Global Energy Ventures Selects CIMC Raffles to Build CNG Ships

first_imgAustralia’s Global Energy Ventures (GEV), a developer of global integrated marine compressed natural gas (CNG) projects, has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with China-based Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Limited for the construction of CNG Optimum 200 ships.The LOI is based on a firm order for four 200MMscf CNG ships with the option for GEV to order up to an additional four ships.After signing the LOI, the parties intend to enter into a shipbuilding engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) contract, employing GEV’s CNG Optimum design.According to GEV, the proposed contract price range is USD 135-140 million per ship.As reported in April 2019, three shipyards completed comprehensive technical specifications employing the CNG Optimum design approved by the American Bureau of Shipping. This followed a targeted selection process led by GEV Director Jens Martin Jensen, and run over the past 12 months supported by the company’s shipbroker Clarksons Platou and SeaQuest providing ship engineering experience to assist in finalizing the technical specification.“They (CIMC Raffles) are the logical choice for GEV given their scale of operations to support a multiple ship order, their history of building the only CNG ship to date, and a track record in successful EPC delivery,” Jens Martin Jensen, Non-executive Director at GEV, said.“Together with our advisors Clarksons and SeaQuest, we continue to focus on our preferred shipyards to refine their technical specification and capital cost improvements, and work towards a final draft contract. Executing our first LOI with a respected shipyard to deliver our first CNG Optimum Contract is indeed a key milestone for GEV representing a major de-risking event,” he added.Under the proposed shipbuilding contract, the CNG Optimum ships will be designed, procured, built, tested, and delivered by the shipyard. They will be delivered on a thirty-month construction schedule for the first ship, then every four months for the following three firm ships.The newbuilds will be capable of operating for the intended and defined waters for the purpose of delivering CNG from gas supply to gas buyer in generally accepted ocean shipping conditions.“The culmination of 12 months work by our shipping team will now accelerate GEV’s regional gas supply agreements that are being progressed across multiple regions. Our target projects are either seeking to commercialise stranded gas assets, commercialise associated gas production, or provide a transport solution to high growth markets with bankable long-term off-take customers in place. Our ship capital cost for the 200MMscf is transformational for CNG to become a viable alternative to FLNG or sub-sea pipelines,” Maurice Brand, Executive Chairman and CEO, added.last_img read more

Executive order changes leave policy for some state workers

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Governor Eric Holcomb has used an executive order to extend paid parental leave for executive branch state employees. The new police is part of the “Next Level” agenda and will take effect on January 1, 2018.“This new policy supports families and healthy kids by ensuring parents—both women and men—get the time they need to bond and adjust to a new baby or adopted child,” Gov. Holcomb said. “This policy sends a strong message to attract more top talent to state government service.”To qualify for new parent leave, employees must have at least six consecutive months of state employment. The benefit will be available for qualifying employees on or after Jan. 1, 2018.Full-time employees will receive up to 150 hours (four weeks) of paid leave upon the birth or adoption placement of a child. Part-time employees are eligible to receive up to 75 hours (two weeks). The parental leave time can be taken incrementally and used at any time up to six months after the child is born or placed for adoption.The entire order is here.last_img read more

