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Jenius eyes expansion to become ‘life finance’ app

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first_img“Jenius’ plan ahead is that we want to be present in our users’ every activity without them realizing it. What it means is that it becomes automatic for Jenius to be there,” Waasi said on Thursday. “This is what we call life finance.”The features are also expected to correspond with the shift in consumer behavior during the pandemic, he added.“Actually, people are managing their money better during the pandemic,” Waasi went on to say, adding that people tend to save their money and hold off on their expenses.The pandemic has battered household spending, which accounts for more than half of Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP), as the health crisis continues to hit the economy. Household spending fell by 5.5 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter this year as the economy shrank by 5.32 percent yoy. Digital banking platform Jenius, operated by publicly listed Bank BTPN, plans to expand its services as a more holistic financial app to address the changes in consumer behavior caused by the pandemic.In an Instagram Live session with The Jakarta Post, discussing the topic of boosting productivity through digital banking, Bank BTPN digital banking business product head Waasi B. Sumintardja said the digital bank aimed to provide services that could cater to users’ everyday activities.From listening to a subscription-based radio streaming platform when getting ready in the morning to using ride-hailing services when going to the office, then paying for lunch at noon to purchasing tickets, all these activities are financial activities, Waasi explained. Waasi said that as observed through the Jenius transaction trends, its saving feature, Flexi Saver, is used more often during the pandemic. Prior to that, the majority of Jenius transactions were for its money transfer feature, Send It, and cash withdrawals, Waasi said.  He added that e-wallet top-ups had also increased. The finding is consistent with a 2020 report titled “Digital Consumers of Tomorrow, Here Today” published by global consultancy firm Bain & Company and commissioned by Facebook. The research shows that consumers have a growing preference for e-wallets at the expense of cash payments. The e-wallet payment option has seen its popularity increase by 8 percentage points, as 22 percent of consumers now said they preferred e-wallet payments — almost an equal proportion to those who said they preferred credit and debit cards.More people are also turning to entrepreneurship to make a living during the pandemic, with many embracing the need to shift to digital platforms, both by opening digital stores and by utilizing digital banking. Ride-hailing giant Gojek revealed on Sept. 15 that around 265,000 new micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) had joined its food delivery service GoFood between March and August.“We study these entrepreneurs, especially those who just opened their businesses, through our cocreation program,” Waasi said. “There, we found that individual entrepreneurs experience difficulties in managing their finances and their companies’ operational.”Following their findings, Jenius built a product that allows SMEs to manage their finances better, called Jenius for Business. The product, which was launched in March this year, has garnered around 90,000 users so far.Jenius for Business allows users to have two separate accounts on one platform: one for personal finances and one for business.Read also: Jenius mulls over plan to disburse loans for SMEsThe digital bank has also launched Jenius Business Kit, a separate business management application that Jenius users can link to their existing account that can operate as a point-of-sale (POS), inventory management and consumer data storage, among other uses. Waasi told the Post he hoped that an investment product within the digital bank platform could be launched next year. “Hopefully we can release an investment product, we don’t know the time [of the launch] yet. We are in the process of cocreating [the product] and [trying to find out] what investment is right for Jenius users,” he said.The pandemic has become a catalyst in the rise of retail investors. The number of investors in equities, mutual funds and bonds reached 3.02 million as of July, of which 42 percent were stock market investors, according to data from the Indonesian Central Securities Depository (KSEI). This is a 21.7 percent surge from 2.48 million by the end of December 2019.Indo Premier Sekuritas, which is among the most active brokerages on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), revealed that 60 to 70 percent of its transactions come from retail investors.“With many people staying at home, working from home and with some having their work, business and income disrupted, they have begun to realize the value of investing,” Indo Premier Sekuritas president director Moleonoto told a live-streamed media briefing on June 3.Topics :last_img read more

