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Walter Taylor designed riverfront home to go under the hammer

first_imgThe home has prime river frontage“They would have their feasts there, and a lot of local people just called it the Hare Krishna house,” she said. The home, which was constructed by Walter Taylor as a residence for his family in 1928, has six bedrooms, three bathrooms and 64.3 metres of river frontage. “It should be quite an extraordinary auction,” she said.“I would think someone would be able to restore the home to its former glory.”Riverfront homes in Graceville attract a price premium, with a nearby property at 68 Molonga Terrace going for $5.65 million late last year. The home was used as a Hare Krishna temple.The home will go to auction on Saturday, June 2 at 1pm. PRIME PROPERTY: This Walter Taylor designed home is going under the hammer.IT WAS the pride and joy of one of the most prominent visionaries of modern Brisbane, and now it is for sale.The expansive riverfront home dubbed Glenrae will go to auction next month for the first time in decades.center_img The home has a unique architectural style.The home was constructed by builder and engineer Walter Taylor, who designed many of Brisbane’s landmarks including the Walter Taylor Bridge.Meaghan Bakker from Ray White New Farm said it was a “very interesting property”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“The architecture is very unique, it is not a Queenslander,” Ms Bakker said. The home has been vacant for about a year, but it was previously used as a Hare Krishna temple. last_img read more

Cancellation Due to Weather

first_imgCancellation due to lightning is a no brainer.  I am not sure if the half hour rule is always a necessity; however, being on the safe side is certainly understandable.  However, what about sports like cross country, baseball, or softball which have to play or run on some non grassy surfaces?  Last weekend, for instance, a lot of high school cross country invitationals took place despite the horrible conditions on most courses.Football and soccer could be added to this list if they do not have good grassy surface.  When you try to run or make starts and stops in wet, muddy conditions the threat of injury becomes very high.  For instance, at a cross country meet at Brown County High School last Saturday, the athletes not only had to run in mud but they also ran through areas where standing water was more than 6 inches deep.  Kids were falling, sliding down hills, loosing their shoes, and collecting enough mud on themselves and uniforms to start a garden.  How about the coach or bus driver who was responsible for cleaning the bus after they brought these kids back?  There are no locker rooms available for showers at Cross Country meets.  I know re-scheduling is usually impossible, but cancellation is a smarter choice!last_img read more

Arsenal to keep Saka away from ‘hugely impressed’ Liverpool

first_img Loading… Arsenal are ready to offer Saka an improved five-year contract to reward him for the impression he has made in their first team so far – but they may be in a race against time to convince him. Liverpool are said to be on alert, with the report adding that the Premier League leaders are “hugely impressed” by his potential and the fact that he already has experience at a high level. read also:Arsenal make contact with Real Madrid over Saka replacement Borussia Dortmund are also among the interested parties – although they are not mentioned in Football Insider‘s report – and are hoping to lure Saka away with the temptation of more regular gametime in Germany. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Saka has been one of the most promising aspects of Arsenal’s mixed season, with the teenager impressing as either a left winger or a left-back. The 18-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season, meaning Arsenal may have to sell him to avoid losing him on a free to a Premier League rival – with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United circling. However, it appears that the Gunners will not be selling him before his contract expires, as Football Insider claims that they are not giving up hope of convincing him to sign an extension and are prepared to take the risk of negotiating into next season.Advertisement Liverpool have a concrete interest in Bukayo Saka, claims a report, but Arsenal are unlikely to sanction a transfer even though he is nearly out of contract. Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeAwesome But Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu ReevesThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Best Movie Cars You Could Own But Probably Can’t AffordTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More27 Breathtakingly Beautiful Albino Animalslast_img read more

Cech fear for Chelsea

first_imgRafael Benitez’s attempts to improve Chelsea’s form have suffered a setback after goalkeeper Petr Cech was forced to withdraw from international duty with the Czech Republic with a finger injury. Interim boss Benitez’s bid to improve his record of 10 wins in 21 matches in charge continues with the Barclays Premier League clash at home to Wigan on Saturday could take place without his first-choice goalkeeper. A statement on the club’s official website read: “Petr Cech is returning to Chelsea due an injured finger and will not take part in Czech Republic’s international fixture on Wednesday. The injury will be assessed at Cobham by the club’s medical department.” Press Associationcenter_img While Ross Turnbull could be required to return in goal, having deputised last month when Cech had a groin problem, the managerial status quo remains – though former boss Jose Mourinho has been linked with a summer return to the club. Benitez returned to his family home on the Wirral for brief respite following Chelsea’s 3-2 Premier League loss at Newcastle on Saturday, a result that left the Blues with three wins in 10 matches. That, coupled with the unravelling of Mourinho’s reign at Real Madrid and his enduring popularity in west London, led to suggestions Roman Abramovich would turn to the self-titled Special One. After the dream scenario of Pep Guardiola being drafted in ended when the former Barcelona head coach was appointed by Bayern Munich, speculation of a return for Mourinho heightened. It would be a popular appointment, but for now Benitez remains in place until his current contract ends this summer. Chelsea remain third in the table and on course to fulfil Benitez’s brief of Champions League football in 2013-14. last_img read more

