Marek Dolezaj’s versatility shining through for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Marek Dolezaj caught the ball at the left elbow and scanned the court. He was facing away from the basket and toward teammate Frank Howard who had just given him the ball.Dolezaj pivoted and looked right and left quickly, not seeing anything he liked. Texas Southern center Trayvon Reed stepped up to guard him. So, Syracuse’s freshman forward skipped a pass under Reed’s arm to Bourama Sidibe standing on the baseline. Sidibe went up and finished easily.“He’s just a smart player, man,” Howard said after the win over TSU. “His skill and his IQ is very high. He always makes the right passes from there.”Syracuse (3-0) has been fairly limited offensively, relying on Tyus Battle to create most of the team’s chances when things get stagnant. But SU has seemed to have found another option in Dolezaj, who has a seemingly intuitive ability to make the right pass and be at the right spot. He finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists against TSU and figures to be a prominent part of SU’s next matchup against Oakland (2-1) on Monday night.For most of the game, TSU deployed a zone against the Orange, leaving pockets of space open near the free-throw line. SU looked to take advantage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Todd Michalek | Staff Photographer When asked what the power forwards are supposed to do from the high post, redshirt freshman Matthew Moyer said, “Supposed to look for your shot first, and then dish down, see what you can do. Just be a threat.”Though Moyer has started all three of Syracuse’s games, Dolezaj has seemed to be the bigger threat. Dolezaj has played more at the power forward spot, finishing with a team-high 32 minutes in Saturday’s game.There’s a difference in style of play, too. Dolezaj said that he looks to pass, rather than shoot, when he gets the ball in the high post. He’s happy with the reads he’s made in the passing game and feels confident in his scoring in practice, he said. But that hasn’t yet translated into games.Even if his shots aren’t falling, he finds other ways to contribute – namely, in running down loose balls.On one possession in the first half against the Tigers, Dolezaj had the ball by the free-throw line and went up for a floater. He missed badly, but gathered his own rebound and immediately found Geno Thorpe on the right wing, who canned a 3-pointer.“He’s not a shot maker,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He missed a couple around the basket that he can make. But he made some plays out of the post that really helped us. Goes after the ball better than anyone on our team.” Todd Michalek | Staff Photographer There will be times when Dolezaj needs to be assertive and score the ball. On one play against TSU, he got the ball in the high post. Once again he scanned the court, holding onto the ball for a little too long. He eventually turned left and couldn’t even get his pass off as a TSU defender put his hand up and intercepted the ball.Still, Dolezaj’s instincts often result in him making the right read. On one play against TSU, the role was reversed, as Sidibe got the ball in the high post with Dolezaj on the 3-point corner. Seeing that, Dolezaj immediately cut inside and finished on a reverse layup.Dolezaj has also been the forward of choice when Syracuse goes with its three-guard, one-center lineup. His passing ability and mild threat of the shot help keep the ball moving.“It’s always good,” Howard said, “to have a guy you can put in the middle and make the right play.” Comments Published on November 19, 2017 at 7:38 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langerlast_img read more

SBC continues to grow media operation with SlotBeats addition

first_img StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 SBC has continued to grow to its news network with the launch of SlotBeats, sister site to leading online and land-based casino news portal CasinoBeats. SlotBeats is the latest addition to SBC’s expanding media operation, which includes websites that attract a monthly audience of more than 170,000 unique visitors from the gambling and sports industries, as well as the SBC Magazine.Covering game releases, industry developments and offering expert insight, SlotBeats is home to the casino sector’s latest slots news and features. The site will also highlight a Slot of the Week, giving added recognition to a high-profile title – perhaps a notable recent launch, sequel to a hit slot or a game that has broken new ground with a stellar performance.Stewart Darkin, managing director of CasinoBeats, said: “In the last two years, since CasinoBeats was launched, slots have been a huge part of our story. Through our events, we have learned that the sector remains keenly focused on product news and development. Indeed, at our Malta event in March, we have dedicated a full track of content to slots.“We are now seeing a number of developers producing more games than ever and, given the enduring appetite for slots-related content, it is only fitting that we launch SlotBeats. “A companion site to CasinoBeats, SlotBeats is an exciting space within which to showcase the best of this fast-moving and critical part of the gaming industry.”CasinoBeats Malta, at the InterContinental Malta on March 24-26, will provide 1,500 industry delegates with unparalleled networking opportunities and six tracks of in-depth conference content including Slots 2020.Featured alongside Regulation and Compliance, the KPMG Investor Forum, Gaming 2020, PaymentExpert Forum and Working In Malta, the track will delve into a range of key issues from the sector. Slots 2020 will open with the ‘Operators and Innovation’ session, followed by ‘Platforms for Success’, ‘Gamification, ‘Inside Slots: RTP’ and ‘Expert Insight: Acquisition and Personalisation’, before the eagerly-awaited ‘Leaders Panel’ rounds off the day.Confirmed speakers for CasinoBeats Malta include James Ford, head of casino at LeoVegas, Alexander Stevendahl, CEO of Videoslots, Jan Jones Blackhurst, board director at Caesars Entertainment, Cristiano Blanco, head of gaming at Kindred, Jacqui Gatt, head of casino at Mr Green, Alexander Martin, CEO of SKS365, and Petra Zackrisson, CCDO of Stoiximan/Betano. Submit Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more