Blue-chip suburbs prove a drawcard for keen bidders at auctions

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first_imgSPACE Property Agents’ Judi O’Dea with Catherine and Stuart Walker during the auction. Photo: Annette DewThey paid $1.280 million for the two-level home at 115 Enoggera Tce, which has a deck with sweeping views to Mt Coot-tha. 8 Huet Street, Wavell Heights.Mr McIvor said the property was bought by a local couple, Trevor and Simone Irvine.The three-bedroom, one-bathroom home is in one of the most highly regarded streets in Wavell Heights, according to Mr McIvor.“The drawcard here was the potential city views. It’s a blank canvas, a pre 1946 home. It’s the only one left in the street.,” he said.Ms Miller said the house was too big for her and she had not made up her mind on where she would move to yet.The property looks straight over the Kedron Brook and Shaw Park sporting fields. 56 Thomas Street, Auchenflower.This three-bedder at Auchenflower sold at auction for $1.090 million.The property at 56 Thomas St is a “true renovator”, according to SPACE Property Agents selling agent Judi O’Dea.“This home is in one of the best streets in Auchenflower,” Ms O’Dea said.“It was purchased by the same people who bought next door, now they have two properties and are significant land owners.” 18 Carroll St, Bardon. Photo: realestate.com.auThe two-level home has been beautifully renovated, which Mr Dixon said was a drawcard to the property, on a 529sq m block.There is a self-contained studio option on the lower level. 8 Huet Street, Wavell Heights.After 47 years living at 8 Huet St, Wavell Heights, Nell Miller is ready to downsize.Ms Miller’s home sold under the hammer for $730,000, with the help of Ray White – New Farm selling agent Grayson McIvor.Mr McIvor said there were 10 registered bidders at the auction with more than 100 bids made throughout.He said there was a crowd in excess of 100 people. 115 Enoggera Terrace, Paddington.Holding paddle number 13, Mr Walker said he deliberately picked the number for the bidding process.“Some might think it’s unlucky, I did it on purpose,” he laughed. The ARP Warden sign at 155 Enoggera Tce, Paddington. Photo: Annette DewThe home has historic significance being a ARP (Air Raid Precautions) wardens home during World War 2.Ms O’Dea said the renovations were done to give the home some versatility and was “basically two homes in one”.She said it was perfect for dual living arrangements. The amazing deck at 115 Enoggera Terrace, Paddington.Mrs Walker said when they first looked at the home they loved the aspect and opportunities the property provided.“We know Paddington well and this is a good investment,” she said. FREE: Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here Stuart and Catherine Walker have some fun with SPACE Property Agents’ Judi O’Dea in their new home. Photo: Annette DewThe couple have plans to rent the home, on a 607sq m block, and live in it down the track.SPACE Property Agents selling agent Judi O’Dea said the home had been renovated by the previous owners who were now living in Hong Kong. 34 Salt Street, Windsor.Ms Dallimore said the property was sold to a couple from Sydney for $865,000.She said interest in the property was significant due to the inner-city location as well as the indoor and outdoor spaces.center_img Stuart and Catherine Walker in their new home at Paddington. Photo: Annette Dew 34 Salt Street, Windsor.At 34 Salt Street, Windsor, nine registered bidders were interested in buying this four-bedroom, two-bathroom home.Ray White — Albion selling agent Kylee Dallimore marketed the property as being a “stylishly transformed Queenslander cottage, architecturally redesigned to offer the modern family great flexibility and space”. 18 Carroll St, Bardon.At 11am, 18 Carroll St, Bardon went under the hammer selling to a local couple for $840,000.Dixon Family Estate Agents — Toowong selling agent Jack Dixon said there were four registered bidders keen on the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home.He said the starting bid kicked off at $780,000. The kitchen area at 34 Salt Street, Windsor. Auctioneer Nick Pinklis at Paddington. Photo: Annette DewIn front of a crowd of about 20 people, including five registered bidders, SPACE Property Agents auctioneer Nick Penklis said Ms O’Dea, one of Brisbane’s leading agents, also had a home on the same street and had lived in Paddington for 17 years.“Paddington continues to grow,” Mr Penklis said.“A lot of money is being spent in Enoggera Tce and streets that flow on from here.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoHe said with stock decreasing, owners were holding onto their properties longer in blue-chip suburbs such as Paddington. Catherine and Stuart Walker in their new home at Paddington. Photo: Annette DewCatherine and Stuart Walker were all smiles after buying a stunning home in a prestigious Brisbane suburb this morning. 25 Shorehaven Drive, Noosa Waters.A four-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 25 Shorehaven Drive, Noosa Waters sold for $1.930 million under the hammer.Auctioneer Gordon MacDonald, from The Auction Group, said there were four registered bidders and a crowd of about 60 people at the 2pm auction.The classic Middap Ditchfield architecture matched with a rare wide water frontage and a sunny north aspect made this a popular property for buyers looking in the area.He said southern buyers snapped up the property, on a 834sq m block.Features of the property include detailed Tasmanian oak ship-deck flooring, to the fully tiled waterside pool and cabana, and the jetty. Tap here for a full list of Queensland auction results. 56 Thomas Street, Auchenflower.Ms O’Dea said the property, currently two flats, could not be knocked down and the young couple with two children had plans to do something “significant” with the property later on.The property is on a 607sq m sloping block of land.last_img read more

