initially include female children at Fort Augusta, the Horizon Remand Centre and the Homestead Place of Safety in Stony Hill.She said the Department of Correctional Services, Child Development Agency, Edna Manley College, the National Gallery, the Institute of Jamaica and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission will collaborate on the initiative.Contact: E. Hartman Reckordlast_img read more

GoodBulk Bets on Capesize Market Rebound

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: GoodBulk Monaco-based dry bulk shipping company GoodBulk wrapped up the first quarter of 2018 in the black with a net profit of USD 9 million.The earnings were boosted by a net capital gain of USD 5.4 million from the M/V Aquabeauty’s sale.The first months of the year were very busy as the company completed the delivery of 13 Capesize vessels acquired from funds managed by CarVal Investors in October 2017.“GoodBulk continues to execute its plan to build a leading owner of dry bulk vessels with a strategy of active asset management and low financial leverage to create a portfolio with significant operational leverage in a recovering dry bulk market,” the company said.Namely, GoodBulk has invested around USD 20 million into the acquisition of a 2007-built Capesize vessel Aquakatie, built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding.The company’s ships earned an average gross Time Charter Equivalent rate (TCE) of USD 14,672 per day in Capesize segment, USD 13,679 per day in Panamax market, while its Supramaxes earned USD 11,256 per day.Commenting on the market developments GoodBulk said that the Capesize market began 2018 with significant volatility before daily spot rates declined from USD 20,890 in January to USD 7,051 in April 2018 amid restricted cargoes and seasonal decline in spot rates due to the Chinese New Year. As cargo volumes normalized, spot rates rebounded sharply to end April at USD 17,176 per day.“Management remains optimistic that the Capesize market is in the beginning stages of a cyclical recovery supported by stronger fundamentals on both the demand and supply sides of the market as evidenced by the stronger spot rates for Capesize vessels in 2018 versus 2017 during the seasonally weak first quarter,” the company explained.Demand, boosted by the new trade of seaborne coal from the United States to India, is expected to benefit especially the larger vessels. In addition, availability of iron ore cargoes is set to be increased in the second half of the year as iron ore producers reaffirm their 2018 production targets.On the supply side, the Capesize fleet should see limited growth until 2020 following two years of minimal new ordering and the scrapping wave of 2015 and 2016. According to GoodBulk, this fundamental position of demand and supply could result in a tight market in the second half of 2018 with a corresponding response in Capesize spot rates.Speaking on future investments, GoodBulk explained that it is able to invest in drybulk vessels ranging in size from 50,000 to 210,000 DWT.However, the company’s management believes that Capesize vessels represent the most attractive risk-adjusted return of all dry bulk vessel sizes.Upon completion of the acquisition of the Aquakatie, GoodBulk will control a fleet of 25 dry bulk vessels, including 22 Capesize vessels, one Panamax, and two Supramaxes.last_img read more

By the numbers Ohio State fends off late Minnesota comeback stays undefeated

OSU junior running back Ezekiel Elliott is lifted into the air by senior right tackle Chase Ferris following Eillott’s 15-yard touchdown run in a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones took back the reins for the Buckeye offense, and OSU held off a late rally from the Minnesota Golden Gophers to win 28-14 inside Ohio Stadium on Saturday night.Jones played an efficient game, going 12-of-22 passing for 187 yards and a touchdown while adding 65 yards and another touchdown on the ground against a stout Minnesota defense that nearly upset Michigan in its previous game. However, the offense was still never able to find its groove, leaving a lot of people wondering if redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett will take over once again next week at Illinois.In all, the Buckeye offense was able to pile up 376 yards of offense, which featured another strong performance by junior running back Ezekiel Elliott, who added 114 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Buckeyes, despite being held scoreless once again in the first quarter, scored the first 21 points of the game, but the top performers from Saturday night were unquestionably the entire defensive unit.The Buckeye defense played an excellent game, holding Minnesota to only 33 rushing yards on the night. This forced redshirt junior quarterback Mitch Leidner to make plays through the air. Leidner did up passing for 281 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw a costly interception that was returned for a touchdown by OSU junior safety Vonn Bell. OSU was able to keep the Golden Gophers off the board until the fourth quarter.OSU is scheduled to play its final three regular-season games — two on the road — all against teams with winning records, starting with Illinois last week. Minnesota, after dropping two consecutive games since coach Jerry Kill retired, will hit the road to play at undefeated Iowa next week as it fights to reach bowl eligibility for the year.By the numbers:10 – The current win streak for the Buckeyes over the Golden Gophers.2 – Since 1967, Minnesota has only beaten OSU twice (1981 and 2000).8 and 6 – OSU’s football successes are well known, as it claims eight national titles, the sixth most all time. Minnesota, however, has had some great successes as well and claims six national titles, the eighth most all time.14 – Elliott has now ran for at least 100 yards in 14 straight games, which is the longest active streak in the nation.29 – OSU has now won 29 straight regular-season Big Ten conference games. Not only is it the longest win streak ever in the Big Ten, it is also tied for the longest conference winning streak of all time with Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference.22 – The Buckeyes have now won 22 straight games, which is tied for the second longest winning streak in school history. The longest streak in OSU history is 24 straight wins during Urban Meyer’s first two seasons as head coach. read more