RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Advertisement Limerick to Cork road is barrier to growth WhatsApp Previous articleSaved by the 90s: from Backstreet Boys to Maniac 2000Next articleUHL takes two prizes at national awards Editor Linkedin Print Email New chief at the chamber New plan to bring 12,000 jobs to Limerick BusinessNewsNew appointment expected to lead future success of Mid-westBy Editor – March 17, 2017 1010 Limerick company Global Sauces claims national Best Start-Up Award TAGSDr Orlaith BorthwickMary Mitchell O’Connor TDMid-West Action Plan for Jobs Dr Orlaith Borthwick, who has been appoiunted as Programme Manager for the Mid West Action Plan for JobsDr Orlaith Borthwick, who has been appointed as Programme Manager for the Mid West Action Plan for JobsA new programme manager for the Mid-West Action Plan for Jobs has been appointed.The newly-appointed manager, Dr. Órlaith Borthwick, holds a PhD in Economics and brings a wealth of experience in policy formation and delivery of economic projects that enhance the growth potential of tier-two city-regions.Having most recently held the role as Manager of the Mid-West Regional Skills Forum for the Department of Education and previously Director of Policy and Interim CEO at Limerick Chamber the role is a natural progression for Dr. Borthwick who has years of policy and project delivery experience, with expertise in building collaborative initiatives which result in economic prosperity and job creation opportunities.Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor noted the successful impact the Action Plan for Jobs has had on the region and believes the appointment of Dr. Borthwick will further accelerate the successful delivery of the ambitious plan.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Having met Órlaith recently at a meeting of the Mid West APJ Implementation Committee, I was impressed by her professionalism, enthusiasm, and her deep knowledge of the Mid West region’s economic strengths, challenges, and opportunity areas.”“The Mid West now has the fastest growing employment rate in the country, and an unemployment rate of 6%, a fall of 4.2% since the start of 2015. This represents fantastic progress for the region, and under Órlaith’s leadership I am confident that the Mid West Action Plan will continue to build on this momentum,” the minister added.Barry O’Sullivan, General Manager at Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and Chairman of the Mid-West Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committee believes that having a manager in place will open new economic possibilities for the region.“The Action Plan for Jobs is a template for collaboration and we are delighted to have Órlaith in place to support the work of industry as they partner with public bodies, to identify step-change projects that can deliver a bright future and wealth of job opportunities for all who chose to live here.”While Dr. Borthwick’s remit is the greater Mid-West region she will be working closely with Limerick City and County Council to support them in achieving their vision for the future growth of the city-region.Speaking about her appointment Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Economic Development with Limerick City and County Council Dr. Pat Daly said: “We are delighted to be working with our colleagues in Clare and Tipperary to collectively support and augment the economic potential of the Limerick City-Region. I want to thank Barry O’Sullivan for his commitment to this initiative and I am confident in the positive impact he and Órlaith can have on the future prosperity of the region”.
by Armon GilliamFor New Pittsburgh Courier During Jamie Dixon’s tenure at the University of Pittsburgh, his basketball teams have fared well in regular season play and enjoyed a moderate amount of success in the Big East post season tournament. The regular season victories along with the Big East tournament success have piqued a lot of interest in Pitt’s basketball program and infused the hearts of many fans with hope for bigger and better things on a national stage. ARMON GILLIAM Coach Dixon has continued the winning tradition of Pitt basketball that was re-established during the Ben Howland era. Here are some of Dixon’s accomplishments: 1. led the team to a Big East regular season title in 2004 and 2011, 2. led team to winning the 2008 Big East tournament and he was named Big East Coach of the Year in 2004. Yet with all the winning, awards and elevated expectations, fans are not satisfied because they long to see their team make a respectable NCAA tournament run.The NCAA tournament is the crucible where the true merit of players and coaches are tested by the heat of competition. Once a team enters the tournament, they will face quality opponents that are highly motivated to win. The conference a team plays in or the regular season record doesn’t amount a hill of beans when tournament play begins.Games are decided by players: ability to execute a game plan, making hustle plays, shot selection, basketball I.Q., and defensive intensity level. Coaches have to formulate a successful game plan that gives their teams a better chance to win. At the end of the day, however, players will determine their own fate by the level of play they muster up in pursuit of victory.There was a time when a great disparity existed between