Stony Brook now has a man in the middle

Stony Brook now has a man in the middle

NEW YORK (AP) Stony Brook senior Tommy Brenton has one season left to make the NCAA tournament so he's making freshman Jameel Warney hurry up and help.

Brenton, a 6-foot-5 forward, is one of those players who fills every column in the stat sheet and is one of those players whom every coach wants on his team.

Warney, a 6-8 forward, has had a great start to his college career, something Brenton is hurrying along.

``I kind of gave Jameel the summer to be a freshman,'' said Brenton, who became the school's all-time leading rebounder last week. ``Once the preseason started, he was a sophomore. Hopefully by conference play he'll be a junior and then at the championship he'll be a senior. You've got to grow up quick here. I'm not letting him be a freshman and make those mistakes.''

Warney hasn't made many. The native of Plainfield, N.J., has started all nine games for the Seawolves (7-2) this season, averaging 11.3 points and 7.9 rebounds while shooting 61.5 percent (40 of 65) from the field.

He sounds like he wants to take advantage of having four seniors and four juniors to learn from. They all were on the Stony Brook team that lost to Vermont - at home - in the America East championship game last March.

``It's a learning experience every day,'' Warney said. ``Learning from Tommy, Dave (Coley), the upperclassmen, how to play hard every possession. At the start of the season I was nervous, but these guys, they're composed so it forces me to be composed about everything I do.''

Warney doesn't play like a freshman, something coach Steve Pikiell expected when he recruited the 255-pounder.

``The day he signed the national letter of intent I was comfortable with him. He's a real good player. He's got great hands. He's a terrific passer and he's got a nice temperament about him for a freshman,'' Pikiell said. ``And he's a worker, so I'm real pleased with that because you never know that when you get a kid out of high school. He watches film, he tries to improve. . We threw him right to the wolves and that's the way it is. I told him that when I recruited him. He's done a great job.''

Warney started right away and had eight points and five rebounds in the opening win over Marist. In Game 2, against Mount Ida, Warney made all eight of his field goal attempts - a school record - and pulled down nine rebounds.

``After the first game, I said that I'm going to be a contributor to this team,'' Warney said. ``Even though I'm a freshman, I can help in big ways.''

His first double-double was a 19-point, 11-rebound effort against Cornell. He's starting to steal the seniors' spotlight and they are fine with that.

``He's growing. He's getting better and better as each game goes on,'' Coley said. ``It's good to have someone like him down low.''

Pikiell was Jim Calhoun's first captain at Connecticut. The Seawolves played the Huskies pretty tough last month, leading 33-26 in the second half before falling to a UConn 3-point barrage, 73-62. There was no talk of moral victories after the game. Maybe it's Warney who has helped sharpen the Seawolves' attitude.

``When he touches it, he can score. I feel great about it because people are going to double-team him and he's the best passer on our team,'' Pikiell said. ``He's a tough matchup for people and his game is evolving.''

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Was Russell Westbrook the biggest snub among NBA All-Star starters?

Was Russell Westbrook the biggest snub among NBA All-Star starters?

It would be impossible to please everyone in determining the NBA's All-Star starting lineups. Fans in Washington are going to be clamoring over John Wall's exclusion from the Eastern Conference's starting five, a result of a poor showing among fan voting, which contribute to 50 percent of the final tally.

But the biggest snub from Thursday's announced lineups most will point out is that of Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, who was left out in favor of Stephen Curry and James Harden. Nothing against those guys, but what Westbrook is doing this season so far is extremely rare.

Through 44 games, Westbrook is averaging a triple-double with 30.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game. His 30.6 scoring average leads the NBA.

Westbrook is on pace to be only the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a full season. The other was Oscar Robertson, who accomplished the historic feat back in 1961-62. That's a span of 55 years.

Westbrook has led his Thunder team to a 25-19 record, which ranks seventh in the West. That's impressive considering his running mate, Kevin Durant, departed in free agency this past summer to join the Golden State Warriors. 

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Harden and Curry are also having very good seasons. Harden may very well win the MVP award with his Rockets team currently surprising everyone at 33-12 and third in the West. But what Westbrook is doing could put him in extremely selective company.

The NBA All-Star voting for starters included a 50 percent share of fan voting, 25 percent from media votes and another 25 percent from players. The All-Star reserves will be released next Thursday, Jan. 26.

Here are the full starting lineups for the 2017 All-Star Game:

EAST

PG Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers
SG DeMar DeRozan, Raptors
SF Jimmy Butler, Bulls
SF LeBron James, Cavaliers
PG/SF Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

WEST

PG Stephen Curry, Warriors
PG James Harden, Rockets
SF Kevin Durant, Warriors
SF Kawhi Leonard, Spurs
PF/C Anthony Davis, Pelicans

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It looks like Orioles’ superstar slugger Mark Trumbo is staying in Baltimore.

After leading the majors with 47 home runs in 2016 during his first year with the Orioles, Trumbo and the team reportedly reached a deal with the free agent Thursday: three years for $37.5 million.

However, the deal is contingent on the outfielder/designated hitter passing a physical.

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Last season, Trumbo, 31, maintained a .850 OPS and finished with 108 RBI, helping the Orioles get to the postseason for the third time in five years — also his first career playoff appearance. He also earned his second career All-Star nod.

Following the 2016 season, Trumbo rejected Baltimore’s one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer.

Before joining the Orioles’ lineup, he spent time with the Angels — who drafted him in 2004 in the 18th round — the Diamondbacks and the Mariners, who then traded him in December of 2015.

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