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Kyle Lofton has become St. Bonaventure’s silent floor general as a freshman

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 29, 2018 at 10:22 am Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Through his first 12 games at St. Bonaventure, freshman Kyle Lofton has proved point guards don’t need to bark out instructions to be effective. He knows he can be a leader without being the loudest in the locker room and on the court. “He’s vocal when he has to be, but he’s not the loudest kid,” Tom Espinoza, who coached Lofton at Putnam (Connecticut) Science Academy, said. “Kyle has that leadership quality. People just go with him and respect him — it’s amazing.”Lofton, St. Bonaventure’s silent floor general, developed a jump shot after scouts questioned his shooting ability. After earning no Division I offers, he proved himself at Putnam, where he helped win the school’s first prep national championship. In his first 12 games for St. Bonaventure (4-8), Lofton leads in the team in assists (4.0 per game) and logs the second most minutes (36.6). But entering Saturday’s game versus Syracuse (8-4), the 6-foot-3 point guard will have to learn to overcome his soft-spoken personality to thrive in the Carrier Dome’s rowdy environment.Instead of being vocal, Lofton leads by example. He knows every play from each position and often reminds his teammates where to be in practice. He soaks in advice and wisdom from his more experienced teammates and applies it in games.Lofton has always been soft-spoken, teammates and coaches said. Still, he often struggles to communicate, a necessary skill for point guards at the highest level, SBU senior Nelson Kaputo said. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think he’ll just become more vocal the more comfortable he gets playing the game of college basketball,” Kaputo said. “At the end of the day, he’s still a freshman … so he has a long way to go.”At Putnam, when some of his teammates signed with D-I schools and left campus before graduation, Lofton stayed and locked himself in the gym to continue improving his jump shot even after the season ended. Lofton improved his jumper and studied the intricacies of pick-and-roll offense, learning how to read a defense while there. He built muscle and became a better leader on the court. As his play grew more confident and aggressive, his shot followed. Lofton has an unconventional shooting form where he removes his guide hand from the ball a half-second before releasing the ball. After scouts questioned his outside stroke, Lofton shot 40 percent from beyond the arc at Putnam and currently shoots at a 34.4 percent clip with the Bonnies. “It was unbelievable what he did with us,” Espinoza said. “So it’s not a surprise what he’s doing at Bonnies.”He’s brought that same work ethic to St. Bonaventure in his first year. In addition to his passing and “elite” defense, Espinoza said, Lofton has also taken a scoring role, averaging 13.9 points per game, third-most on the team. He dropped 23 points at Vermont, 20 against Boise St. and 15 versus then-No. 17 Buffalo. At St. Bonaventure, Lofton often prefers to put his teammates in positions to score by passing to them in their spots, Kaputo said. Against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone, Lofton plans to be aggressive, looking for passing lanes to his teammates at the high post, he said. The biggest difference between D-I and the prep league, Lofton said, is the pace of play. He didn’t expect to play this many minutes this early in his freshman year, and he admits to feeling fatigued in some games.The speed of Saturday’s game against Syracuse may be more of what Lofton’s accustomed to. According to teamrankings.com, SU averages 69.4 possessions per game, 294th out of 353 D-I programs. Though Syracuse has struggled offensively, they remain tough at home, with a 7-2 record in the Carrier Dome. However, Lofton may get an extra boost from playing in the same arena as Carmelo Anthony, his favorite player growing up. Lofton’s envisioned his Dome debut since middle school, when he dreamed of lacing up orange shoes for Syracuse. In the raucous crowd of his childhood dreams, Lofton may struggle with the sole element of his game that’s held him back — he’ll need to make his voice heard. “It’s gonna be loud,” Lofton said. Commentslast_img read more

New Spurs stadium ‘best in the world’ for Pochettino

first_img“I think it is amazing, everyone was surprised by the magnitude of the project,” said Pochettino.“The stadium is the best in the world, we can confirm that now. Every space is the best I have seen in my life, you can’t compare that with anything.“It’s an amazing project, it is going to be fantastic for the future of the club. It is going to be a massive boost for our fans and it must be for our players too.”Pochettino’s future seems very much tied to Spurs’ exciting new venture as talk of him being appointed Manchester United’s next permanent manager was ended by the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Thursday.Solskjaer’s impressive spell as caretaker boss included a 1-0 win over Pochettino’s men at Wembley in January and the Argentine offered his congratulations to the Norwegian on being handed a three-year deal.“I need to congratulate him and wish him all the best now he is officially the new manager of Manchester United,” said Pochettino.“I am not going to talk about rumours and in this period there is going to be more rumours but there is nothing I can do about it.“If it is not this, speculation is going to come around from another club. We are so focused on our job.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thumbs up: Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham’s new stadium is the best in the world © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 29 – Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino believes the club’s state-of-the-art new stadium has been worth waiting for after months of delays.Spurs trained at the 62,000 capacity venue for the first time on Thursday and will play for the first time there on Wednesday against Crystal Palace.last_img read more

Cardiff lose appeal against Joe Ralls red card at Tottenham

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions silverware Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The Bluebirds challenged the red card, but their appeal has been rejected by the Football Association.After the game, Cardiff manager Neil Warnock branded the decision as “very soft” and accused Spurs striker Harry Kane of “trying to make an issue of it” by squaring up to Ralls. 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won ADVICE REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Cardiff have lost their appeal against Joe Ralls’ red card at Tottenham.Ralls was sent off by referee Mike Dean for a 58th-minute tackle on Lucas Moura in Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League defeat at Wembley. MONEY center_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Kane reacted furiously to the challenge “You don’t go off like that. He (Kane) is doing that to make an issue of it, to get the referee thinking (it was) worse than what it is,” Warnock said.“I don’t think you should try to get other pros sent off, just because he’s had a poor game and Spurs were having a poor game. He shouldn’t take it out on us.”Ralls will now serve a three-game ban and miss matches against Fulham, Liverpool and Leicester. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF Ralls will serve a three-match ban huge blow RANKED 2last_img read more

O DOMHNAILL ACCUSES HOGAN OF REFUSING TO BE STRAIGHT WITH SEPTIC TANK OWNERS

first_imgFianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has accused the Environment Minister Phil Hogan of refusing to be straight with septic tank owners.The Donegal Senator was speaking after Minister Hogan refused his appeal for an extension to the registration deadline until after the new inspection standards are published.Senator Ó Domhnaill again appealed to Minister Hogan in the Seanad today to publish the new septic tank inspection standards before forcing homeowners to register their tanks. The Minister refused and is pressing ahead with the registration deadline of February 1st. “Once again the Minister has refused to consider the concerns of septic tank owners who remain in the dark about what the new septic tank legislation will mean for them,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.“His refusal to publish the National Inspection Plan before forcing people to register demonstrates a total disregard for the concerns of septic tank owners. In my view, septic tank owners are entitled to the full facts before they are forced to register.“The Minister has left people with no choice but to adhere to the February 1st deadline if they wish to avail of the grant aid available. It is regrettable that they are being made do this while so much confusion remains about the standards that will apply and what this will all mean for them.”   O DOMHNAILL ACCUSES HOGAN OF REFUSING TO BE STRAIGHT WITH SEPTIC TANK OWNERS was last modified: January 22nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brian Ó DomhnaillPhil Hoganseptic tankslast_img read more