How Trevor Cooney is helping Syracuse score, without scoring himself

first_img Published on November 24, 2015 at 6:32 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+ Before the season, Trevor Cooney was confident that a roster full of shooters would give him more opportunities to score.“I definitely think I, personally, can only benefit from us having more shooters this year,” Cooney said at Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Media Day on Oct. 28. “The shots I am going to take are going to be better and the whole floor will be opened up for everybody to make more things happen. I think it will allow me to score more honestly.”But through Syracuse’s first three games, teams have stayed glued to Cooney on the perimeter despite the Orange’s other threats. In turn, he’s created for his teammates more than they’ve created for him. Heading into SU’s (3-0) 2:30 p.m. date with Charlotte (1-2) in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Wednesday, the fifth-year senior has made just six of 20 3-pointers and is averaging a misleading 13 points per game.His scoring average is boosted by an 18-point game against St. Bonaventure in which he shot 8-of-11 from the free-throw line. As for scoring from the perimeter, Cooney’s opportunities have been limited and he’s been most effective going to the rim.“In years past I haven’t attacked the rim and I just settled with just passing the ball around,” Cooney said after Syracuse beat Elon, 66-55, on Saturday. “I’m happy to be aggressive and attacking, and it’s created a lot more for this team which is good.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the offseason, Cooney worked on his ball-handling with SU assistant coach Gerry McNamara. The drills were aimed at making Cooney, known as a spot-up a shooter, a more versatile scorer. He’s said that he feels much more comfortable putting the basketball on the floor.That was evident against Elon, when Cooney regularly attacked the rim in the second half. He missed his only 3-point attempt in the first half on a contested look, and his penetration helped the Orange score 10 points in the paint in the last 20 minutes. Cooney also saw a lapse in perimeter pressure on a Michael Gbinije drive, and knocked down an open 3.“Him getting to the rack, it opens things up for the bigs and the other guards,” Gbinije, SU’s starting point guard, said. “Teams aren’t expecting him to do that, they’re chasing him off the line and he’s going in there and that’s going to benefit us.”After Syracuse beat the Phoenix, head coach Jim Boeheim said the team isn’t getting Cooney enough good looks. And while that may be true so far this season, this year’s Orange is reliant on Cooney and more likely to benefit from the attention he draws.When teams blanketed him last year, it created opportunities for Ron Patterson, Kaleb Joseph and a timid Tyler Roberson. But when Elon switched on every first-half down screen Syracuse gave Cooney, Roberson found mismatches and open space, and finished with a career-high 20 points.In the coming games, teams that pressure Cooney will also hand jump shots to Gbinije and freshman Malachi Richardson. Then he can drive to the basket and the offense will open up more.“I would hope guys guard me the same way as they did last year,” Cooney added in October, “and that will create even more things for other people.”So far that’s what’s happened. It hasn’t led to more points on his stat lines, but will have unseen effects on others. Commentslast_img read more

Australia’s Population Rising Despite Migration Slowdown

first_imgAustralia’s population is growing despite decrease in net immigration numbers as compared to previous years, according to the latest demographic figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on June 20.The country’s resident population was about 24.8 million as on Dec. 31, 2017, marking an increase of 388,000 people, or 1.6 percent, since Dec. 31, 2016. The population is projected to exceed 25 million by August 2018, according to ABS projections.The net overseas migration for 2017 (240,400 people) was less by 1.4 percent than that recorded for year before (243,800 people). It accounted for around 62 percent of the increase in the country’s total population.Did you know our population grew by 1.6% in 2017 to reach 24.8 million by the end of the year? Overseas migration added 240,400 people to the population, and we had 308,500 births and 160,900 deaths. Find out more about how we’re growing as a nation here— Australian Bureau of Statistics (@ABSStats) June 21, 2018Total arrivals rose by 9,700 to 529,400 over the year, marking an increase of 1.9 percent. Departures, on the other hand, were recorded at 288,900, up from 275,800 the previous year, making it an increase of 4.8 percent.Almost 85,000 people left Australia in the last three months of 2017. The figure is almost 9,000 more than that in the same period in 2016, ABC News reported. The “preliminary” figures show a “significant increase” in the number of foreign students moving out of Australia, Anthony Grubb, the director of demography at the ABS, told the publication.While Australian citizens moving abroad have comprised about one-third of the departures in recent years, almost half of the people who left the country were temporary visa holders like overseas students, foreign backpackers and 457 visa workers who finished their stay term, according to ABC News.“Net overseas migration usually slows in the December quarter although this was the largest slowdown in several years,” Commonwealth Bank of Australia economist, Kristina Clifton, was quoted as saying by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.The tightening of Australia’s visa policies may have a role to play in the increased number of departures from the country, experts feel. “The people who are here from countries with equivalent living standards, where they have a choice of going back to another good job, maybe some of those people have formed a view that they don’t want the uncertainty that Australia is presenting with them presently about their residency status,” Leanne Stevens, national vice president of the Migration Institute of Australia, said, ABC News reported.International student enrolments have, however, been increasing over the years in Australia. The number rose from around 300,000 five years ago to 540,000 in February this year, the publication reported, citing Department of Education figures. The number of Indians applying to study in Australia increased by 32 percent between July and December 2017, according to statistics released by the Australian Department of Home Affairs earlier this year. The number of foreign students applying to pursue higher education in Australia was up by 14.1 per cent between July and December 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016, the figures showed. Related ItemsAustralialast_img read more