Syracuse recruiting overseas through Leonid Yelin’s connections

first_img Published on September 6, 2017 at 10:20 pm Contact David: [email protected] UPDATED: Sept. 7, 2017 at 12:19 a.m.In 2004, an 8-year-old Anastasiya Gorelina first spoke to then-head coach of Louisville Leonid Yelin in their home country of Uzbekistan. Thirteen years later, she plays for him at Syracuse.“I saw a tall kid running around the gym,” Yelin said. “It looked like one day she was going to be a good player.”Yelin’s instincts have proved to be correct. Gorelina, now a junior at Syracuse playing under Yelin, is one of four players on the roster who played high school volleyball outside of the United States. Since 2011, when Yelin took over as head coach at SU, 21 internationally-recruited players have played for him.Gorelina grew up watching and admiring volleyball teams from Europe and the U.S., never imagining she would one day play for one. Even after coming to the U.S., she did not believe she was suited to play Division I.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When I came here,” Gorelina said, “I was wondering how everyone was playing so well. I was like, ‘I am so bad.’”Teammates and the Syracuse coaching staff assimilated her to SU, Yelin in particular. The connection between the two, both hailing from Uzbekistan, helped Gorelina acclimated with the playing style in the U.S.Mariia Levanova, also a junior, was a two-time Russian professional club champion before coming to the U.S. Yelin, who also speaks Russian, discovered Levanova through coaches he knew in Russia. Levanova came home one day to her mother and there was Yelin, waiting for her. It shows how Yelin’s overseas connections not only help him foster relationships with his recruits, but that coaches help him discover top talent.“It’s all about who you know when finding players,” Syracuse associate head coach Erin Little said. “Coach (Yelin) has a lot of connections over there.”As for where Yelin decides to recruit, Little explained there is no plan. He focuses neither on international recruits over domestic nor which countries he wants to visit.“Coach said he’d take a good player from the moon,” Little said.The story has been updated for appropriate style. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Big 2nd quarter propels Raptors to rout of slumping Celtics

first_imgCeltics: Host Portland on Wednesday night.Raptors: Host Portland on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcus Morris scored 17 points, and Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier each had 11 as Boston lost for the fifth time in seven games. The Celtics are 0-3 since play resumed following the All-Star break.“We have to be a lot more connected as a team,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “That’s been the theme for a while.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCeltics guard Marcus Smart echoed his coach’s assessment.“Nobody is together,” Smart said. “We’ve got to have everybody on the same page doing the same things at the same time.” Still, Celtics guard Kyrie Irving wasn’t on the same page when asked to respond to Smart’s comments.“That’s Marcus’ opinion,” Irving said, declining to answer after being asked whether he agreed with his teammate.Irving also had little to say about Stevens’ comment that Boston is taking too many “shortcuts” on defense.“I don’t know,” Irving said. “It’s up to Brad.”Irving scored seven points. It was his lowest-scoring game since he had three points against Detroit on Oct. 27.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Serge Ibaka scored 14 points and Norm Powell added 11 as Toronto extended its home winning streak over Boston to eight. The Celtics have not win in Canada since a 117-116 overtime victory on April 4, 2015.Kyle Lowry had 11 assists and Toronto led by as many as 31, turning the game around by outscoring Boston 36-13 in the decisive second.“Everything they did took us out of what we wanted to do,” Boston’s Al Horford said.The Raptors have won 15 of 17 at home, where they’re 26-6 overall.Toronto made 17 3-pointers, one shy of a season-high. Siakam matched his career-best by connecting four times in five attempts from long range.The Celtics led 32-30 after one quarter and scored the opening points of the second, but the Raptors answered with an 18-0 run to lead 48-34 at 7:14. Leonard’s fast break dunk at 3:06 put Toronto up by 20, 59-39.“We locked in a little more,” Siakam said. “We got some stops. Obviously, when we get stops we’re dangerous in transition.”The Celtics had twice as many turnovers in the second quarter (eight) as made baskets (four).“I thought we were outplayed in every which way,” Stevens said.Toronto led 66-45 at halftime. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Claressa Shields in another boxing 1st on Showtime MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TIP-INSCeltics: G Brad Wanamaker (illness) was not available. … The Celtics shot six for 30 from 3-point range. … Boston has lost three straight on the road.Raptors: Toronto had 11 assists on 14 made baskets in the second. … The Raptors went 8-1 in February. … Toronto lost both visits to Boston this season, including one overtime defeat. Boston and Toronto split their four meetings this season, with the home team winning each time. The home team has won 11 straight in the series.TITANS OF TUESDAYToronto improved to 9-0 on Tuesdays, while the Celtics dropped to 5-1.FAST WORKThe Raptors outscored the Celtics 29-9 in fast break points.UNDER 100Toronto is 11-1 when holding opponents below 100 points, while Boston is 3-6 when failing to score at least 100.UP NEXT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) shadows Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green (14) during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — A lack of togetherness is turning into big trouble for the struggling Boston Celtics.Pascal Siakam scored 25 points, Kawhi Leonard had 21 and the Toronto Raptors used a huge second quarter to rout Boston 118-95 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more