2019 Rewind: First quarter highlights

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first_imgImage courtesy of PetronasAustralia’s Woodside awards Scarborough contractsAustralian LNG operator Woodside has awarded four contracts for front-end engineering design activities for its proposed Scarborough gas project offshore Western Australia.Petronas relocates PFLNG Satu off SabahMalaysian energy giant Petronas has relocated its floating liquefied natural gas unit, the PFLNG Satu, from the Kumang cluster field, offshore Sarawak, to the Kebabangan (KBB) cluster field, offshore Sabah.Cheniere takes over Corpus Christi LNG Train 1 controlHouston-based LNG player Cheniere and contractor Bechtel said that the Corpus Christi liquefaction project’s first train has reached substantial completion.Philippines: EWC granted DoE permit for Pagbilao LNG facilityEnergy World Corporation, the company developing LNG projects in Indonesia and the Philippines, has been granted a permit by the Department of Energy to build the LNG import facility at Pagbilao Grande Island.QP, ExxonMobil sanction $10 bln Golden Pass LNG projectLNG giant Qatar Petroleum and US energy juggernaut ExxonMobil have taken the final investment decision for developing the $10 billion Golden Pass LNG export project, which is located in Sabine Pass, Texas. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Kenya Athletes Shine at Chicago Marathon

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first_imgKenyan athletes won both men and women titles in the Chicago marathon in the USAKenya’s Dickson Chumba won the gold medal in the men category followed by Sammy Kitwara and Sammy ndungu who wone Silver and bronze respectively. Dickson crossed the finishing line at  2 hours, 9 minutes and 2 seconds.For the women, Florence Kiplagat took the lead at 40km to win the gold at 2hours 23minutes 33 seconds , followed by Ethiopians Yebrgual Melese and Birhane Dibaba taking the second and third places.The race was however slower than last years following the authorities decision to remove pace setters in order to reduce cases of doping.last_img

Hunter, Yeager win features, Beech is EQ Wild West Modified Tour champion

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first_imgROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (Sept. 12-13) – Jeff Hunter and Justen Yeager won the battles while Bert Beech won the war, when the EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Tour concluded with Friday and Saturday features at Sweetwater Speedway.Hunter and Yeager were $1,000 winners in main events for touring IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds. Beech ran third both nights at Rock Springs to capture the series championship, his first with IMCA.“We made all the features this year and the car was real good the last three weekends,” said Beech, who caught Chase Hansen in the race for the crown. “We’ve been following the tour for about five years so it feels pretty good to win it.” Hunter’s win on opening night came in his career 14th Wild West Tour outing. He started the 30-lapper from sixth, was in front by lap five and stayed there ‘til midway. He’d get the lead back late and beat travel partner Eddie Belec across the stripe. Beech, Tony Steward and Jake Donnelly completed the top five.“I bought Eddie’s Race car from last year and have had a great season. This was my second win and we’ve had a lot of top five’s in 27 races,” Hunter said. “I’m psyched because I made the Fast Shafts All-Star ballot. Eddie can’t have his old car back.” Yeager was much less pleased with his opening night showing. After being part of a first-lap scuffle, he drove back to the front and got caught up with leader Michael Hale in the late going.“That was 100 percent my doing,” he said. “It was one of my worst nights ever racing. I wasn’t too happy with myself. It was one of those race nights I’d just as soon forget.”He made his way up from ninth starting the next night and ran side-by-side or bumper-to-bumper with Belec much of the way. Belec got turned around late and wound up sixth. Travis Metz, Beech, Chris Clark and Rick Fierro all got by to fill out the top five. Yeager’s Saturday win was his fourth this season on the tour and career 18th.Feature ResultsSept. 12 – 1. Jeff Hunter; 2. Eddie Belec; 3. Bert Beech; 4. Tony Steward; 5. Jake Donnelly; 6. Rick Fierro; 7. Don Baisch; 8. Chris Clark; 9. Mike Yost; 10. Dan Waldemar; 11. Jason Donnelly; 12. Mickey Stubbings; 13. Ronnie Roy; 14. Michael Hale; 15. Justen Yeager; 16. Don Robertson; 17. Brian Ungaro; 18. Chase Hansen; 19. Casey Delp; 20. Travis Metz; 21. Kevin Wright; 22. Paul Jones Jr.; 23. Tim Christensen; 24. Heath Denney; 25. Tim Dower; 26. Josh Robinett. Heat winners were Robertson, Yeager, Delp and Wright.Sept. 13 – 1. Yeager; 2. Metz; 3. Beech; 4. Clark; 5. Fierro; 6. Belec; 7. Yost; 8. Denney; 9. Christensen; 10. Roy; 11. Jones; 12. Steward; 13. Wright; 14. Hansen; 15. Baisch; 16. Robinett; 17. Delp; 18. Waldemar; 19. Hale; 20. Hunter; 21. Jake Donnelly; 22. Jason Donnelly; 23. Ungaro; 24. Stubbings; 25. Robertson; 26. George Ashby.Heat winners were Yeager, Hale, Belec and Delp.last_img read more

