Lakers’ Brandon Ingram out for season with deep venous thrombosis

first_imgEmpire strikes back Ingram has missed the Lakers’ past two games after he reported shoulder pain following a morning shootaround last Monday. Lakers coach Luke Walton said earlier this week that Ingram had pain whenever he attempted to lift his arm.A deep venous thrombosis is a condition caused by a blood clot, frequently accompanied by swelling and pain in a limb. The condition usually occurs in legs, but can occur in the upper body.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWalton did nothing to quell Lakers fans’ concerns about the seriousness of the 21-year-old Ingram’s health problem when he pointedly refused to provide any details while speaking to reporters before Los Angeles’ home game against Boston.“We’ve released what he’s got going on, but I’m not going to get into all the details,” Walton said. “I’m just finding out a lot of it myself. All I’m going to say on him right now is that he’s out for the rest of the season.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Los Angeles might be without Lonzo Ball for the rest of the season due to a sprained ankle. Ball hasn’t played since Jan. 19, and Walton said Friday that the point guard is “not close” to returning despite an initial diagnosis of his injury suggesting he would be back by now.Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers’ second-leading scorer with 18.8 points per game, also is out this week with a sprained ankle. Walton confirmed Kuzma won’t play against Boston.The Lakers are 15-8 with James, Ball and Ingram all in their lineup, but they’ve largely struggled whenever one of the trio is out.The Lakers (30-35) are in 10th place in the Western Conference heading into their rivalry meeting with Boston on Saturday night. They trail San Antonio by 6 1/2 games for the final playoff spot, meaning James likely will miss the postseason for the first time since 2005.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief FILE – In this Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) plays in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn. Ingram will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a deep venous thrombosis in his right arm, the Lakers announced Saturday, March 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a deep venous thrombosis in his right arm.The Lakers announced their decision on the former No. 2 overall draft pick Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Walton said he spoke to the Lakers about Ingram’s condition, but he wouldn’t characterize the team meeting, or even describe how Ingram was reacting to his diagnosis.“The details aren’t mine to give,” Walton said.Blood clots have affected several prominent athletes including Chris Bosh and Serena Williams in recent years. Bosh eventually retired due to blood clotting issues, but many other athletes have continued to compete.Ingram is averaging a career-best 18.3 points and 5.1 rebounds along with 3.0 assists, and the lanky swingman’s chemistry with LeBron James has improved markedly over the course of the season despite several weeks of trade rumors linking Ingram and the rest of the Lakers’ top young players to a deal for New Orleans superstar Anthony Davis. Ingram particularly excelled after the All-Star break and the trade deadline, averaging 27.8 points in his six most recent games.But injuries have played a major role in preventing the Lakers from developing any consistency during James’ first season alongside their young core.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

