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first_imgIn 1987 when I read a book titled The Media Lab that described some forward-looking work at MIT, I came across the question: how will we directly connect our nervous systems to the global computer?  I remember wondering at the time what global computer they were talking about.  A few short years later a couple of things happened.  The internet became a household concept, and phones resembling the Star Trek communicators I saw on television as a child became a reality.  The concept of radio communication and its potential linkage to the phone system had been conceived much earlier in the twentieth century, but by the 1990s it became a commercial viability for everyday consumers.  The buildout of all of this infrastructure exploded, and now the internet is accessible by user endpoints all over the globe.  The internet has become ‘the global computer’ and the wireless infrastructure has become part of the answer to how we connect to it—from anywhere.  Extending this trend of mankind’s history into the future, we can only expect that this growth will continue for decades and beyond.  Although I made the transition from radio engineer to computer engineer long ago, I retain my optimism and interest in the wireless industry.  With the inevitable progression of technology to enable richer experiences and services over the air, there are some things to anticipate for the server usage.  Here are five reasons why I am bullish on the impact of wireless industry on the computer industry.Backend DatacentersThe increasing number of mobile devices are using their wireless access to connect to something.  Whether it’s streaming video, daily news, online music, or ride sharing services—the volume of traffic is growing.  To support this traffic, the data and intelligence must be hosted somewhere on computers.  Servers are pervasive in datacenters of all sizes and locations, supporting workloads varying from content delivery to data analytics.  Some of these services are hosted in the public cloud, but many are also hosted in private datacenters whose tenets include security and greater control over their computing performance.  A mix of deployments are likely to continue for the foreseeable future.NFVNetwork Functions Virtualization, proposed in an influential 2012 whitepaper, has led to a migration of functionality from custom equipment to standard servers and switches.  Equipment that may have been realized with ASIC-based hardware in the past can now be implemented in software on off-the-shelf servers, controlling costs and easing lifecycle maintenance.  The software packages that have been implemented are called virtual network functions (VNFs).  According to the original vision, these VNFs can be migrated and scaled to accommodate changes in network usage, just like cloud-native applications at SaaS hosters and “webtech” companies.  This however does not preclude software from being delivered either in containers or run as processes on bare metal servers as performance requirements dictate, which again leads back to more usage for servers.  The core network subcomponents in EPC and IMS that support the mobile networks are key targets for the virtual network functions.  As global wireless infrastructure grows to support demand, supporting core networks increase in number and house more servers.Cloud Radio Access NetworksThe concept of Cloud Radio Access Networks brings us deeper into the metaphorical forest—exactly how will carriers be able to accommodate an increasing number of users with an increasing demand for more and more bandwidth, while still delivering a decent quality of service and controlling their costs?  The industry has to solve this problem within the bounds of the following constraints: the radio wave spectrum is finite, and deploying towers and associated equipment is expensive.  Historically, equipment at or near the cellular antenna sites performed the packet and signal processing necessary to receive and deliver end user data across the backhaul networks.With CRAN, this functionality is split between a BBU (baseband unit) and RRH (remote radio head).  A Centralized Unit (CU) will host the BBU at a network edge site within periphery of multiple antenna locations and their remote radio heads.  This would be less expensive than putting a BBU at every location, but it comes with some additional interesting benefits.  CoMP (coordinated multipoint) reception and transmission can be achieved, bringing better utilization of the network by providing mobile devices with connections to several base stations at once.  Data can be passed through the least loaded stations with some real-time decisions from the centralized unit.  Similarly, devices can receive from more than one tower while in fringe areas, and centralized traffic decisions can lead to fewer handover failures.  There is also a potential cost savings by alleviating the need for inter-base station networks.  This implementation also allows for reconfiguring network coverage based on times of peak needs like sporting events.Why is this relevant?  Because that CU is a server running software that implements the BBU.  There is a lot of possible variability in this implementation, but same concept applicable to NFV is pertinent for radio access networks as well.  Off-the-shelf equipment has an economy of scale that will be favored over the development of custom specific-purpose appliances.  