teams from large conferences and teams from mid major conferences. Those days are gone and now there is an unprecedented level of parity in NCAA basketball. It is the parity that allows for many close games and upsets where either team has a legitimate chance to win.Case and point: Butler vs. Pitt.As I watched the game, I didn’t feel at any point that Butler was over matched. In fact, Pitt played from behind most of the game. Shelvin Mack of Butler stood out as the best guard on the floor. On the other hand, Gilbert Brown played his heart out while his teammates played subpar games. Sadly, this hotly contested game came down to a case of dumb and dumber.With 1.4 seconds on the clock Ashton Gibbs threw a careless inbound pass to Gilbert Brown who made an athletic play to save the ball from sailing out of bounds around half court. As Brown grabbed the ball inches away from the sideline, he quickly adjusted his body and prepared to make a desperation heave to the basket. Shelvin Mack ran into Brown as he launched the shot and committed a dumb foul that sent Brown to the free throw line with a chance to win the game. Brown sank the first of two free throws attempts. Routinely coaches would have their players vacate the lane in a situation like this. Coach Dixon failed to do this. Brown missed the second shot. As Matt Howard of Butler secured the rebound, Nasir Robinson lunged towards him, grabbed his arm and committed an even dumber foul. Howard stepped up to the free throw line and sank a game winning free throw that broke the hearts of Pitt fans.I do understand the great frustration and anger that spewed from many disgruntled Pitt fans. After all, Pitt has a long history of making early exits from the NCAA tournament which is disheartening to their fan base. Playing the blame game, however and claiming that Brown choked or Coach Dixon was out coached or he choked is hitting below the belt.Brown was a hero in the game. He led the team in scoring and sank the game tying free throw. The last time I checked choking is losing a game. Brown gave his team a chance to win in overtime.Coach Dixon’s record speaks volumes and his team had many chances to win. The team’s lackluster performance coupled with an inexplicable foul by Robinson is what led to Pitt’s demise. Robinson must feel like the village idiot. I feel bad for the guy.Pitt fans are going to lament this heart wrenching loss for awhile. Seeing their basketball team make another early exit from NCAA tournament is hard to stomach. Hang in there Pitt fans. Who knows, maybe next year the team will have a good regular season and put together a respectable NCAA tournament run.(Bethel Park native Armon “The Hammer” Gilliam played 13 years in the NBA (1987-2000). He also played one season (2005-06) for the Pittsburgh Xplosion of the American Basketball Association.)
THE inauguration of South Africa’s President-elect, Jacob Zuma, will take place at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Public viewing events have been arranged across the country so South Africans can watch the ceremony. Last year Zuma appointed an inter-ministerial committee to plan for the inauguration ceremony, to take place on 24 May 2014.“We are satisfied with the progress made thus far. The logistical arrangements are proceeding well and we look forward to an exciting and successful inauguration ceremony,” said acting minister in the Presidency, Nathi Mthethwa.Public viewing events will take place at these venues in each of the provinces:Eastern Cape: Local Municipality Venue Nelson Mandela Bay, Uitenhage area Kamesh Blue Crane Route Municipality Cookhouse Buffalo City Metro, East London area Duncan Village Mnquma Qhina Village, Centane Inkwanca Molteno Town Hall Senqu Sterkspruit Ntabankulu Lunzwane VillageFree State: Local Municipality Venue Dihlabeng Bohlokong Community Hall – Bethlehem Moqhaka Matlwantlwang Community Hall – Steynsrus Tswelopele Phahameng Community Hall – Bultfontein Mohokare Rolleathunya Community Hall – Rouxville Mangaung Metro Glen Community Hall – BloemfonteinGauteng: Local Municipality Venue Mogale City Smokedown Informal settlement, Krugersdorp Tshwane Filadelfia Secondary School for the Disabled: Soshanguve Ekurhuleni Mary Moodley Place of Safety: BenoniLimpopo: Local Municipality Venue Lepelle Nkumpi Lebowakgomo Stadium Modimolle Northam Community Hall Tzaneen Bulamahlo TSC Thulamela University of Venda Tubatse Mapodile TSCKwaZulu-Natal: Local Municipality Venue Richmond Richmond Town Hall Ubuthlebezwe To be confirmed Clermont Archie Gumede Thusong Service Centre Ndwewdwe Johnny Makhatini Civic Centre Emadlangeni Bensdorp Town Hall Umhlabuyalingana Mbazwana Library Auditorium Emnambithi Ladysmith Municipality Ezakheni uLundi LM James Nxumalo CollegeMpumalanga: Local Municipality Venue Thembisile Hani Kwaggafontein Community Hall Mkhondo Eziphunzini Community Hall Bushbuckridge Shatale Community HallNorth West: Local Municipality Venue Moses Kotane Mogwase FET College Ratlou Setlagole Community Hall Kagisano Molopo Kgokgojane Thusong Service Centre Ventersdorp Tshedimosetso Thusong Service CentreNorthern Cape: Local Municipality Venue Gasegonyana Kuruman Umsobomvu ColesbergNamakhoiSpringbok taxi rankMierUpingtonWestern Cape: Local Municipality Venue Matzikama Vredendal North Thusong Centre Drakenstein Mbekweni Thusong Centre Hall Theewaterskloof Gerald Hall (to be