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From showcases and tournaments in Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Indiana, Washington, D.C., Georgia and South Carolina, the nations elite recruits were on the move in July. Here are six players who dazzled along the recruiting trail.Peyton Carter: This 5-foot-6 point guard from Monarch (Louisville, Colorado) may have been the biggest stock-riser of them all during the busy July evaluation period. She proved to be a cerebral leader on the floor throughout the month. She was consistent, executing plays in the half-court game and delivering a scoring punch both off the dribble and from beyond the arc. The 2017 prospect led her Boulder Rockies team to impressive wins at both USJN Nationals in Washington, D.C., and in Augusta, Georgia, at Blue Star Nationals. Most importantly, Carter was a superb game manager.Taya Corosdale: A stretch-4 with range to the 3-point line, the 6-2 Corosdale outperformed her competition, bringing a consistent offensive and defensive presence to the court. Corosdale, a senior-to-be at Bothell (Washington) was effective on the offensive glass, scoring on misfires from her teammates while also being a versatile defender. An integral part of the success for her team, Seattle based Tree of Hope made a run to the semifinals of the Gold Bracket at Nike Nationals.Khayla Pointer: Already committed to LSU, where she will play for her aunt, Nikki Fargas (formerly Nikki Caldwell), the 5-6 point guard was perhaps the main reason why her Team Elite-Pointer, coached by her father, Kirk, won the Gold Division at Nike Nationals. The high-riser in the 2017 class displayed a calm demeanor, read the defenses, broke pressure and distributed to her teammates. Additionally, Pointer, of Holy Innocents (Atlanta), scored both in up-tempo and off the bounce. Pointer positioned herself as one of the best elite floor-leaders in July.Alissa Pili: If you are looking for a no-nonsense power player who simply gets the job done, may we suggest a trip to Alaska? We hear its nice this time of year. Pili, a sophomore-to-be at Dimond (Anchorage) who played for Alaska Lady Hoops at the End of the Oregon Trail in early July, is versatile in addition to reliable. The mobile 6-foot power forward can defend numerous positions. On offense, she brings superb footwork to the paint and consistently delivers in traffic.Ashley Joens: Looking for points? This 5-10 shooting guard from Iowa City (Iowa) brings solid fundamentals and a deadly offensive arsenal. The junior-to-be can take her defender off the dribble, finish the play in traffic or deliver from deep. Either way, Joens is a superb backcourt prospect, helping her All-Iowa Attack team to a quarterfinal appearance in the Gold Division at Nike Nationals.Megan Walker: The rest of this list focuses on players who are on the move. This entry is about one who is staying put. The nations No. 1 prospect, fresh off a gold medal with Team USA at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile, cemented her status at Nike Nationals, helping lead her Boo Williams Team to a final-four finish in the Gold Division. Walker, a 6-1 shooting guard at Monacan (North Chesterfield, Virginia), was simply spectacular in transition as well as off the dribble. Averaging 15 points and 5 rebounds per game during the grueling Nike event, Walker delivers with consistency like no other prospect in the class of 2017. Enough said.Dan Olson is the owner and director of Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, which partnered with espnW HoopGurlz in 2013. Cavaliers Jerseys China . Fellow centre Pavel Datsyuk remains out because of a concussion. Zetterberg has 11 goals and 19 assists for a team-high 30 points, and Datsyuk has a team-high 12 goals and 11 assists. Custom Cavaliers T-shirts . LOUIS -- Heading into the final stretch of the season, the issues for the Chicago Bears banged-up defence only seem to be getting worse. .Y. -- Marcell Dareus and the Buffalo Bills defence made life miserable for Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco. Custom Cavaliers Jersey China . -- In one brief spurt, Brazil turned a close game into a rout and proved again it will be a strong World Cup favourite. Cheap Custom Cavaliers Jersey . Roman Josi had a goal and an assist to lead the Predators to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night. Theres the likes of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille ONeal and multitime NBA champion Rick Fox investing heavily in esports, and then theres L.A. Rams offensive guard Rodger Saffold. Saffold, who co-founded Rise Nation, not only is one of the few athletes to own an esports team but also is still playing full time in the NFL. As the aforementioned investors are all retired from professional sports, this means Saffold finds himself in a challenging but perhaps uniquely advantageous situation. And hes using his background as an athlete, and as a gamer, to lead his team to victory.ESPN caught up with Saffold before his match against the Minnesota Vikings to get some insight into what its like to be an active professional athlete and owner of an esports organization.First, Saffold has always enjoyed playing video games. I love puzzles for your brain, Saffold said. When I was growing up, thats what I did. But it wasnt until college that Saffold found the thrill of competitive first-person shooters. I would even say before college; I started playing Call of Duty, and then Call of Duty [4]: Modern Warfare came out... I just was so overboard on it, I could literally play the game all day long, he recalled.As Saffold entered the NFL, he kept a close eye on the world of video games. When I started figuring out that esports was growing, and I saw they were all