As 5G cellular is deployed and new coverages are created, CRAN will become widespread.Mobile Edge ComputingMobile Edge Computing is another inevitable phenomenon that will be increasingly developed as wireless usage grows.  There is already a concept today within the world of datacenters in which “points of presence” are deployed to allow acceptable response times for internet users.  For example, OTP (“over the top”) video services such as streaming movies are cached at locations near to the users.  MEC entails a buildout of sites (lots of them) close to the consumers of data.  Autonomous vehicles would not tolerate latency of downloading maps from a location six thousand miles away—instead, a local computing site would support this type of workload.  Many evolving workloads including virtual reality and mobile gaming will benefit from mobile edge computing.The question (and difficulty) for service providers will be where to deploy these computing locations.  This will occur over time and will result in a hierarchical network with more layers than the networks of today, which is part of the reason an analogy has been made to the distributed nervous system of an octopus.  The concept of “far edge” locations will be introduced which house servers to host workloads and data in support the emerging wireless uses.  Some of these locations contain existing buildings with environmental constraints, but that does not necessarily preclude installation of ruggedized servers.  Perhaps more appealing to service providers, instead of investing in new brick-and-mortar sites, modular datacenters of all shapes and sizes can be dropped into place as “green-field” solutions.  These prebuilt datacenters as small as one rack can be installed capable of providing fresh air cooling to standard servers even in warm environments.Reconfigurable ComputingWith all of these emerging workloads running on servers to support mobile wireless users, performance and packet latency can become an issue.  There have been early adopters of this type of computing model in the high-frequency trading industry, where companies have deployed FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays) as PCIe cards inside their servers.  These devices, when programmed for specific tasks, can offer faster operations compared to CPUs running generic instruction sets.  Incidentally, FPGAs have been widely utilized in the telecommunications industry for a long time.  Returning to the CRAN example, FPGAs can be used to implement FEC (forward error correction) algorithms required by the standard 4G and 5G cellular protocols, offloading the CPUs and accelerating the packet processing for these workloads.  These devices will extend the capabilities of standard servers, further extending their value in this industry.So the “server industry” is not just one industry; it is a cross-section of tools and equipment applicable to many sectors including wireless communications.last_img read more

first_imgThe two-day event was hosted by the Iroquois Healthcare Alliance which represents 56 hospitals in Upstate New York. As a founding partner of The Choice Care Card, Robert is an expert in the consumer-driven health field. In his presentation, Robert focused on the integration of personal care accounts and wellness programs. Personal care accounts provide a new funding vehicle for basic healthcare expenses, and also provide employers a tax-advantage vehicle for employee wellness incentives.The Choice Care Card, LLC is recognized as a pioneer and leader in the success of debit card based consumer driven health care plans. The Choice Care Card was ranked in the top ten of Consumer Driven Health Care Plan Providers by Business Insurance in both 2003 and 2004. The Choice Care Card is marketed nationwide and can be offered with any insurance plan, large and small group, fully insured or self-funded. Additional information about The Choice Care Card is available at is external).The Benefit Group of New England based in Montpelier, Vermont is a group insurance agency & consulting firm serving over 350 New England employers. For more information on this topic or any inquiries please call The Benefit Group of New England at 1-877-479-3546 or e-mail at [email protected](link sends e-mail). Visit at is external)The Iroquois Healthcare Alliance, located in Clifton Park, NY advocates on behalf of 56 hospitals and health care system members and the communities they serve in Upstate New York. The Alliance serves as a regional resource and leader in promoting the public understanding of, and support for, the health care system serving the communities in the region. IHA serves Members located in 31 Upstate counties, which include the cities of Albany, Syracuse, Utica, and Binghamton as well as surrounding areas. Visit at is external)last_img read more

