17 Sep

Despite injury, Fuller remains positive

first_imgLife can sometimes feel like a constant struggle to stay the course.  For redshirt junior forward Aaron Fuller, this idea held true. Coming out of high school, he knew he wanted to play college basketball, and he knew he could do it at a high level.  All he needed was the chance.  So when the University of Iowa was the only school from a major conference to recruit him, he decided to play there.High scoring · Since transferring to USC and sitting out for a season, redshirt junior forward Aaron Fuller has become a team leader with an average of 15.2 points and 6 rebounds per game. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanBut after two stellar seasons, Iowa’s coach Todd Lickliter was fired, leaving Fuller in a state of uncertainty. He decided it was time for a change.  At the conclusion of his sophomore year, Fuller decided to transfer to USC.  After all, the decision seemed fairly straightforward: The Trojans were coming off their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in five years, and the campus was far closer to his hometown of Mesa, Ariz. than Iowa City.“I really wanted to keep playing basketball at a high level at a big conference,” Fuller said. “I wanted to be closer to home.  I have a lot of family out here. USC is a great university and I just wanted to be a part of the tradition.”After sitting out the 2010-2011 season because of NCAA rules, Fuller started the season right back on track. Through his first six games, Fuller became a team leader with an average of 15.2 points and 6 rebounds per game.But after what seemed to be the beginning of another strong season, Fuller was again derailed by unforeseen adversity.“The [shoulder] injury started since the beginning of the season,” Fuller said. “I was kind of just grinding through most of the season and then just hit a point where I wasn’t able to really help my teammates out.“Over time, it just got worse and worse.”As the season progressed, Fuller’s production declined. An already undersized big man at a listed height of six-foot-six, Fuller found it far more difficult to play against bigger opponents at less than full strength.“It’s physical in the paint, so I wasn’t able to use my full strength and go up and get rebounds.  It really did affect my play.”The Trojans began the season already without their starting point guard in senior Jio Fontan, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the summer, and sophomore forward Curtis Washington, who also suffered a torn labrum. Already depleted, the team began the year with an all-hands-on-deck mentality that stretched what little depth the roster had to begin with. In the end, though, the strain on Fuller’s shoulder was too much to bear.“We decided to have the surgery right now so I could start the rehab process as soon as possible and get ready for summer workouts.”With the losses beginning to pile up for USC (6-16, 1-8 Pac-12), the last thing the team needs is to lose its leading rebounder and second-leading scorer. And with only six active players averaging more than 15 minutes per game, USC coach Kevin O’Neill is going to have to scramble to find a player (or players) to fill the void left by Fuller in the front court.Early candidates who figure to see more playing time are sophomore forward Garrett Jackson and junior center James Blasczyk, who average 16.2 and 15.6 minutes per game, respectively.As far as Fuller’s future is concerned, he remains optimistic. He and the Trojans have reason to be:  Despite having only one recruit signed on for next year, the team has plenty of newcomers projected to play next season. In addition to the expected return of injured players Fontan, Washington, and, of course, Fuller, transfer players Ari Stewart, a junior forward from Wake Forest, and Eric Wise, a senior forward from UC Irvine, are each expected to contribute right away next season.Stewart averaged 8.5 points per game last season for the Deamon Deacons, and Wise finished his three seasons at UC Irvine ranked 11th in school history in scoring and 15th in rebounds. Those are the kind of numbers the Trojans will hope for next year, but are desperately in need of for the remainder of this season.For now, O’Neill will have to settle for watching two of his most talented players only on the practice floor. Fuller, who went through the same situation a year ago, offers the two transfers advice on how to cope with not playing in games.“I just tell them to keep working hard every day.  Sitting out was tough, not being able to help your teammates. But just keep focusing on next year, because before you know it, you’re going to be playing.”And with a successful surgery and recovery, Fuller will be joining them, right back on track.last_img read more

16 Sep

Robert Braswell out for season with leg injuries, Syracuse announces

first_imgSophomore forward Robert Braswell’s shin pain will sideline him for the remainder of the 2019-20 season, Syracuse men’s basketball announced via Twitter on Sunday afternoon.  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBraswell appeared in seven games this season and averaged 1.7 points and 1.1 rebounds. He last played against Niagara on Dec. 28, scoring six points on two 3-pointers. Last year, he appeared in 12 games and projected in 2019-20 to be a factor in Syracuse’s 3-heavy offense.“He has constant pain and it’s just hard for him to go and the best option is to take some time away and try to get rested, try to do some physical therapy things that would help him,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said after beating Niagara 71-57. “I think he’s got really good potential, but he really can’t go full speed, and I think this would help him if he did take this year off.”The 6-foot-7 forward should be in line for a medical redshirt should he pursue it since he’s on pace to play in less than 30% of the Orange’s games.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on January 5, 2020 at 5:06 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarezlast_img read more

17 Jan

GuySuCo threatens to cut water supply to 700 Crabwood Creek farmers

first_imgSome 700 farmers at Crabwood Creek, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) may be without access to water for their farm lands following threats by the state-run Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to close the only water source those farmers have on Thursday.The Crabwood Creek Water Users Association (CWUA) has expressed concern that all of the farmers in the Upper Corentyne, Region Six community, could be out of water if the GuySuCo’s Skeldon Estate, goes ahead with a threat to cut water supply to the farmers.National Drainage and Irrigation Authority CEO Fredrick FlattsThe CWUA has its own water source which GuySuCo had threatened to close off.In a letter dated July 5, GuySuCo said “the dislocated pipe must be fixed on or before July 30th, failing which management will be forced to remove the pipe…”CWUA on June 22, 2016 had brought to the attention of the Estate Management that machinery belonging to the GuySuCo damaged the HDPE tube beneath the estate’s link canal which supplies the Crabwood Creek farmers with irrigation water from the Halcrow Conservancy.Guyana Times understands that the GuySuCo excavator which damaged the tube was carrying out “private” work.The Association says the excavator was not working for the famers; therefore they should not be made to suffer.The Water Users Association on Wednesday informed Chief Executive Officer of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority, Fredrick Flatts of the threats made by GuySuCo and the impact it will have on the community.The farmers who will be affected are both cash crop and rice farmers.Flatts has promised to intervene.last_img read more