FIFA Qatar 2022 plan would ‘exacerbate’ Gulf tensions

first_imgA group of people display a banner reading “See you in Qatar” in reference to the Qatar 2022 World Cup at the Red Square in Moscow on July 14, 2018 on the eve of the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s plan to expand the Qatar World Cup to 48 teams and increase the number of host countries risks worsening existing Gulf diplomatic tensions, claim analysts.The ambitious expansion proposal — which Infantino has optimistically stated might help Middle East peace — could see the extra matches hosted in Kuwait and Oman in 2022.ADVERTISEMENT But far from making a politically turbulent region more harmonious, analysts say FIFA’s proposal could deepen regional fissures and leave Kuwait and Oman, as well as Qatar, open to further political arm-twisting from the regional power bloc of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.“There is a very real risk that expanding the World Cup to include Kuwait and Oman would make these two countries vulnerable to the same sort of regional pressure Qatar has faced since 2017,” said Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a research fellow at Rice University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Particularly since Kuwait and Oman also have followed their own approaches to regional affairs.”It could also foster resentment in those countries missing out on games, notably Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Ulrichsen added. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption For 21 months — and counting — Saudi Arabia and it allies have imposed a political, economic and travel boycott around Qatar which shows few signs of easing.Notably though, the blockading countries do not include the traditionally neutral Gulf states of Kuwait and Oman, which have been left to tread a politically precarious line.Andreas Krieg of King’s College London, who has worked as an adviser to the Qatari government, said Kuwait and Oman “both have issues with Saudi and the UAE”.Tensions have flared between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia over the management of jointly owned oil fields, while Oman has faced allegations that it has allowed Iranian arms shipments through its territory to Huthi rebels fighting a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.At the same time, Kuwait has been the regional negotiator in the crisis, while Oman is an economic winner from the conflict, its trade with Qatar jumping 240 per cent since 2016, according to Doha.“The Gulf dispute as it exists would be further exacerbated by having a World Cup over three countries,” added Krieg.He said FIFA proposals to share the Qatar World Cup with Kuwait and Oman would reinforce the feeling that the Gulf has split into two competing blocs of three countries, with Saudi, UAE and Bahrain on the other side.“From a political point of view, it [expansion] doesn’t make sense.”Even if Qatar is forced to share its World Cup, the first in the Middle East, it is unlikely to please Riyadh or Abu Dhabi, adds Krieg.“I don’t see how Saudi and the UAE get anything out of that,” he says. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “The Gulf crisis is not going to be solved by playing football.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Football won’t solve crisisYet FIFA’s plans to expand the 2022 World Cup appear to be gaining support among some football administrators.The results of a much-vaunted FIFA “feasibility study”, announced at a meeting of football’s governing body last week in Miami, backed expansion in Qatar.“We came to the conclusion, yes it’s feasible to move from 32 to 48 teams at the World Cup provided certain conditions are met,” Infantino said, declaring himself “happy” with the finding.A final decision will be announced in Paris in June, and while the expansion plan has been gaining a seemingly irresistible momentum, some remain unconvinced.Europe’s governing body, UEFA, said expansion would create “many problems” and was “not realistic”.Campaigners warned FIFA not to neglect its own newly imposed standards on human rights when awarding World Cup host status.Any expansion would see an extra 16 matches played over the duration of the 28-day tournament and there are concerns over whether stadiums and infrastructure in Kuwait and Oman would meet exacting FIFA tournament standards.With so many issues, it is difficult to see any diplomatic dividend from the World Cup, said James Dorsey, a researcher at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and author of “The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer”.“I think there’s zero chance,” he said. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Swimmer Kenneth To dies at 26 while training in Florida Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The idea of a regional World Cup that includes Kuwait and Oman but not Saudi Arabia or the UAE would likely be a cause of considerable bitterness in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.” ‘‘Makes no sense’Since June 2017, World Cup host Qatar has been blockaded by the Saudi-led countries in a bitter political spat, one of the worst Gulf diplomatic conflicts for years.Saudi Arabia and its allies, which also include Egypt, accuse Qatar of promoting terrorism and being too close to Riyadh’s great political and religious rival, Tehran.Qatar denies its rivals’ allegations and accuses them of seeking regime change in Doha.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Africa Best Practice Business Forum to Kick-off in Lomé

