Former Syracuse forward Alex Halis to play for Grand Canyon University

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Former Syracuse forward Alex Halis will play for Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona this upcoming season following his transfer from SU, GCU head coach Schellas Hyndman said in a phone call Tuesday afternoon.Halis left Syracuse after starting 22 of 38 games in his first two years under head coach Ian McIntyre, scoring 10 goals and assisting on three. This past season, he started the Orange’s final four games of the season — two in the conference tournament and two in the NCAA tournament — and scored three goals combined in games against Duke, Louisville and Georgetown.Earlier this year, Halis declined to go into detail for the reason behind his transfer. “Whatever happened, happened,” Halis said via Twitter direct message in February. “I’m obviously not happy I left Syracuse and I’m leaving it at that.”Grand Canyon first became a Division I team in the 2013-14 school year, joining the Western Athletic Conference. In the men’s soccer team’s two years in D-I, it has compiled a 9-26-4 record. Hyndman is entering his first year as head coach, having already amassed the sixth-most wins in NCAA Division I men’s soccer history (466) and garnering a Major League Soccer Coach of the Year Honor in 2010 after guiding FC Dallas to the MLS Cup final.Hyndman said he recently saw Halis playing in Halis’ home country of Canada and was impressed, but had a thought Halis would want to play professionally in Greece. Hyndman told Halis to be wary of the financial risks of the move due to the current state of the Greek economy, he said, and for multiple reasons eventually lured him to GCU, where both will be entering their inaugural season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHyndman added that Halis was intrigued he’d be tasked with building a successful team from the ground up and not one that was already a proven national powerhouse. The head coach also said his former resume definitely came in handy when attracting the former SU forward to play for him.Grand Canyon is building a 2,800 seat stadium on campus that will be used for the 2015 season. And now, Halis goes from starting on a team in the Sweet 16 to the newest member of one still trying to build an identity in Division I. Comments Published on July 14, 2015 at 3:08 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Polished Evans enjoying best season yet

first_imgMost recently, at Minnesota, Ryan Evans earned a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. With a total of 257 points so far this season, Evans is averaging 10.3 points per game.[/media-credit]A double-double in the game of basketball is no fluke. They just don’t come along courtesy of serendipity.Even on just a game-by-game basis, the achievement of a double-double requires an unflagging work ethic. But the 17 points and 11 rebounds that forward Ryan Evans earned Feb. 9 against Minnesota represent more than just a good old-fashioned hard day’s work.It was a signal of how much Evans has refined his game since last season and also since being cut from his high school junior varsity team as a sophomore.“It is (a mark of his growth),” assistant coach Lamont Paris said. “It is an indication of how active he is. You’re working hard to get a double-double; there’s no way about it. You can’t fake your way into a double-double.“He really has worked hard at attacking some of his deficiencies and he’s played hard. [He’s] paid some dues, things haven’t always gone his way and he’s persevered.”Evans is currently riding the best four-game streak of his career. With the double-double as the capstone as of this moment, Evans has scored in double digits in each the last four games, including six out of the last eight.And, over those last four contests, he is averaging more points and blocks than his season average.His emergence as a consistent producer on the court has arrived thanks to an upgraded offensive game that prevented him from getting off the bench more often as an underclassman.Evans, who is the only player on the Wisconsin men’s basketball roster not from the Midwest (he comes from Hamilton, Ariz.), joined the Badgers as a late signee in March 2008 after turning around his high school career.He redshirted his first year but earned time on the floor immediately during the following two years, thanks to a well-rounded defensive game.Somewhat mirroring his high school career, his performance dipped as a sophomore – especially on offense. Evans played 11.6 minutes per game, down from 13.2 the year prior, and had a shooting percentage that inched over 30 percent. He also averaged a turnover once every 17 minutes.“I kind of went through the same thing in high school, not playing much as a freshman, getting cut as a sophomore,” Evans said. “I may as well have been cut last year, as bad of a season as I had.”According to the 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward, the weight of his own expectations that year slowly flattened his confidence. It didn’t go as expected for him, so as 2011-12 neared, he cleared his mind of anything else, freeing himself from the self-analysis.“That was my downfall last year,” he said. “I set expectations for myself and when they weren’t getting accomplished I was kind of going down, going down, going down. Instead I came into this season with a positive mentality.”Meanwhile, Paris and the rest of the coaching staff were able to pinpoint Evans’ shortcomings on the court as well. He would too often attempt shots when he was off-balance, like a turn-around jumper and he was unable to maintain possession when he put the ball on the ground.“His percentage of turnovers when he dribbled the ball was high, yet he continued to do it because he wanted to prove that ‘I’m capable of doing this,’ when in reality he was not capable of doing it successfully on a consistent basis,” Paris said. “This year, he hasn’t done that near as much, you don’t see him driving baseline [and] getting stuck. He’s gotten better, his shot selection has gotten better.”Today, Evans leads the team in rebounding per game (6.8), and is third in scoring (10.3 points per game) and shooting percentage (.433 average from the floor). He averages one turnover every 22.5 minutes.He’s also come close to earning “the elusive double-double” – as Paris calls it – at other points this year. During the conference season, Evans has fallen one rebound or two baskets short of the feat three times – against Michigan, Indiana and Northwestern.Paris notes there is still improvement to be had for Evans, in terms of ball handling and the development of a more consistent three-point shot (he is 22.2 percent from behind the perimeter this year).According to Paris, there’s still plenty of potential for him on defense.“He can be one of the best defenders in the league, bar none, guarding any position almost,” he said. “His ceiling is very high from the defensive side of things.”But nevertheless, Evans – as well as everyone else on the team – is finally getting a chance to enjoy his success.“This is a special season … it means a lot to me,” Ryan said, when asked if being a starter meant anything extra to him. “It’s been a good run so far and I think it could get a lot better still.”last_img read more