first_imgBy U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet May 28, 2020 The Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team seized 1,400 kilograms of cocaine, May 14.A U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), assigned to the “Tridents” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26, first spotted the low profile vessel (LPV). Pinckney, with her embarked helicopters assigned to the “Wolf Pack” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75 and the embarked LEDET, moved into position to intercept the LPV.The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team conducts enhanced counter narcotics operations May 14, 2020. The Pinckney and embarked LEDET recovered an estimated 1,400 kilograms of cocaine. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)Pinckney and the embarked LEDET recovered a total of 70 bales of cocaine totaling an estimated 1,400 kilograms, worth over $28 million wholesale value.“This was truly a team effort,” said U.S. Navy Commander Andrew Roy, USS Pinckney commanding officer. “The air support we received was first class. We were able to safely and successfully conduct this operation due to the outstanding professionalism of the Navy–Coast Guard team.”USS Pinckney is deployed to the U.S. Fourth Fleet area of operations, conducting U.S Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and Joint Interagency Task Force South’s enhanced counter drug operations in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific.On April 1, SOUTHCOM began enhanced counternarcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to disrupt the flow of drugs in support of Presidential National Security Objectives.Numerous U.S. agencies from the departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security cooperated in the effort to combat transnational organized crime. The Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with allied and international partner agencies, play a role in counter-drug operations.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command’s joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American region.last_img read more

first_imgImage courtesy of NovatekRussian LNG export player Novatek received a federal patent for its natural gas liquefaction technology called Arctic Cascade.The patented LNG technology is based on a two-stage liquefaction process that capitalizes on the colder ambient temperature in the Arctic climate to maximize energy efficiency during the liquefaction process, Novatek said in a statement on Wednesday.Alexander Fridman, Novatek’s first deputy chairman, said the Arctic Cascade is first patented liquefaction technology using equipment produced by Russian manufacturers.“Our goal is to localize the fabrication and construction of LNG trains and modules to decrease the overall cost of liquefaction and develop a technological base within Russia,” he said.A technological base within Russia would go in hand with Novatek’s liquefied natural gas infrastructure development plans.Novatek started exporting liquefied natural gas from its Yamal LNG project in December last year and is already lining up partners for its second export project, the Arctic LNG 2 project.The company is also lining up a $1.5 billion investment in a liquefied natural gas transshipment terminal on Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East.last_img read more

first_imgJapanese energy company Inpex has informed that the LNG Tanker Oceanic Breeze called in for the first time at Inpex’s Naoetsu LNG Terminal in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. The tanker has delivered a cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG project in Australia.LNG carrier Oceanic Breeze delivers Ichthys LNG cargo to Naoetsu LNG TerminalOceanic Breeze is owned by Oceanic Breeze LNG Transport, a joint venture between INPEX Shipping Co., Ltd. (INPEX Shipping) (30%) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K-Line) (70%), and designated to transport the 0.9 million tons per year of Ichthys LNG entitled to INPEX.“Oceanic Breeze’s transportation and delivery of Ichthys LNG to the terminal marks a significant milestone in Inpex’s development of a global gas value chain business, positioned as one of the company’s business targets outlined in Vision 2040 announced in May 2018. Going forward, INPEX will continue to strive to serve its customers with safe and stable supplies of natural gas, an environmentally friendly fuel,” Inpex, which sanctioned the project back in 2012, said on Tuesday.Inpex recently said that 2018 had been the most significant year in the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG journey, as the company celebrated its first LNG export cargo and the official opening of Ichthys LNG onshore processing facilities.With the operating project life of 40 years just starting, Inpex-run Ichthys LNG project will produce 8.9 million tonnes of LNG per year, and up to 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, and 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak, drawing gas from the Ichthys field located in the Browse basin offshore W. Australia.The Ichthys LNG Project is located in the Ichthys field within the northern Browse Basin about 220 kilometers north-west of Western Australia’s Kimberley coast, at the western edge of the Timor Sea.last_img read more

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?9 Best Movie Robots Of All Time7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe 90s Was A Fantastic Decade For Fans Of Action Movies7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This Read Also: Mourinho targets third Europa League title with Spurs next season “These are things that people are dealing with,” he said. “We’re not going to get into why not. They’re on their way.” Westbrook is one of several NBA players to have tested positive for COVID-19, joining a list which includes Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant, Boston’s Marcus Smart and Utah Jazz duo Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 NBA star Russell Westbrook revealed Monday he has tested positive for COVID-19 as the league gears up for its return in Florida later this month. Houston Rockets star Westbrook, the 2017 Most Valuable Player and one of the biggest names in the NBA, said in a statement he was feeling well and was in isolation. “I tested positive for COVID-19 prior to my team’s departure to Orlando,” Westbrook said on Twitter. “I’m currently feeling well, quarantined and looking forward to rejoining my teammates when I am cleared. Thank you all for the well wishes and continued support,” the 31-year-old added. “Please take this virus seriously. Be safe. Mask up!” Westbrook was one of several Rockets players who did not travel to Orlando, where the NBA will resume its season on July 30 after a four-month shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. As well as Westbrook, fellow superstar James Harden and Cameroon international Luc Mbah a Moute also did not travel, although the team has not given a reason for their absence. Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni on Sunday said Westbrook, Harden and Mbah a Moute were “working in their own home base.”Advertisement “We’re still expecting them in a few days,” D’Antoni said. “You never know, but we think we’ll get them back in here by the middle of the week. D’Antoni would not comment on why the players had not travelled with the team.last_img read more

first_imgStatewide—Usher in 2020 with other outdoor lovers at one of the many First Day Hikes offered Jan. 1 at Indiana’s state parks. First Day Hikes are a healthy way to start the new year and provide a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and connect with friends.The guided hikes are organized by Indiana State Parks in cooperation with America’s State Parks. Hikes will take place in all 50 states. First Day Hikes originated more than 20 years ago at Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts. The program was launched to foster healthy lifestyles and promote year-round recreation at state parks.First Day events at Indiana State Park properties in southeastern Indiana are (all times are local):-Brookville Lake, Mounds State Recreation Area, 4 p.m., Meet at the Campground Shelter (across from Wildlife Wander Trail), 0.7 miles, easy, approximately 45 minutes. This is an interactive hike during which Indiana wildlife will be discussed. A warm fire, hot cocoa, and S’mores will follow.  -Brown County State Park, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Meet at the Nature Center, 2 miles, 1.5 hours, bike it or hike it. Dress for the weather. This is a new hike, at your own pace, with plenty of space. Hikes will be set up through the time period listed. Interpretive stops will be offered along the way, including one for hot chocolate. -Clifty Falls State Park, 1 p.m., Meet at Poplar Grove Shelter for a 3-mile rugged hike to journey back through time. Hear how the park was formed, see two of the park’s waterfalls, and walk part of the old railroad path while discovering its unique story. This hike, which is for ages 8 and older, will take roughly 2 – 2 ½ hours — bring water and wear good hiking shoes. Cookies and water will be provided after the hike.-Falls of the Ohio State Park, 1 p.m., Meet at the Interpretive Center to hike the fossil beds. This 90-minute hike will go along the upper fossil beds and offer the chance to learn about Devonian sea life, and plants and animals that live along the river’s edge. Bring binoculars to look for winter birds. The Interpretive Center will open for a few minutes before and after the hike for access to restrooms and water fountains, but will otherwise be closed on Jan. 1. Inclement weather will cancel the program due to the hazardous nature of a slippery, uneven, rocky surface. A $2 pay-to-park fee applies, but the program is free.-Versailles State Park, noon, Meet at the Oak Grove parking lot by the Trail 2 kiosk for hot chocolate and cider. At 12:30 p.m., the 2.75-mile hike over moderate terrain will start. Wear hiking shoes and appropriate clothes for the weather.-Whitewater Memorial State Park, 1 p.m., Meet at the Poplar Grove Shelter, 2.5 miles/moderate, approximately 90 minutes. While you hike, join in a trivia game with your friends and family. A warm fire, hot cocoa, and s’mores will follow.If you don’t see the property nearest you listed, check for updates.last_img read more

first_img The American billionaire has also expressed his dismay that Arsenal had gathered details about Suarez’s contract and he insists they should not have been talking to the former Ajax man. When asked whether Arsenal should stop their pursuit of the player, Henry told Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet: “They don’t have permission to do all this, so the answer would be yes.” Suarez has threatened to hand in a transfer request and even mooted the possibility of taking the Reds to a Premier League tribunal if he does not get his desired move away from Anfield. But speaking on Thursday night, Henry was insistent that his star man would stay and expressed his anger that any potential clauses within his contract had found their way into the Arsenal boardroom. “It should have been confidential, so absolutely it concerns me,” said Henry. “How does a club that doesn’t have permission to speak with your player see his contract? “Unfortunately, it’s the way it works in football. People don’t speak about it publicly but that’s the way it’s run. It’s how things are done. I don’t think there’s a point reporting Arsenal because it just seems to happen everywhere, throughout football.” Suarez is currently training separately from the rest of the squad and manager Brendan Rodgers said: “Obviously Luis is training on his own at the moment and he understands totally where we’re coming from. “We’re in no