Andrew White diversifies offensive game amid shooting slump

first_img Published on December 29, 2016 at 8:53 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Andrew White knew he had to change up his strategy. After receiving a face-guard from St. John’s’ Malik Ellison, White’s inklings of needing to diversify his offensive game surfaced once again. He couldn’t rely so much on 3-pointers if he hoped to be successful going forward.Against Cornell on Tuesday, White charged toward the basket more often and scored at the rim. The fifth-year graduate transfer is still adjusting to Syracuse and 13 games into the season, how he’s scoring is undergoing a bit of a change.“I’d like to get to the hole a little bit more,” White said. “… I’m going to try and take some of the stuff that I used last year, kind of mold that into my game so that I can be a little bit more well-rounded.”Following White’s worst game of the season, a two-point performance against St. John’s on Dec. 21, the changes had to happen. He successfully attacked the basket on six occasions against the Big Red and racked up 12 points. The game provided a glimpse at what he can do even when he goes scoreless from deep and it’s a transformation that SU (8-5) may continue relying on when Atlantic Coast Conference play begins on Sunday at noon at Boston College (7-6).In a six-game stretch prior to the St. John’s game, 25 of White’s 31 converted field goals were 3-pointers. He mostly either spotted up at the 3-point line waiting for a pass or curled around a screen designed to get him open. It resulted in a similar, even predictable, catch-and-shoot rhythm.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo EditorThe strategy worked for the ACC’s leader in 3-pointers made (39) this season, until Ellison shut White down in his first game scoring fewer than 10 points this year. It was the first time since high school that White faced a box-and-one defense, he said, and without being a dangerous threat to dribble, St. John’s went all in on locking him down to defend the 3-pointer. Paired with a Syracuse offense that ranks 126th in the country with 76.7 points per game, shutting down SU’s leading scorer is a strategy that opponents could likely employ again.“Teams are going to deny him as much as they can,” Orange head coach Jim Boeheim said.While White has gone 0-for-7 from behind the arc in the past two games, he scored in different ways in Syracuse’s last nonconference game against Cornell.Twice in the first half, White split two defenders in the lane on his way to the basket for an easy layup in transition. Four minutes into the second half, he grabbed an offensive rebound and made both free throws after he got fouled on the putback attempt. A minute later, he stole the ball, went coast-to-coast, drew a foul and again hit both free throws. Thirty seconds after that, he cut along the baseline, caught a pass inside from Taurean Thompson and smoothly finished.His makes surrounded the basket as he went 3-for-5 on 2-point field goals. His six made free throws against Cornell were a season-high, an indication that he was getting inside well enough to draw fouls.“When you’re a good shooter you’ll have to take a few tough shots,” point guard Frank Howard said, “but you don’t want every shot to be that tough.”White said he wants to get back to being a threat from several places on the court, like he was last year. At Nebraska last season, 44.6 percent of White’s field goals came via 3-pointers, compared to 63.9 percent this season. But as a result of improved point guard play getting him the ball in open spots, White said he hadn’t had to find other ways to score. Until recently.“I try to look at the shots, look at my form, look at my technique,” White said, “and figure out what I could have done to correct that shot and what else was going on around it.”Amid his current shooting slump, the answer for White is attacking the basket. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Jerry Jones asks for ‘grace’ from Cowboys players planning to kneel during national anthem

first_imgJerry Jones said he has not spoken with Poe and McCoy, who asked for the owner to speak up on social justice justice this summer.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) August 12, 2020In the past, Jones has been adamant players should stand for the national anthem, including in 2017 saying any player who kneels during the anthem would be benched.”We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind, that the [NFL] and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag,” he said at the time.With protests being staged in the name of racial justice and civil issues across the country following the killings of Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, professional athletes have felt emboldened to take stances for racial equality. The Cowboys released a video condemning racism in June, but Jones hadn’t spoken publicly on the issue until Wednesday.The Dallas Cowboys began conversations about social injustice two years ago and they continue to be ongoing.The recent killing of George Floyd and others illuminates the importance of continuing these efforts. pic.twitter.com/0yofZ6Vz9O— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) June 5, 2020 Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has made his first statements on protesting in sports, and specifically among members of the Dallas football team.Jones, who was called out by Dallas players Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe earlier the offseason for his silence on the social justice issues plaguing the United States, on Wednesday Jones both clarified and muddled his stance on protests, specifically that of players planning protests during the 2020 NFL season. When asked about his plans to approach the protests, Jones said he’ll exhibit “grace” when trying to understand where players are coming from and that he expects players to reciprocate that feeling.Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, in regard to social justice movement and kneeling during anthem, he wants players to exhibit “grace” when understanding some people’s sensitivity to flag and also fans to exhibit “grace” for players and their perspective on racial inequality.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 12, 2020Jerry Jones says it’s well-documented how he feels about standing for the national anthem, but that he will show grace when discussing with players how to handle it this season.— Damon R. Marx (@DamonMarxDMN) August 12, 2020The Cowboys owner said he’s been open about supporting players and their causes, but that hasn’t satisfied some players, including McCoy and Poe, who were critical of Jones’ silence in the wake of the death of George Floyd, which set off protests over racial injustice nationwide.”It don’t look good, I’ll say that. It doesn’t look good, and you can’t be silent at a time like this. I’m new to the Cowboys organization, and I’m blessed to be part of this organization,” McCoy said via ESPN’s Ed Werder. “But when things are not going well for the team, you can hear him screaming. Well, this is life. This is bigger than just football; it’s bigger than money; it’s bigger than winning a Super Bowl. And something needs to be said.”MORE: Jerry Jones explains how Cowboys will play in front of fans in 2020Poe added: “His silence definitely means a lot because in any other situation [he] will have something to say about most things. I was once a proponent of doing stuff behind closed doors, and doing what I need to do not out in the forefront. … So hopefully he is doing that, but who knows what he is doing. …”Personally, I would hope that he comes out and says, ‘OK, I am willing to help, I am willing to fight, and I am willing to be with y’all.'”Jones said he has not spoken to either Poe or McCoy, per Calvin Watkins.last_img read more