IMCA Modified stars will shine at Hancock County specials Aug. 10-12

first_imgBRITT, Iowa – The stars of the IMCA Modified division will shine during a rich three nights of racing at Hancock County Speedway.The Thursday, Aug. 10 Night of 1,000 Stars at Britt pays a guaranteed $3,500 to win, plus a bonus of $1,000 to the leader at halfway and another $1,000 if they have perfect attendance this season at Britt.The Night of 10,000 Stars on Friday, Aug. 11 boasts a $7,000 top check, plus $1,000 bonuses to the halfway leader, for perfect attendance and for having won on Thursday as well.Winner of the Saturday, Aug. 12 Shryock Memorial All Stars event can more than double his or her guaranteed $4,000 payday: In addition to the $1,000 paid to the halfway leader, $1,000 bonuses will be paid if the Shryock winner as perfect season attendance and won on Friday.Another $1,500 bonus goes to the driver winning all three Stars features, making their earnings for three days an impressive $24,000.All three events are draw/redraw and qualifiers for the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Speedway Motor Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points, but no track points will be awarded.Thirty cars will start three-wide in each of the 50-lappers. Minimum start money is $300 on Thursday and Saturday and $400 on Friday.Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., the front gate opens at 5:30 p.m. and racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps each night. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $30.Also running on the 23rd annual Landus Cooperative and Doug Studer Farms-sponsored Night of 1,000 Stars card are Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $750 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $600 to win and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $500 to win.DuPont Pioneer and DuPont Crop Protection sponsor the fifth annual Night of 10,000 Stars. Stock Cars run for $750 to win, SportMods and Hobby Stocks both for $500 to win.The Shryock Memorial is sponsored by Lake Mills Motor Sports and Pritchard Family Auto Stores. Top checks are $750 for the Hobby Stocks, $600 for the Stock Cars and $500 for the SportMods.National and state points will be awarded to Stock Car, SportMod and Hobby Stock competitors; regional points will also be given to Stock and Hobby drivers. Transponder scoring will be used all three nights.More information is available at the website or by emailing Hancock County Speedway events are all part of IMCA Modified Speedweek, which starts with the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour show on Aug. 7 at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer.The Harris Clash is Aug. 8 at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City and the Hawkeye Dirt Tour finale is Aug. 9 at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta.All six events will be broadcast by IMCATV.last_img read more

Newcastle complete Cabella deal

first_imgRemy Cabella has completed his move to Newcastle to hand manager Alan Pardew a massive boost. Press Association “Remy has great ideas when the ball comes to him, and along with Siem de Jong is going to improve an area where we definitely needed some help.” The Magpies are still in the market for out and out frontmen, however, and that will be a major focus over the days ahead. In addition, they are working to find a replacement for Cabella’s international team-mate Mathieu Debuchy before allowing Arsenal to push home their interest in the full-back. To that end, they have entered talks with Feyenoord over Holland international defender Daryl Janmaat. The Magpies confirmed on Sunday night that the 24-year-old has signed a six-year contract after sealing his transfer from French club Montpellier for an undisclosed fee. Cabella, who has been in the club’s sights since they tried to sign him as a replacement for Yohan Cabaye in January, becomes Pardew’s fourth summer acquisition after Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez. Cabella said: “It is great to finally be a Newcastle player. “This is a move that I really wanted to make as I have heard nothing but good things about Newcastle United from everyone I spoke to. “I wanted to join a great English club and that is why I have arrived here. I’m looking forward to pulling on the shirt and playing in this magnificent stadium, and I will give this club my maximum.” France international Cabella jetted into Tyneside from his post- World Cup finals holiday in Corsica earlier in the day, 48 hours after Montpellier president Louis Nicollin had revealed that a deal was all but done. Newcastle were cautious as they worked to thrash out the remaining details, but their optimism was rewarded when they finally got their man. Pardew is hoping the attacking flair Cabella and De Jong will bring will help to mitigate for the loss of Cabaye and loan strikers Loic Remy, Luuk de Jong and the out-of-contract Shola Ameobi, while Papiss Cisse continues to battle his way back from injury. Pardew said: “Remy is a player who has been on our radar for a while and we are delighted to bring him to the club. “He is a player who I am sure will excite our fans. He has flair, hard work and commitment, and is going to bring a talent, energy and quality to St James’ Park that our supporters will enjoy. last_img read more