confirmed) Bitou Piesang Hall Beaufort West Beaufort West Recreation Hall City of Cape Town (Ward 29) Mamre Community Hall More resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit SouthAfrica.info and Media Club South Africa for further resources that can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa. Join the conversationFollow Brand South AfricaTell us how you Play Your PartFacebook: www.facebook.com/BrandSouthAfricaFacebook: www.facebook.com/PlayYourPartTwitter: @Brand_SATwitter: @PlayYourPartSAWebsite: www.brandsouthafrica.comWebsite: www.playyourpart.co.za ContactFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Sandisiwe GugushePublic Relations International: Brand South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122 Mobile: +27 (0) 73 126 9128Email: [email protected]
If you’re new to the road and traveling internationally anytime soon, here are some recommendations on how to master the art of packing light.Top image via ShutterstockIn our globalized and mobilized world, it’s easier than ever to shoot high-quality video in some of the world’s most remote places. But just as much as we have the world at our fingertips, we also have a mountain of gear that we assume we need to make our projects shine. Spare your back and your luggage fines by taking a more practical and thoughtful approach to shooting remote.Below you will find a comprehensive packing list for video pros, as well as a few tips to streamline your ultra-sleek and incognito camera package. The Packing ListTravel-Friendly Camera BodySony a7S ($2,998), Canon 5D Mark III ($2,599), or a Canon C300 ($11,999) or C100 ($2,499) are a few of my top recommendations for the most quality per square inch of camera.Prime Lens KitIf you prefer the look of primes like me, make space for a basic set of four. I always run with 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm kit. The Zeiss CP.2 ($3,990) is my first pick and Rokinons ($1,996) are my budget backup.Zoom LensesWhen there’s no time to be switching between lenses, I make sure to always have two zooms. The Canon EF 24-105 mm ($999) and Canon EF 70-200 mm (above, $1,999) are what usually make it into my bag.Spare Camera BatteriesDo not skimp here. You’ll need lots of juice if you’re away from power sources for long periods of time. And don’t forget plenty of spare chargers as well, so you can knock out your nightly recharge in one punch.Power StripsMake sure you have the correct outlet style and wattage. Here is a list of what is compatible by country.On-Camera Shotgun MicThe Rode VideoMic Pro (above, $199.95) or the Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adapter Kit with Microphone ($598) if you’re shooting on the a7S. A perk to shooting on the Sony a7S with the Sony XLR Adapter is that you have an extra XLR input for your lavs or your shotgun. Same perk applies to the c100 or c300, which have XLR inputs built into the camera.LavaliersI have worked most frequently with Seinheisser Lavs ($679). I usually travel with a minimum of three sets of transmitters and receivers to cover my interview subjects and the translator.Shotgun Mic and Boom PoleI work most frequently with a Sennheiser MKE 600 (329.95) and a boom pole. Don’t forget your XLR cable as well!Video TripodThe Sachtler Ace ($621) is a travel-friendly size. I also recommend all your baseplates between all your support be seamless. Keep this in mind when picking out your gear. This makes it easier to move quickly between each support system.Small SliderThe Duzi Slider (above, $439) might not give a ton of range, but it’s super lightweight and compact and will at least give you a little extra clean movement in your shots without weighing you down. If you’re on a larger budget, check out the latest lightweight slider that’s changing the game: Rhino Slider ($500).Simple Handheld RigSay goodbye to your shoulder rig with the ten-pound counterweight. Strip it down to something with a plastic cage, rods and a follow focus. I throw a baseplate on the bottom of my rig and it lives on my camera and I just snap the whole rig into a monopod, sticks, or a slider when shooting documentary style.GlidecamIf you absolutely need something a bit more stable for tracking shots, throw a Glidecam ($469) into your checked bag.MonopodsThese Manfrotto Monopods ($279.88) are my best friend when shooting international documentaries.Small ReflectorRaya makes a great 5-in-1 Reflector ($23.95) for a fair price. And it comes with its own carrying bag!FiltrationA good Variable ND like the one Tiffen ($129.95) makes will save you time and space. Toss in a Polarizer ($93.90) and some step-up rings to sync all your lens diameters to the same size (for ease and speed when moving your filters between lenses) and you’re golden.Panel LightsPair a panel light ($159.95) with a GorillaPod, some gaff tape, and your reflector and you can give a pop to any scene.Carry-On BagLowePro Roller x200 ($284.19) is my favorite roller board camera bag. If the airlines hassles you about overhead space, you pop the main compartment of the bag out into a backpack and check the shell. This has saved me from having to send expensive gear rattling down into the bottom of the plane many times.Large Checked BagI recommend a bag by someone like Tenba ($599.95) versus the popular Pelican Case. It’s more discreet and calls less attention to itself, while still providing