Men’s Basketball Signs Three

first_imgPrint Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University men’s basketball head coach Darian DeVries has announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.Joining the Bulldogs for the 2019-20 season will be Nate Ferguson, Issa Samake and Joseph Yesufu.Ferguson is a 6-foot-7 forward from Lemont, Ill., Yesufu is a 6-foot guard from Bolingbrook, Ill., and Samake is a 6-foot-7 forward currently enrolled at nearby Grand View Christian.Samake, who is originally from the African nation of Mali, led Grand View Christian to the Iowa 1A state championship last year while averaging 11.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game. “We love Issa! He is a terrific young man who is just scratching the surface of his basketball abilities,” DeVries said of Samake. “He is a local guy that our community will enjoy watching grow over the years within our program. Issa is the definition of a ‘flip-up’ guy. As a guard, you can flip the ball up anywhere close to the rim and he will be able to get it and throw it down. He will be able to add much excitement to our offense with his athleticism and help improve our defense as well.”Ferguson averaged 15.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season at Lemont High School while shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from three-point range. He helped his team finish with a 19-9 record to earn conference runner-up and IHSA Class 4A Regional finalist honors. “We couldn’t be more excited to have Nate join us,” DeVries said. “He is a guy that can impact our team in multiple ways both offensively and defensively. He has great instincts on defense regarding being in the right position to make plays; and offensively, from being a great passer to the ability to knock down shots. He has a versatile skill set that will hurt defenses in more ways than one. The Ferguson’s have a history of Bulldogs within their family, and we are glad they decided to add one more!”Yesufu posted 14.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game last season to help Bolingbrook High School win 22 games.”Joe is an outstanding young man who comes from a great program at Bolingbrook High School under Coach Rob Brost, who has coached multiple Division I players,” DeVries said. “He has a skill set that extends beyond the basketball floor. He is an incredibly hard worker, unselfish, disciplined, tough, and a winner. He is an incredibly humble young man and we are excited to add someone to our program who embodies those intangibles day in and day out. On the floor, he will be a great addition to our backcourt. He is a great ball handler and can make shots. Joe is the best of both worlds from a basketball and a team culture perspective.”last_img read more


I am under no extra pressure, says Vijender

first_imgMumbai, Jul 13 (PTI) Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh today said he felt no additional pressure before his first home professional bout against Australias Kerry Hope for the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title, but only a sense of responsibility for the future of the sport in the country. “I think, there is no pressure (but) more responsibility because this fight will decide what is the future of pro boxing in India. People are excited and would be coming to see (the fight),” the 2008 Olympic Games bronze-medallist told reporters here. “Of course I will have to give (my) 100 per cent, I have to win the fight, thats (an) important part, but there is no pressure, (only) responsibility is there, fulfil it and take the title,” said the 30-year-old. Vijender was on a visit to the Jamnabai Narsee School in suburban Vile Parle to promote the July 16 fight in Delhi, along with Bollywood actor John Abraham. Vijender, who had won his first six professional fights inside the distance, is up against an opponent, who brings with him the experience of 30 bouts, of which he has won 23, out of which two were by knock-outs. Exuding confidence ahead of the title fight, Vijender said, “He is a southpaw (left-hander) and I know him and he is a very experienced guy. I spoke to (my) coach. We will take him, its not that difficult, dont worry.” “I dont want to say anything before the fight, pass any comment or any bad thing about him, like I am going to destroy him,” said the bronze medal winner in the 2009 World Championship in middleweight (75kg). “But I know, he has experience, I know that his recored is 35 or something, but it is a record right now. But I have an Olympic medal. I have got an Olympic medal, I did get (medals) in the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games. I can do that and I know that.” (MORE) NRB SSR GK PM PM BASadvertisementlast_img read more