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I played D-III basketball for Franciscan University (Ohio) from 2006-2010 and wrote for the school paper. During summer breaks of my undergrad years, I worked on the Syracuse Chiefs baseball grounds crew (Washington Nats' AAA team), which was a blast. I studied Journalism at FUS for my B.A., and Communication and Leadership Studies at Gonzaga for my M.A.
Bleacher Report has been an awesome vehicle for me to cover sports and advance my career. I primarily cover college and pro basketball, but I also love baseball, tennis, football and hockey.
My work has been featured on Syracuse.com (among others) and I've appeared on The Score 1260 Mid-day in Syracuse, NY, KURE 88.5 in Ames, Iowa, and Nationwide News Radio in Kingston, Jamaica.
no aaron gordon on the top 5 draft prospects in each position what are you smoking pot??
stupid americans, cant even understnad our own game
no mitch mcgary? glen robinson??
Quick question. Considering 3 important Eastern Conference teams are struggling mightily early on (aka Knicks, Nets and Bulls) can anyone else seriously contend with the Pacers and Heat?
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keep up the good articles!
Haha thanks, Dan.
It's amazing how many people don't bother reading before leaving...interesting...comments. Keep up the good work on your end as well!
Thank you for correcting it
So your site puts Marc Gasol as 2nd Team All-NBA......and he isn't in your top 5 centers.
"Gasol is clearly the better offensive player is a sweeping generalization & a disservice to Jefferson. Jefferson has a sweet, sweet post game and a jumper to back it up."
Okay but I would say neither is better than Marc's especially when it comes to the jumper
"There's no shame in losing out to Jefferson for the moment. Marc is also probably one of the top 30 players in the NBA. Top 10% is not too shabby. I included him in my top-5's a couple times earlier this season."
Yes, yes there is. Marc should easily be in your top 3 not I have included him in my top 5 occasionally. Here is a quote from an actually accomplished sports writer. Zach Lowe wrote, "I'm not sure there's a larger gap between the level of nationwide fan appreciation for a player and the level of appreciation from coaches/scouts/league executives for that player than the gap for Gasol. People inside the league adore this guy." This quote describes your point of view perfectly. The guy is a dominant force on the defensive end and a facilitator on the offensive end
"As a side note, try to refrain from stuff like "maybe you should turn on a grizz game sometime and actually appreciate..." I watched the Grizz every time they've been on NBATV, TNT, ESPN and online. And I do appreciate them, I think they're pound-for-pound the toughest team in the NBA.
Saying stuff like that sounds condescending, especially when you aren't there to see how much research and film work goes into the articles we write"
Don't hurt yourself when you fall off of your high horse.
Pretty easy argument for Gasol over Jefferson. Who is the better defender? Marc Gasol. Who is the better offensive player? Marc Gasol. On defense you have a guy that should be in the top 3 for DPOY. On offense you have a guy who will give you 5 or 6 assists a game at the center position on a poor jump shooting team. A guy who shoots nearly 85% from the stripe and has the best jumper in the league at his position. My only complaint with the guy is he isn't assertive enough, but you are seriously going to tell me any GM in the league is going to take Jefferson over Gasol? You probably also thought the Grizzlies were going to get worse when they traded Rudy Gay away. Al Jefferson also doesn't share the front court with an All-star PF. Maybe you should turn on a grizz game sometime and actually appreciate the amount of offensive skill Marc Gasol has.