Nance leads Wyoming into national spotlight almost a year after torn right ACL

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 20, 2015 at 12:08 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Will I ever be myself? When can I play again? Are my future endeavors ruined?Those were the questions going through Larry Nance Jr.’s head as he clutched his right knee and turned over on his left side.The Wyoming forward had just attempted to get out of a Fresno State double team on the left block with a hop, dribble and pass. But then it all went wrong.“My right leg came down sooner than I thought it would and it just twisted wrong and I felt something pop in my knee,” Nance said. “I heard it pop. From that point on it was just excruciating pain.”After being carried off the court, the 6-foot-8 star forward sat on a courtside trainer’s table with his legs extended and head buried in a Gatorade towel.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe fear became a reality the next day, as Nance was ruled out for the season with a torn right ACL on Feb. 19, 2014. The Cowboys lost six of their last seven games, and its best player was tasked with finding answers to the three questions he posed himself when grimacing in front of the home bench in Arena-Auditorium.Seven months later, those questions turned to answers, and now Nance is averaging a team-leading 16.2 points and seven rebounds as the driving force behind Wyoming’s (16-3, 5-1 Mountain West) scorching start. The senior was name-dropped as one of the country’s underappreciated players by Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim on Tuesday, and has restored the explosiveness that defined his game before the injury.“I don’t think anybody would’ve stopped him,” UW senior guard Riley Grabau said of Nance getting back to full strength. “He did a tremendous job of working hard and getting back, and he’s looking better than he was last year.”Nance said he couldn’t do any real dynamic movement while rehabbing, so he just wanted to shoot. He worked on 15-foot jump shots and free throws, exercises that weren’t too physically demanding but kept him on the court.Cowboys head coach Larry Shyatt said Nance worked extensively with his orthopedic surgeon and the team’s trainer, which contributed to his abnormally quick seven-month rehab.On Nov. 22, 2014, Nance and Wyoming guard Josh Adams were on a two-on-one fast break against 6-foot-10 Colorado forward Josh Scott. Adams got just beyond the foul line and lofted the ball behind him for Nance, who elevated, mounted Scott and threw down a ferocious one-handed dunk as Scott crumbled under him.“I would have to say my wild (dunk) against Colorado earlier this year, just because it was kind of a little of a load off my shoulders,” Nance said of his favorite dunk. “… kind of like a sigh of relief like, ah … I’m back.”After Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas scored 35 points in a win over Wake Forest on Tuesday, Boeheim was asked why he doesn’t think his senior gets much national attention. The head coach asked the reporter, “Do you know who the best player on Wyoming is?”The reporter responded “no” and Boeheim retorted, “Exactly, he averages 18 and 12,” to show that star players on teams out of the national spotlight don’t get the credit they deserve.And while Boeheim slightly exaggerated Nance’s numbers, learning about the moment gave him chills.“I actually had no idea that happened,” Nance said, laughing. “Jim Boeheim is obviously one of the greatest coaches to ever coach the game and the fact that he even knows my name is really cool. I mean if I could, I would thank him.”It hasn’t been all pretty for Nance, though, and a familiar opponent once again exposed the big man recently.Saturday was the first time Wyoming played Fresno State since the injury and Nance missed a potential 15-foot game-winner as time expired in regulation, sending the game to overtime. He then botched two free throws with the game tied and half a second left in the second extra period.The two things he mainly worked on during rehab failed him.But with 1:05 left in the third overtime and the game tied, a Nance hook shot from the right block put the Cowboys ahead for good in their 16th win.Almost a year later, Nance still remembers the exact second his injury occurred.“Fourteen minutes, 51 seconds left in the second half, home against Fresno State,” he says without hesitation.Saturday’s final mark, though, was in stark contrast to the moment he ended on last time against the Bulldogs; a microcosm of sorts for a player and team restored to full strength.“It’s really cool that Wyoming is getting a little bit of spotlight attention,” Nance said. “I’m just glad I can be one of the driving forces behind that.” Commentslast_img read more

Josh Rosen thanks Cardinals in classy farewell video

first_imgMORE: First-round grades for the NFL DraftAfter negotiations that were rumored for months, Rosen was eventually dealt to the Dolphins on Friday for a second-round pick and a fifth-round selection in 2020. Rosen even ended the minute-long video on a lighter note, telling Murray: “An awesome two-bedroom in Old Town (Scottsdale) just came on to the market, so let me know if you are interested and I think I can get you a pretty good deal.” Josh Rosen ended his short-lived Cardinals tenure with a classy gesture on Saturday.The new Miami Dolphins quarterback took to Twitter on Saturday to post a video thanking the Cardinals for the opportunity and expressing his excitement to be playing in South Florida.  Thank you @AZCardinalsHello @MiamiDolphins pic.twitter.com/yNb81On0dD— Josh Rosen (@josh3rosen) April 27, 2019″Hey everyone, just wanted to say a couple of things after everything that just happened,” Rosen said. “Cardinals fans, thank you so much for all of the continued support this past year. I know we didn’t win as many games as we all would have hoped, but I had an unbelievable time in the desert.”Rosen has had a tumultous last couple of days after the Cardinals selected Kyler Murray, No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft on Thursday, effectively signaling that they were moving on from Rosen. That was followed by NFL analyst Steve Smith going on a viral rant against Rosen for his work ethic after the quarterback had unfollowed the Cardinals on multiple social media platforms.last_img read more

Governor Reynolds confirms she’ll sign executive order later this year on felon voting rights

first_imgOSAGE — Governor Reynolds confirmed today that she will later this summer sign an executive order to automatically restore felon voting rights in time for the general election.Black Lives Matter leaders met with Reynolds on Monday to discuss the possibility of an executive order since the legislature failed to pass a proposed constitutional amendment during the just concluded session.Reynolds says her goal is still to get that constitutional amendment on the ballot for voters to approve.  “I still am not going to give up on a permanent solution. I believe that’s the right thing to do, then it doesn’t matter who is sitting in the governor’s chair. It’s a permanent solution and I think that’s really important. I’m not going to give up on that, I’m going to continue to work on that.”Reynolds says her staff is working on the language of that executive order.  “We’re working on the language to see what that looks like, but hopefully it would mirror what we would put in a constitutional amendment so that we could be consistent in what we were trying to do. We’re working on that right now, sitting down with various groups, listening to what they think is important that is contained in that executive order. Then I have my legal team working on it.”Reynolds says the discussions have been good with Black Lives Matter leaders on the felon voting rights issue. “A little bumpy in the beginning but the discussions are getting better. That’s ok, it’s a process, and sometimes we have people that are new to the process so they don’t…and I don’t mean this in a bad way…but just not familiar with who can do what, how it’s implemented, how important it is to get it done right.”The Iowa House took bipartisan action last year on the proposed constitutional amendment but Senate Republicans balked at supporting it, saying there’s been concern about the message it would send to victims.last_img read more