Former Syracuse forward Tyler Lydon: ‘I’m on cloud 9 right now’

first_imgTyler Lydon was playing wiffle ball at home Thursday afternoon. By the time the clock struck 11 p.m., his name had flashed across the screens of televisions all over the country. He’ll fly across the country to Denver in the coming days and, with a powder blue jersey on, answer questions at a press conference. Soon, he said, his nerves will calm down enough that he’ll be able to eat.It has been a crazy few hours for Lydon. He was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 24th pick in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, but his rights are likely to be traded to the Denver Nuggets. He wasn’t in Brooklyn for the draft itself, instead choosing to host his closest family and friends for a draft watch party at his home in Elizaville, New York, about 50 miles south of Albany. With them surrounding him, a lifelong dream was fulfilled.“I’m on cloud nine right now,” he said.Lydon said he really started to lock into the television broadcast once the range of picks he was predicted to be selected in arrived. He admitted that he didn’t expect to go to the Nuggets. Lydon worked out for 11 NBA teams, and Denver wasn’t one of them. He said he and his agent thought about trying to fit them into his schedule, but it didn’t make the most sense considering the Denver’s position in the draft. But the stars aligned after the trade with Utah.“They just said ‘Tyler,’ and then I heard ‘Ly,’ and then everybody just exploded,” Lydon said. “This is obviously an incredible moment, something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I couldn’t be more thankful to share it with the friends and family that came here.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFrom a location perspective, Lydon, who has a wolf tattooed on his chest and is an outdoorsman at his core, isn’t complaining about going to Denver. His family is already envisioning the fly fishing and elk hunting that lies in the future. But he will be there to play basketball, and he thinks his ability to stretch the floor, along with his lifestyle, will fit in right away.“I’m so happy and I’m ready to go in there and work my butt off,” Lydon said. “Those guys, they put their reputation and everything on the line for me.”The former Syracuse forward played in Denver as a part of Team USA’s U-18 squad. The thin air might take a few days of adjustment, he said, but it’s not something he’s worried about.In fact, he said he’s not worried about much at all. Not about when he needs to get to Denver, or about the summer league, or what’ll be the first thing he buys when he signs his name on the dotted line of a rookie contract. He’s living in the moment.“It’s just an unbelievable thing to have your dreams come true,” Lydon said. Comments Published on June 23, 2017 at 12:05 am Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtbloss Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dreams FC CEO, Kurt Okraku, to run for GFA Presidency

first_imgDreams FC CEO, Kurt Okraku, has officially stated his interest in becoming the next President of the Ghana Football Association.His intentions were spelt out in a video that was released on Monday on social media.Okraku has been linked with the GFA top job for some time now and after forming Dreams FC in 2009, his profile has increased with some believing that he has the needed skill and capability to run Ghana football.In the video, he said that he had been considering the move for some time and that, he had finally come to a decision and was thus, calling for support from the football fraternity. The date for the GFA’s Elective Congress is yet to be confirmed but September 5 is the date for the FA’s Ordinary Congress which will look at the new statutes that will run the association when new executives are eventually elected.Below is a transcription of the video:“Fellow members of the football family,After a thorough process of deliberations, discussions, engagements and consultations with various stakeholders of our industry,I have decided to put myself forward to contest the leadership of the Ghana Football Association when the election process officially opens.My conviction to contest the upcoming election has been further enforced during the period of consultations with stakeholders.It became very evident during this period that the qualities I possess were exactly what stakeholders are looking for as we look to tackle the challenges that face our industry at this particular point in time.My ultimate aim is to ensure that industry players in Ghana get their fair share of the enormous global wealth of football.That every person connected to the game reaps their rightful dues for their unending efforts and enormous investments.I will in the not too distant future share with stakeholders my elaborate blueprint on my vision for Ghana football. The vision of Creating Wealth for All in football.This Vision will primarily see us embark on a quest to build a transparent led and communication friendly FA which carries along all stakeholders to fulfil the aspirations of our beloved nation.This requires a leadership with the skillset and corporate governance mindset to drive a new image for the passion that holds this great country together.The time has come to make our football great again and we must not miss this unique opportunity of entrusting the forward march of our football in competent and efficient hands.My track record speaks for itself.My name is Kurt Edwin Simeon-Okraku and I am running for the Leadership of the Ghana Football Association”last_img read more