great protection.Shooting BagI toss a Think Tank Sling ($99.75) into my Tenba to carry my lenses, filters, cards, and spare batteries once on the ground shooting.AccessoriesLet us not forget our roll of gaff tape, spare batteries (AA, AAA, 9V, etc), clamps, GorillaPods, a small tool kit with your necessary flat head and allen wrenches, etc. Most of these items do better in your checked bag.LaptopMake sure all necessary updates are complete and all needed software is downloaded, incase Wi-Fi is spotty where you’re shooting.3x Portable HardrivesLacie Rugged Hardrives ($139) are compact and their name says it all. I always backup my footage between three drives every night and spread the drives between people and bags when traveling.This is a package that has worked great for me across several continents. I was able to capture competitive documentary footage in India, Cambodia, and all across Africa with this exact kit.Note: The opinions expressed in this guide are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of PremiumBeat.Got any secrets for traveling light? We’d love to hear them in the comments below.
Villagers along borders of Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts of Odisha have lost sleep for fear of 35 wild elephants that have been criss-crossing their localities. Though a dedicated trackers’ team is following the herd that strayed from the Dalma forest in neighbouring Jharkhand, villagers are apprehensive that the jumbos could veer towards their habitation.No casualityElephants in herds usually enter Odisha from Jharkhand and West Bengal during paddy harvesting season. Although no human injury has been reported from Balasore district, elephants have devoured paddy stored in backyards, trampled vegetable crops and fruits. Some thatched houses have also been damaged. As elephants move during evening hours, the district administration resorted to power cuts in order to prevent jumbos from coming in contact with live wire. It has added to the woes of people residing in the area. In some bordering villages, people are on vigil to ward off elephants.“We have been keeping tab on the herd. We have received information that the jumbos have entered the Kuldiha Sanctuary on Sunday. Now chances of elephants straying into human habitations have come down,” said Nilagiri forest ranger Sukumar Das.Elephants that migrate from Jharkhand annually use the forest patches of Nilagiri in Balasore district to enter the Similipal National Park. Sometime, they traverse through thickly populated areas keeping people on their toes.
LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Melbourne United center Majok Majok (22), left, and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, reach for a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Oklahoma City. APOKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder needed a big defensive stand to hold off Melbourne United.Josh Huestis had two massive blocked shots in the final seconds to help the star-studded Thunder escape with an 86-85 exhibition victory Sunday (Monday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT “To have the opportunity to play one of the best teams in the world and to know that our league can challenge those best teams in the world — it does a lot for our reputation in the league and it does a lot for our club’s reputation,” Vickerman said. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City After winless season, McIlroy plots return to top of golf NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Melbourne, an Australian team, also was up against a time adjustment.“I know most of the guys couldn’t really get a good sleeping pattern, including myself,” Prather said. “My legs are a bit fatigued, but once you come to a game like this, you know all the adrenaline going and the energy to get going, so you know, we really don’t feel it too much.”Oklahoma City’s stars shot poorly. George had 22 points on 5-for-17 shooting, Anthony scored 19 points on 6-for-19 shooting and Westbrook was limited to nine points, going 3 for 10.“I was pretty impressed by the statistics that we held some people to,” Vickerman said. “For us, because we’re a little bit smaller, we try to fight through everything, and I guess that maintained some pressure on them rather than when you switch, there’s a little more separation.”Ware made a 3-pointer to tie the score at 80 but the Thunder responded with a 6-0 run that gave them the cushion to hold on.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Huestis blocked Josh Boone’s shot out of bounds, then blocked Casey Prather’s shot to clinch the win.Melbourne coach Dean Vickerman said he was proud of the way his team played against the All-Star trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. Melbourne withstood a run by the Thunder with their stars in the game in the third quarter and made it competitive down the stretch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I felt coming into the half that they were really going to try to make a run with their best group,” Vickerman said. “We weathered that storm, and they had to keep some of those best players coming back to win the game.”Casper Ware Jr. scored 20 points, Boone added 15 and Prather had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Melbourne, a member of the Australia and New Zealand-based National Basketball League.
