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Who is Ashley Wright?

Posted in Basketball, Football, Sports, St. Louis Surge on August 19, 2017 by Ashley Wright

Ashley Wright (@SportWithAshley)

My name is Ashley Wright and I am an 18 year old self-proclaimed sports fanatic! I am a freshman at the University of Missouri in Columbia hailing from St. Louis, Missouri and, I am majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in Sports. My passion for sports came at an early age. I have been around sports since I can remember. From watching the NBA on ESPN, TNT, and ABC to reciting the Sunday night football song by Carrie Underwood sports has been the one thing I can count on to bring me joy. I am at my happiest when I am engaged in sports. I love playing, watching, and talking about them. There is absolutely nothing about sports that I don’t enjoy. The most mesmerizing thing about sports is the lessons they can teach you, and the emotions they create. For example when watching the 2012 NBA Finals LeBron James won his first title and was showered in happiness while in the opposite locker room his opponent Kevin Durant was crying and dripped in sorrow. Little did Durant know five years later he would experience the same happiness James felt. When I am around sports that’s how I feel. I feel like I won the grandest championship of them all!

I have had the experience and opportunity of being the first female to commentate Ritenour High School football games via live-stream on YouTube. After that I took the liberty to establish my own sports page on Social Media to provide up-to-date sports highlights, breaking news and, rumors. With the help of my social media I was able to create an internship letter that included all of my work and, God blessed me with being able to call professional women’s basketball games for the St. Louis Surge alongside Palmer Alexander III and Arlington Lane of NTheZoneNetwork. Having the opportunity to sit in the press box and at the scorers table gave me all the confirmation I needed. I felt that I was following the path that God has planned for me. Everything comes so naturally and I am beyond blessed to have discovered my love and passion in this world full of amazing things! When I am commentating I can’t describe the feeling that comes over me. There’s often one part of commentating that I dread and that’s the game coming to an end. I never want to stop talking about the exciting and dramatic plays or events that occur in the world of sports. I love being able to interview players and get their perspectives of the game. My love for sports grows each day. I am constantly watching ESPN, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, and other sports news in hopes of perfecting my craft.

Through the blogs and Social Media accounts I will not only be sharing my thoughts on breaking news, rumors, and trades but also on controversial headlines that affect the sports world. I encourage everyone to share their thoughts whether you agree or disagree. My most recent blog post was about the Miami Dolphins signing Jay Cutler so you can start here! Feel free to express how you feel about every topic. My goal is to be the best sportscaster and sports commentator anybody has ever seen. Thank you to everyone who supports me in my endeavors! This is only the beginning.

Peter Vecsey Goes “N The Zone”

Posted in Basketball, nba, Podcast, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2017 by A-Train

In this 2-part interview, Peter Vecsey, long-time sports columnist of the NY Post joins “N The Zone” and shows off his rap skills.

In Part 1, he talks about his career and how he got the analyst job on the “NBA on NBC.” Plus gives a colorful story on his relationship with Pat Riley while on NBC and when he coached the Lakers, Knicks and Heat.

In Part 2, with Peter Vecsey as he talks about his unfiltered thoughts about Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks. Also, a impromptu with Michael Jordan on Jackson’s and Tex Winter’s triangle offense. Along with his thoughts on the if Cavs-Warriors for a third time, is good for the NBA.

NOTE: The following segments contain language that some may find objectionable. Parental discretion is advised.

N The Zone – Peter Vecsey (Part 1) 05-21-17

N The Zone – Peter Vecsey (Part 2) 05-21-17

2017 NBA Combine: Measurements vs. College Listings

Posted in 101 ESPN, 2017 NBA Combine, 2017 NBA Draft, Basketball, Bleacher Report, Draft Express, nba, NBA Draft, NCAA, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2017 by Shane Gray

Shane Gray (@RealShaneGray)

Earlier this month, the NBA held its annual Draft Combine, where dozens of NBA hopefuls and representatives of all 30 NBA teams gathered for player interviews, athletic and strength tests, 5 on 5 scrimmages and, yes — official length and height measurements.

For decades, fans have taken interest in discovering just how tall some of the NCAA’s biggest stars actually were/are. Some of the measurements over the years have been eye-opening and — in some cases — hurt a prospects draft stock.

Way back in 1992, Oklahoma State stud Byron Houston — a collegiate All-American who was listed at 6’7″ with the Cowboys — measured just 6’4″ barefoot at the Combine, putting him closer to 6’5″ in shoes than his supposed 6’7″.

More recently, Kansas State standout Michael Beasley — who was billed at 6’10” in college and has continued to be listed at 6’10” at his various NBA stops — measured just 6’7″ in socks and 6’8″ 1/4 with shoes at the 2008 Combine.