first_imgThe Africa Best Practices Forum which is also intended as an exchange and a business platform will bring together African and international experts, public and political officials, private sector executives and stakeholders to Lome, Togo to share their experiences with reforms that stimulate growth and employment in the sub-region.The forum is organized by the Pan-African bank Ecobank, recruitment agency AfricSearch and company Ellipse Communication which are working together with support from the World Bank and the West African Development Bank (BOAD), which is dedicated exclusively to improving the business framework and environment in Africa.  “This forum will be an arena for discussions among public and private sector decision-makers in Africa. It will deepen a dialogue on the dissemination of best practices, one that is more important now than ever before,” asserts Didier Acouetey, founder of the recruitment agency AfricSearch.  Two hundred (200) persons are expected in Lomé, Togo. They include Cheikh Hadjibou Soumaré, President of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) Commission, Christian Adovelande, President of BOAD, Hervé Assah, World Bank representative for Togo, Alioune Sall, Executive Director of the think tank African Futures Institute, Cody Lee, Director of the Singapore Business Federation, Felix Bikpo, Chief Executive Officer of African Guarantee Fund, Jean-Louis Ekra, President of Afreximbank, Amadou Kane, former Finance Minister of Senegal, and Momar Nguer, Africa Director of Total Supply & Marketing.  Delegations from Morocco, Rwanda and Singapore will attend. The subjects addressed during the two-day forum will include legal and administrative reform, government modernization, and creation of an environment favorable to private sector development and integration of multilateral instruments.  A special session will be devoted to innovative reforms. Various tried and tested models from around the world will be analyzed in a round table. Finally, a session will be dedicated to new financing methods such as PPP, financial markets and private equity.  “Because the level of investment depends on reforms undertaken by African states, there is an urgent need to accelerate these reforms to promote social and economic change, with the private sector acting as a lever,” concludes Arsène Johnson, the forum sponsor. The forum will begin on the 26 to 27 of February, 2015.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Year end Fort St. John construction numbers

first_imgLast year’s final monthly report on the value of construction in Fort St. John, showed the city finished 2010 having issued 284 permits, worth nearly $46 and half million.That’s more than $17 and half million ahead of the 2009 total from 264 permits…but it is also more than $40 million less than the 2008 total, which included a $23 million Enerplex permit in March of that year.City revenue from the 2010 permits exceeded $231 thousand.- Advertisement -That was more than double the 2009 total, which was less than $104 thousand, and also $47 thousand ahead of the 2008 total.last_img read more

18 million people to get flouride in water

first_img— Nov. 12 at the F.E. Weymouth plant in La Verne, which serves Los Angeles County; — Nov. 19, at the Robert B. Diemer plant in Yorba Linda, which serves Orange County; — Nov. 26 at the Joseph P. Jensen plant it Granada Hills, serving Los Angeles and Ventura counties; and — Dec. 3 at the Robert A. Skinner plant, which serves southwest Riverside and San Diego counties. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Some of the cities and water agencies may blend Metropolitan water with their own supply, so the level of fluoride may differ from area to area, according to MWD officials. They noted that fluoride levels in drinking water are limited under California state regulations at a maximum level of 2 parts per million. The water will taste the same, according to the MWD. “It will not be discernable,” said MWD spokesman Rob Hallwachs. The fluoridation will begin today at the district’s Henry J. Mills Water Treatment Plant in Riverside, which provides water to southwest Riverside County, and continue to the district’s four other plants over a six-week period. The remaining schedule is as follows: The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will begin adding the cavity-fighting agent fluoride to the drinking water for 18 million Southern Californians starting today. The MWD said it will supplement the trace amounts of naturally occurring fluoride in the water it imports from the Colorado River and Northern California to levels promoted by the American Dental Association and national public health groups. According to the MWD, a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving 18 million people in six counties, 43 of the largest 50 cities in the United States fluoridate drinking waters. The level of fluoride will rise from the current range of 0.1 to 0.4 parts per million to the recommended range of 0.7 to 0.8 part per million, according to Metropolitan. last_img read more