Mendis ,Kulasekara help Sri Lanka level ODI series

first_img(REUTERS)-Seamer Nuwan Kulasekara picked up four wickets to help Sri Lanka register a comfortable 70-run win in the third and final one-day international against Bangladesh on Saturday and level the series at 1-1.Half-centuries from Kusal Mendis and Thisara Perera took the hosts, who lost the opening ODI in Dambulla, to 280 for nine in their 50 overs after Bangladesh won the toss at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground.Kulasekara’s double strike at the start hampered Bangladesh’s chase as the touring side were reduced to 11-3 and they never recovered before being bundled out for 210 in the 45th over.Kulasekara struck twice in his first two overs to send back Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman while test captain Mushfiqur Rahim was out lbw first ball to paceman Suranga Lakmal.All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and opener Soumya Sarkar put together a quickfire partnership of 77 for the fourth wicket before the latter fell to off-spinner Dilruwan Perera.Shakib made 54 but his dismissal to Dilruwan effectively ended Bangladesh’s hopes of a series victory.Mehedi Hasan Miraz delayed Sri Lanka’s win with 51, his second half-century in ODIs, before he was out to the first ball of Kulasekara’s third spell. The seamer also dismissed Taskin Ahmed to finish with figures of 4-37 in 7.3 overs.Earlier, captain Upul Tharanga and Danushka Gunathilaka gave the hosts a brisk start with an opening partnership of 76 before both were dismissed in quick succession.The 22-year-old Mendis, who scored 102 in the rain-disrupted second ODI in Dambulla, continued his strong form with a well-made 54.Sri Lanka looked good for a big total but lost their way in the middle after the runouts of Dinesh Chandimal and Milinda Siriwardana.Chandimal’s knock was cut short at 21 when he was out in bizarre fashion with Mushfiqur Rahim removing the bails when the batsman had lifted his bat after having initially grounded it in the crease.Thisara’s 40-ball 52, which included four fours and a six, gave Sri Lanka’s innings late momentum.SRI LANKA InningsDanushka Gunathilaka c Mahmudullah b M. Hasan 34Upul Tharanga b Ahmed 35Kusal Mendis c Rahim b M. Rahman 54Dinesh Chandimal run out (Ahmed, Rahim) 21Milinda Siriwardana run out (Rahim, Rahim) 12Asela Gunaratne c Mahmudullah b Mortaza 34Thisara Perera c Ahmed b Mortaza 52Seekkuge Prasanna c Mahmudullah b M. Rahman 1Dilruwan Perera c Iqbal b Mortaza 15Nuwan Kulasekara not out 1Suranga Lakmal not out 2Extras (lb-2 w-17) 19Total (for 9 wickets, 50 overs) 280Fall of wickets: 1-76 D. Gunathilaka,2-87 U. Tharanga,3-136 D. Chandimal,4-161 M. Siriwardana,5-194 K. Mendis,6-216 A. Gunaratne,7-230 S. Prasanna,8-275 D. Perera,9-277 T. PereraBowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 10 – 0 – 65 – 3(w-5),Mustafizur Rahman 10 – 0 – 55 – 2(w-1), Mehedi Hasan 10 – 1 – 49 – 1(w-1),Taskin Ahmed 8 – 1 – 50 – 1(w-10), Mahmudullah 1 – 0 – 5 – 0,Shakib Al Hasan 8 – 0 – 41 – 0,Mosaddek Hossain 3 – 0 – 13 – 0BANGLADESH InningsTamim Iqbal c&b N. Kulasekara 4Soumya Sarkar st Chandimal b D. Perera 38Sabbir Rahman c Chandimal b N. Kulasekara 0Mushfiqur Rahim lbw b Lakmal 0Shakib Al Hasan c Gunathilaka b D. Perera 54Mosaddek Hossain b Prasanna 9Mahmudullah c Chandimal b Lakmal 7Mehedi Hasan c Tharanga b N. Kulasekara 51Mashrafe Mortaza c&b Prasanna 16Taskin Ahmed c Gunaratne b N. Kulasekara 14Mustafizur Rahman not out 1Extras (lb-2 w-14) 16Total (all out, 44.3 overs) 210Fall of wickets: 1-4 T. Iqbal,2-10 Sa. Rahman,3-11 M. Rahim,4-88 S. Sarkar,5-111 Mosa. Hossain,6-118 S. Al Hasan,7-127 Mahmudullah,8-155 M. Mortaza,9-209 M. Hasan,10-210 T. AhmedBowling: Nuwan Kulasekara7.3 – 0 – 37 – 4,Suranga Lakmal 8 – 0 – 38 – 2(w-4), Dilruwan Perera 10 – 1 – 47 – 2(w-6),Thisara Perera 2 – 0 – 14 – 0Asela Gunaratne 2 – 0 – 16 – 0, Seekkuge Prasanna 10 – 1 – 33 – 2(w-4)Milinda Siriwardana 5 – 1 – 23 – 0.last_img read more

Wealdstone striker joins Hemel

first_imgWealdstone striker Scott Fitzgerald has joined Hemel Hempstead Town on a dual registration deal.Fitzgerald will play for the Southern Premier League outfit in order to build up his match fitness following injury.“He needs games under his belt to raise his fitness levels. This move will suit all parties,” said Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett.AdChoices广告last_img

