Tyler Roberson is putting all the pieces together at the right time

first_imgST. LOUIS – For almost 10 minutes in the second half, the player who had anchored Syracuse down low for the past 70 sat on the bench. Tyler Roberson wore his white long-sleeved warmup shirt in between assistants Adrian Autry and Mike Hopkins, a water bottle sitting between his legs as he watched Syracuse put away a game that he wasn’t a part of anymore.Right before he exited with 12:05 remaining in the second half, Roberson’s head collided with the floor after Tyler Lydon inadvertently mounted him when both contested a rebound. Roberson fell to his chest, turned over and winced while clutching his head.“Possibly, I mean I don’t know really,” Roberson said of why he sat for half of the second stanza, a smile spreading across his face. “…I’m good.”Even with the game well past decided in the waning minutes, Roberson re-entered with 2:45 on the clock and proceeded to finish a thunderous two-handed alley-oop. Less than a minute remained and his stat line was once again filled, the demands from Jim Boeheim for more consistency from the junior satisfied.His 12 points and nine rebounds in Sunday night’s 75-50 win against No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State (25-10, 13-5 Conference USA) that helped propel No. 10 seed Syracuse (21-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 followed a 10-point, 18-rebound domination from two days prior. All of a sudden, the player thrown in the doghouse by Boeheim less than a month ago has emphatically emerged from it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When he plays like that, with that energy, we’re just a different team,” assistant coach Mike Hopkins said.Roberson picked up where he left off to start Sunday’s game, hitting all three of his shots in the first half and grabbing eight rebounds. His boards came in a variety of ways – one tipping a ball to himself at the peak of a scrum, one chasing after a loose ball by himself, one mounting Middle Tennessee’s Aldonis Foote before holding onto the ball with one hand and untangling the other.His makes also came of varying flavors, a left-handed tip-in, a pump-fake-and-lay-in and a mid-range jumper. He showcased versatility on both ends while manning the paint for the majority of a 20-minute span for the third consecutive half.“He’s capable of doing this night in and night out,” Tyler Lydon said.Roberson even hit all four of his free throws, the ball gently spinning off the edge of his fingertips and through the hoop each time. He was the only player on the team to make all of his attempts from the charity stripe on a night when Syracuse shot an abysmal 59 percent from the line.Since the offseason, Roberson has emphasized expanding his perimeter game. Check. Boeheim wanted more consistency on the glass. Check. After a 1-for-8 performance from the foul line against St. John’s in Syracuse’s worst loss of the season, he had to improve. Check.Roberson’s entire arsenal is materializing at just the right time on just the right stage. He’s had all these tools at his disposal, but he’s finally putting them to use all at once.“These last two games, that’s what we need out of him,” assistant coach Adrian Autry said. “That’s what we know he can do pretty consistently.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 20, 2016 at 11:26 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

What to Do When Your Employees are Passionate About Diversity

first_imgAre you’re employees excited about diversity and inclusion? Does it come up in every meeting? Does everyone walk out excited but then lacks the know-how to follow up with next steps? Often times this happens because companies don’t know where to start.We talked to over 50 companies about diversity and inclusion and here are the most common ways to jumpstart your D&I efforts:1. Define what diversity & inclusion means for your company.Every company is unique so your definition of diversity and inclusion should be too. According to the Society of Human Resources, diversity is defined as:The collective mixture of differences and similarities that includes for example, individual and organizational characteristics, values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, preferences, and behaviors.And inclusion is defined as:The achievement of a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the organization’s success.Does these definitions resonate with your company culture? If not, modify the definitions until they feel right and aligns with your company values. Create definitions that provide tools for your team to engage in a meaningful dialogue about how to address D&I.2. Create a volunteer task force within your company.If you have energy around this topic, why not put it to good use? Typically, a volunteer task force is created to help the company think about how to address two main areas: diversity recruitment and the retention of diverse talent.Diversity Recruitment: This subcommittee is created to discuss your current outreach strategies and identify additional talent pipelines to source diverse candidates. Secondly, they talk about the candidate experience during the hiring process. This is a great opportunity for people to share how they felt during the recruiting process and what areas they would like to see changed to make your company more welcoming when new candidates come in for interviews.Retention of Diverse Talent: Often times, companies that succeed in recruiting diverse talent struggle to keep these hires because they fail to realize that everyone needs to feel included once they join the company. Strategize with your team to develop ideas on how to make diverse talent feel immersed in the company culture and have a growth plan attached to their performance reviews.Creating a volunteer task force and defining diversity and inclusion are just two great ways to get started. Stay tuned for more tips on creating a diverse workplace.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more