GSA rolls over Central

first_img GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Bio Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text The Eagles pounded out 10 hits as they rolled to a five-inning 12-2 win over the Central Red Devils in Blue Hill on Monday.Cooper Smallidge doubled twice and Harrison Vinall singled twice, each driving in three runs, and Justin Willis had a run-scoring single for GSA.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest Postslast_img read more

CWI Regional 4-Day Championship

first_imgShepherd thwarts Pride(CMC) – AN aggressive spell from Romario Shepherd trumped a memorable debut for Chemar Holder to leave Barbados Pride on the ropes against recently-minted champions Guyana Jaguars in the Regional 4-Day Championship yesterday here.Shepherd grabbed 4-27 from 10 overs to break the backbone of the Pride’s batting and reduced them to 147 for seven, replying to Jaguars’ first-innings total of 297 before rain and bad light brought an early close on the second day of their ninth-round match at Kensington Oval.In a destructive second spell of 5-1-15-3 from the southern (Malcolm Marshall) end of the ground after tea, he removed West Indies pair of Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich, as well as Pride captain Shamarh Brooks to rock the hosts’ batting.Brooks has so far led the way with 25, opener Shayne Moseley, also dismissed by Shepherd, made 24 and fellow left-hander Jonathan Carter added 21.This followed Holder, a member of the triumphant Windies Under-19 World Cup side, capturing 5-57 from 17.5 overs on his first-class debut to lead the Pride bowling.West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach supported with 3-31 from 16.4 overs before he pulled up lame and left the field.Jaguars, starting the day on 185 for four, extended their first innings to 20 minutes after lunch with West Indies all-rounder Raymon Reifer leading a rearguard action with 33, Sherfane Rutherford making 32 and veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul gathering 30.Pride then got off to a steady start when West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite and club-mate Moseley gathered 41 for the first wicket.But Brathwaite was run-out for 13 looking for a second run before Moseley followed four balls later caught at gully off Shepherd from a leading edge to leave Pride 46 for two.Carter came to the crease and with Brooks carried Pride to 66 for two at tea and put on 37 either side of the break before things unravelled for the home team.Keemo Paul had Carter caught behind playing loosely outside the off-stump before Jaguars captain Leon Johnson replaced him with Shepherd and the fast-medium bowler exploited the helpful pitch.He had Chase caught down the leg-side by wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble for one, stunned Dowrich with a first-ball snorter that the Windies wicketkeeper fended to short leg and had Brooks caught at gully from an indecisive shot to leave Pride in tatters on 115 for six.Next over, Rutherford tightened Jaguars’ hold, when Justin Greaves was caught at cover for 16 from a drive leaving Kemar Roach, not out on five, and Jomel Warrican, not out on one, to bat through the final 35 minutes before the weather drove the players off.Earlier, Jaguars reached 230 for six before Chanderpaul was caught behind off Roach for 30 as he pushed outside the off stump.Paul, fending at a lifting ball, was caught low at second slip to his left by Carter off Miguel Cummins for nought to leave Jaguars 235 for seven.A stand of 40 between Reifer and Rutherford, however, put the Pride on their heels and carried the Jaguars past the 250 mark.Holder, however, was belatedly introduced and had almost immediate success when he had the left-handed Rutherford caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Dowrich before the innings quickly folded.Holder bowled the Barbados-born Reifer before he had Veerasammy Permaul caught down the leg side by Dowrich for five to bring the innings to a close.Jaguars entered the match with an unassailable 135 points, but have so far gained two batting points, two bowling points and 1.4 pace bowling points. Pride have so far earned three bowling points and two pace bowling points to add to their season total of 85.8.SCOREBOARD JAGUARS 1st innings (o/n 184 for five)T. Chanderpaul b Roach 0C. Hemraj c wkp. Dowrich b Holder 90L. Johnson c Brooks b Holder 56V. Singh c Cummins b Greaves 11S. Chanderpaul c wkp. Dowrich b Roach 30A. Bramble lbw b Roach 4R. Reifer b Holder 33K. Paul c Carter b Cummins 0S. Rutherford c wkp. Dowrich b Holder 32R. Shepherd not out 11V. Permaul c wkp. Dowrich b Holder 5Extras: (b-5, lb-4, w-6, nb-10) 25Total: (all out, 101.5 overs) 297Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-148, 3-175, 4-177, 5-182, 6-230, 7-235, 8-275, 9-279.Bowling: Roach 16.4-8-31-3 (w-1), Cummins 18-6-47-1 (nb-3, w-1), Holder 17.5-2-57-5 (nb-6, w-1), Greaves 20.2-6-38-1 (w-1), Chase 12-3-32-0, Warrican 13-2-65-0 (nb-1), Carter 4-0-18-0 (w-2).PRIDE 1st inningsK. Brathwaite run-out 13S. Moseley c Hemraj b Shepherd 24S. Brooks c Hemraj b Shepherd 25J. Carter c wkp. Bramble b Paul 21R. Chase c wkp. Bramble b Shepherd 1S. Dowrich c T. Chanderpaul b Shepherd 0J. Greaves c T Chanderpaul b Rutherford 16K. Roach not out 15J. Warrican not out 13Extras: (b-3, lb-6, w-4, nb-6) 19Total: (7 wkts, 45.3 overs) 147Fall of wickets: 1-41, 2-46, 3-83, 4-91, 5-91, 6-115, 7-119.Bowling: Paul 13-2-34-1, Reifer 11-4-35-0 (nb-2), Rutherford 11.3-1-42-1 (nb-4), Shepherd 10-2-27-4 (w-4).last_img read more