USC’s SCholars program facing a hazy future

first_imgSenior Stephanie Garcia is the first in her family to attend college. She began at Los Angeles Community College, and transferred to USC in her sophomore year with the help of the SCholars program — a program that helps first-generation and low-income students transfer to four-year universities.Since coming to USC, Garcia has been actively involved with the SCholars program, even bringing her younger sister to events with her. She hopes the events will eventually inspire her sister to attend a four-year school.SCholarly · Juana Escobar, a junior majoring in communication, transferred from Los Angeles City College through the SCholars program. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanBut unless the program manages to quickly raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, Garcia’s sister might not have the same opportunity.“If I wouldn’t have known and been a part of the SCholars, I would’ve still been struggling,” Garcia said. “They helped with a lot of the challenges we face as transfer students, but also as a lot of first-generation college students. A lot of us did have a hard time transferring, academically and socially, and they’ve definitely been there to help bridge that gap.”The SCholars program was established at USC in 2006, spurred by a grant of almost $1 million. But the money, given by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, was a one-time grant. Now that the funds from the grant have run out, the program’s future is in jeopardy.The program takes about $200,000-$250,000 per year to run, according to Judi Garbuio, associate dean of the Academic Recognition and Scholars Program. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, in the midst of financial difficulty, has said it will not renew the grant, so the SCholars program is looking for an alternative source of funding.“We’re working on it, trying to seek funds from other foundations, and we’ve also been engaged in fundraising from private parties willing to support the cause,” said K.C. Mmeje, the SCholars program director. “We’re trying to get the university to see that what we’re doing is important enough for them to provide support to sustain the program, but we’re not seeing that right now.”Because the program has been funded entirely by sources outside of USC so far, it is looking to other external sources first. Garbuio said asking USC for funding would be a last resort, because they are aware of the many other programs aiming to get money from the university. She was not optimistic about other sources of funding, either.“It’s a very tough time to be fundraising,” Garbuio said. “Different individuals have suffered with the economy, so they’re not as likely to donate to foundations, which are in turn not as likely to give out grants.”Like Garcia, Roland Zapata, a junior majoring in psychology and a member of the SCholars program, said the program has been a defining part of his educational experience and hopes that it finds a way to stay afloat.“It’s a transition program, essentially, it’s a baby-step thing, perfect for someone like me,” Zapata said. “I was asking all these weird questions and I was getting answers.”The SCholars program offers students counseling resources and group events to help them succeed socially and academically.“Without it, who knows if I would’ve even ended up here,” Zapata said. “People say that as a joke, ‘Who knows where I’d be,’ but really. Even once I got here, it’s been a big jump from community college … Even if I had gotten here without it, without that support to fall back on, I would’ve been like, ‘OK, I’m dropping this, I’m out.’”Cheryl Armstrong, director of the University Transfer Center at Los Angeles City College, said the program is important to students and believes that it should be a priority for it to continue to function.“If I had a pot of money set aside, this would be a priority in terms of making sure this program continues,” she said. “Students who go through this specific program tend to apply to select universities, tend to enroll and complete the work and go on to graduate school. It provides the transition information that students need who might not have succeeded otherwise.”The grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation extends through August 2010, so students currently in community colleges entering USC next year will still go through the SCholar program’s summer immersion session.The immersion program, however, will put more emphasis on pointing out resources on campus they can turn to in case the SCholars office is available next fall.Still, Garbuio said she believes in the program.“I’m still hopeful,” she said. “I really believe it’s a fantastic program, and that we’ll figure out a way to keep it going.”last_img read more

A New Day: Dajuan Coleman set to return as SU’s big man following 22-month absence

