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Former KU players Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden waived by NBA teams on Saturday

Former Kansas forward Perry Ellis was waived by the Charlotte Hornets and guard Wayne Selden by the Memphis Grizzlies, the NBA teams announced Saturday.

The two former Jayhawks, who were not selected in the 2016 NBA Draft, were trying to make the 15-man rosters of those particular teams as free agents.

 

Ellis, a 6-foot-8 native of Wichita, was able to play just four minutes in one preseason game as he rehabbed from Aug. 30 sports hernia surgery. The eighth leading scorer in KU history could ultimately decide to play for the Hornets’ NBA Development League team in Greensboro, N.C., this season. He also could head overseas. The D-League begins play on Nov. 11.

The Hornets also waived guard Rasheed Sulaimon and center Mike Tobey on Saturday.

Selden, a 6-5 guard from Roxbury, Mass., who joined the Grizzlies on Aug. 8, averaged 8.0 points, 3.4 rebounds  and 2.0 assists while averaging 18.6 minutes in five preseason games. The Grizzlies also waived forwards JaKarr Sampson and D.J. Stephens on Saturday.

Selden also has the overseas option or could wind up with the Grizzlies’ D-League affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa.

Former KU center Jeff Withey, who entered Utah Jazz training camp with a non-guaranteed contract, appears to have made the team. The Jazz cut forward Chris Johnson on Saturday, paring the roster to the maximum number of 15 players.

Withey, a 26-year-old fourth-year pro, averaged 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds a game for the Jazz last season. He started 10 games. He averaged 12.9 minutes a game in 51 contests. Published reports indicate he is expected to earn $1,016,000 this season.

The 7-foot Withey, who played at KU during 2010-13, is the Jayhawks’ all-time shot blocker leader with 311.

Former KU guard Brannen Greene, an undrafted free agent, will enter the NBA Developmental League draft on Oct. 30 and likely play in the D-League this season, according to Chris Reichert of upsidemotor.com.

Former KU forward Thomas Robinson as of Saturday night was one of three players awaiting word whether he’d made the roster of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers have 14 guaranteed contracts and reportedly will keep either Robinson, Yi Jianlian or Metta World Peace.

“It’s out of my hands now,” Robinson told the Los Angeles Times. “I feel like I’ve done everything I can to this point to give myself the best shot that I can to make this team. It’s up to the front office now.”

 

Robinson, 25, has played for five teams in four seasons in the league.

Scott Ward, KU’s associate athletic director for academic and career counseling, is “doing great,” his wife, Robin, indicated Saturday on Facebook. She wrote that Ward, who suffered a tear in his aorta on Oct. 7 and had emergency heart surgery at University of Kansas Hospital, could be moved to an inpatient rehab facility as soon as clearance is given by Scott’s cardiologist.

Here’s the Deal:

Wayne Selden Jr.

Wayne Selden Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for the University of Kansas. After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Selden signed with the Memphis Grizzlies on August 8, 2016. He was waived by the Grizzlies on October 22 after appearing in five preseason games, and was subsequently acquired by the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League on October 29, the Grizzlies’ affiliate team.

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Perry Ellis

Perry Ellis is an American professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the University of Kansas. After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Ellis joined the Dallas Mavericks for the 2016 NBA Summer League. On September 23, 2016, he signed with the Charlotte Hornets, but was waived on October 22 after appearing in one preseason game.

Sources:
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en.wikipedia.org/: Wayne Selden Jr. ; en.wikipedia.org/: Perry Ellis (basketball)

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THINGS WE LEARNED FROM ERIC WEDDLE & BENJAMIN WATSON

The veterans came to Baltimore because they expect to win. Weddle is impressed with Matt Elam and Terrence Brooks. Weddle may dye his beard purple.

A pair of new Ravens veterans had a chance to interact with its new fan base Tuesday evening.

Safety Eric Weddle and tight end Benjamin Watson held a conference call with Ravens season ticket holders, and the fans had a chance to ask anything they wanted off the newcomers.

Who Are They?

Eric Steven Weddle and Benjamin Watson are both American football player.

Eric Weddle is a free safety for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Utah, where he was a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Weddle is considered to be one of the best safeties in the NFL. He has been named to the Pro Bowl three times and has been honored as an All-Pro five times. While,

Benjamin Watson is a tight end for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England Patriots 32nd overall in the 2004 NFL draft. He played college football at Georgia. Watson has also played for the Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints.

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Benjamin Watson and Eric Weddle

The veterans were relaxed and entertaining during the hour-long call, and here were eight things we learned from them:

1. They both expect the Ravens to be in the hunt for another Lombardi Trophy. Coming to a winning franchise was important as they went through the free agency process, and Weddle expressed optimism about what this team could do. “We feel this team is close,” Weddle said. “Baltimore was everything I wanted and more, and it has exceeded everything I want. The only thing that will top it off will be to bring a Super Bowl back here, and that’s my main goal.”