Briton John wins top prize at Cycling Award ceremony

first_img–Niles continues dominance of Under-45 divisionBRITON John accumulated the most points for 2019 in cycling and, on Saturday evening, he was duly rewarded with a plaque and cash prize.The national rider, who was not at the presentation, also won the Most Improved Cyclist plaque at the seventh annual award ceremony of the Guyana Cycling News, which was held at the Saint Stanislaus College in the capital city.Junior Niles has dominated the Under-45 division over the years.The event was attended by most of the top cyclists in the country, and drew praises from current president of the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF), Linden Dowridge.In a brief speech, Dowridge noted that the event has grown into something “grand”. The GCF president was also hopeful that 2020 would be more productive for the sport.“Sponsors, well-wishers, thank you very much for supporting us and we are looking forward to your continued support for next year. Hopefully, that would be a better year, a bigger year, for cycling. We have a number of things planned and once we are able to put them together successfully, next year should be better.”Balram Singh, head of the independent body– the Guyana Cycling News–was elated that his input has helped to further develop the sport.“Guyana Cycling News started in 2011 because I found that there was no avenue to get cycling information out, especially to overseas Guyanese, so I started to post the result of races, pictures…there was no forum to discuss any aspect of the sport….”Singh noted that after a year-and-a-half, he brought in Malcolm Sonaram and then, later, overseas-based Guyanese Elvis Budhram, who helped with US-based cycling news and stats from time-to-time. He noted that recently, Enzo Matthews also assisted with photos and video footage.Ian Jackson was the top rider in the Over-45 division.Singh added that although donations were received from a number of persons, he normally has to add over $100,000 out of his own pocket, annually, to support the venture.Along with the plaques, over $300,000 in cash was also awarded to the winners.Although John won the top award, Junior Niles again dominated the Under-45 division. The ace cyclist collected award number seven for his consistency and quality performances in his category. In total, he tallied 117 points.Second position in the Masters U-45 division went to Paul Cho-wee-nam (67 points), while third place went to Alex Mendes (46 points).In the Masters Over-45 category, Ian Jackson won ahead of Kennard Lovell and Andy Spencer.Ajay Gopilall was rewarded for his dominance in the Junior division.Denise Jeffrey from Team Evolution was the lone recipient in the female category.Meanwhile, in the Juvenile division, Sherwin Sampson won ahead of Jonathan Ramsuchit and Mario Washington.Berbice cyclists Ajay Gopilall (133 points) and Ralph Seenarine (105) were first and second in the Junior Points Classification.United cyclist Briton John tallied a whopping 192 points, followed by Michael Anthony (168 points), Jamual John (156), Curtis Dey (121), Paul Denobrega (118) and Andre Greene (114).John, who was riding overseas earlier this year, was also rewarded for copping nine local wins, the most this season.Walter Grant Stuart, Andrew Hicks, Marcus Kilier, Deeraj Garbarran and Christopher Griffith also received bonus cash prizes.last_img read more