Jol hopes for Berbatov goal streak

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first_img In a game of few clear-cut chances it was Berbatov – with his ninth goal of the season – who made the difference with a well-executed finish in first-half stoppage time. Jonathan Walters missed a second-half penalty for the visitors, who had struggled to get into the game before the interval and are now only a point ahead of the Cottagers in the table. Oh Fulham’s goalscorer, Jol said: “Hopefully he will score other goals but we have other players. Mladen Petric has scored six goals without playing a lot so we have got more players who can make a difference but Dimitar certainly made a difference.” The ex-Ajax coach added: “Dimitar always scores between 15-25 goals and it would be silly to think he won’t score 15-20 goals for us and that is what I always had in mind.” Berbatov rushed over to embrace Jol after smashing Fulham ahead and the manager was quick to point out it was the nature of the goal that led to the particular celebration. When asked why Berbatov had run over to the touchline to celebrate, Jol said: “Because he scored from a volley and I told him a few months ago he doesn’t score any volleys any more. He used to do that all the time, he tries to prove a point.” Jol felt his side had the better of the contest but was grateful for Mark Schwarzer’s penalty save as Stoke went close to salvaging a point. “Overall, if you saw the first half, we were the better team,” Jol said. “It is always difficult against them and they changed their system and have all these big guys up front. “It is not easy, it is not easy for us or a lot of other teams. We should have scored a second goal but we didn’t and in the end they could have punished us for the fact that we only scored one goal, but Mark Schwarzer saved the day for us.” Stoke manager Tony Pulis admits his side are still not safe from relegation this season and felt the result at Fulham proves that every game is a difficult challenge. Pulis said. “I think everyone in the league who hasn’t got 40 points will be (looking over their shoulders) that is the way it is. The league is a relentless league and every game is a tough game as we found out again.” Fulham boss Martin Jol is hoping for a flood of goals from striker Dimitar Berbatov after his sublime volley delivered a 1-0 victory over Stoke at Craven Cottage.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News ‘Don’t try to cross your limits’ – Pakistan batsman Babar Azam blasts sports anchor after ton

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first_imgSpeaking after getting to his century, Azam said, “I’d be lying if I say that not scoring a Test century was burden on me. I have never had issues with my batting position, wherever the team wants me to bat, I am happy to play at that position. I don’t think about the position, I just focus on my performance. I just try and give my 100%.”Read More |Mitchell Starc boosts Australia in T20Is after two yearsPakistan won the Test series against Australia 1-0 in October but they are currently trailing the three-match series against New Zealand 0-1, having lost the Abu Dhabi Test by a close margin of four runs. Sarfraz Ahmed’s side have lost only one series in the last seven years in the UAE, when Sri Lanka whitewashed them 0-2 in 2017/18.The Pakistan Cricket Board had appointed Mickey Arthur as Pakistan’s head coach in June 2016, taking over the role vacated by Waqar Younis’ resignation in April following the team’s early exit from the World T20. This is Arthur’s third assignment with an international side after he coached South Africa from 2005 to 2010, and Australia from 2011 to 2013.Recently, Azam became the fastest player to reach 1,000 Twenty20 International runs during the third and final match of the T20I series against New Zealand. He beat Virat Kohli’s mark by one innings, with the right-hander completing the landmark in just 26 innings, beating the previous record set by Kohli, who reached 1,000 runs in 27 Twenty20 innings. New Delhi: Babar Azam has suffered a case of the nervous nineties twice in his Test career. In 2016, against New Zealand in Hamilton, he was unbeaten on 90. Recently, in the Abu Dhabi Test against Australia in 2018, he was trapped LBW for 99 by Mitchell Marsh. Against New Zealand in Dubai, the talented right-hander broke his century drought by smashing an impressive 127 to put Pakistan in a brilliant position. Azam received plenty of plaudits from social media but one tweet from Zainab Abbas, a prominent Pakistan sports analyst, annoyed the batsman. In her tweet, she congratulated Azam but referred to him as coach Mickey Arthur’s ‘son’.Read More |Virat Kohli says ‘drawn’ series fair result of India’s potential In response, Azam told the journalist to not cross her limits. This exchange on Twitter went viral and things got a lot more confusing when Imam ul Haq retweeted Azam’s tweet.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Shreyas Iyer eyes consistent inclusion in Indian cricket team after aggressive fifty