Beat writers expect Duke to beat Syracuse by double-digits

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Syracuse (20-12, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) set up a third meeting this season with Duke (26-5, 14-4) by beating Pittsburgh on Wednesday, 73-59. The Blue Devils had a double bye to the ACC tournament quarterfinals. It’ll be the rubber match between two teams that beat each other on the road this season.Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen.Billy Heyen (24-8)Dancing with the DevilsDuke 80, Syracuse 61Tyus Battle, per Jim Boeheim, is “probably two or three days” from being ready to play. Syracuse has no reason to risk him against Duke in a game that means a lot more to fans than to NCAA Tournament implications. Without Battle, there’s not enough firepower for the Orange to keep up with Duke’s four freshmen for 40 minutes. SU will get some rest ahead of Selection Sunday with Wednesday’s win keeping them safely in the field. Charlie DiSturco (23-9)The big 4Duke 82, Syracuse 60AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYet another showdown between Syracuse and Duke this season. Unlike the other two times, the Blue Devils will start their death lineup that includes Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, Tre Jones and Cam Reddish. I thought this same prediction earlier in the year before Reddish’s sickness and Jones’ injury mid-game, and I think the same will hold true. Duke is just too good for SU, especially with Tyus Battle battling injury. Matthew Gutierrez (19-13)Duke dominanceDuke 75, Syracuse 62It’s hard to envision scenarios in which Syracuse comes out on top Thursday. The only way would be a lights-out shooting display. Otherwise, even a few big games from individual players probably won’t be enough against a national title contender in the Blue Devils at full strength. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 14, 2019 at 10:49 amlast_img read more

AC Milan legend Franco Baresi to open Betting on Football 2019

first_img Share StumbleUpon SBC’s Barcelona Summit to become digital-only event May 29, 2020 Related Articles Global audience gears up for opening day of SBC Digital Summit April 26, 2020 Share Submit SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital 2020 announces free ticket initiative July 21, 2020 Legendary AC Milan and Italy central defender Franco Baresi has been confirmed as the star name to open this month’s Betting on Football conference. It is fitting that the sixth edition of the event, held at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge from 19-22 March, will be opened by Baresi – a footballer that performed for AC Milan with such distinction that the club retired his number six shirt.Between 1977 and 1997, Baresi played 531 matches for the Rossoneri, captaining the club in 15 of those 20 seasons. His number six shirt was retired after his final season in 1997, while he was voted as the club’s Player of the Century just two years later.With Milan, he landed three UEFA Champions League titles, six Serie A titles, four Supercoppa Italiana titles, two European Super Cups and two Intercontinental Cups, while with the Italy national team he won the FIFA World Cup in 1982. Baresi will be delivering the ‘Captain’s address’ about leadership in sport – the official opening to the Leadership and Vision track on Wednesday 20 March – and answering further questions from SBC Business Development Director Jaap Kalma.There is an obvious synergy between the headline act and his interviewee, as from January 2014 Kalma spent more than three and a half years as Chief Commercial Officer at AC Milan – the second most successful club in European Club history behind only Real Madrid – where he was responsible for marketing, commercial revenues and global development. Kalma said: “In my previous role as Chief Commercial Officer at AC Milan, I worked very closely with Franco Baresi – a true leader and a legend in the world of football. “He was an easy choice when we discussed who would be the perfect fit to open up the Betting on Football conference which starts with the Leadership Track. Il Capitano, Barsei, is a leader of a generation and brought glory and honour to AC Milan.”Baresi added: “I am very honoured to be asked to open up Betting on Football 2019. Hopefully, I can draw upon my experience in captaining both AC Milan and the Italian national team to deliver some useful insight to betting industry leaders, many of whom currently face an uncertain future – particularly those in my home country.”Named by Pelé one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at the FIFA centenary awards ceremony in 2004, Baresi was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2013.Betting on Football is held 19-22 March and is the only trade conference that brings together decision makers from international operators to address the recent issues and opportunities in the sports betting industry. Stamford Bridge provides the perfect setting for 200 expert speakers across 40 sessions, including high level business and networking opportunities for key suppliers, top affiliates and sports clubs & organisations to meet with the operators. For tickets and more information about the event, please visit the Betting on Football website.last_img read more