2018 recruiting update: Dayton offers scholarship to JUCO guard

Published: Saturday, February 03, 2018 @ 11:49 AM

Dayton huddles before a game against Rhode Island on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
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Dayton huddles before a game against Rhode Island on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

The Dayton Flyers offered a scholarship to one junior college recruit and have visited another, according to reports.

Brandon Mahan, a 6-foot-5 freshman guard from Chipola College, a junior college in Marianna, Fla., received a scholarship offer from Dayton, according to JucoRecruiting.com.

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Mahan is a graduate of Central Park Christian High School in Birmingham, Ala. He has averaged 13.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21 games for Chipola. He’s shooting 53.5 percent from the field, 52 percent from 3-point range (64 of 123) and 76.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Dayton has one scholarship open for 2018, but there’s always the possibility of more scholarships opening up if players decide to transfer. Dwayne Cohill is the program’s only signed 2018 recruit.

According to the Hutchison News, Dayton coach Anthony Grant visited another junior college recruit: J.J. Rhymes, a 6-4 sophomore guard at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchison, Kansas. He ranks 18th among junior-college players, according to JucoRecruiting.com.

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Rhymes has averaged 20.9 points per game, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 22 games. He’s from Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Az. He’s shooting 48 percent from the field, 30.8 percent from 3-point range (16 of 52) and 72 percent from the free-throw line.

Rhymes was a non-qualifier out of high school, according to AZCentral.com. He helped lead Hutchinson to a junior college national championship last season.

The last junior college player to sign with Dayton was Detwon Rogers, who transferred to Dayton in April 2014 and left the program in March 2015. He never played a game for the Flyers.

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His brother’s dreamkeeper: Why LSU LB Micah Baskerville won’t fail

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 5:00 AM

SHREVEPORT, La. — LSU freshman linebacker Micah Baskerville is not the first person in his family to dream big.

Just over a decade ago, his older brother had similar aspirations, albeit in a different sport. Travion Beale envisioned himself going to college on a basketball scholarship before turning pro.

That never happened.

Beale lost focus. Made mistakes. Got sidetracked. But the loss of his dream didn’t make him bitter. It just strengthened his will to make sure his little brother’s dreams would be fulfilled.

“I look at it as a lesson learned. It’s all about what you do after I learned the lesson,” Beale said. “My past experience, I can share with Micah to stay on the right track.”

Putting the work in

Many of the lessons learned by Micah Baskerville (right) come from his older brother Travion Beale. (Renee Baskerville/courtesy)

Today, you’d never guess Beale ever hesitated to put the work in. His job is as demanding as they come. Beale works in the oil fields outside Shreveport, La. When he’s on duty, it means being at the job site for more than 12 hours a day, seven days straight.

But when it came to his athletic career, he didn’t develop that kind of dedication. Beale said he left the basketball team at Shreveport’s Southwood High before the end of his senior season.

“I wanted to be a professional basketball player. I didn’t chase my dream and follow it hard enough,” Beale said. “[Micah] wants to go farther in football. I encourage him. ‘Don’t give up. Hard work pays off. If this is really what you want to do, chase it. Keep striving to fulfill.’ ”

Baskerville says there is no question that his older brother’s influence has been instrumental.

“He has quit on some things. He taught me not to quit on anything,” Baskerville said. “It gives me an advantage to learn from his wrongs and learn from his rights and teaches me to be a better leader for myself and my little brothers so they can learn from my mistakes.”

Buying into the process

Baskerville has been around hard work and devotion his whole life. His father Michael is a former Marine who now works as a corrections officer. His mother Renee works in a Head Start program, helping young children from low-income families. All of them are devout Christians who attend church every Sunday.


“He’s the picture of humility,” said Byron Dawson, Baskerville’s coach at Evangel Christian Academy and a former starting defensive tackle at LSU.

But Baskerville admits he didn’t fully invest in what it would take to move his career to the next level until the end of his sophomore season.

“It took a lot of growing up and a lot of Coach Dawson’s knowledge. I didn’t really buy into the process at first,” Baskerville said. “Me listening to him gave me knowledge of really being a football player.”

When it came to carrying himself off the field, Baskerville turned to his big brother for advice.

“He’s experienced at a young age,” Baskerville said. “He tells me not to do certain things. It really helps a lot. If I hadn’t had that, I probably would have fallen [off track].”

The lessons Beale passes on to his younger brother are simple, but important. Take a late weeknight spent with friends, for example.

“You can’t lose sight of how 10 minutes can turn into hours,” Beale said. “Then your body can’t rebuild itself, and the next day at work is going to be hard. If I’m not well-rested, not paying attention, I can lose my job and position. He can mess up in class or lose a position on the field.”

