Over the past five years, Syracuse has been a mecca for talented basketball players from Philadelphia.Head coach Jim Boeheim and assistant coach Mike Hopkins have lured a star-studded group to come play for the Orange, including Dion Waiters, Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson.Philadelphia native Rysheed Jordan may be the next player to join that list. Jordan, a senior guard at Vaux Roberts High School, will attend Orange Madness at Syracuse on Friday night as part of his official visit to campus. Syracuse is one of seven schools on Jordan’s radar. He said Friday’s visit will help determine whether SU is the right school for him.Jordan’s list was originally at 11 schools, but he recently cut it down to seven: Alabama, Rutgers, St. Johns, Syracuse, Temple, UCLA and Xavier. He said attending Syracuse is definitely a possibility, largely because of the players from Philadelphia who have come before him.“Out of all the Philly players that went to Syracuse, a lot have gone on to play at the next level,” Jordan said. “I think Syracuse is like Philly. When I’ve talked to Philly players they’ve told me how great it is.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWatching Dion Waiters make the jump from a dependable role player to one of the most electrifying players in college basketball and the eventual No. 4 pick in the NBA draft was particularly appealing for Jordan.Syracuse’s style of play and the way the Orange gets up and down the floor are also selling points for Jordan. Playing in a 2-3 zone is not an issue for Jordan, who said he has great respect for Boeheim’s and Hopkins’ methods.Jordan, now the No. 16 point guard and No. 64 overall recruit in the country, according to ESPN, wasn’t always a star. He didn’t play AAU basketball until the ninth grade, which is much later than most players of his caliber.That’s when Philly Pride director Kamal Yard finally brought him aboard. Yard had watched Jordan play for more than four years on the playground and in recreational leagues, but couldn’t get him to join the Pride.In the ninth grade, that all changed.Yard made his case for why Jordan should play for the Pride yet again. This time, the message clicked with Jordan. Now that he was in high school and getting serious about basketball, he knew playing for the Pride would help take his game to the next level.“He’s the classic late bloomer at AAU,” Yard said. “He’s relatively new to the whole AAU thing, which actually is really good, because he’s not spoiled by the process.”Jordan’s first dominant game as a member of the Pride came during his sophomore season. The Pride traveled to Pittsburgh to play in a tournament. Yard wanted his team to get as much out of the experience as it possibly could, so he asked the tournament director to play Team Takeover, the No. 1 AAU team in the entire country.Yard pushed his team to “shoot for the big fish,” and he knew Jordan would do everything in his power to help his team win the game.Jordan was up for the challenge, dropping 30 points and keeping his outmatched team within striking distance for the majority of the game before Team Takeover pulled away.“Rysheed was unbelievable,” Yard said. “He was slashing and finishing over the top of those guys and making his teammates better. He was highly spirited and highly competitive. Defensively he was a thorn in the a**.”Yard said the game against Team Takeover helped elevate Jordan’s game immensely and put him in the national spotlight.“It was really like his coming-out party,” he said. “Everything mushroomed from there.”Two years later, Jordan’s game has continued to develop. FOXSportNext.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels said Jordan excels at getting into the paint and finishing around the rim. He uses his size and strength to maneuver around defenders and convert at the basket.Both Daniels and ESPN recruiting analyst Dave Telep believe Jordan will be used as a combo guard in college and can help a team right away.Telep said Jordan has a lot of potential, but still has to improve certain elements of his game, such as his jump shot and passing ability.“He has innate physical ability to get into the paint,” Telep said. “I think the next step is adding some pace into his game, slowing down and being a game manager.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 10, 2012 at 2:54 am Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass
A superb team performance ensured the Black Stars of Ghana beat Sudan by four goals to nil in a World Cup qualifier played at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.Asamoah Gyan opened the goal harvest with a tap-in early on in the first half with Wakaso getting the second later on in the half.Abdul Warris etched his name on the score sheet with a superb leap and a sumptuous header in the second half and provided the assist for Agyemang Badu later on in the second to end the Ghana rout against Sudan.After another botched Nations Cup tournament, the Stars had to win this match to boost their own confidence and to rally the supporters behind them.For Coach Akwasi Appiah this match meant so much for him and for his continued stay as coach of the Stars. He had to deliver. The thousands of fanatic supporters who had trooped to the Kumasi Stadium several hours before the match wanted him to and he did. The team did.Gyan and Waris combined well in attack for the Stars and within few minutes the Spartak Moscow striker forced a superb save from Maghoub El Muz in post for Sudan. Gyan however shot the Stars into the lead in the 18th minute with the easiest of tap-ins after he was set up by a header from John Boye.Mubarak Wakasu increased Ghana’s tally in the 37th minute with a well taken shot just at the edge of the 18 yard box.The Espanyol attacker wrapped his foot around the ball to connect an immaculate cross on the right from Harrison Afful.The Stars could have been up by a wider margin but Gyan’s set pieces were wayward.The Sudanese lacked ideas and hardly tested Fatau Dauda for most part of the first half. After recess Gyan was forced out of the game with a muscle strain and Agyeman Badu came in.Skipper Sulley Muntari was also subbed for Solomon Asante early in the second half but it was the Sudanese who appeared to have benefited from the changes.The Sudanese controlled the game but hardly created any goal scoring opportunity.Waris against the run of play teasingly outwitted his marker in the 18 yard box and was brought down for what appeared to be a legitimate penalty but the referee surprisingly had him booked for diving.In the 75th minute, the Spartak Moscow striker soared above his marker and headed home a cross for Ghana’s third. Eight minutes later, Waris selflessly set up Agyemang Badu for the final goal.Sweet victory it was for the Stars, particularly for Waris who earned his first cap and his international goal.