over the internet on Twitch -- when I saw that there were these huge events -- I was like, OK, I need to get into this. Thats when Saffold, along with his friend and business partner Kahreem Horsley, started Rise Nation. They leveraged industry connections to form their first Call of Duty team and, in their freshman outing, were able to qualify for the Call of Duty Championship 2014: U.S. Regional Final. There, the team made a valiant effort but ended up placing seventh. This was still a remarkable result, considering the high caliber of competition, and it convinced Saffold that he had a legitimate stake in esports.But being fully invested in sports and esports is a challenging proposition. Its tough to do the day-to-day operations, said Saffold. Most of your day is pretty much filled up with, you know, football. Saffold does have the structures in place to manage Rise Nation while hes playing, but that doesnt mean he ignores the team. Rather, he can use his time where its most effective. When it comes down to when I get a chance to speak to the players, when I get a chance to speak with the sponsors, it really shows that Im dedicated to this and that Im giving them time.Saffolds background in the NFL might offer certain advantages when coaching his team. The best thing I can do for these players is show them the intangibles, Saffold said. Being a leader, grinding [through practice maneuvers]... they always say prior proper planning prevents piss-poor performance. Even with Saffolds sports background, however, esports can still feel like unfamiliar territory at times. Actually, [compared to] most of these organizations that already have their business plans together, I feel like Im a step behind them.Owning an esports team while in the NFL has given Saffold the curious role of de facto esports ambassador to his fellow athletes, since hes investing his time and energy into something thats far from the norm. Luckily for Saffold, his teammates are very supportive. I always get questions like Hey, how is our team doing? [and] like Hey, whats going on, whats going down this weekend? he said.Well, this weekend the Call of Duty World Championships are being held in Los Angeles at the Forum. Sixteen teams are competing for an imprressive prize pool of $1.dddddddddddd6 million, big enough to perk the ears of even non-esports fans. I got a lot of my teammates on the list to come and enjoy and see what I got involved in, Saffold said. Thats kind of my job, to try to broaden the horizons of athletes to kind of get into this and see a new sport forming.Considering that the Forum will have a few players from the Rams roaming around, its quite possible that more athlete-led esports organizations could start to appear in the scene in the future. Theyre definitely curious, Saffold said, but once I tell em what you have to do as far as salaries, you know, how you have to handle your business ... you can try to invest, but I have to see how serious you are about this.Saffold made it very clear that Rise Nation is more about his passion than an investment; it was a passion he held even before he entered the NFL. Said Saffold, Now, seeing its growing and going into the right direction, Im going to want to try and hold on to this as much as I can.Theres one subject that any professional athlete knows something about, and thats sponsorship. Beer goes hand in hand with football. and now, because of beer, its become part of the deal with football, Saffold said. For Rise Nation, where Saffold often deals with the sponsors himself, its about quality over quantity.You dont want to get too many sponsors, Saffold said. Its more about getting the right people that fit your organization, people that care about your team just as much as you do.KontrolFreek, a video games controller accessory manufacturer that sponsors Rise Nation, follows the same philosophy. I think finding a great team, and honestly great management and leadership, beyond sort of how the teams performs, is No. 1, said Ashish Mistry, president and CEO. And so once we knew that the Rise Teams were using the KontrolFreek products, it made it very easy to pursue a working relationship with them.While nonendemic sponsors such beer companies are starting to take notice of esports growth, they are proceeding with caution. Esports is still highly fragmented, said Mistry, and that is a possible reason many sponsors are still waiting on the sideline. Unlike traditional sports, esports is usually referred to as a whole, even though there are multiple teams and players in various games with their own specific audiences. But as you see things like the Call of Duty World Championship, things that are sort of more tentpole events, their ability to push corporate dollars downstream and to scale is making it a lot easier for these brands to participate, Mistry continued.No matter how the field might appear now, the consensus is that the world of sponsorship will only expand. As more nonendemic sponsors jump in, players will see larger prize pots, helping them create sustainable careers out of gaming. For Saffold, thats a major plus for building out his team and for growing esports in general.Although the marriage between professional athletes and professional video gaming might seem unlikely, it actually makes a lot of sense. While many others are quick to shrug esports off, those in sports see its potential, as well as the hard work and skill required to play at a top level. These athletes dont view esports as a novelty or a gimmick. They know that these games require great presence of mind, skill and teamwork. And for them, thats enough to want to devote their time, money and passion to something they see as a play for the future. ' ' '

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