Is This The Resurgence Of The Former 4th Overall Pick?

In his 5th year out of Syracuse Miami Heat shooting guard is leading them to clutch victories and is averaging a careeh-high 18.7 points  4 rebounds and 4.7 assists in wins this season. He has hit game winners against the Cavaliers and Warriors and seems to be the go-to guy for a rebuilding team. This is Waiters’ 3rd team; the Cavs, Thunder, and now the Heat. The talent was never the question. His high volume and career 41.2% shooting from the field seems to have people still questioning if he has all-star potential or not.

All-rookie team, rising stars challenge participant is what he has to his resume so far. In Cleveland Waiters’ and Kyrie Irving looked like a potential great back-court for the future. That was until LeBron came home. Some people say that Waiters’ never got a fair chance to be great. Traded to OKC right before the deadline in 2014, Waiters’ instantly was the Reggie Jackson replacement. The number one option off of the bench averaging 12.7 point during his first year. During the playoffs he played well in each round and was clearly the 3rd scoring option.

Approaching free agency Waiters’ was seeking a max deal and Billy Donovan instantly made it clear during draft night shipping Serge Ibaka out of town for Victor Oladipo, it was clear Waiters’ was on the bad side.

How would a first round match-up between the Cavs and Heat sound?

With A Potential Top 3 Draft Pick, What Move Will The Celtics Make?

As of the now the Boston Celtics are a top heavy team in the Eastern Conference, and a potential threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Back in 2013 the famous blockbuster trade that sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry to the Nets for three first round draft picks as well as the right to swap picks in 2017 was classified as robbery in favor of the Celtics. Since then, the Brooklyn Nets has made one playoffs appearance, and the Celtics have been on the rise since. With those picks the Celtics drafted Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, and James Young, all solid players currently on the roster. The Nets did not have a 1st round pick in 2016, with those other picks they drafted Chris McCullough,  Mason Plumlee, and a bunch of no names who aren’t even on the roster still.

The Nets currently has the worst record in the NBA at 16-57 and the Celtics are a borderline championship team at 48-26. From the perspective of many analyst, they are only one move away from a championship appearance. Boston with that 2017 pick can choose between a pool of college talents that includes, Kansas forward/guard, Josh Jackson, UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball, Kentucky shooting guard, Malik Monk, and a point guard heavy draft.

Which player would make the most sense?

With Isaiah Thomas being the franchise player in Boston and a miniature 5’9, it’ll be strange to imagine Boston drafting another point guard. Especially a star talent that potential will be bigger and have a better career than him. That scratches out Lonzo Ball, and Washington guard, Markelle Fultz. Boston shooting guard Avery Bradley is a core player, and has the longest tenure on the team. He’s an all-NBA defensive player and 2nd in scoring, averaging 16.7 points. With all of that being said, he’s only 26 and has been in the league since 2010, maybe they move him to get younger.

Allonzo Trier, out of Arizona is the only pure shooting guard close enough to a lottery pick, ranking at the #12 prospect per CBS Sports Draft Big Board.

The Celtics are a defensive minded team, the only non-defensive player is the point guard Isaiah Thomas. Drafting Josh Jackson would make perfect sense only if they have plans on moving Jae Crowder, who has also been a solid defender. Jackson is 6’8 207lbs, averaging 16.3 points 7.4 rebounds, and 3.0 assists for the Kansas Jayhawks and is ranked the #2 prospect for CBS. He’s only 20 years old and right now he’s a better overall basketball talent than what the Celtics have at his position.

Featured Pistons’ Guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Was Arrested Wednesday Morning For Suspected DUI

Multiple reports say that Caldwell-Pope was stopped around 2:50 a.m. with a blood alcohol level of .08, which is the legal limit. They described him as “very cooperative.” The arrest came after the Pistons loss at home to the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. He reportedly was driving 45 mph in a 25 mph zone and after he was pulled over, an officer smelled alcohol and conducted a sobriety test.

The Pistons just defeated the Brooklyn Nets on a game winner by Ish Smith. Caldwell-Pope score 12 points, had 4 rebounds, and grabbed 3 assists. The Pistons are currently #10 in the Eastern Conference playoff picture and 2.5 games out the #8 spot nearing the end of the season.