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES With Sarr rendered helpless on the bench in street clothes, Ateneo took full advantage, giving more touches to its big man Chi Ikeh.Ikeh pounced on the Falcons’ depleted frontline, coming away with 18 points and 17 rebounds. He already had a double-double as early as halftime with 14 points and 13 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards, three more than the entire Adamson team.“Ikeh just dominated us. We had a hard time containing him,” said Pumaren, whose squad was outrebounded, 60-35.Pumaren admitted not having Sarr around was tough, but it’s still not an excuse as to how the Falcons poorly performed and got badly beaten.“I’m one coach who won’t dwell on that. I’ve been coaching for the longest time and you won’t hear from me saying, ‘If this player was here.’ That’s part of my job to make the most out of my remaining 15 players.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Meralco nips Star to clinch playoff berth Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sarr missed the much-anticipated duel between preseason favorites due to a groin injury and it’s still uncertain when he would return.“I want to play next game but everything will depend on the doctor if he will give me the clearance to play,” Sarr told INQUIRER.net.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAdamson head coach Franz Pumaren said his Cameroonian import is still day-to-day.“We always prepare for the worst scenario. If he’s there, that’s a bonus, if not then, the other players must step up,” he said. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s no surprise that Papi Sarr’s absence was a big blow to Adamson in its opening day loss to Ateneo on Saturday.Sarr averaged 14.4 points and 14.9 rebounds per game last season for the Falcons.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP are looking for the public’s help after two people allegedly tried to abduct a flagger working on Highway 29.On August 4, 2019, at 9:30 a.m., the RCMP were called about the attempted abduction. The RCMP say a dark blue van with silver striping approached a road flagger on Highway 29 near the Szoo Road at around 9 a.m. The van came to a stop near the lone female flagger, and a caucasian male opened the van’s rear doors. The male exited the van and attempted to pull the woman inside.The flagger struggled with the unknown male, who eventually got back in the van and drove off toward Hudson’s Hope. The male appeared to be caucasian, and the victim did not recognize this person. The Fort St. John RCMP are asking anyone who may have been in this area at the time of this incident and may recognize this van, the suspect or have dashcam video footage to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140. Currently, Fort St John RCMP Frontline members are partnering with RCMP members from Hudson Hope, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson and Grande Prairie in an attempt to identify the suspect or the vehicle in this incident.RCMP members are currently canvassing neighbouring properties to speak with witnesses, or to obtain any video surveillance they may have.Traffic Services members in North District have been made aware and are currently looking for any vehicles that match the description.The van is described as;dark blue with silver stripingchrome on the front grillebarn style rear doorsThe suspect is described as;caucasian maleapproximately 5’9no accent when he spoke“We’re asking for anyone who was in the Charlie Lake area to try to remember if they saw a vehicle matching this description to call the RCMP,” says Sgt Joelle LaChance, A/Operations NCO of the Fort St John RCMP. “Your dashcam footage may be able to help us identify the suspect in this crime”.