LoGiurato: It’s only one game, but Nassib looks like ‘the guy’ at quarterback for SU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ AKRON, Ohio — Ryan Nassib stepped onto the field of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium on Saturday and allowed himself, at least for a second, to take in the past year and a half. The clichés of hard work and biding his time had given way to another cliché — this was his team now. And it felt good. ‘It’s one of the greatest feelings,’ Nassib said. ‘… It’s the greatest high you can ever get. It was weird going out there for the first snap. It was a little bit of a shock. But it’s fun. It’s everything I worked for.’ Optimism and winning often lead to overreaction. And this may seem like another cliché, after just one game against a lowly Division I opponent in Akron. But if one game is any barometer, Nassib won’t be in shock stepping onto the field much longer. That high will fade away, and the feeling will become familiar.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Because despite the common correctable hiccups from a first-year starter — and with apologies to Charley Loeb, John Kinder and Jonny Miller — Ryan Nassib looks like he’s going to be Syracuse’s starting quarterback for a very long time. ‘It was a great job for Ryan,’ senior wide receiver Aaron Weaver said of Nassib’s performance. ‘He made the key reads and made some very good throws out there. We’re 100 percent behind him. He’s going to get better every week.’ To quarterbacks coach and offensive play-caller Nathaniel Hackett, being a quarterback requires the most unique person out of any position in any sport. Makes sense. First, there are the physical tools. There are two parts mental: leading an offense and continuously being strong-willed and strong-minded as that leader. And then there is the part that, to Hackett, discerns unique: the mind and the ability to master the language of a complex offensive system. From SU’s opening drive, Nassib looked like that guy. He displayed the poise of a seasoned veteran during the Orange’s 11-play, 69-yard drive that took a methodical five minutes to complete. On his first third down behind what would be a shaky offensive line throughout the night, Nassib calmly stood in the pocket, fired to Alec Lemon and kept the drive moving. On the second third down, all of his options were covered. Instead of forcing the issue, he flicked it to Antwon Bailey, who did the rest and picked up another first down. And on the third and final third down, he found Aaron Weaver on a simple slant pattern for the culmination of the drive — a 23-yard touchdown. ‘He was right on target early on,’ SU head coach Doug Marone said. ‘We were hitting those third-down conversions.’ One play, in particular, brought together all of those elements Hackett talked about: a 26-yard connection with junior receiver Van Chew five seconds before halftime. It was a touchdown that all but sealed victory for the Orange against a Zips team that couldn’t move the ball. Chew knew the ball was coming to him inside the huddle. It was four months of work, all wrapped into one play in which SU had to score or settle for a long field goal attempt. Every day after summer workouts, Nassib had Chew stick around to practice the route, knowing Chew would be the Orange receiver with big-play capability. It was simple: an in route. A pump from Nassib. A bite (hopefully) from the corner. And go. ‘He was like, ‘Van, let’s just get this one route down,” Chew said of the pair’s after-workout summer sessions. ‘And I was like, ‘Ugh.’ But he kept telling me to do it, and we basically perfected it.’ Perfection. From the preparation of a quarterback thinking ahead and from the execution of a quarterback (sorry, Greg Paulus, Andrew Robinson and Cam Dantley) who has the physical tools to be able to flick a ball 26 yards into his receiver’s hands in the end zone with ease, touch and precision. To be sure, there were some flaws — some chinks that worked against Akron’s porous defense but won’t fly against teams like Washington, Boston College and the rest of the Big East. Nassib lost a fumble and threw an interception, and against a better team he probably would have thrown two or three. But for Round 1, it was impressive. If you don’t believe it, take it from the man who has moved him around for the past year and a half. Nassib is here to stay. ‘He did a heck of a job,’ Marrone said. ‘… (He was) poised, stepped up, made some plays and throws underneath, and managed the game well. He’s got a full one under his belt now, and I just see him getting better and better every week.’ Brett LoGiurato is an assistant sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at bplogiur@syr.edu. Published on September 6, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Greatest boneheaded play

