Katlyn Lee | Daily TrojanJunior guard Elijah Stewart declared for the NBA Draft without an agent on Tuesday. The move was first reported by DraftExpress and confirmed by USC.Joining sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright and redshirt sophomore guard Shaqquan Aaron, Stewart is the third USC player to declare without an agent after the Trojans’ surprise run to the Round of 32 in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Like his teammates, Stewart can withdraw from the draft before May 24.Stewart is not projected to be selected according to most experts’ mock drafts, making a return to USC likely. However, he turned heads during March Madness, pouring in 22 points against SMU and draining the game-winning shot. Six of Stewart’s baskets came from behind the arc, proving his duality across the court as a threat from outside and driving to the basket.Stewart also added 12 points and four 3-pointers against Baylor, and he was the Trojans’ leading 3-point scorer throughout the 2016-17 campaign, sinking 78 threes. The total led the team by more than 30, with Boatwright and junior guard Jordan McLaughlin in second with 47 3-pointers each. Stewart was also one of the most efficient Trojan shooters from beyond the arc, trailing only McLaughlin in 3-point percentage.The junior averaged 12.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last season while acting as a veteran presence on a team with just five upperclassmen. Stewart’s 175 career 3-pointers is sixth all-time in program history, just one bucket short of tying Harold Miner for fifth. A repeat of last season would catapult him to the top of the list; Lodrick Stewart is currently the all-time leader with 232 made threes from 2004 to 2007, a number that Stewart could catch up to if he continues to heat up from behind the arc.With a new contract extension and a strong incoming recruiting class, head coach Andy Enfield would surely like to retain Stewart and build on the promising 2016-17 season. Although three Trojans have declared for the draft so far, none of these players have taken on an agent, meaning that they are still flexible in their decision making. Additionally, none of these three players are predicted to go even in the final round in expert mock drafts. This could change, however, with their performance at the NBA Combine, which will take place in Chicago from May 9 to 14. The combine gives athletes a chance to showcase their abilities in a series of drills, interviews and tests. The results of those five days will be one of the key deciding factors for Stewart and the rest of the players who have declared. From there, each of the Trojans will have to make a decision to stay or go by the deadline in May. If they decide to stay, they will return to summer ball with the Trojans and look to help Enfield return his team to the NCAA tourney for the third time in a row. If not, Stewart and his teammates will head to the NBA Draft, which will take place on June 22.
Daniel O’Donnell has this week announced a series of Irish dates for some special Christmas shows. The Donegal singing star is treating his home fans this December with concerts in Derry, Belfast, Castlebar and Killarney.Daniel will bring his ‘Christmas and More’ show to the stage for the first time, reports RSVP Live. Fans in the northwest will be flocking to the Millenium Forum in Derry to enjoy the festive show. Daniel will return to the Forum stage on December 19th.Daniel will also perform in the INEC Killarney on Friday, 14th December, the TF Theatre in Castlebar on the 15th and the Waterfront in Belfast on the 18th.After more than thirty years in the spotlight as an engaging entertainer, Daniel is still in love with performing and with audiences the world over. Fans can look forward to hearing Daniel sing all the Christmas classics alongside special guest Mary Duff.The next big date on Daniel’s calendar is August 25th, when he will perform for Pope Francis in front of thousands in Croke Park. Singing at the Festival of Families is set to be a big honour for the Kincasslagh man:Daniel said: “I remember seeing Pope John Paul 11 in Galway when he came to Ireland and it remains one of the highlights of my life.“I would not have believed back then that one day I would get to sing for a Pope in Croke Park.”Home for Christmas: Fans’ delight as Daniel announces festive tour was last modified: July 27th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHristmasConcertsdaniel o donnell