A DAY’S WORK Once lanky and awkward, Briana Day has emerged as the centerpiece of Syracuse’s frontcourt

first_img Comments Video by Kiran Ramsey and Amanda Caffey | The Daily OrangeWith a 6-foot-4 frame and some of the most untapped potential the Raleigh, North Carolina, basketball community had ever seen, Day’s high school head coach Chris East insisted that she had the potential to be a top player.“(The Day twins) were a little raw when they first came in as freshmen, but they just worked,” East said. “The best part is, both of them wanted to get better. I’ve never seen kids that have a motor like they do, these kids took it to another level.”After spending nearly two years lifting, shooting and drilling in the school’s gymnasium, the Day twins led Millbrook to a state championship appearance in 2011. The following season, surrounded by six sophomores, they led the Wildcats to a state title — a new height for the program, East said.In the spring of 2016, weeks after the Orange lost to Connecticut in the national championship game, and seven years after East had said something similar, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman told Day that he wanted to see her tap deeper into her potential. He said he especially wanted to see her improve her mid-range game in the offseason in order to be an asset to the 2016-2017 squad.“She needs to be able to step out a little bit and shoot the ball from 17 feet,” Hillsman said at the Orange’s preseason media day. “Her game has to evolve some for us to be successful this season.”She stayed in Syracuse for both academic sessions of the summer, preparing for her final go-around as a senior. Most of Hillsman’s players go home for the first session and return for the second.,It was a six-week period that Day spent almost solely playing basketball, and extra time in the Carmelo K. Anthony Center that helped her in almost every facet of their game. Bria Day said the twins were able to go back to North Carolina for a short visit, but otherwise, it was a full summer of basketball.“You could stay here all summer, and do nothing, and it wouldn’t really matter,” Hillsman said, explaining it was the time in the gym that mattered. “That’s just the way it is.”When the rest of the team returned for the second session of summer classes to begin preseason practices, there was a noticeable buzz around the program regarding the new and improved Day, teammates and coaches said at media day.Graduate assistant coach Maggie Morrison, a former Orange guard who’s spent the last three seasons with Day at Syracuse, said she immediately noticed Day was more aggressive, much more vocal on and off the court and performing as “a better all around player.”Morrison sees Day in more of a leadership role this year, and expects her final season at SU to be her best. She thinks that with the time Day spent in the weight room and gym this summer, she’s in the best shape she’s been in since arriving at SU, and poised to be one of the team’s strongest assets.With just one season remaining in her SU career, Day’s opportunity to take her game to the next level is limited. But as was the case in high school, she’s lived in the gym and made basketball her top priority. If she’s able to fully piece her game together, the Orange will thrive because of it.“Everything (with Day) is about toughness,” Hillsman said. “She’s really gotten herself to the level where she plays hard, and that’s what’s really important for her is staying aggressive. I’m hoping she’s able to do that all season and make us a better team.”To read the rest of the stories in Basketball Guide 2016, click here.,Banner photo by Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editor In eighth grade, when Briana Day decided to hang up her track spikes and join her middle school basketball team, the tall center said she was “awful” compared to where she’s at now. She was too big for her body, and her coordination wasn’t nearly where it is today.Day had a lot to improve on in her first years of playing, but since she didn’t start until eighth grade, the improvement would have to come much quicker than it did for her peers if she wanted to become a target for collegiate programs.“(My sister Bria and I) weren’t always good. I’m glad nobody has footage of (us playing in eighth grade),” Day said. “It was just so bad, we wore glasses, we didn’t have contacts yet we just looked so ugly, it was bad.”But Day knew that with time in the gym, she could change that.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDay has built on what she learned as a young player, living by her credo of dedicating herself to her craft even now as one of the top centers in college basketball. The starting senior center for the No. 14 Orange, Day has learned that when something doesn’t come easy, the remedy is almost always the same. It’s how she took her Millbrook (North Carolina) High School squad to back-to-back state championship appearances, and how she plans on helping to bring SU back to the national championship game.center_img Published on November 10, 2016 at 1:07 am Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.last_img read more

Ivica Osim: BiH is the best team of former Yugoslavia

first_imgLegendary BiH coach, Ivica Osim in an interview to Dnevni Avaz said that he is optimistic concerning BiH qualification to World Cup after the victory over Greece.He said that BiH players, in the match against Greece, looked very serious, and that they had excellent defence which did not allow Greece to have a fair chance to shoot at the goal, and they are a good team, former European Champion.Osim noted that BiH is currently the best team of former Yugoslavia, and that BiH has world class players in all positions (Begović, Spahić, Pjanić and Džeko).last_img read more

EPA, GIZ Host Stakeholders Training

first_imgStakeholders at the workshop-Kigali Amendment to Montreal Protocol highlightedThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) on Wednesday, August 29, conducted a day-long training workshop aimed at creating massive awareness around the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.The training brought together scores of participants from various agencies and institutions.The Montreal Protocol, which was amended on October 15, 2016, in Kigali, Rwanda, is another global commitment to stop climate change. EPA Chief Technical Advisor, Levi Z. Piah said that technicians have already started discussing the implementation of the protocol with mix views, while some are suggesting that Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC) be banned. Others want high tariff placed on the importation into the country of substances that deplete the ozone layer.HFC network is a telecommunication technology in which optical fiber cable and coaxial cable are used in different portions of a network, to carry broadband contents such as video, data, and voice.Mr. Piah said some of the suggestions the technicians have made would come up during the training, and asked the gathering comprising representatives of line government entities, vocational schools, and professional associations to consider the safety of the population and the environment.He lauded GIZ for providing funding for the training which, according to him, is important to the health and safety of Liberians and also good for the environment.The training was also intended to seek measures of mitigating harsh environmental impacts, such as sea erosion, flooding, and deforestation that the country is currently experiencing.With more than half of West Africa’s remaining rainforest that covers about 45 percent of the country, some 4.3 million hectares, Liberia is a central figure in the fight against climate in the region, the African continent and globally as the forest plays a major role in absorbing a huge amount of greenhouse gas. In spite of this great advantage, the country continues to experience the worst impact of the menace.He also said that the importation into the country of cheap electronic products like mobile phones, which chemical composition remains unknown, is unhealthy; noting that what is cheap may also be expensive.The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was designed to reduce the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances in order to reduce their abundance in the atmosphere. The protocol was agreed on September 16 in 1987, and entered into force on January 1, 1989.The subsequent amendment in Kigali stipulates that developed countries will begin reducing HFCs as early as 2019, while developing countries will start later.Participants in group photoKatharina Arndt of GIZ  said that in the context of regulating ozone depleting substances, we believe it is of great significance to highlight the importance of the refrigeration and air conditioning sector, when it comes to not only ozone layer protection but also mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and the use of energy efficient cooling technology.She assured that the HCFH Phase-out management plan for Liberia that is being implemented by GIZ under the Montreal Protocol, supports the country to meet its requirement to phase out ozone damaging fluoridated gases in the cooling sector.Madam Arndt said the forum is intended to enable and support the cooling sector, its industry and training institutions, opening up space for questions, doubts and discussions on the way forward as the Kigali Amendment and the planned HFC phase-down have further implications for the cooling sectorShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more