The ‘Quiet Storm’

Micah Baskerville doesn’t say much, but his play speaks volumes. That trait earned him the nickname “Quiet Storm” from his high school coach. (Sam Spiegelman/SEC Country)

Dawson seems like a pretty trustworthy authority on defense. Baskerville’s teammate, defensive end Davin Cotton, already has joined him at LSU. A third Evangel player, defensive back ArDarius Washington, committed to LSU before signing with TCU.

Dawson is obviously fond of each of those players. But to him, Baskerville stands out.

“He was the best defensive player in Louisiana this year, hands down,” Dawson said. “He has a lot of similarities with Devin White.”

Indeed, Baskerville will be groomed as White’s protege this spring and fall. And if he does well enough in practice, he’ll even have a chance to play alongside him as LSU’s other inside linebacker.

As LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda revealed, there’s just one thing Baskerville needs to improve on.

“We’ve got to get him talking a little more,” Aranda said in a recent interview with The Advocate.

Given that Aranda is known as an introvert himself, that’s a telling assessment. But it’s true. Dawson calls Baskerville “Quiet Storm” thanks to his ability to create chaos without making a lot of noise.

“I don’t really talk a lot,” Baskerville said. “The only time I get hype is during the game. When we need the energy, when we need Uncle Mo on our side, I get really hype to boost us.”

Positions of responsibility

In order for Baskerville to one day inherit White’s role in LSU’s defense, communication will be critical. In Aranda’s defense, White is the one making sure everyone is lined up correctly before the snap.

Fortunately, Baskerville is accustomed to that responsibility. Beale’s favorite thing about watching his brother play is actually when he sees him set up the play.

“I watch how he reads the offense,” Beale said. “He lines people up to put them in position. He’s focused. He’s paying attention. He knows what to do. If he sees something that’s not right, he instantly puts them in position.”

Fittingly, Baskerville’s role on the defense is not unlike Beale’s in the oil field. As a supervisor, he’s the one who has to notice whether something is wrong with the wells. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are at stake.

“I constantly have to be alert,” Beale said. “I quarterback the show. I have to make sure to tell my guys what to do so we can keep doing job smoothly.”

Maybe it’s an inherited trait. Or perhaps it was learned. Regardless, one thing seems clear: LSU’s newest inside linebacker has a blueprint to turn his own dreams into reality.

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Anthony Davis wears jersey of injured teammate DeMarcus Cousins during NBA All-Star Game.

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 4:11 PM

Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat.

That motto was epitomized by former Kentucky forward Anthony Davis during the NBA All-Star Game Sunday night. Davis is wearing the jersey of New Orleans Pelicans’ teammate, and fellow former Wildcat, DeMarcus Cousins for the game.

Cousins, of course, is out for the season after tearing his achilles tendon a few weeks ago. He would have started in the All-Star Game.

Here’s a look:

Cousins was in the midst of one of the best seasons of his career. He averaged over 25 points and 13 rebounds per game before going down, and he was leading the Pelicans to his first ever postseason appearance.

Without their center, the Pelicans are still in position to take a playoff spot. Davis has led the team to three straight wins and they’re currently a half game up on the Clippers for the No. 8 seed in the west.

Interestingly enough, there are now four players wearing the No. 0 on Team LeBron: Davis, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Andre Drummond.

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Olympics Hockey: Schedule, scores, standings, results for Sunday (02/18/2018)

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

Olympics Hockey 2018 continues on Sunday, Feb. 18. Get the full schedule, final scores, standings and the results below.

The USA women’s hockey team plays Finland on Sunday night ET in a semifinal.

Olympics Hockey: Schedule, scores for Sunday

Sunday, February 18

LIVE SCORES

  • Men’s hockey (Group A): Czech Republic 4, Switzerland 1
  • Women’s hockey (Classification for Nos. 5-8): Japan 2, Sweden 1 (OT)
  • Men’s hockey (Group A): Canada 4, South Korea 0
  • Men’s hockey (Group C): Sweden 3, Finland 1
  • Women’s hockey (Semifinals): USA vs. Finland, 11:10 p.m.