As you can guess, some teams showed diminished interest in Houston and Beasley after their measurements. For Houston, who primarily played the post, 6’5″ in shoes wasn’t nearly as attractive as 6’7″. For Beasley, a classic tweener who can play a little at both the three and the four, his 6’8″ in- shoes measurement wasn’t as appealing to some clubs as a 6’10” measurement would have been.

At this year’s combine, as has long been the case, many of the players came up significantly shorter than advertised. I took the time to compare every prospect measured at the Combine to their college listing, checking at least two to three sources to ensure accuracy. Here are the results — first as a group and then individually.

Of 66 players measured both with and without shoes early in day when people are significantly taller (1/3 inch to 3/4 inch+ in some cases than afternoon/evening due to spinal compression), here are the results of the NO SHOES measurements:

-13 of 66 prospects (19.6%) measured 2 to 2.5 inches below their listed college height.
-29 of 66 players (43.9%) measured 1.75 to 2.5 inches below listed college height.
-41 of 66 prospects (62.1%) measured 1.5 to 2.5 inches below listed college height.
-50 of 66 players (75.7%) measured 1.25 to 2.5 inches below listed college height.
-59 of 66 players (89.3%) measured 1 to 2.5 inches below listed college height.
-62 of 66 prospects (93.9%) measured .75 to 2.5 inches below listed college height.
-65 of 66 players (98.4%) measured .5 to 2.5 inches below listed college height.
-1 of 66 players (1.5%) measured same height as listed college height.

In terms of IN SHOE measurements — players play in shoes, after all, and thus in-shoe measurements are completely valid and appropriate — just 25 of 66 measured as tall as their listed college height. Even with shoes on, 41 of 66 were shorter than their listed college height.

Individually, the results were as follows:

Player                     No Shoes     In Shoes      College Listing  College
Jonathon Jeanne   7’0 3/4″         7’2″                 7’2″                       France
Thomas Welsh      6’11 1/2″        7’0 1/2″          7’0″                       UCLA
Omer Yurtseven   6’10 1/2″        6’11 3/4″       7’0″                       N.C. State
Zach Collins           6’10 1/4″        7’0″               7’0″                       Gonzaga
Justin Patton          6’10”              6’11 1/4″       7’0″                      Creighton
Moritz Wagner      6’10”              6’11 1/4″       6’11”                    Michigan
Thomas Bryant      6’9 1/2″         6’10 3/4″      6’10”                     Indiana
Tony Bradley          6’9 1/4″         6’10” 3/4″     6’11”                     UNC
Harry Giles             6’9 1/4″         6’10” 1/2″     6’10 & 6’11”         Duke
Jarrett Allen           6’9″                6’10 1/4″      6’11”                     Texas
Bam Adebayo        6’8 3/4″          6’9 3/4″        6’10”                     Kentucky
TJ Leaf                     6’8 3/4″         6’9 3/4″         6’10”                     UCLA
Kennedy Meeks     6’8 3/4″         6’10 1/4″       6’10”                     UNC
Ivan Rabb               6’8 3/4″         6’10”              6’11”                    California
DJ Wilson                6’8 3/4″         6’10 1/2″       6’10”                    Michigan
Ike Anigbogu          6’8 1/2″         6’9 3/4″         6’10”                    UCLA
Eric Mica                 6’8 1/2″         6’9 1/4″         6’10”                    BYU
John Collins            6’8 1/4″         6’9 1/2″         6’10”                    Wake Forest
Tyler Lydon            6’8 1/4″         6’9 1/2″         6’9″                      Syracuse
Chris Boucher        6’8″                6’9 1/2″         6’10”                    Oregon
Kyle Kuzma            6’8″                6’9 1/2″         6’9″                      Utah
Jonathan Motley    6’7 3/4″         6’8″ 3/4″        6’10”                   Baylor
Caleb Swanigan     6’7 1/2″         6’8 1/2″          6’9″                     Purdue
Isaiah Hicks            6’7 1/4″         6’8 1/2″          6’9″                     UNC
Alec Peters              6’7 1/4           6’8 3/4″         6’9″                     Valparaiso
Jordan Bell             6’7″                6’8 1/2″         6’9″                      Oregon
Justin Jackson        6’7″                6’8 1/4″         6’8″                      UNC
Cameron Oliver     6’7″                6’8 1/4″         6’8″                     Nevada
Devin Robinson     6’7″                6’8 1/4″         6’8″                     Florida
Svi Mykhailiuk      6’6 1/2            6’7 1/2″         6’8″                    Kansas
OG Anunoby           6’6 1/4″          6’7 3/4″         6’8″                    Indiana
V.T. Beachem          6’6 1/4″          6’8″                6’8″                    Notre Dame
Nigel Hayes            6’6 1/4″          6’7 1/2″          6’8″                    Wisconsin
Jaron Blossomgame 6’5 3/4″      6’6 3/4″          6’7″                    Clemson
Justin Jackson        6’5 3/4″         6’7″                 6’7″                    Maryland
Jamel Artis             6’5 1/2″         6’6 3/4″           6’7″                    Pittsburgh
Terrance Ferguson 6’5 1/2″       6’7″                 6’7″                    Abelaine 36ers (pro)
Wesley Iwundu     6’5 1/2″         6’6 3/4″           6’7″                    Kansas State
P.J. Dozier               6’5 1/4″         6’6 3/4″           6’6″                    South Carolina
Semi Ojeleye          6’5 1/4″         6’6″                 6’7″                    SMU
Dillon Brooks         6’5″               6’6″                 6’7″                    Oregon
Dwayne Bacon      6’4 3/4″         6’6 1/4″           6’7″                    Florida State
Damyean Dotson  6’4 1/2″         6’5 1/2″           6’5″                    Houston
Luke Kennard        6’4 1/2″        6’5 1/2″           6’6″                    Duke
Davon Reed            6’4 1/2″        6’5 1/2″           6’6″                    Miami
Peter Jok                 6’4 1/2″         6’5 3/4″          6’6″                     Iowa
Edmond Sumner   6’4″               6’5 3/4″          6’6″                     Xavier
Hamidou Diallo     6’3 3/4″         6’5″                6’5″                     Kentucky
Josh Hart                 6’3 3/4″         6’5″                6’5 1/2″              Villanova
Sindarius Thornwell 6’3 1/2″     6’4 3/4″         6’5″                    South Carolina
Kobi Simmons        6’3 1/4″         6’4 1/2″         6’5″                    Arizona
Derrick White        6’3 1/4″          6’4 1/2″         6’5″                    Colorado
Tyler Dorsey           6’3″                6’4 1/2″         6’4″                    Oregon
Andrew Jones         6’3″                6’4 1/4″         6’4″                    Texas
Rawle Alkins          6’2 1/2″          6’3 3/4″         6’5″                    Arizona
De’ Aaron Fox        6’2″                 6’3 1/4″         6’3″                    Kentucky
Frank Jackson        6’2                  6’3 1/2″         6’3″                    Duke
Nigel Williams-Goss 6’1 1/2″       6’3″               6’3″                    Gonzaga
Isaiah Briscoe        6’1 1/4″           6’2 3/4″        6’3″                     Kentucky
Donovan Mitchell  6’1 1/4″          6’3″               6’3″                    Louisville
Monte Morris         6’1 1/4″           6’2 1/2″        6’3″                    Iowa State
Melo Trimble         6’1 1/4″           6’2 1/2″        6’3″                    Maryland
Kadeem Allen        6’1″                 6’2 3/4″         6’3″                    Arizona
Frank Mason         5’11”                6’0″               5’11”                  Kansas
Derrick Walton     5’11”                6’0 3/4″         6’1″                   Michigan
Jawun Evans         5’10 3/4″          5’11 1/2″       6’1″                  Oklahoma State

N The Zone For Week of 05-07-17

Posted in Basketball, Girl Chat Sports, Podcast, Special, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2017 by A-Train

Girl Chat Sports and N The Zone: Vegas co-host Melissa Ferris joins the show to talk about the “Big 3” basketball draft that occurred in Vegas along with an update on their show with recent guest Nicole Powell of The Sportstyle.

N The Zone SEASON 2 – Melissa Ferris of Girl Chat Sports 05-07-17

Cecelia Townes of Gladiathers and N The Zone: Atlanta returns to talk everything going down on her website. Keeping you updated on everything women in sports. Touching on Kentucky Derby, tennis, boxing and more.

N The Zone SEASON 2 – Cecelia Townes of Gladiathers 05-07-17

We just can’t seem to go without Liquid Frosting CEO Brendolyn Marie as they discuss more on Mental Awareness Month. Suicide continues to be an issue that most people do not take seriously. So the convo continues on it and they get deep with some personal moments in their lives with family/friends that have ending their life to suicide.

N The Zone SEASON 2 – Brendolyn Marie, CEO of Liquid Frosting 05-07-17

Author Tonya Rush joins “N The Zone” for the first time talking about her fictional writings. How she got started writing, why she loved writing, plus being on social media and how it has beneficial and a little crazy for her and her upcoming projects along with being a sports parent.

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An added bonus for your week as Stephanie Washington, the other half of Girl Chat Sports aka N The Zone Vegas talked about how she got acquainted with Girl Chat Sports, her Big 3 Draft experience that included meeting an NBA legend and her thoughts on former Cowboys QB Tony Romo heading into the analyst booth.

