Tryouts produce walk-on

first_imgLess than two weeks after inviting any interested UW studentto participate in an open tryout for the men’s basketball team, the Badgershave welcomed their newest member to the squad, walk-on freshman WquintonSmith.Smith, a 5-foot-11-inch, 200-pound guard from Milwaukee KingHigh School, impressed coaches enough to beat out the several other finalists whohad a shot at making the team.”He’s a very good student who was very good high schoolplayer on a very good team,” head coach Bo Ryan said of Smith.Ryan also cited Smith’s impressive physique and conditioningas major factors in the walk-on winning the roster spot.Playing for the Generals, one of the state’s top teams, lastseason Smith averaged 8.2 points per game while earning second team all-cityhonors, despite shooting just 59 percent from the free-throw line.”He’s a Milwaukee boy, so I like him,” junior forward andfellow Brew City native Marcus Landry said, even though Landry played at heatedKing rival Vincent High. “I actually know some his family members pretty well.[My] first impression is he’s a good kid. … Evidently he can play the game ofbasketball.”Smith also played on both sides of the ball as a member ofthe King’s football team and was good enough to be named first teamall-conference at quarterback and honorable mention all-conference atlinebacker.Tuesday, Smith practiced with Wisconsin and proved to histeammates he was worthy of a spot on the team.”He’ll be able to push Trevon a lot,” guard Jason Bohannonsaid of what Smith, who is likely to be redshirted, can contribute immediately.”To have him play defense should really help Trevon.”He seemed to get after it and be in the right spots. Hereally fit in.”To close Tuesday’s practice Ryan put Smith at the free-throwline with crunches for the entire team as a punishment for missed shots. Smith,in a pressure situation, was unable to convert any of his three attempts,forcing the team to do a hefty amount of sit-ups.”I think he was nervous being out there the first time,”Landry said. “I think it’ll get to the point where he’s not nervous.”Ryan did not think putting the newcomer to the test rightaway was too much to ask though.”At least he knows he’s a part of the team now,” Ryan said.”That’s how I like to break guys in.”last_img read more

Read More »

UCLA’s Shareef O’Neal to miss season with heart ailment

first_imgO’Neal said he’s been asked if the injury is career-ending.“The answer is absolutely not. Just a little bump in the road,” he said in the video. “During my rehab, I’ll be attending my classes and being a normal student.”O’Neal said the news has been difficult to endure.“I’m a little down,” he said. “I feel like I was at my peak of basketball going into my freshman year and coming out of the state championship of high school. I felt like I was at the top of my game right now. Just trying to get better, getting stronger but then this happened. I’m just doing my best to focus on my health right now.”O’Neal is the second member of UCLA’s frontcourt to be sidelined after forward Alex Olesinski was diagnosed this week with a stress fracture in his right foot that will force him to miss two to three months.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE – In this April 8, 2018, file photo, Shareef O’Neal shoots a free throw during the Jordan Brand Classic high school basketball game, in New York. UCLA freshman Shareef O’Neal will sit out the entire upcoming basketball season because of a heart condition that the son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal says is “risky.” The younger O’Neal didn’t specify the condition in a TMZ Sports video , saying only that “I know it’s something serious and it’s risky.” UCLA said in a statement Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, that it will support O’Neal as he gets the issue resolved.(AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)LOS ANGELES — UCLA freshman Shareef O’Neal will sit out the entire upcoming basketball season because of a heart condition that the son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal says is “risky.”The younger O’Neal didn’t specify the condition in a TMZ Sports video , saying only that “I know it’s something serious and it’s risky.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ O’Neal said he will attend classes and take a medical redshirt. He’s expected to be sidelined for three to four months after undergoing surgery.UCLA said in a statement Friday that it will support O’Neal as he gets the issue resolved. The school said only that he was being sidelined for a medical reason and a spokesman declined to provide further details.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissO’Neal said doctors discovered the condition after he “felt funny” during summer practices. The 6-foot-10 forward wore a heart monitor attached to a button that he pressed whenever he wanted to send an alert. He received the diagnosis a few weeks after pressing the button during a practice.O’Neal played the last two seasons at Crossroads High in nearby Santa Monica. As a senior last season, O’Neal helped the school win the CIF Division II state title for the first time since 1997. He had 29 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks in the title game. O’Neal averaged 27 points as a senior while Crossroads finished with a 25-9 record. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Rockets hope Paul can escape bad luck and help team to title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Read More »