Olympic Men’s Hockey: Standings

PRELIMINARY ROUND

Group A

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts. Qualification
1 Czech Republic 2 1 0 0 9 4 +5 8 Quarterfinals
2 Canada 2 0 1 0 11 4 +7 7 Possible quarterfinals
3 Switzerland 1 0 0 2 10 9 +1 3 Qualification playoffs
4 South Korea 0 0 0 3 1 14 -13 0 Qualification playoffs

Group B

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts. Qualification
1 Olympic Athletes from Russia 2 0 0 1 14 5 +9 6  Quarterfinals
2 Slovenia 0 2 0 1 8 12 -4 4 Possible quarterfinals
3 USA 1 0 1 1 4 8 -4 4 Qualification playoffs
4 Slovakia 1 0 1 1 6 7 -1 4 Qualification playoffs

Group C

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts. Qualification
1 Sweden 3 0 0 0 8 1 +7 9  Quarterfinals
2 Finland 2 0 0 1 11 6 +5 6 Possible quarterfinals
3 Germany 0 1 0 2 4 7 -3 2 Qualification playoffs
4 Norway 0 0 1 2 2 11 -9 1 Qualification playoffs

Olympic Women’s Hockey: Standings

PRELIMINARY ROUND

Group A

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts. Qualification
1 Canada 3 0 0 0 11 2 +9 9 Semifinals
2 USA 2 0 0 1 9 3 +6 6 Semifinals
3 Finland 1 0 0 2 7 8 -1 3 Quarterfinals
4 Olympic Athletes from Russia 0 0 0 3 1 15 -14 0 Quarterfinals

Group B

Pos. Team W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts. Qualification
1 Switzerland 3 0 0 0 13 2 +11 9 Quarterfinals
2 Sweden 2 0 0 1 11 3 +8 6 Quarterfinals
3 Japan 1 0 0 2 6 6 0 3 Classification
4 Korea 0 0 0 3 1 20 -19 0 Classification

Olympics Hockey: Scores, results

Saturday, February 10

  • Women’s hockey: Sweden 2, Japan 1
  • Women’s hockey: Switzerland 8, Korea 0

Saturday, February 11

  • Women’s hockey: USA 3, Finland 1
  • Women’s hockey: Canada 5, Olympic Athletes from Russia 0

Monday, February 12

  • Women’s hockey: Switzerland 3, Japan 1
  • Women’s hockey: Sweden 8, Korea 0

Tuesday, February 13

  • Women’s hockey: Canada 4, Finland 1
  • Women’s hockey: USA 5, Olympic Athletes from Russia 0
  • Women’s hockey: Switzerland 2, Sweden 1

Wednesday, February 14

  • Women’s hockey: Japan 4, Korea 1
  • Men’s hockey: Slovakia 3, Olympic Athletes from Russia 2
  • Men’s hockey: Slovenia 3, USA 2 (OT)
  • Men’s hockey: Finland 5, Germany 2
  • Women’s hockey: Canada 2, USA 1

Thursday, February 15

  • Men’s hockey: Sweden 4, Norway 0
  • Women’s hockey: Finland 5, Olympics Athletes from Russia 1
  • Men’s hockey: Czech Republic 2, South Korea 1
  • Men’s hockey: Canada 5, Switzerland 1
  • Men’s hockey: USA 2, Slovakia 1

Friday, February 16

  • Men’s hockey: Olympic Athletes from Russia 8, Slovenia 2
  • Men’s hockey: Finland 5, Norway 1
  • Men’s hockey: Sweden 1, Germany 0
  • Men’s hockey: Czech Republic 3, Canada 2 (shootout)
  • Women’s hockey quarterfinal: Olympic Athletes from Russia 6, Switzerland 2

Saturday, February 17

  • Men’s hockey: Switzerland 8, South Korea 0
  • Women’s hockey quarterfinal: Finland 7, Sweden 2
  • Men’s hockey: Olympic Athletes from Russia 4, USA 0
  • Men’s hockey: Slovenia 3, Slovakia 2 (shootout)
  • Men’s hockey: Germany 2, Norway 1 (shootout)
  • Women’s hockey: Switzerland 2, Korea 0

Sunday, February 18

  • Men’s hockey (Group A): Czech Republic vs. Switzerland, 2:40 a.m. ET
  • Women’s hockey (Classification for Nos. 5-8): Sweden vs. Japan, 2:40 a.m.
  • Men’s hockey (Group A): Canada vs. South Korea, 7:10 a.m.
  • Men’s hockey (Group C): Sweden vs. Finland, 7:10 a.m.
  • Women’s hockey (Semifinals): USA vs. Finland, 11:10 p.m.

Monday, February 19

  • Women’s hockey (Semifinals): Canada vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia, 7:10 a.m.
  • Men’s hockey (Playoff qualification): USA vs. Slovakia, 10:10 p.m.
  • Women’s hockey (Finals for No. 7-8): Sweden vs. Korea, 10:10 p.m.

Tuesday, February 20

  • Men’s hockey (Playoff qualification): Slovenia vs. Norway
  • Women’s hockey (Finals for No. 5-6): Switzerland vs. Japan, 2:40 a.m.
  • Men’s hockey (Playoff qualification): Finland vs. South Korea 7:10 a.m.
  • Men’s hockey (Playoff qualification): Switzerland vs. Germany, 7:10 a.m.
  • Men’s hockey (Quarterfinal): Czech Republic vs. TBD, 10:10 p.m.

