At a NAFCU-attended event Tuesday, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard provided more context around the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) approach to monetary policy and the economic outlook, noting that “U.S. monetary policy is considerably more accommodative today than it was as of late last year.”Bullard was speaking at the National Economists Club in Washington, D.C. NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long attended the event. The FOMC – for the first time in a decade – cut interest rates by 25 basis points during a meeting last week; see Long on Yahoo! Finance TV providing an analysis of the decision and economy here.“President Bullard has been an influential voice in realigning the policy outlook for the FOMC since late last year,” Long said. “However, his speech reflects a desire to let the most recent rate cut settle in before making another move. NAFCU continues to believe that the FOMC will not cut rates in September. If this is correct, we are likely to see a concerted campaign by Fed officials over the next six weeks to adjust market expectations.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
D’Angelo Russell free agency rumors: Guard ‘may be open to’ returning to Lakers Jeanie Buss thinks the Lakers are headed in the right direction.The Los Angeles owner gave general manager Rob Pelinka a vote of confidence during an interview with the Los Angeles Times at the NBA awards show Monday. Lonzo Ball reacts to being traded from Lakers to Pelicans “I have 100% confidence in Rob Pelinka running our basketball operations,” Buss said. “I’ve always had confidence in Rob. Whatever the speculation is out there, we don’t need the outside media to validate what we do. I’m very happy. I think we’re on the right path but there’s still more work to do.”The Lakers and Pelinka complete one of the biggest trades in NBA history earlier this month when they acquired Anthony Davis from the Pelicans in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart as well as three first-round picks. Related News Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Lakers believe they have ‘strong shot’ to sign superstar The Lakers will now look to add a third star to pair with Davis and LeBron James. They’ve been linked to Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving, among others. But, if the team makes no more moves to shed salary after the Davis deal, it’s only expected to have around $23 million available this offseason and will not be able to offer a max contract.The Lakers reportedly have shown some level of interest in Bobby Portis, Marcus Morris, Al Horford and Brook Lopez, as well.“There will be a lot of changes,” Buss said. “Lakers fans, be patient. We’re going to get there. We’re not going to stop until we’re all proud.”Magic Johnson surprisingly stepped down from his position as the Lakers president of basketball operations before the last game of 2018-19, which expanded Pelinka’s role in the organization. “It was a surprise when Magic turned in his resignation,” Buss said, via ESPN. “I didn’t see that coming. But everything else has been pretty much as any organization moves forward and changes going into a new season. So as much as has been speculated as to what the Lakers are doing, to me we are in a really good place and we are following our path, and our plan, going into the next season.”The Lakers finished the season with a 37-45 record and missed the playoffs for a sixth straight year. They fired former coach Luke Walton in mid-April and hired Frank Vogel to replace him.
Brittany MeyerAndaleSr126.96.36.199.2 Kylee EbertAndaleSr188.8.131.52.2 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Jeanette Patterson · 282 weeks ago Lauryn, From your Rocky Mountain Connection! We are so proud of you, keep shining like a superstar. Report Reply 0 replies · active 282 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down KC Family · 282 weeks ago Congratulations Lauryn!!!!!! I’m so proud of you Report Reply 0 replies · active 282 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Katie FrankenberryCircleSr184.108.40.206.8 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Lauryn Snipes, a sophomore from Wellington, was named Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV Player of the year.Avery Rusk was named to the second team AV-CTL DIV. Tayland French was named honorable mention.Lauryn SnipesWellington finished 14-8 for the season losing to Rose Hill in the sub-state finals.Snipes, a 6-0, sophomore, led the league with 365 points averaging 16.6 points per game. The closest competitor was Emma Chambers of Mulvane with 13.2 ppg.Rusk, a 5-8, freshman, was the leagueâ€™s third leading score, averaging 13.1 ppg on 170 points scored.French, a 5-8, sophomore, had 6.9 ppg.The full list of the girls AV-CTL DIV all leaguers are as follows:Division IVFirst teamCaylie Kifer, jr., CircleBrittany Meyer, sr., AndaleAlex Payne, jr., CollegiateLauren Rowland, sr., AndaleLauryn Snipes, so., WellingtonKate Wilson, sr., CollegiatePlayer of the year: Lauryn Snipes, WellingtonCoach of the year: Mark Kerschen, AndaleSecond teamJewell Bolden, so., CollegiateKatie Frankenbery, sr., CircleRachel Friedrichs, sr., AndaleHayley Reibenspies, jr., ClearwaterAvery Rusk, fr., WellingtonAShley Wilson, sr., MulvaneHonorable