FUNDING OF €175,000 ALLOCATED FOR DONEGAL CHILDCARE SERVICES

first_imgA total of 33 playgroups across Donegal have been allocated more than €175,000 in funding to improve their facilities.The information was given to Senator Jimmy Harte by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald.The biggest single allocation for €9,750 was given to Newtowncunningham Community Playgroup. Senator Jimmy Harte said he was delighted that such a large number of groups received funding.Minister Fitzgerald stated, “I am pleased, for the second year in a row, to be in a position to provide capital funding for the childcare sector. This year’s funding will help to ensure that we continue to improve the quality of early childhood care and education which is of such benefit to our youngest children. This capital programme represents my commitment, and that of Government, to the ongoing development of the childcare sector.This year’s funding scheme, totally €2.75 million, covered four strands:· Small grants to purchase equipment or carry out small maintained work, assessed by the local childcare committees · Grants to improve accessibility of services for children with disabilities· Grants to provide natural outdoor spaces that promote active outdoor play and· Grants towards critical works to ensure that buildings are fir for purpose under the childcare regulations (open to community/not for profit services)All submitted applications were considered in order to find those that most closely and completely met the criteria and objectives of the programme.Applications that were successful were those that represented the most complete, coherent, precise and compelling cases for funding with particular consideration given to additional supporting material and the level of deprivation of the areas according to the Pobal Haase index. The investment is targeted to have high impact by providing funds towards the provision of safe outdoor play spaces in childcare services, improving buildings and supporting services to ensure that children with disabilities have better experiences within early year’s settings.The following is a list of all 33 groups across Donegal which received funding.FUNDING OF €175,000 ALLOCATED FOR DONEGAL CHILDCARE SERVICES was last modified: July 4th, 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:childcareCréchefundingSenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more

Softball record book needs rewrite at AVC

first_imgDamage to Antelope Valley College’s softball team’s archives was assessed a day after the Marauders completed the most successful season in program history, and the early estimates are not good. The archives probably will have to be rewritten after AVC set 26 team and individual records on its way to its first state tournament appearance. The Marauders were one game from a matchup with No. 1 Cypress – they would have needed to beat the Chargers twice – when they lost to defending state champion Mount San Antonio of Walnut 2-0 Sunday. They were one of three teams to reach the last day of the three-day, eight-team state tournament at Redding’s Big League Field of Dreams Sports Complex. AVC (47-7) set team records for victories, winning percentage (.870), longest winning streak (28 games), home runs (44), batting average (.370), slugging percentage (.560) and runs (374). Sophomore outfielder Nicole Means (Quartz Hill) set the career record for RBIs (75). “Amazing,” Vargas said. “All the history and all the things we accomplished this year was just truly incredible.” `Heart of gold’: Perez (27-4 overall, 3-2 state tournament) pitched every inning of all five tournament games in sweltering 90-plus-degree heat that was exacerbated by the artificial surface the tournament was played on. “You had to have been here to really appreciate what (Perez) went through,” Vargas said. “(The turf) made it feel 10 degrees hotter, and she went out every single game and battled and battled. She pitched with a heart of gold.” She allowed two runs on seven hits Sunday against Mount San Antonio. “She was drained, and I’m sure she didn’t have everything, but she pitched a great game for us,” Vargas said. Qualifiers: AVC’s women’s and men’s teams placed 10th and 13th Friday at the Southern California track and field championships at Mount San Antonio College. The Marauders qualified for this weekend’s state meet at Bakersfield College in four events. Nicholas Saylor won the hammer throw (190 feet, 0 inches) and Nicolas Miconi (162-0) placed sixth. Saylor placed third in the discus (156-1) In the women’s meet, Krystal won at 400 meters (55.72 seconds), and the 400 relay team placed fourth (48.94). gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsFreshman pitcher Nickie Perez, freshman first baseman Katie Cornelison, sophomore shortstop Tayler Wilson and sophomore second baseman Erica Ricker were the program’s first All-America selections. Cindy Vargas was the Foothill Conference’s Coach of the Year for a second consecutive season and was the state’s Coach of the Year. Perez, a two-time Golden League MVP out of Littlerock High, was the state’s Pitcher of the Year, and she set the school strikeout record (279). Cornelison (Lancaster) set single-season records for hits (80), doubles (21) home runs (10) and RBIs (55), and she is second on the school’s all-time home run list. Wilson (Paraclete) set single-season and career records for sacrifices (16 and 30), and Ricker (Quartz Hill) set single-season and career records for runs (68 and 112). last_img