first_imgIt was 5:02 p.m. in a near empty Carrier Dome and Dajuan Coleman was already sweating.The back of his neck was slippery. His gray, dry-fit warmup shirt was soaked to a darker shade. At a break in a drill, with the sound of his power dribble still echoing off the stadium’s ceiling, Coleman grabbed a towel and dried his skin to stop sweat from reaching the ball in his hands.He then took the white rag and pressed it against his face. When he lowered it he paused to look at the silver bleachers, bustling ushers and his teammates warming up at the other end of the floor. All familiar but at one time fleeting.“Come on, Dajuan. Let’s go. Back at it,” SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins barked at him.Coleman had just two more hours, before the Orange’s first scrimmage against Le Moyne on Nov. 2, to shake off a little more rust. He hadn’t played against a live opponent since Jan. 7, 2014, yet here he was. He snapped back into his pregame routine and started sweating some more.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textI just wanted to get out there and get going.Dajuan ColemanAfter the exhibition winThree falls ago, Coleman’s college career was setting down a storybook-like path. He starred at nearby Jamesville-Dewitt (New York) High School, was named a McDonald’s All-American as a senior and made the short trip to Syracuse with compelling potential in tow. It wasn’t a matter of if he’d excel at center for the Orange. It was a matter of when.But his left knee had other plans. A torn meniscus led to Coleman’s first surgery in January of his freshman year. He was healthy again at the start of the next season until a bruise sustained in practice led to another surgery, one year later, to repair cartilage in the same knee. And so began his second rehab in as many years, which seeped into the next season and made sitting out all of 2014–15 the best option for his future.Now Coleman could be the difference between Syracuse competing in the postseason or living up to the zero votes it received for the preseason Associated Press poll. His comeback has inspired his teammates. His time off gave him a chance to observe the Orange’s offense and defense. He’s the unlikely anchor of a thin centers group, even if his experience is measured in perspective instead of games played.,“You want to win for him just because of how much he’s had to sit out and what’s he’s been through and stuff like that,” Michael Gbinije, SU’s senior starting point guard, said. “Hopefully he’ll continue to stay healthy, and if he does I think we’ll be good.”In the extensive time he’s spent with Coleman, Brad Pike has only once heard him complain about pain. It was a few days after his second surgery in January 2014, an osteochondral autograft transfer procedure that moved cartilage from a non-weight bearing part of his left knee to where the cartilage was damaged.Pike, who heads SU’s sports medicine department and works with the men’s basketball team, met with Coleman in the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center and they started with a small but practical task.Before doing anything, and even thinking about rehabbing his knee, Coleman had to learn to use crutches in the snow.“I think that told him, right away, that it wasn’t going to be a short process,” Pike said. “But he listened to everything we said. If we told him you’re not going to do a certain task until a certain day, he said, ‘Ok.’ But he always followed with, ‘But you better believe I’ll be on schedule.’”,Coleman was non-weight bearing for eight weeks and partial-weight bearing for another four. In those three months, Pike’s goal was to keep Coleman eating healthy so he didn’t gain any weight. Then they slowly put weight on his left leg. Then came exercises to regain his range of motion. Then they started lifting to build muscle and, in time, Coleman was nose-deep in another rehab and seeing Pike seven days a week.To motivate Coleman, Pike set weekly goals. Reaching them became all Coleman cared about, so much that he didn’t find time, in a year and a half, to add to the collection of tattoos on his body.And he didn’t need to. The lion tattoo covering his forearm, as far as Pike could see, already said it all.“He just never quit. I would always look at that lion and think, ‘That’s Dajuan. He’s just a lion,’” Pike said. “Every day, his attitude never changed in here. He brought it every day.”Pike added that he always expected Coleman’s recovery to run into last season, and it never “would have been smart” for him to play. He was jumping and cutting well last winter, but his knee still ached when he ran up and down the floor. So he continued to work on building strength in his knee and, by May, the lingering pain was gone.When Coleman first started playing in pickup scrimmages again, the knee was in the back of his mind. But he also noticed something different.Two years watching Rakeem Christmas and Baye Moussa Keita play the center in the 2-3 zone translated to a better understanding of the slides he needed to make. When he got the ball on the block, he could sense when a shooter was open in the corner or when a second defender was coming to double team him. When guards penetrated, he instinctually slid into open space and scored easy buckets at the rim.By the end of the summer, he stopped thinking about his knee altogether. He also felt like a new player capable of new things.Obviously two years you’re rusty. Tiger Woods took six months off and he couldn’t play anymore. It’s going to take time, it’s not going to happen overnight.Jim BoeheimSU head coachAt the onset of the 2015–16 season, there’s no telling if Coleman will ever reach the potential he had three years ago. The thick, vertical scar that cuts down the middle of his left knee could be the symbol of a perpetually disappointing career. Or it could symbolize the climax of what’s already been an improbable comeback.The Orange is best when Coleman is on the court, manning the middle of the zone and drawing attention in paint, and he worked for nearly two straight years to make sure he could be there.It took resolve. It took grit. It took sweat. A whole lot of sweat.And now it’s back to basketball.“In the past I’d sometimes think to myself that I was sore, or tired, or frustrated,” Coleman said. “But I don’t think about that stuff now because I’m playing again. I mean, I’m really playing again.” Comments Published on November 12, 2015 at 8:12 am Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.last_img read more