The Pistons are back in action Friday in Milwaukee.

“Life Has Released A Beast” Alexsis Shorter

Alexsis Shorter, just a young lady from Utica, MS has a message for females battling life obstacles

Shorter started dancing at the young age of 4, and instantly grew passion for it. Dominique Wolfe, a member of the famous Dancing Dolls dance team located in Jackson, MS referred her. Alexsis became a member from 9th until 12th grade while attending Raymond High School. Before she became a member of the dancing dolls, she was nothing is what she says.

As her dominance and passion for dancing continued to grow, she made the decision to attend Jackson State University and made tryouts for the Prancing Jsettes squad for the Sonic Boom of the South marching band. Everything went well until Jan. 2016 when she got into a car accident, was ejected from the vehicle, and broke her left shoulder.

Her prancing career came to a short end, and her confidence was shattered.

It is now Apr. 2017, and in her words, “I’m on my stuff now.” She is almost fully rehabbed from an accident that almost ended her life.

She states listening to her favorite song Gravity, “First and foremost Thank God and thank the Lord, because the Lord is still sticking with me and has always been there for me and I realize now, he will never leave my side.  And I will also like to thank my family and the few individuals that actually believed in me and is still believing in me until this day.  YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

Hummmm…. What is dancing?

Dancing=Passion, you either have it or you don’t.

“Before I got on the Dancing Dolls I DID NOT know how to dance, I thought I did. When I became a Jsette I DID NOT know the Jsette style, but I knew what I was taught, so I had to adapt and convert so I can eventually become the best that I KNEW I COULD BE. I had the right captain who’s name is Dominique Martin and the right squad which was The Prancing Jsettes 2015 squad. I.D.T.F.M.S’15!

Before I got on Dancing Dolls I DID NOT KNOW how to dance. I thought I did because of the simple fact that I had been dancing since the age 4. I Started off on a dance team called Mahogany Dancers. When I became a Jsette I DID NOT KNOW the Jsette style but I knew how to dance because I was apart of a hell of a dance team called Dancing Dolls, so I had to adapt and convert. I knew I would be something special but I didn’t believe in myself because I didn’t have the right circle to support me and keep me on my toes but the funny part is, I thought I did. That’s a whole other story for another day though.

But…..It’s about the moves you make, the way you make your moves, who you affiliate yourself with, all of those things will play a huge role in your life, without you even realizing it sometimes. This is the way I view life now and for that, the Lord will make sure I succeed. I feel like it’s my job to not let him down because he did give me another chance to prove myself not only to the world, but to him and that’s the most important thing to me right now. That’s why I dance the way I dance because i’m allowing myself to be great now and live up to my full potential. My goal is to make him and my family proud honestly! I say this to every young lady, and young man IT’S ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT! BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!  I want to get this message out because everyone needs a little word of encouragement from time to time. God has blessed me this gift to understand, and from this moment forward I will ADAPT, and use that to the best of my ability!

“Shout-out to God, my family (for always supporting me through whatever), The Diamond Dancers( for making this specific challenge), Ms. Crowley, Dominique Martin, and all of 2015, especially my sisters; Kristen & Jaz, even 14 Jaz, Morgan Hightower: (1st person to actually come up to me and  give me support and critics)Tiara, Diamond, Lamon, Mia, Erica, Gabby, Michael, and last but not least, my new job for bringing out my inner self.”

Her message is to all of the haters as well, who claimed to be there but really wasn’t. She looked and looks past all of you.

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Burning Sands Review

As we are in the midst of probate season across the country, a hot new Netflix movie “Burning Sands” has become one of the most popular movies out there, especially for the young adult age range.

The movie is based on the initiation process into college Greek organizations. Gerald McMurray is the film director and writer, and the movie is about the underground process into Black Greek organizations. McMurray is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He is a member of organizations within the National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC). He said, “I come from this world of going to a HBCU and being in a Black fraternity and I just wanted to explore that subculture”. His main object was the highlight the secrets of what every black fraternity endures.