Cyrus Christie ready to take Republic of Ireland chance after Coleman injury

first_imgCyrus Christie is targeting victory in the biggest game of his international career to date as the Republic of Ireland look to take a significant step towards the World Cup finals.The Derby full-back has been thrust into the thick of Ireland’s bid to make it to Russia next summer by the horrific double leg fracture which has effectively ended skipper Seamus Coleman’s campaign.On Sunday, he will hope to line up against Austria at the Aviva Stadium knowing a win would leave them in a strong position to claim a top-two finish in Group D and keep their qualification hopes very much alive.Christie, who scored on his competitive debut against Gibraltar and started against world champions Germany during the last campaign, said: “Yes, it is a massive game.“The games I have played in have been massive games. Gibraltar was obviously a big one for me and then we went into the Germany game, number one in the world, and we managed to pull off a victory there and that was vital in our qualification.“But Austria now is an even bigger one. We have got a lot of home games coming up and we need to build on that and we need to stake our claim at the top of the table.“You look at the table and if we can win and get the three points on Sunday, it’s puts a bit of a gap between us and the others if the results go our way. That’s laying down a marker and that’s what we will go out there and look to do.”Ireland are currently locked together with Serbia on 11 points at the top of the group with Wales and Austria four points adrift at the halfway stage.The Welsh travel to Belgrade on Sunday knowing defeat could prove all but fatal to their hopes if the Republic complete a double over Austria with James McClean’s sweet strike having secured a precious 1-0 victory in Vienna in November.While that may be easier said than done, Christie, who scored his second international goal in Sunday evening’s 3-1 friendly victory over Uruguay, is confident he and his team-mates can emerge with the result they crave.He said: “Obviously as a squad, we know what they [Austria] are capable of. Some of their players are playing at the highest level and you see them week in, week out, they perform.“We know the task we have got at hand, but if we play like we played last night, we are a match for anyone. We have shown in the big games that we can pit ourselves against the best, and we want to go out there and put on a good performance and stake a claim.”For 24-year-old Christie, there will be the added pressure of deputising for Coleman, who emerged at the head of a new generation of leaders in the Ireland squad during the Euro 2016 finals in France.Having sat out almost three months of last season with a foot injury and struggled to regain his place afterwards, the defender took himself off to America at the end of the season for intensive personal training and reported for duty last month raring to go.He said: “Of course I have got massive boots to fill with Seamus. He’s a fantastic player – I touch on it in every interview, how good he is and how vital to the squad he is. I have to step up and obviously there is a lot of pressure on me to fill those boots.“I went away and did the work and I think I have reaped the rewards for that. I caught a bit of a lucky break with my shot and it managed to go in, but we will build on that performance and we will go into Austria full of confidence.” 1 Cyrus Christie (left) in action for the Republic of Ireland last_img read more

Open meeting for Harps fans on club strategy tomorrow

first_imgOn Monday 17th in the Villa Rose Ballybofey from 6.30pm until 8.30pm, LEAP, the consultants appointed by the FAI to develop a strategy for the years ahead would like to hear supporter’s views on the strategy to develop Finn Harps in the future.Topics will include:How do we become more professional?Should we become a full time professional team?How do we develop and retain our better players in the county?How do we develop stronger community links?How do we develop a integrated policy with other stakeholders for the club going forward? Let’s have your views on these and much much more on Monday night. It is a unique opportunity for the Donegal public to have their views heard on Finn Harps future.Open meeting for Harps fans on club strategy tomorrow was last modified: October 16th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:BallybofeyClubfansfinn harpsFootballstrategyVilla Roselast_img read more