mentionEmma Chambers, so., Mulvane; Kylee Ebert, sr., Andale; Emily Dennison, jr., Circle; Tayland French, so., Wellington; Alyssa Kirkham, sr., Circle; Alli Klausmeyer, so., Clearwater; Abbie Maxwell, sr., Andale; Addison Root, jr., Collegiate; Nia Tolbert, jr., Collegiate, Shayland French, fr., Wellington.The full statistics of all leaguers are as follows: PlayerÂ SchoolClassPPGÂ RebPGAstsPGStlsPG Rachel FriedrichsAndaleSr220.127.116.11.2 Avery RuskWellgtnFresh18.104.22.168.6 Kate WilsonCollegiatSr22.214.171.124.3 1st Team Alli KlausmeyerClearwatrSoph126.96.36.199.8 Caylie KiferCircleJr188.8.131.52.4 Lauren RowlandAndaleSr184.108.40.206.1 Lauryn SnipesWellgtnSoph220.127.116.11.6 2nd TeamÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Ashley WilsonMulvaneSr18.104.22.168.1 League MVPLauryn SnipesWellington Honorable MentionÂ Â Â Â Â Â Ema ChambersMulvaneSoph22.214.171.124.3 PlayerÂ SchoolClassPPGRebPGAstsPGStlsPG Tayland FrenchWellgtnSoph126.96.36.199.5 Alex PayneCollegiatJr10.54.42.11.7 Jewell BoldenCollegiatSoph188.8.131.52.5 Addison RootCollegiatJr184.108.40.206.4 Shayland FrenchWellgtnFresh220.127.116.11.6 PlayerSchoolClassPPGRebPGAstsPGStlsPG Hayley ReibenspesClearwatrJr18.104.22.168.6 Follow us on Twitter. Emily DennisonCircleJr22.214.171.124.1
Ayo Dosunmu has attempted 240 3-pointers as a college player, so the shot is not foreign to him. He has connected on just 79 of those, or 32.9 percent, so making them sort of is.This is what these next months have to be about now. Dosunmu had entered the NBA Draft with some promise following the aborted 2019-20 college basketball season, but his shooting always was going to be an obstacle to overcome. “Since [I was] a kid, I’ve been working. My dream is to play in the NBA,” he said in the video. “But first I need that national championship. Year 3.”#JL4L pic.twitter.com/fJuY8EcPsh— Mr WhyNotMe (@AyoDos_11) August 1, 2020Illinois last reached the Final Four in 2005, when the Deron Williams-Dee Brown-Luther Head trio carried the team to the NCAA championship game and a close loss to North Carolina. Before that it was the “Flyin’ Illini” squad in 1989, which was the best team in college basketball but fell in the semis to Big Ten rival (and eventual champ) Michigan.It is not easy to win that national championship. But it would be easier for Illinois if Dosunmu is out there this season busting 3s. NBA DRAFT 2020: New date, latest lottery oddsIn announcing his decision to withdraw from the draft late Friday, with a video posted to his Twitter account, Dosunmu declared, “I need that national championship.” It was exactly the right thing to say, and it’s not entirely out of reach if center Kofi Cockburn, who needs another college year more than his point guard, also chooses to withdraw.Dosunmu probably won’t get the championship or the lucrative draft position, though, without toning up his jumper.Just about any draft-analyst evaluation of Dosunmu is going to mention his shooting. Sam Vecenie of The Athletic praised his pull-up jumper and high-level character to The Daily Illini student paper. But he raised the same issue: “You have to be able to shoot the basketball at a high level to be able to space the floor for his teammates. Otherwise, it is going to be harder for his team to get an efficient offense. … I do just worry about what his offensive role is at the next level if the jumper from behind the NBA 3-point line doesn’t translate.”Chris Stone, who has done draft analysis for Sporting News, agreed shooting is the biggest flaw in Dosunmu’s game.Dosunmu is a 6-5 point guard with great length who can get past defenders with his intelligence and elusiveness. He owns a competitive spirit the pros will value and a knack for the big shot. But the deep shot has come to rule the NBA game, and so far it has been beyond him.It is not fantastic to believe he can master it, can make the enormous improvement necessary. In 2018-19, P.J. Washington of Kentucky jumped from 23.8 percent as a freshman to 42.3 as a sophomore. That increase, even in a season that included just 33 makes, was enough to get Washington drafted in the lottery.Dosunmu declined from 35.2 percent and 50 makes as a freshman to just 29.6 percent and 29 made 3-pointers as a sophomore, even while the rest of his game was ascending. His 2-point accuracy increased from 48.5 percent to 54.4. He earned more free throws in fewer games, and his foul shooting went from 69.5 percent to 75.5.Likely it was his burgeoning list of responsibilities that led him to retreat as a long-distance shooter. In his first season, Illinois was a rebuilding team, and there was little pressure regarding winning and losing. In 2019-20, in large part because of Dosunmu’s progress as a team leader and offensive weapon, Illinois compiled a 21-10 overall record and finished 13-7 in the Big Ten, just one game out of first.The expectations will grow with Dosunmu back for another season. Illinois was picked to finish seventh last season. Depending on which other players return to college — such important players as Luka Garza, Xavier Tillman and Aaron Henry still have decisions to make — Illinois might not be picked to win the league this year. But it will be close, and the program’s fans will expect the team to contend.And Dosunmu himself set the bar high with this pronouncement.