Alexsis Shorter, a junior business management major from Utica, Miss said, “That movie was crazy. The film is rated r, and shows very explicit content. They are many scenes that show bodily harm, mental, and physical harm to the prospects by the already members of the organization. A man even experience a seizure died towards the end of the film.

With McMurray being a member of a Divine 9 organization, it has people everywhere talking and speculating on what actually happens within Greek organizations, rather than what is advertised.

Jackson State University is one of the schools that own a chapter with every Divine 9 organizations, but not only that, they also have dozens of different organizations within the past 10 years that has been involved in hazing incidents and allegations. The Delta Sigma Theta sorority has been suspended from Jackson State’s campus since 2010 for a hazing incident, also has other non-Greek organizations such as Cheer Phi Cheer, which is the cheer leading squad, and the War & Thunder drumline.

Hazing has become a big issue in the United States, as most recently Robert Champion, a student at Florida A&M University was murdered during a drum major initiation ritual. In 2011, Roger McDowell, a band member reported hazing within the band and got nearly 20 students sent to student affairs and suspended from school for the rest of that year and the next. Hazing is not simple task to get rid of because most incoming students are breaded from older siblings, relatives, or friends who they know that already went through a hazing process. Hazing is not only in college, but it’s also in the jails, military, and in different job industries.

Antonio Knott, a senior mass communications major from Jackson, Miss said, “Man that movie is very interesting because it sheds light on many things that go on that some people have zero clue about.” Rheana Allen, a sophomore meteorology major from Memphis, Tenn said, “Wow, that movie scary, I think they probably over exaggerated in the hazing. It’s very rare that a person actually dies or gets physically harmed that bad.”

It’s a Netflix sensation and Gerald McMurray has definitely wrote an eye-opening, and popular movie.

Gap from 6-8 In The Eastern Conference Tightens

There’s a 99.9% chance that whichever team ends up as the #8 seed in the east is going home in the first round. Most likely in a sweep. They’ll have a date with the LeBron led and defending NBA champs Cleveland Cavaliers.

James has never lost a first round series in each of his 11 appearances. In fact he hasn’t lost a single first round game since 2012. He has the single most consecutive first round series wins in NBA history, winning 44 out of 51 first round playoff games. His dominance in the east is never over-looked, regardless of the lack of competitive balance compared to the Western Conference.

At this point, Mar. 6 2017 the 6th and 11th seed are separated by 5 games. The Pacers(32-30), Bulls(31-31), Pistons(30-32), Heat(29-34), Bucks(28-33), and Hornets(27-35) are all fighting for position. All teams who have been in the playoffs within the past few seasons and are looking to gain consistency. Which will be the more compelling first round series? Let’s see.

This past summer the Miami Heat lost the greatest Heat player in franchise history, and 13 veteran Dwayne Wade. A player who helped deliver the city 3 world championships. They lost him to free agency once he decided to join the Chicago Bulls, which he is a native of the city. Chris Bosh is most likely finished as an NBA player due to blood clots he suffered the past 2 years. A team that had won 2 straight championships with 4 straight finals appearances had looked like they were going into rebuild mode, and it started with Pat Riley turning center Hassan Whiteside into the franchise player.

Through the first 41 games of the season the Heat went 11-3o and looked like one of the worst teams in the league. After that 116-108 at Milwaukee the Heat went on a 13 game winning streak in which 4 Heat players scored at least 30 points in a game. Now two months has passed and their record is 29-34 and they are a game and a half out of the number 8th seed. The Heat have 8 players averaging double digits in scoring which is leading the NBA BY FAR! Goran Dragic is averaging 20.2 points, and assists, Whiteside is averaging 16.7 points and 14.1 rebounds, Dion Waiters is averaging 15.4 points with 4.3 steals, that team has no true no office player but it’s evident how they are winning. They are stacked with mid-leveled young players who just needed the opportunity. They aren’t just beating bad teams, they have some impressive wins, one coming against the Golden State Warriors. The Heat would give the Cavaliers all they could handle if that were a first round matchup.

The jury is out on Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo as a franchise player. He’s averaging 23.2 points,, 8.7 rebounds, and 5.5 assists, along with 1.9 blocked shots, on 52.9% shooting, but the Bucks are underachieving as always. Is he capable of being the best player on a championship team? The roster has talent with guys like Jabari Parker, Greg Monroe, Michael Beasley, and Matthew Dellevedova, so the roster can’t possibly be the issue. Right now they are #10 in the east and also are 1.5 games out of the 8th spot.