Men’s Basketball Signs Five For 2018-19

first_imgBolstering the frontcourt will be Adam Thistlewood (Golden, Colo.), a 6-7 forward from Golden, Colo., where he helped Golden High School to a 2017 Colorado 4A State Tournament Final Four appearance. Completing the class in the frontcourt is an imposing 6-10 Kiwi, James Moors. Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, Moors was a U17 New Zealand National Champion and the tournament MVP for Westlake Boy’s High. “Jones is a workhorse around the basket and a force on the glass,” according to Joe Hendrickson of City/Suburban Hoops Report. “He has an uncanny ability to block shots with his length and ability to get off the floor.” The Bulldogs’ five signees will aid in replacing Drake’s five seniors set to graduate following this season and join a projected eight returnees on the roster for 2018-19. Print Friendly Version Adding to the class in the backcourt is Maryland standout, Montrell Horsey. A 6-2 guard, Horsey is rated as a top-30 prospect in the Maryland/Metro DC region after averaging 20 points, five assists and three steals per game for Joppatowne High School.  Joining Jones is fellow Illinoisan, Kendle Moore.  Moore is a 6-1 guard that has averaged 21.5 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game for Danville High School while converting on 51 percent of his shots. “Montrell is an extremely talented guard whose skill set and game play will translate to the next level smooth due to his great size, unselfishness, ability to defend and disrupt opposing guards,” said ChewHoopz Brandon Howell. “He is a scoring point guard who can score on all three levels of the game, but more importantly his will and passion to complete is second to none.” A first-team all-state selection, Thistlewood was also named to the 9News All-Colorado first team.  Moors was also selected to the New Zealand U18 National Team and was a Nike Asia Games and adidas Nations participant. “James is a big, talented player who is just scratching the surface of his potential,” Medved said. “For a 6-10 player, he has the unique ability to play both facing and with his back to the basket. He will be a great fit for our program.” This season, his Simeon team is ranked 14th in the nation by MaxPreps.com. In his career at Simeon he has averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds per game. On the AAU circuit, he is a member of Caron Butler Elite. “Montrell is a talented athlete who can score and has the ability to create shots for others,” Medved said. “He is crafty with the ball and has the toughness to be able to guard the perimeter effectively. We’re excited about what he will add to our backcourt.” “Moore is one of the top 10 prospects in the senior class in Illinois,” said Prep Hoops Illinois’ Scott Burgess.  “He is a fast and quick guard with a wiry frame. He is a scoring guard that can get to the basket off the bounce and in transition.” “Messiah is a strong, athletic player who has a big-time nose for the ball,” Medved said. “He will be well prepared for this level because of his time at Simeon High School in Chicago.” DES MOINES, Iowa – First-year head coach Niko Medved has announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent as part of his first full recruiting class at Drake University. Jones, a 6-6 small forward, signed with the Bulldogs as a 3-star recruit according to scout.com and is among one of the top-15 prospects in the talent-rich state of Illinois. 247sports.com lauded Jones as the top small forward in the Midwest. Jones attends Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy where he led the team to a 27-4 record and an appearance in the Class 4A state title game as a junior. Moore is considered one of the top 10 players in the state according to Prep Hoops Illinois and helped Danville to the Sweet 16 of the Illinois state tournament with a 19-9 record as a junior. He is also a member of Team Rose during AAU season. Prep Hoops MD has also proclaimed Horsey as the top player in Joppatowne’s conference. He is also a member of Team Melo on the EYBL circuit. “Thistlewood is a growing wing with good size who has made a big jump as a prospect over the last year, improving his stock to one of the biggest sleepers nationally in 2018,” said scout.com national recruiting analyst Josh Gershon. “He’s got a very high skill level; handles the ball, can shoot and score, creates for teammates and rebounds. If he continues to develop at the same rate, Thistlewood is a player who a lot of high major programs could look back and wish they had recruited.”  Set to join the Bulldogs on the Knapp Center hardwood in 2018-19 are Messiah Jones (Chicago, Ill.), Montrell Horsey (Edgewood, Md.), Kendle Moore (Danville, Ill.), Adam Thistlewood (Golden, Colo.) and James Moors (Auckland, New Zealand). “Kendle is a player who can really score and is a winner,” Medved said. “Kendle may be smaller in stature, but he is a tough competitor and I love how he helped mold his Danville High School team into a championship contender.” “James is a highly talented individual with a strong work ethic and drive to succeed,” said Westlake Boys High School Coach Zac Fitzgerald. “He was our undisputed MVP for the 2017 season at Westlake Boys High School and a leader among his teammates, on and off the court.” “Adam is the entire package,” Medved said. “He is a phenomenal student and a highly skilled and talented player. He has a unique combination of size and perimeter skill that will fit so well into how we want to play.”last_img read more