first_imgSchmoldt says:When it comes to moments of rage on the basketball court, it’s hard to top Ron Artest, Dennis Rodman or more recently, Kevin Garnett. But in the case of the biggest bonehead move, I’m going to have to be a homer and choose myself … but hear me out here.When I was in high school, I didn’t play high school basketball, but that doesn’t matter — most of the people at my school played in CYO league, and I took some attention off my 3-point shooting and put some on to the fact that I could be an exploding mass of emotion.We didn’t win many games, so you can imagine my excitement when we were beating the team I most hated. Fast-forward to the fourth quarter, when I am playing the middle low spot in a 2-3 defense. I watch as the play develops and this unsuspecting 5-foot-3 kid gets the ball with an open look from the top of the key. Being 6-foot-3, you know I’m not going to allow this to happen.Instead, I momentarily morph my then-lanky frame into a Dikembe Mutombo-like presence — it’s not hard, since I have at least one foot of height and probably 60 pounds on this little guy. I couldn’t have connected with the ball any harder, as I sent it the length of the court. There was no doubting it was a sweet block, but I didn’t stop there … I proceeded to stand over this guy like I was Shaq and he was Nate Robinson, and then let out a yell that would make James Augustine jealous. Seconds later, I look over to the ref, who in this game also happens to be my boss, as he just shakes his head and forms his hands into a “T.”Most call it boneheaded, I say it’s the shining moment of my life.McGrath says:Not only does the greatest bonehead move in the history of basketball belong to none other than yours truly, but I also probably have a strangle-hold over the majority of the top five.In my first high school game, I set the pace for the rest of my career. On an inbounds pass just minutes into the half, I was as wide-open as stinky Bruce Pearl would be under the basket. I caught the ball, turned and missed a total bunny from 40 inches out. Good thing too, since I was shooting at the wrong basket.I later learned that my coach said: “Oh my god, he’s going to shoot it!” and called for a sub before I even laid hands on the ball. That’s why he never made the big show … always a second slow.Making the moment all the more embarrassing was that, A) it was a home game, and B) I had already done this feat before, two years earlier in a rec league.Just to ensure the visiting team got their money’s worth, when we had a rematch on the road later that year I managed to turn the ball over an astonishing four times in eight seconds. Ahman Green would be proud.Sure, I was just a freshman then, but when I was a senior, things weren’t much better. Midway through a summer league game, I exited the game and took a seat on the bench after being subbed out … only to discover a minute later that I indeed hadn’t been subbed out at all and my team had four players. The same game I also threw a pass under duress to a wide-open referee.But lets face it: Schmoldt’s doofus doings shouldn’t even be in the conversation, because he didn’t even make his high school team.last_img read more

The wait is over: After entire high school career as SU commit, Waiters finally part of Orange