Wednesday, February 21

  • Men’s hockey (Quarterfinal): Olympic Athletes from Russia vs. TBD 2:40 a.m.
  • Women’s hockey: Bronze medal, 2:40 a.m.
  • Men’s hockey (Quarterfinal): Canada vs. TBD, 7:10 a.m.
  • Men’s hockey (Quarterfinal): Sweden vs. TBD, 7:10 a.m.
  • Women’s hockey: Gold medal, 11:10 p.m.

Friday, February 23

  • Men’s hockey: Semifinal, 2:40 a.m.
  • Men’s hockey: Semifinal, 7:10 a.m.

Saturday, February 24

  • Men’s hockey: Bronze medal, 7:10 a.m.
  • Men’s hockey: Gold medal, 11:10 p.m.

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NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, NFL draft order (02/18/2018)

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL mock drafts for 2018 are here. You can check out predictions, players and a first-round draft order below.

Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at the quarterback position. Mock drafts from ESPN and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks filling up the top 10 this year.

Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts, including Land of 10’s own projection.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players

Land of 10 predictions

  1. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DL, N.C. State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  5. Denver Broncos — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  6. New York Jets — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Derwin James, DB, Florida State
  8. Chicago Bears — Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  11. Miami Dolphins — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  13. Washington Redskins — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  14. Green Bay Packers — Joshua Jackson, DB, Iowa
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Mike McGlinchey, G, Notre Dame
  18. Seattle Seahawks — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  20. Detroit Lions — Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  21. Buffalo Bills –Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  22. Buffalo Bills — Arden Key, DL, LSU
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  24. Carolina Panthers — Marcus Davenport, DL, UTSA
  25. Tennessee Titans — Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Vita Vea, DL, Washington
  27. New Orleans Saints — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Harold Landry, LB, Boston College
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Billy Price, OL, Ohio State
  31. New England Patriots — Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
  32. Philadelphia Eagles — Ogbonnia Okoronwko, LB, Oklahoma

NFL mock draft 2018: ESPN projections by Todd McShay

  1. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  5. Denver Broncos — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  6. New York Jets — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
  8. Chicago Bears — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Tremaine Edmunds, DE/OLB, Virginia Tech
  11. Miami Dolphins — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Connor Williams, T, Texas
  13. Washington Redskins — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  14. Green Bay Packers — Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Orlando Brown, T, Oklahoma
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Derwin James, S, Florida State
  18. Seattle Seahawks — Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
  20. Detroit Lions — Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
  21. Buffalo Bills — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  22. Buffalo Bills — Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Billy Price, G/C, Ohio State
  24. Carolina Panthers — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  25. Tennessee Titans — Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
  26. Atlanta Falcons — James Daniels, G/C, Iowa
  27. New Orleans Saints — Harold Landry, OLB, Boston College
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame
  31. New England Patriots — M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina
  32. Philadelphia Eagles — Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

NFL mock draft 2018: Top players, projection for first round

CBS Sports projection

  1. Cleveland Browns — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  2. New York Giants — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  5. Denver Broncos — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  6. New York Jets — Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  8. Chicago Bears — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  10. Oakland Raiders — Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
  11. Miami Dolphins — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Orlando Brown, T, Oklahoma
  13. Washington Redskins — Derwin James, S, Florida State
  14. Green Bay Packers — Arden Key, DE, LSU
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Da’Ron Payne, DL, Alabama
  18. Seattle Seahawks — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  20. Detroit Lions — Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  21. Buffalo Bills — Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  22. Buffalo Bills — Billy Price, C, Ohio State
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
  24. Carolina Panthers — Jamarco Jones, T, Ohio State
  25. Tennessee Titans — James Daniels, G/C, Iowa
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
  27. New Orleans Saints — Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Connor Williams, T, Texas
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame
  31. Philadelphia Eagles — Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
  32. New England Patriots — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

2018 NFL Draft: First-round order

The draft order was finalized after the Super Bowl.

1. Cleveland Browns

2. New York Giants

3. Indianapolis Colts

4. Cleveland Browns

5. Denver Broncos

6. New York Jets

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8. Chicago Bears

9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)

11. Miami Dolphins

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Washington Redskins

14. Green Bay Packers

15. Arizona Cardinals

16. Baltimore Ravens

17. Los Angeles Chargers

18. Seattle Seahawks

19. Dallas Cowboys

20. Detroit Lions

21. Buffalo Bills

22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City Chiefs)

23. Los Angeles Rams

24. Carolina Panthers

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

30. Minnesota Vikings

31. New England Patriots

32. Philadelphia Eagles

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