Former football coach Steve Sarkisian loses $30 million lawsuit against USC

first_imgFormer USC head coach Steve Sarkisian lost in his $30 million wrongful termination suit against the University. Before the fall · Sarkisian heads a USC football practice before he was released after multiple incidents related to his alcohol problems | Daily Trojan file photoEarlier this week, an arbitration hearing held in Los Angeles County Superior Court ruled against Sarkisian, the current Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator. He has since said he will no longer pursue the matter.“I am disappointed in the decision, but we will respect it and move on,” said Sarkisian in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times. Sarkisian was terminated by USC in 2015 after repeated instances of drunken behavior. Prior to the 2015 season, he was caught on video slurring his words and saying multiple expletives at a booster event. Later in the season, he was allegedly intoxicated during various team meetings, practices and even games. Former Athletic Director Pat Haden fired Sarkisian in October 2015, naming Clay Helton as the interim head coach. In his lawsuit, Sarkisian alleged that USC did not allow him time to undergo treatment for alcoholism, prior to his ouster. He said he was going through a divorce at the time. “Instead of supporting its head coach, Steve Sarkisian, when he needed its help the most, USC kicked him to the curb,” read his complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court a couple of months after his termination. In the case, Sarkisian aimed to receive the outlying $12.6 million from his original contract. He sued USC on the basis he was fired over a disability. However, those allegations were shot down in the arbitration hearing. Per Deadspin, the hearing concluded that he was terminated over his detrimental behavior related to alcoholism, ruling it a “failure to control a controllable disability.” “We are pleased that the arbitration has reached its rightful conclusion and we wish Steve Sarkisian well,” USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann said in a statement.After his exit from USC, Sarkisian was hired as an offensive analyst at Alabama in 2016. He coached their offense in the 2017 National Championship game. He is entering his second season as Atlanta’s offensive coordinator. Prior to his short-lived tenure as Trojans’ head coach, Sarkisian was head coach at Washington from 2009-13. He has a long history with USC, also working as an assistant under Pete Carroll from 2001-2008.last_img read more