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Shreyas Iyer scored two fifties in five matches before this knock.Virat Kohli hit 120, his 42nd century in ODIs.Rishabh Pant failed to convert his start at No.4. New Delhi: Virat Kohli was on course to score his 42nd century but he needed some support from the other end. Rishabh Pant squandered his opportunity to seal the number spot when he was dismissed for 20. Shreyas Iyer, batting at number five, showed positivity and confidence and shared a 125-run stand with Kohli. While the Indian cricket team skipper slammed his eighth century against West Indies, Iyer showcased his mettle and slammed 71 off 68 balls to help India reach a total which proved to be a bit too much for the West Indies. Speaking after the end of the match, Iyer said he expected a consistent run in the side after his fifty and what was his strategy while batting with Virat Kohli. “I want to stay in the team for a while, the consistency is always important, I want to play well and contribute to the team. It was a fruitful day. I knew I was going to do well, I played for India A and I played in these grounds, paced my innings well and think it went well. I decided that I wouldn’t take any risks, Virat told me that we needed to build a partnership and take the innings deep. He supported me very well, we took the ones and twos, hit the boundaries when it came. We decided 250 was a good score, obviously we got 30 runs extra. He told me to bat at least until the 45th over, I am thankful for what I managed,” Iyer said. The knock of 71 earned praise from former India captain Sunil Gavaskar who said Iyer should be given the No.4 spot and that Rishabh Pant  should be batting at number five. “In my view, Rishabh Pant is much better like an MS Dhoni at 5 for 6 as a finisher because that’s where his natural game and natural flair will come into play. If India get to a great start with Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma batting for 40-45 overs, then Pant at No. 4. But if it’s a question of batting for 30-35 overs, then I think it should be Shreyas Iyer at No. 4 and Pant at No. 5,” Kohli said. Gavaskar said he expected Iyer to get a longer run after his fifty. “I think, if this doesn’t help him get a more permanent slot in the Indian middle-order, I don’t know what will. In the five matches, he played before this, he scored 2 fifties and hit a highest score of 88. He hadn’t done anything wrong to be left out of the 14 (15) (World Cup). But that’s in the past. Now he has come back and scored a 71 in his first opportunity. So I think he will get a longer run,” Gavaskar said. center_img highlightslast_img read more

