Proven talent or potential? Which should the Suns focus on in the draft?


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Every year as the Draft draws closer one word comes up in prospect discussions over and over again… potential. The super-freaky athletic types always get the most “potential” buzz in those conversations and are sometimes coveted more than their more skilled but less athletically gifted counterparts. And the younger, the better. Any prospect already old enough to drink legally is automatically considered to have less potential, less upside.

If you’re looking for future All-Stars, swinging for the fences isn’t a bad strategy in the draft but it’s often risky… especially in drafts like this one. This draft class has a lot of depth but no obvious, sure-fire All-Star prospects. This is a draft where a player’s basketball IQ (BBIQ) might turn out to be more meaningful than all of the previous stats and physical attributes/measurements

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Texas A&M survives potential upset in opener, but needs quick improvements with grueling upcoming schedule

COLLEGE STATION –Ainias Smith provided an early spark for Texas A&M. Isaiah Spiller and the defense generated the second-half energy that the No. 10 Aggies desperately needed to escape its season opener with a 17-12 win over Vanderbilt.

“A victory is a victory,” A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said, “but all three phases [of the game] didn’t play how I thought we could or how we can.”

In a day filled with upsets and near-upsets from Norman to Baton Rouge, A&M survived despite three lost fumbles – two by senior quarterback Kellen Mond – and also misfired on a fourth-down handoff in the fourth quarter that kept giving the Commodores life.

“We got to protect the football,” Fisher said. “It’s ridiculous.”

Mond finished with 17 of 28 for 189 yards and one touchdown working with a group of young receivers.

“He can play much better,” Fisher said, noting that the four-year

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Potential Renovation Of Cherokee High Discussed By School Leaders

CANTON, GA — During its pre-meeting strategic work session on Thursday evening, Cherokee County School Board members reviewed student enrollment and school capacity reports from the 20th-day of school, when enrollment typically peaks, as well as projected enrollment growth.

While Superintendent Brian Hightower describes this school year as an “anomaly” for enrollment and facility usage levels given the pandemic and the operation of both in-person and digital learning models, the trend in steady to slower enrollment growth is expected to continue.

This is a contrast to the explosive growth experienced by the school district prior to the Great Recession, which led to a housing boom and a school construction boom, the mortgage for which still is being retired through a portion of Education SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax). The five-year sales tax is up for renewal in 2021, and Hightower said Thursday that, in addition to a focus

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