Brooke Alexander searches for role she was recruited for

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 21, 2019 at 1:30 pm Contact Andrew: | @CraneAndrew In the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, Brooke Alexander started to laugh as her father’s shot sunk through the basket. For once, she was rebounding for Mike. She grabbed the bouncing ball, but turned to launch a 3-pointer of her own while her mother and grandparents snapped photos from the right corner. It was Nov. 23, one day before Syracuse’s game against then-No. 1 Oregon and less than an hour before the Orange’s walk-through.Mike swung the ball back to his daughter, and she made a second. He remained underneath the basket and continued to rebound as Alexander’s streak reached three, then five, then 10. “Her form’s probably the best it’s ever been,” he recalled thinking.It was the form that Alexander had developed by jumping on trampolines and off of bleachers, allowing her to mesh elevation and optimal release points into a true jump shot — something she called a rarity in women’s basketball. The stroke that caused Syracuse assistant coach Vonn Read to email Alexander through the transfer portal last April, starting a process that revolved around one point: A vision of her as the next Miranda Drummond, SU’s all-time leading 3-point shooter.But a day after shooting around with her family, she played only two minutes against Oregon and Syracuse’s dream of Alexander having a Drummond-type impact continued to fade. She bought into Read’s initial pitch, yet has struggled to earn minutes off the bench for the Orange (5-4) — let alone the starting lineup.“I’ve got to do a better job of getting Brooke minutes to give her a chance to contribute like I know she can,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said two weeks ago. Zero starts, 43 total minutes and just two 3-pointers indicate the graduate transfer’s lack of impact in a Syracuse frontcourt filled with returning depth from last year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse was supposed to be the final stop where everything came together, the ending of a college journey that began at Liberty and pivoted to the University of Texas Arlington. There, Alexander had completed her transition from a pass-first to shoot-first player and ranked sixth in the Sun Belt Conference for 3-point shooting percentage last season.Growing up, she was the player that learned flashy passes early and used accelerated court vision to execute them over her head and behind her back in middle school. Alexander learned, though, that wasn’t what colleges looked for. They wanted to know if she could shoot, if she could turn defensive rebounds into points.When training with Carlos Ratliff of the West Texas Basketball Academy throughout middle school, Alexander was taught a shot with three different release points: a low one for far 3-pointers, a higher shot for launching over players and a regular jump shot that depended on the right blend of elevation and finish. Ratliff had her jump from the bleachers onto the ground to practice the release point, and on the trampoline to imitate the lift a proper jumper needed.“A lot of women’s basketball is either layups or 3s,” Alexander said. “Mid-range is something that I felt separated me.”But it still took time to initially crack the Liberty rotation. The Flames already had a senior starting guard, and Alexander resorted to rebounds, blocks and assists for her contributions. As the season progressed, Alexander became indispensable during Patriot League play, making her first start against Winthrop on Jan. 16 and leading Liberty to a 13-3 record when in the primary rotation. Head coach Carey Green said they would’ve won their conference-deciding finale had Alexander not caught the flu.A transfer closer to her home of Frisco, Texas rekindled a relationship with UTA head coach Krista Gerlich that had started when she was first recruited out of high school. But Alexander quickly discovered her offensive strengths didn’t mesh with many mid-major approaches. UTA relied on slashing to the paint with a small-ball offense that featured a 6-foot-1 guard at center last season. Alexander’s 3-point and jump shot reliance was a secondary option both years.In two seasons at University of Texas Arlington Alexander averaged 5.2 points, 1.4 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game.Corey Henry Photo EditorThe UTA staff moved Alexander to small forward, a change from her previous ball-handling roles, Mike said. She was the Mavericks’ best 3-point shooter and took most of her shots from beyond the arc, but only averaged 7.4 points per game — fourth on the team. Ratliff called Alexander’s three years in Arlington “wasted.”“She walked into a team at UTA where the coach had decided that they wanted to play a certain way and it was ‘put an odd-man out,’” Ratliff said. “Brooke was the odd-man out.”Gerlich and associate head coach Talby Justus both declined interviews for this story.That’s why Syracuse stuck out to Alexander as a grad transfer location: She would finally have the freedom to shoot in Hillsman’s offense. If she wasn’t open, she could double pump-fake and shoot anyway, Hillsman said. And if she didn’t shoot, she’d sit on the bench. Alexander could spot up for star point guard Tiana Mangakahia, she imagined at the time, though Mangakahia has since been ruled out for the season as she recovers from breast cancer treatment.But even Hillsman’s system proved to have limited shooting opportunities for Alexander, who averages a meager 1.4 points per game through 10 contests. Other guards and forwards have leapfrogged Alexander on the depth chart, and she’s mostly used to give rotation players short breathers or in the waning minutes of a blowout.“(Hillsman) just really values my 3-point shot and he wants me to look for that the most and that’s something that I understand,” Alexander said. “In a role I understood coming in here.”With under five minutes remaining in Syracuse’s Dec. 8 win against UMBC, Alexander circled around the 3-point arc as a screen moved aside one final defender. Alexander’s hand thrust in the air, waiting for an Alisha Lewis pass. It was a set play designed for Alexander off an inbounds pass, one intended to create an open 3-pointer for her. And it worked.Alexander released the ball with the closest Retriever defender in the paint, but it spun out of the rim. Alexander’s second missed 3 since she checked in a minute earlier lengthened the gap between her last made 3 – the season opener against Ohio. She still hasn’t sunk one since then.“I’ve never had a coach that if you miss 100 shots in a row and you hesitate on the 101st shot, then he’s gonna take you out,” Alexander said. “Not because you missed the 100 shots, because you hesitated on the 101st shot.”That’s why when Lewis dribbled down the court three minutes later after a UMBC make, Alexander ran parallel to the point guard and stuck both her hands out. She took another open shot, and it bounced out again. Her head dropped briefly, but then perked up.Alexander’s form was there, and that was a start. So as Elemy Colome corralled the offensive rebound, Alexander set her feet again, extended her hands and waited for a pass.“I still believe in that,” Alexander said about the vision of her in Drummond’s role. “I still think that’ll happen for me.” Commentslast_img read more