The Detroit Pistons wee supposed to take that next step. Currently they are #8 in the east, but it is a standstill compared to where they were a season ago. A team that features all-star big man Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tobias Harris, and coached by Stan Van Gundy, the Pistons pushed LeBron and the Cavs during the playoffs a season ago. Now they were expected to make the leap like Boston did into one of the higher seeds. A season ago the Pistons starting 5 led all NBA starting 5’s in total points for the season. This season have been full of drama surrounding point guard Reggie Jackson. They team tried to move him before the deadline, but they failed to see eye to eye. He is up to make 18 million dollars next season. A player that received a 5 year 80 million dollar contract he’s has not lived up to it. He will probably be moved this summer. They team has not been happy with his shoot-first mentality, and on the court the team with both Jackson and Drummond on the floor has been nearly as bad at the Brooklyn Nets.

The Pacers are 32-30, and are probably going to make the playoffs, but the question is whether Paul George is a true superstar to build around or not. The Pacers were willing to deal George before the deadline. Top suiters were the Lakers, and Celtics. 3 years if you asked Larry Bird and the front office if they were willing to trade Paul George, you probably would’ve heard a heck no, no way in a million years. There was a point that Paul George was in arguments with LeBron has the best small forward in the NBA. George led a Pacers team the 2 straight conference finals against LeBron before going down with a broken leg in the summer of 2014 at a team USA scrimmage. Every since then he has not been the same.

JSU Baseball Wins Season Series vs Alcorn 3-1

To extend the winning streak to two games in a row, the Jackson State University baseball team defeated rival Alcorn 11-6 at the Bob Braddy Field. This victory also ends the season series as Jackson State wins it 2-1.

The most successful sports team at JSU while under the direction of head coach Omar Johnson since 2007, the tigers have ranked number one on six separate seasons and number two four times, making the playoffs twice. Their highest win percentage came in 2012 as they went 34-17.

This season has been a rollercoaster thus far. After opening the season with a victory 10-5 against Morehead State, the tigers would go on to lose three straight, win three straight, and then win four out their next five games. Their record is currently at 13-9.

Their next two games will be home games against Le Moyne Owen and Tougaloo, and after that they will travel to Fort Meyers, FL. as they will battle against Florida Gulf Coast three straight days. The tigers won’t return home until Wed, Apr 7.

The roster features seven freshmen, three sophomores 12 juniors, and 10 seniors. A roster that is 36 deep, filled with length and size at every position.

Cornelius Copeland, the star senior out of St. Petersburg, FL is fresh off a career year in 2016. He was one of the best hitters in the nation. During the 2015-2016 season he ranked 42nd in slugging percentage, 3rd in the nation in batting average, 9th in runs per game, 2nd in hit by pitch per game, 21st in runs, 1st in hit by pitch, 3rd in on base percentage, and 56th in hits per game.

Bryce Brown, a junior out of Walker, LA entered his 3rd season as a member of the baseball team. During the 2015-2016 season he ranked 50th in runs per game, 32nd in hit by pitch per game, 24th in hit by pitch, 22nd in on base percentage, and 20th in hit by pitch per game.

Another star player Jesus Santana, a junior out of Caguas, Puerto Rico ranked 28th in home runs per game, 24th in runs batted in per game, 18th in home runs, 30thth in runs, and 13th in runs batted in.

Paris Cooper, the teams’ equipment manager commented on the victory against Alcorn. She said, “we earned it”. Darian Kinsey, a graduating senior at JSU and long time supporter of the team said, “the baseball team has always been very good, they’re the best sports team on campus”. Markus Green, a senior at JSU said, “we’ll continue to support the team, they’ll figure it out”.

Both Major and Minor Baseball League scouts are at almost every game, so therefore this long grinded out season and the few tigers making top rankings in the nation aren’t all worthless. The tigers are gaining more exposure.

The team is locked and loaded at every position and will look to make ground as 16 more games will be on the road and 11 at home.