first_img Published on October 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Here Dion Waiters was, once again, playing tagalong to Scoop Jardine. Five years after he was first noticed by his future college team in a pickup game with Jardine, the younger cousin was again on the same team as the elder. Finally, Waiters joined his blood on the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center court as an official member of the one team he was always an unofficial member of. The one team he was a part of during half a decade of one surrogate basketball home after another. Syracuse. ‘They stuck with me through thick and thin,’ Waiters said. ‘It was like my second family.’ At SU’s media day on Oct. 15, Waiters followed in Jardine’s footsteps, just like he did on that pickup team. Just like the day he was first noticed as Jardine’s little cousin inside the Neumann-Goretti gym in Philadelphia five years ago. But instead of playing the role of second-fiddle on a fast break, Waiters was cast into the role of interviewee. As Jardine was bombarded by questions from a slew of reporters, the notepads and tape recorders also converged on Waiters.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text But all the freshman wanted to do was practice. How could he not? He was finally dressed head-to-toe in the SU gear he was so close to yet so far away from donning for his entire high school basketball career. He was finally sporting that Syracuse No. 3, the number he talked of and dreamt about at the National Basketball Association Top 100 Camp in a University of Virginia dorm with fellow Orange freshman C.J. Fair in 2008. He was finally here: Dion Waiters, 6-foot-4, 215-pound shooting guard, Syracuse Orange. All he wanted to do was get out and run. But before he could practice, before he deflected one question after another in eager anticipation of his first day, he had to reflect on what it was like to be here. With his first public words as a practicing member of the Orange, Waiters thought back to the beginning. He thought back to Neumann. ‘I didn’t think (back then) I would be here right now,’ Waiters said, staring down at the ‘Melo Center court. ‘But back in the day at Neumann…’ He paused. And then, Waiters summed up five long years of waiting. ‘I don’t know,’ he said. ‘It’s crazy. It’s a dream come true.’ The dream since Waiters committed to SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins in 2007 before playing a minute of high school basketball was to play for Syracuse, just like big cousin Jardine. The dream was a permanent trip to Syracuse from the ‘already ready’ streets of Philadelphia, just like Jardine and SU senior power forward Rick Jackson. With the start of Syracuse’s practice for the 2010-11 season, Waiters’ dream finally became reality. But it was a reality that came after tribulations spread out across multiple high schools. After playing that pickup game as an eighth grader, Waiters enrolled at Philadelphia’s John Bartram High School and then transferred to South Philadelphia High School as a freshman. At both stops, he didn’t play basketball. In 2007, he enrolled at South Kent (Conn.) Prep, where he played but was booted from the school due to ‘conduct detrimental to the team,’ according to an article published in The Daily Orange on Oct. 7, 2008. He then transferred to Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J., as a junior, where he remained until he graduated as a nationally recognized blue-chip recruit. But Waiters, his teammates and his coaches will all say that none of those stops really mattered. Whether Waiters be the 13-year-old on the court at Neumann or the 18-year-old on the court in Syracuse, he has always had the same Philly swagger. ‘He had the swag he has right now, and that always stood out,’ SU assistant coach Rob Murphy said. ‘Dion always stood out, and we knew how good he could become.’ To Waiters, it was simple. Even if he made stops at four different high schools and even if he was kicked out of one school after not sticking with two others, he was always basketball-mature enough for this moment. It is because of Philadelphia. The fraternity that weeded out the weak — and even some of the strong — in the streets bordering Neumann made Waiters the ready-freshman he is today. The player Murphy describes as ‘not a freshman.’ ‘We,’ Waiters said of Philadelphia basketball players, ‘are already ready.’ That tangible factor in Waiters’ game of ‘already ready’ is the reason why some pundits, and even some inside of the SU basketball program, feel he will be the best freshman for the Orange this season. Better than Big East Rookie of the Year choice Fab Melo: The 7-foot Brazilian center who has had Orange coaches drooling for a year and a half. In fact, Waiters may be the polar opposite of Melo. Melo is the late addition SU stumbled across during its NCAA Tournament trip to Miami, Fla., in 2009. Waiters is the kid who SU pounced on three years before St. Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli even thought to talk to the hometown product. Melo is the marquee name that reminds fans of another similar one-syllable SU legend. Waiters’ is the forgotten cornerstone. ‘He seems like he has been at Syracuse for four years already,’ Murphy said. ‘When he came up here, it was like he wasn’t a freshman. ‘Everyone always talks about Fab Melo, but (Waiters) is the leader of the class. He talks, he motivates. He leads by example when he gets out there. He is an extremely valuable player.’ Waiters and Melo are a part of a celebrated four-man class that also includes Fair and Senegal native Baye Moussa Keita, a 6-foot-10 center. Every member of the class and every member of the team will say Waiters plays the role of, yes, the elder cousin of the freshman class. After blue-chip SU recruit Tobias Harris picked Tennessee over SU last year, Waiters got on the phone with his classmates not soon after and told them they needed to bring back a championship for SU head coach Jim Boeheim. Once that practice on Oct. 15 came, they needed to ‘go hard.’ What Waiters hopes he provides on the court is nothing short of the accolade Melo received from the Big East coaches this preseason. He is not coy about what he thinks he can do, which includes, well, everything. ‘I can do it all,’ Waiters said. ‘I can shoot. I can play defense. I can pass the ball. I am going to bring everything to the table.’ Murphy concurs to a degree. In Waiters, he sees a scoring threat that will bring points — not necessarily a stroke — at the shooting guard position lost with the departure of Andy Rautins. Boeheim agrees with Murphy, calling Waiters a ‘good shooter.’ What exactly Waiters brings on the court remains to be seen. But one thing is for certain. With this group of freshmen, Waiters isn’t the tagalong. Even if he is the youngest player of the bunch. He is ready. He has been. Just ask the one guy he followed throughout everything. ‘Dion brings a lot of strong ability to the team,’ Jardine said. But more pertinent to Waiters’ journey and current role than the words of his cousin are the words of the coach that committed to Waiters — a player that, upon committing, was 47 years the coach’s junior. At media day, minutes prior to when Waiters thought back to the beginning of it all at Neumann, Boeheim spoke to the media to open up the season. He spoke of the freshman class. He spoke to all that Waiters has gone through. Even if the 18-year-old vows he is ready. ‘We’ll see how guys fit in,’ Boeheim said. ‘I really never make any determinations on what guys are going to do based on what they did in high school. ‘That can be very deceptive sometimes.’ aolivero@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more