2. Weddle has high goals specifically for what the Ravens defense can do this season. “That’s what I expect out of us, to be a top defense in this league,” he said.

3. Watson reached out to wide receiver Breshad Perriman last season as the first-round pick missed the entire season because of a training camp knee injury. Watson actually tore his ACL his first season in the NFL, and he sent Perriman a text out of the blue to offer some encouragement. “I just texted him and told him that he could still be great in this league and he could come back from this,” Watson said. “Ironically we end up on the same team a year later. I’ve really been impressed with him.”

4. Weddle is definitely open to being the defensive play caller who wears the helmet with a headset input from the sidelines. “It’s awesome for me because I don’t have to wait on anyone to get the call,” Weddle said. “I give the call out and communicate from there.” Weddle wore the headset his last few seasons in San Diego, but he hasn’t talked with Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees about that possibility in Baltimore. The Ravens traditionally have a linebacker perform that role, and C.J. Mosley has done it the last two years.

5. Weddle is already bringing back the long beard that everyone was accustomed to in San Diego. “I’ll for sure have to dye it purple for one of the games,” he said.

6. Young safeties Matt Elam and Terrence Brooks have impressed Weddle throughout the offseason program. Both young safeties are at a critical point in their careers, and the veteran said they are “ready to take the next step and carve out a role and get on the field. They both are extremely talented, they’re eager to learn, they’re eager to get out there and help and be a Raven. I know both have struggled with injuries and up and down play, but it’s exciting to see their growth.” Weddle also expects safety Anthony Levine to play himself into the dime role when the Ravens go with a heavy defensive back lineup.

7. Both players are glad the Ravens made the switch from turf to grass at M&T Bank Stadium this offseason.

8.  Neither of them plans to challenge defensive tackle Brandon Williams in a dance off anytime soon. “I’ve seen his moves and I’m not going to try to get into that,” Weddle said.

But there’s a catch:

What Is Baltimore Ravens?

The Baltimore Ravens are a professional American football team based in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) North division. The team plays its home games at M&T Bank Stadium and is headquartered in Owings Mills.

SOURCES:
baltimoreravens.com/: 8 THINGS WE LEARNED FROM ERIC WEDDLE, BENJAMIN WATSON FAN Q&A
en.wikipedia.org/: Baltimore Ravens
en.wikipedia.org/: Eric Weddle ; en.wikipedia.org/: Benjamin Watson

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Why Increasing Vertical Jump is Important?

vertical jump or vertical leap is the act of raising one’s center of gravity higher in the vertical plane exclusively with the utilization of one’s own muscles; it is a measure of how high an individual or athlete can elevate off the ground from a standstill.

You might be wondering how important it is to increase our vertical jump, especially for the athletes. Well, vertical jump is very important in every sport. Whether it’s a basketball slam-dunk, volleyball spike, soccer header or tennis-jump serve, a vertical jump is a key skill for many athletes. Even if you’re not an athlete, you need to give focus or interest on this because we never know if someday you become a sportsman or an athlete.

Vertical Jump helps young athletes elevate for jump shots over opponents. Good jumping ability will also help them to get their hands above the volleyball net for blocking shots. Heading a soccer ball is less dangerous when one child can jump higher than the other. Also, a jump serve helps create more racquet acceleration for a more powerful tennis serve.

Here’s the kicker:

Vertical jump test can be used to assess your state of recovery prior to a weight-training, speed or even practice session. If you over train your nervous system by performing an excessive volume of heavy weight or high- speed training, the fatigue will manifest itself first in your performance in movements requiring high-speed. You might not notice it much but this type of fatigue will tend to show itself very quickly as a decrease in performance of the vertical jump. If this happens, ideally you will want to cut back slightly on the volume of your training session(s) to recover. One thing you can do is use your vertical jump as a barometer of how much volume and intensity you should use for a training session.

Simply warm up and sweat out and then perform a couple of vertical jumps. Compare your jump height to your normal “fresh” jump height and assess the results.

If the height is down 10% or more you should cut the volume in half for that session and cut the training intensity down by 10%. For example, instead of performing 16 total sets with an average load of 80% 1rm, you might need to perform 8 sets with an average load of 70%, stopping each set well shy of failure.

If the height of your vertical jump has not increased or decreased, simply carry out the training session as planned. If the height is up 10% or more, you can increase the volume by 20% and the intensity by 5%.

One thing to note is if you have recently completed an intense leg training session and have a lot of soreness, your performance might temporarily decrease anyway so it is best to use this test either after an upper body workout or when you are experiencing little to no soreness.

 

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