Zion’s place among Naismith Award winnersFor Zion Williamson and Naismith College Player of the Year winners since 1996, team Final Four status and win share statistics 2011Jimmer FredetteBrigham YoungGSr.8.5.256 The 2019 Naismith winner will be announced April 7Sources: Wikipedia, Sports-Reference.com College basketball’s biggest weekend will be missing college basketball’s biggest star. After Michigan State knocked off Duke 68-67 on Sunday to advance to the Final Four, the Blue Devils are out of the NCAA Tournament — and that means we won’t see forward Zion Williamson again until the NBA draft. (Presumably.) CBS had invested a lot in following Williamson’s every move during the tournament, and with good cause. By at least one metric, Williamson had the best season in recent college history. But that’s all in the past now. So how weird is it that Zion won’t be present for the tournament’s finale in Minneapolis? And what can we make of his brief, brilliant stay in the college game, possibly as one of the final megastars of the one-and-done era?Williamson has spent most of the season as the heavy betting favorite to win the men’s Naismith college player of the year award. His money-line odds were as high as -700 (that’s roughly 88 percent without removing the vig) before his midseason injury, and they currently sit around -300 (75 percent). Other players could potentially take the honor when it is announced April 7, but it would be a surprise if Williamson were not the winner.If Zion does pick up the award, he will become only the third freshman (joining Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis) and 12th underclassman to do so in the history of the honor. It’s an elite award to earn, having been won by the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton and Michael Jordan, in addition to KD and AD. But it hasn’t exactly been out of the ordinary for the Final Four to move on without the nation’s best player. Through 2018, the Naismith award winner has seen his team make the Final Four just 48 percent of the time — meaning roughly half of college basketball’s very best stars since 19691The first year the award was given out. have watched the Final Four from home. Williamson wouldn’t be the first to fit that description, and he likely wouldn’t be the last.But even among players of the year, Williamson would be unusually good — particularly by the standards of some recent winners:2We went back to 1996 in the table below because that’s the earliest season for which Sports-Reference.com calculates its win shares player-value metric. 2004Jameer NelsonSaint Joseph’sGSr.6.6.243 1998Antawn JamisonNorth CarolinaFJr.✓8.3.271 2007Kevin DurantTexasFFr.8.8.280 2014Doug McDermottCreightonFSr.7.7.261 2019Zion WilliamsonDukeFFr.8.3.335 2001Shane BattierDukeFSr.✓10.1.298 2000Kenyon MartinCincinnatiFSr.9.0.398 2015Frank KaminskyWisconsinFSr.✓9.8.299 2008Tyler HansbroughNorth CarolinaFJr.✓8.7.272 2012Anthony DavisKentuckyCFr.✓9.9.310 2006J. J. RedickDukeGSr.7.8.233 2010Evan TurnerOhio StateGJr.6.8.247 2002Jason WilliamsDukeGJr.6.3.213 YearPlayerCollegePos.ClassFinal four?TotalPer 40 2003T. J. FordTexasGSo.✓4.3.155 2013Trey BurkeMichiganGSo.✓8.6.249 2016Buddy HieldOklahomaGSr.✓7.6.232 1997Tim DuncanWake ForestCSr.10.4.367 2018Jalen BrunsonVillanovaGJr.✓7.7.241 1996Marcus CambyMassachusettsCJr.✓8.1.320 2017Frank Mason IIIKansasGSr.7.5.230 2005Andrew BogutUtahCSo.10.9.358 1999Elton BrandDukeFSo.✓10.0.350 2009Blake GriffinOklahomaFSo.9.7.332 Win Shares From ABC News: On a per-40-minute basis, Williamson would have the most win shares of any Naismith winner since Andrew Bogut in 2005 (Bogut went No. 1 overall in the NBA draft that summer) and the fifth-most since 1996, period. And unlike some of the other names on the list above, Williamson wasn’t a one-man show dragging a bunch of weak teammates along. Duke ranked fourth in our pre-tournament Elo ratings — higher than the team of anyone ranked ahead of Zion in win shares per 40 minutes except Elton Brand (whose own Blue Devils ranked first going into the 1999 tourney).In that regard, maybe the best comparison for Williamson’s freshman season was that of Davis on the 2012 Kentucky Wildcats — a stellar, standout individual year on a highly ranked squad full of other elite NBA prospects. But while Davis got to the Final Four and ultimately won the NCAA championship, Williamson and Duke fell short, relegating him to a separate list of freshman phenoms — one including Durant and Michael Beasley, whose individual efficiency in 2008 was (amazingly) even greater than Zion’s this year — on teams that couldn’t get to the tournament’s third weekend.The end of Duke’s season won’t diminish the personal success Williamson had during his one NCAA season, nor will it affect his presumptive status as the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. And few fans outside Durham will be crying for Duke, which had its chances to close out Michigan State late on Sunday but was unable to do so (in large part because Williamson took only one shot in the game’s final six-and-a-half minutes). Even so, the Final Four won’t be quite the same without Williamson’s dizzying array of highlight-reel drives, dunks and swats. Instead, the Season of Zion Williamson will come to an end with Zion Williamson nowhere in sight. Check out our latest March Madness predictions.
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