Niedermayer had won three Stanley Cups with the Devils before he signed with the Ducks. The six-time All-Star was the final piece for an organization that had been on the brink of championship status. The Cranbrook, B.C., native is the only player in hockey history to have won a combination of four Stanley Cups and two Olympic gold medals.After five memorable campaigns in Anaheim, Niedermayer retired following the 2009-10 season as the Ducks’ all-time leader in goals (60), assists (204) points (264) and power-play goals (39) among defensemen. He was the first player in history to win a Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal, World Championship, World Cup, Memorial Cup and World Junior title. “I want to thank everybody for making this night very special,” a smiling Niedermayer said to conclude his speech. “I will never forget it.” An exceptional person.An incredible champion.An #NHLDucks legend immortalized.#27Forever pic.twitter.com/puqbu2Ufnu— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) February 18, 2019Selanne and Kariya were among those gathered on the ice to honor the 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee.”[Niedermayer] is the definition of grace under pressure, and is unquestionably the greatest champion of our generation,” Kariya said during the ceremony.After a memorable 13-year run with the New Jersey Devils, Niedermayer joined the Ducks as a free agent during the summer of 2005. Despite a more lucrative offer from the Devils, Niedermayer elected to switch teams in pursuit of a Stanley Cup. The Ducks named Niedermayer team captain upon his arrival.In his first season, the Ducks reached the Western Conference finals before being eliminated by the Edmonton Oilers. The following season, the Niedermayer-led Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators in five games to capture the organization’s first Stanley Cup. Niedermayer won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the postseason’s most valuable player.Scott Niedermayer recorded 13 of his 39 career game-winning goals with the @AnaheimDucks and ranks eighth for most such tallies among defensemen in NHL history. #27ForeverThat still stands as a club record for defensemen: https://t.co/yZKA8R3IgG #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/mSXNXOqtcr— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 18, 2019Several of Niedermayer’s 2007 championship teammates made appearances, including Selanne J.S. Giguere, Chris Pronger Francois Beauchemin, Travis Moen, Brad May, Kent Huskins and his brother, Rob Niedermayer.”Scott has had an amazing career and been a star player for the Ducks,” Scott’s younger brother said. “But for all his accomplishments on the ice, he’s an even better brother – and person – off the ice.”An emotional Niedermayer diverted the attention to his former teammates for much of his speech. The 2004 James Norris Memorial Trophy winner ran down a list of his former Ducks teammates, praising their individual contributions.”That is what makes hockey so great in my opinion,” he said. “You need your teammates to have success, you can’t go by yourself and have success. It takes all 23-25 guys to go out there and win a hockey game.”It’s a special feeling sitting in the dressing room before a big game, knowing every guy in there is committed to one thing: Helping the team win.Bringing the #27Forever feels into warmups!Our guys all rocked Niedermayer on their sweaters tonight. pic.twitter.com/ByfopcWpk8— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) February 18, 2019″You know each guy in there is sacrificing some of themselves for the team and has your back no matter what.” It was a mighty tribute for one of the greatest Ducks of all-time.The Anaheim Ducks retired Scott Niedermayer’s No. 27 Sunday night at the Honda Center, honoring the defenseman’s five-year run with the team. Niedermayer became the third Ducks player to have his number retired, joining Teemu Selanne (No. 8) and Paul Kariya (No. 9).