N The Zone SEASON 2 – Stephanie Washington 05-11-17

 

 

Celebrating Riverview Gardens 4A Boys Basketball State Championship…25 Years Later

Posted in Basketball, Podcast, Special, St. Louis Sports with tags , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2017 by A-Train

25 years ago on March 17th, these young men that you see hear produced the very FIRST (and only) state championship in Riverview Gardens boys’ basketball history. So we at N The Zone chose to honor that team and brought some of the members from the team for a very intriguing interview. In this 3-part series you will hear from members Herman Clay, Ken Wade and Eric Simmons give their memorable moments from their 30-1 championship run. If you’re an alum of VIEW TIME, this is one conversation you don’t want to miss. Here is part 1 as Palmer sets the scene of the previous season before that championship run.

N The Zone: Riverview Gardens Basketball (Part 1) – 03-13-17

N The Zone: Riverview Gardens Basketball (Part 2) – 03-13-17

N The Zone: Riverview Gardens Basketball (Part 3) – 03-13-17

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Girl Chat Sports – Episode 43 w/ Kris Londyn

Posted in Baseball, Basketball, Football, Girl Chat Sports, NFL, Podcast, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2017 by A-Train

The ladies are back from their first biweekly break and Kris Londyn, a singer, an actress and a sports fan, joins the ladies talking Cowboys minus Romo, Warriors without KD, and how she became a country singer. Also, Ms. Londyn will also be seen on the upcoming Netflix series “Dear White People.”

Also Melissa explains the pros and PROs of watching the NFL Combine…hint…Arms…Bench Press…Vertial…Arms…Broad Jump…ARMS…we think you get the idea. March Madness Selection Sunday is coming up, Spring Training continues and Tim Tebow continues to bomb…

Listen in!!!

Next Episode 3/22/17.

Catch the show right here…Girl Chat Sports – Episode 43 w/ Kris Londyn

You can catch the show on Youtube as well.

The King of Mt. Airy – 02-24-17

Posted in Basketball, Sports with tags , , , , , on February 24, 2017 by MtAiryPhil

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In the end, Sixers’ boss Bryan Colangelo was stuck. The thought of waking up Friday the 24th with both Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor was just too heavy a burden. Who would face the fanbase and explain how this all went astray (again)? What message would it send to the players whom you’ve openly and very publicly shopped and showcased for the past month 76ers’ games?

That scenario, as horrific as it sounds to you and I, is exactly what Colangelo saw, and that’s the number one reason Nerlens Noel now plays for the Dallas Mavericks, Okafor remains a 76er, and this team STILL has a bagful of unanswered questions.

Let’s start with. That’s the best you could do? While Nerlens Noel has an expiring contract, it still allows the team who owns it to express a qualifying offer and match any potential free agent suitor that offers the (eye roll) Mavericks center. Then there’s this if that’s all you could get for Noel, and you felt that the better tender than any offer for Jahlil Okafor, we have the wrong leadership. Nothing could have driven Okafor’s trade value down further than the manner in which they handled the entire process. Colangelo, and to a slightly lesser extent, Brett Brown for his collusion on the whole insane circus, which culminated in Okafor being left off the team plane, and told a deal was imminent, then two days later flown halfway across the country because a deal was not. Jahlil Okafor has to take a hit here too. His lazy, disinterested approach to the defensive end of the NBA floor is a huge part of the reason teams weren’t knocking down the Sixers doors. Heartless at times, and blatantly invisible at most others, Okafor still possesses a huge set of offensive skills. Now the question is, does he grow a heart? Has the prospect of being traded lit any spark under a player one year removed from being the 3rd overall selection in the draft? Could be the Sixers just parked him until draft day, and with the prospect of Joel Embiid missing the next four games, they’ll allow him to display exactly why he is the player the 76ers chose not to move.

Back to the management though. They’re may not be a more mismanaged situation in any sports front office history. The debacle of the silly benchings, and banishment from the rotation of both Okafor and Noel was embarrassing to this franchise. The truth is too easy for Colangelo. He could have easily shaped this so that it appeared that he was moving Okafor only to free money to extend Noel. Instead, he drove the value of both players down through his inept and dopey press conferences where he played “I love you, I love you not” with both players over the past two months, and the openly and very publicly declared that Noel was the 76er who would stay, further burying any possibility of getting equal value for Jahlil Okafor.

Final question for the Sixers….

This REALLY the guy who is going to manage the assets you lost 200 games over the past three seasons to acquire?

Hit me up, Sixers fans. Even if you’re not a Sixer fan and just love basketball, I want to hear from you. Drop your COMMENTS below and find me on Twitter.

 

 

 

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