Five-star recruit Freeman excelling at bottom of lineup as freshman

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first_imgNext to golf, tennis arguably may be the sport where performance is most influenced by an athlete’s mentality. Talk to any tennis player and they’ll say the game is all about confidence and emotions.It makes sense. Tennis pits two individuals competing face-to-face. Losing could feel a lot more personal compared to other team sports, and those feelings can easily carry over to the next match.For a newcomer in collegiate tennis, confidence could be difficult to maintain after being thrust into a higher level of play.If you think you can break the confidence of Chris Freeman, though, good luck.Freeman, a freshman on the Wisconsin men’s tennis team, is enjoying one of the hottest streaks on the team over the last couple matches, winning seven of his last eight matches in singles.And all of that has come after a 3-5 start to the season.A five-star recruit out of Costa Mesa, Calif., Freeman has become a pivotal component in the Badgers’ singles lineup. Lately, Wisconsin has struggled at the crucial doubles point and has had to rely on his redemption in singles.With wins regularly coming in from Wisconsin’s usual top three spots of Moritz Baumann, Marek Michalicka and Patrick Pohlmann, success at the bottom of the lineup has been vital toward success.“We’re looking for guys to step up and play really well — our doubles and in the bottom of our lineup,” head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. “I think we want to continually try to improve that as we progress through the season and I think Chris is one of the guys who has done that.”Freeman retained an open mind during the beginning of the season, saying the idea of “having nothing to lose” as an untested newcomer helped him cope with the bumpy beginning.But after a minor adjustment of his game play mentality, Freeman’s fortunes changed. Early in the season, he says, he thought too much about who he was playing against. Now, all he concentrates on is the ball.Remarkably though, the change in Freeman’s mindset was not prompted by defeating a big name opponent, as might be expected. Instead, the adjustment occurred following a loss in a match against the University of Miami.“I think in Miami, even though I lost down there, I was really able to stay in the match — the guy was a good player — I got fired up and when I get fired up I kind of zone into the match and really get into a tunnel vision,” he said. “After that I was really able to focus on my game, always get fired up for matches and play the ball rather than playing the opponent.”Freeman hasn’t shied away from important matches either. In a Big Ten conference with a deep talent pool and a heated race for the crown, Freeman has a spotless 4-0 record.Baumann describes tennis as being all about putting those emotions on display and using them to compete hard. Van Emburgh cites that idea as a reason why Freeman has seen consistent success as of late.“He’s getting really tough and competitive out there on the court — more than I’ve seen in the past, which I think helped him raise his level,” Van Emburgh said.As a result, Freeman’s success has also influenced the mentality of his teammates. Now that more wins are coming from the bottom of the lineup, some of the stress that was placed at the top has since been alleviated.“Over the last eight matches [Freeman] has played incredibly good,” Baumann said. “It’s a good feeling, it takes pressure off yourself when you know you have good guys down low who have a good chance to win matches. It’s nice to see that.”While his strides have caught the attention of coaches and teammates, Freeman knows his potential has yet to be tapped.He has a list of things he hopes to further improve upon in the near future, including his transition game, consistency, smarter play and sealing points up at the net.But the list of potential improvements does not in any way remove that confidence. Instead, Freeman smiles, shrugs and just looks forward to improving.“Couple things to work on, but getting better,” he said.last_img read more

Sykes establishes 3-point shot, adds new dimension to offensive game

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After Syracuse’s win over Virginia on Sunday, Brianna Butler said one of the keys to Syracuse’s dynamic offense is her ability to serve primarily as a shooter and Brittney Sykes as a driver.Based on numbers alone, it was a pretty fair assessment of Syracuse’s top two scorers, but one that Sykes took exception to. After Butler was done talking, Sykes looked over at her and asked accusingly, “I’m a scorer?”It was more a jest to a good friend and teammate than anything else — but it was also rooted in seriousness.“It’s a joke,” Sykes said. “But it’s not a joke. I have worked on my outside shot during the summer and I feel like I’m showing that I can hit the outside jumper and step out to the 3 and hit a few of those.”Sykes came into last weekend’s games having hit only one 3-pointer all season. She hit two over the past two games, and said she’s been looking to shoot from the outside more because, like Butler, other teams consider her a driver.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Thursday night, she’ll have the chance to prove another team wrong when the Orange (15-5, 4-3 Atlantic Coast) travel to No. 6 North Carolina (17-3, 5-1) for a 7 p.m. tip.“I don’t want her to rely solely on 3-point shot or the drive,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “She needs to have balance. As long as she’s taking good (3-pointers) in the flow of the offense, we’re OK with that.”At University (N.J.) High School, Sykes was a prolific scorer, averaging 18.9 points per game as a senior. Yet the McDonald’s All-American said that it took her until after her freshman year at Syracuse to realize that she needed to diversify her offensive repertoire.So she spent all of last summer in the gym working on her game, specifically her outside shot.“I learned that I have to be an all-around threat and that teams are going to play me more for me putting the ball on the floor,” Sykes said. “So if that means putting the ball up for a shot, then that’s what I have to do.”Sykes hopes this makes her more of a versatile scoring threat. She knows she’s still primarily a driver though and credits the fact that there are so many shooters on the floor that give her driving lanes.Whenever a play is drawn up for her to take it to the dish, she looks to get near Butler because she knows the defense won’t collapse in on her at the risk of leaving Butler open.And if it does, Sykes is fine with kicking it out for an assist.“She’s able to step up for the team,” Butler said. “And that’s what we need, players to step up.”On Sunday, Sykes stepped up to the tune of a career-high 27 points. Most of those points came from the paint, but the 3-point shooting threat has started to take shape.“It’s a new season and it’s a new year, teams are going to want to see if I can hit the shot consistently,” Sykes said. “If they’re leaving me open for the 3, I have to be able to knock it down so they can respect it.” Comments Published on January 30, 2014 at 3:41 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more