LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers named the Branch Rickey Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year on Monday, selecting shortstop Gavin Lux and right-hander Tony Gonsolin.
Lux, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Dodgers’ No. 6 prospect, hit a combined .324/.399/.514 between Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa. That included a 2-for-4 performance with a leadoff homer and a walk to lead Tulsa to the Texas League championship on Friday.
ESPN Senior NBA Insider reporter Adrian Wojnarowski reports that former Wisconsin native, former Badgers forward Sam Dekker will be traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sunday afternoon, Wojnarowski tweeted, “Cleveland is finalizing a trade to acquire Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker, league sources tell ESPN.”
Dekker was in Stoughton this week for a youth basketball camp with ProStart Sports at the Sports Enhancement Academy. “It’s so cool. It’s so cool seeing the youth being excited about basketball,” Dekker said after signing dozens of autographs on Thursday.
With the NBA preseason still more than a month away, a pair of former Badgers greats are returning to their old stomping grounds to share their knowledge with local youth players. Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky teamed up with ProStart Sports to host a basketball camp at the Sports Enhancement Academy.
“It’s so cool. It’s so cool seeing the youth being excited about basketball,” Dekker said after signing dozens of autographs. “Them to be wearing my jersey is pretty surreal. I always have a sense of appreciation, no matter how many times I do this. To see kids get excited coming to play hoops and just having fun and learning a little bit about the game and getting to interact with them is really cool.”
Dekker has had a busy summer. He was recently married and is preparing for his second season with the Clippers. Following a trade from Houston, Dekker played in 73 games with Los Angeles. He averaged 4.2 points. The 6’9″ forward is hoping his familiarity with the scheme and a healthy body will help him improve those numbers.
Just blink, and suddenly eight years have gone by.
On Friday evening inside a sultry Bradford Fieldhouse, Melvin Gordon and Trae Waynes were running through football drills, and a moment of deja vu could have made someone feel like it was the summer of 2010 again and they were preparing for their senior season with the Red Devils.
But how time flies, and sometimes it’s still hard to believe that the former teammates, still close friends, are both about to begin their fourth season in the NFL.
"Just the fact that we can come back and give back and show these kids that it's possible to make it is a good thing."Spent the morning with best friends Melvin Gordon III & Trae Waynes at their free football camp in their hometown of Kenosha. Two easy guys to root for.
Posted by Stephen Watson on Saturday, July 21, 2018
Bulls forward gives back to community, has positive effect on young players
JOHNSBURG – As a youngster growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas, Bobby Portis attended basketball camps where he met local legends Derek Fisher and Corliss Williamson, both of whom played on NBA championship teams.
The Bulls forward cherishes the memories and the effects Fisher and Williamson had on him as an impressionable player. Portis, who recently finished his third NBA season, wants to do the same for aspiring young players.
“If I can impact one kid on a positive note and change their lives, just give back, that’s the only thing I really care about,” said Portis, who was at the Bobby Portis ProStart Basketball Camp Tuesday at Johnsburg High School. “I want to have a positive impact on a kid.”
Portis (6-foot-11) worked camps this summer in his hometown and in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he attended college and played for the Razorbacks. Johnny Highland, the co-founder of ProStart Sports, which puts on several camps each summer featuring professional basketball and football players, brought Portis to the camp on Tuesday. Former Marquette women’s player Crystal Ellis, the Golden Eagles’ career scoring leader, will take Portis’ place on Wednesday and offer instruction and advice for the players.
Priority Sports, Portis’ agents, connected with Highland for the camp. Johnsburg assistant coach Eric Toussaint, who works with Highland at Ex-Tech Plastics, heard he was setting up a camp in the Chicago area and suggested doing it at Johnsburg.
“Everyone speaks very highly of (Portis),” Highland said. “He’s very good with the kids, he’s very hands-on, a solid guy. Those are the guys we work with. He’s about the community.”
More than 80 players stepped up to various stations to work on fundamentals on defense, dribbling, passing and shooting, with instruction from several college players, along with Portis. Highland said there were 14 players that he and Portis selected who received “scholarships” to the camp.
“We’re trying to raise money for a local program, but we also want to bring in people who can’t afford it and wouldn’t have the opportunity,” Highland said.
The campers were thrilled to see and hear an NBA player in person, even an unfortunate boy who got stuck guarding Portis in a 1-on-1 drill and got dunked on.
Emmy Wizceb, who will be an eighth grader at Johnsburg Middle School, liked the dribbling drills she learned and will now work on at home.
“It’s cool, I haven’t seen a professional basketball player before,” Wizceb said. “He told us, ‘You have to hustle if you want to play on the team. You have to work hard and put it all on the court.’ ”
Dylan Schmidt, who also will be an eighth grader at Johnsburg Middle School, enjoyed meeting one of his favorite Bulls as well.
“I learned you always work hard and never take drills as a joke,” Schmidt said. “It was really cool.”