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Army ready for Senior Day matchup vs. Temple

Army ready for Senior Day matchup vs. Temple

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) The final game of the season at Michie Stadium is at hand, and Army coach Rich Ellerson marvels at what his 22 seniors have accomplished in the face of so much adversity.

Forget the record for a moment. Focus on the players.

``Throughout the course of this season, we've had some great days and some hard days,'' Ellerson said. ``We've played well and not come away with a `W.' They've kept the faith and picked themselves and their teammates back up. They've made sure that the voice has stayed right. For a group like that, they're not just letting the clock tick.

``They're really looking forward to this.''

The Black Knights (2-8) host Temple (3-6) on Saturday, and though Army can still make this lost year something wonderful with a win over archrival Navy in the season finale next month, beating the Owls could only help the general psyche of a snake-bitten team.

Last week, Army and its prolific option attack dominated the first two quarters at No. 24 Rutgers and yet the Black Knights left the field at halftime tied at 7-7- because it had two field goals blocked, quarterback Trent Steelman lost a fumble in the red zone - one of four turnovers on the day for Army - and wide receiver Chevaughn Lawrence dropped a would-be touchdown pass in the final minute.

The score remained the same until the fourth quarter, when three late Army miscues changed the game and the Scarlet Knights won 28-7.

Army has lost 15 straight against Big East competition. That Temple is struggling, too, with four straight conference losses in its first season back in the Big East since 2004 is not something the Black Knights are even looking at. The Owls defeated Army 42-14 last year at Lincoln Financial Field and have won four straight in the series.

``When you're watching and preparing for your opponent, you're not necessarily looking at the scoreboard that they've had,'' said Ellerson, whose Black Knights lead the nation in rushing at 366 yards per game. ``You're looking at what they're doing and how they're doing it.

``Temple has been playing awfully good people. They don't have a great record either, but we believe what we see on the tape. Our older guys know how it feels to play these guys. Last year, that game was as physical a drubbing as I've ever had. Our guys have all kinds of respect for Temple.''

The Owls are coming off a 34-10 loss at home to Cincinnati and have been outscored 86-27 in the first half the past three weeks. That 2-0 start in the conference seems a distant memory now.

``We're a little physically beaten up right now, a little tired,'' Temple coach Steve Addazio said. ``They know they lost four games. You can't get all tied up in that.''

Leading rusher Montel Harris injured his left knee in the second quarter against the Bearcats and never returned, but Addazio said Harris would be ready for Army.

Both coaches are tinkering with their lineups. Addazio said he wouldn't name a starting quarterback until late in the week and Ellerson is giving Eric Osteen a chance at place-kicker in place of Daniel Grochowski.

The game promises to be special for Steelman. The four-year starter is poised to leave Blaik Field for the final time with more records in tow. His 1,013 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns lead the team, and he needs only 66 yards to break the academy season record for rushing yards by a quarterback held by Tory Crawford. Steelman also has 41 career rushing scores, only two behind the school record of 43 held by the great Glenn Davis, his four-straight 100-yard games are tied for the academy record, and his 11 100-yard games tie him with Crawford for the most by an Army quarterback.

Going out with a loss in their final game at Michie Stadium isn't an option for Steelman and his classmates.

``They are frustrated that they haven't won more, but they love to play,'' Ellerson said. ``They can't visualize not being successful given the next opportunity.''

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The Washington Wizards will have the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects who could fall around where the Wizards will select...

2019 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Jaxson Hayes

School: Texas
Position: Center
Age: 19
Height: 7-0
Weight: 219
Wingspan: 7-4
Max vertical: 34.5 in.

2018/19 stats: 10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.6 spg, 2.2 bpg, 72.8 FG% (3.8/5.3), 00.0 3PT% (0.0/0.0), 74.0 FT%

Player comparison: Jarrett Allen, John Henson

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 10th, NBADraft.net 9th, Bleacher Report 10th, Sports Illustrated 9th, Ringer 10th

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*Hayes is considered the best center prospect in this year's class. He is athletic, plays with energy and measured in at the combine at about 7-feet in shoes with a 7-foot-4 wingspan. He can run the floor and play above the rim.

*The skill that stands out most for Hayes is rim protection. He averaged 2.2 blocks in only 23.3 minutes per game. That extrapulates to 5.7 blocks over 100 possessions. He has long arms and appears to have good instincts tracking the ball in the lane. He is following in the footsteps of fellow Texas shot-blockers before him like Myles Turner and Jarrett Allen. The latter may be the best player comparison for Hayes in today's NBA.

*Hayes is not considered a very good rebounder. He averaged 5.0 per game and only once reached double figures. It could be that he just needs to add some weight, an issue that is correctable but would hurt him even more at the NBA level initially. The worst-case concern is that he is soft and won't do the necessary dirty work.

*At this point, Hayes offers nothing in the way of an outside shot. He didn't attempt a single three-pointer in college and didn't do much on offense outside of dunks and putbacks. In order to justify being taken with a high draft pick, he will either need to develop a post game, an outside shot or be extremely good on defense. His lack of an all-round game will certainly give some teams pause in evaluating him.

*Hayes comes from a family of impressive athletes. His father played 12 seasons in the NFL and recently served as the tight ends coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. His mother played basketball at Drake University and later coached in college, including a stint as an assistant at Oklahoma. Hayes followed his father's footsteps by playing wide receiver in high school before a growth spurt made it clear basketball was the path to go.

Fit with Wizards: Hayes is one of the best fits for the Wizards among the players who could be available with the ninth pick. He does what they arguably lack the most, which is play defense and more specifically protect the rim.

The Wizards allowed the most field goals within five feet of any team this past season and the third-highest field goal percentage in that range. They desperately need someone who can block and alter shots.

Hayes would likely be the Wizards' best shot-blocker Day 1. But whether he can help them in other ways is a question at this point.

Hayes would represent a bit of a project for the Wizards and may not have All-Star potential because of his offensive limitations. Still, he remains one of their best options in the first round. Long-term, he could transform their defense and form a strong pick-and-roll partner for John Wall.

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