great rush, to be honest. I needed to make a decision in terms of the well-being of the group. The training through pre-season has been absolutely magnificent. The mentality of the players. I just couldn’t afford to break that. The Gunners have lodged a bid of £40million plus £1 for the striker, an amount that the Uruguayan believed would trigger a buy-out clause if it came from a club in the Champions League. But Liverpool have refuted that claim, with Henry saying he has told Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis that he will not allow Suarez to go to the Emirates for any price. “But when the time comes, we’ll come in and speak and once he’s ready to train how he’s always done we’ll put him back in the group. “It’s been a difficult period for him but it’s my job to protect the group and the football club. Once he’s back in line with the spirit that everyone knows of him, and the commitment, then he’ll rejoin the group. “It’s obviously been a difficult few days for him but he knows where we stand as a football club. “The ownership have been brilliant. They’ve been quite adamant and clear and have supported our intention of wanting to keep him. “We don’t feel like we’re fighting a losing battle. He’s a contracted player for Liverpool and I’m fairly confident he’ll remain that.” Aside from the contract issue, another area of football governance of concern to Henry is the Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations formulated by UEFA in recent years. FFP has been designed to bring clubs’ spending more in line with their incomes but with Paris St Germain, Monaco, Chelsea and Manchester City still spending lavishly with the help of wealthy benefactors, the Boston Red Sox owner does not believe the regulations are working. “I’ve talked a lot about Financial Fair Flay, especially in England and Europe,” he continued. “I knew well about the financial problems football has when I took over Liverpool. “It does not look like FFP works. I am very unhappy that they have not taken seriously the rules, and it’s also frustrating that UEFA have not done so. They need to address the problem. It should have worked better.” Liverpool owner John W Henry has told Arsenal to give up in their pursuit of Luis Suarez. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgThe Russian Navy is accusing a U.S. Navy ship of nearly causing a collision in the East China Sea.But, according to the U.S. Navy:PHILIPPINE SEA (June 07, 2019) – At approximately 11:45 am on June 7, 2019 while operating in the Philippine Sea, a Russian destroyer (Udaloy I DD 572) made an unsafe maneuver against USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), closing to ~50-100 feet putting the safety of her crew and ship at risk. While Chancellorsville was recovering its helicopter on a steady course and speed when the Russian ship DD572 maneuvered from behind and to the right of Chancellorsville accelerated and closed to an unsafe distance of ~50-100 feet. This unsafe action forced Chancellorsville to execute all engines back full and to maneuver to avoid collision. We consider Russia’s actions during this interaction as unsafe and unprofessional and not in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), “Rules of the Road,” and internationally recognized maritime customs.Russian news agencies reported today that their country’s navy says the U.S.S. Chancellorsville guided missile cruiser was maneuvering dangerously and came within just 50 meters of a Russian warship. Russia says the destroyer was forced to take emergency action to avoid a collision.last_img read more

first_imgOn the night of Dec. 22, 2011, the 6,431 fans at the Galen Center witnessed Dewayne Dedmon’s arguably worst performance this season.The 7-foot redshirt sophomore forward was ineffective. He was nearly scoreless — save for a layup with six minutes remaining in the game. He finished with twice as many fouls (four) as he had rebounds (two). In the end, the Trojans stumbled against then-No. 11 Kansas, 63-47, which marked their fourth loss in five games.Understanding the game · Sophomore redshirt forward Dewayne Dedmon has only been playing organized basketball for a couple of years. The seven-footer is averaging just over five and a half points and eight rebounds. per game. – Chris Pham | Daily Trojan“This guy never played in high school,” USC men’s basketball coach Kevin O’Neill said of Dedmon, whose first season of organized basketball didn’t come until he reached the age of 18. “He played one year of junior college, which is the equivalent of high school with ashtrays. He’s a developing young guy.”Developing might be the most fitting description for Dedmon who, since 2008, hasn’t played many more than 100 games of organized basketball when adding up one year of high school, junior college and 20 games with USC.The Lancaster, Calif., native never played for an AAU team as most players who suit up for major Division I college basketball programs nowadays do. He never played for a local parks and recreation team, either.Under the instruction of his mother, a Jehovah’s Witness, he was prohibited from playing any organized sports. Though Jehovah’s Witnesses are not explicitly forbidden from doing so, some parents discourage their children from playing organized sports, fearful they might show allegiance to the team, not Jehovah, or more commonly known as God.So like other followers of the faith, the tall, athletic Dedmon never played for a sports team while growing up in Southern California. He was limited to a ball, a handful of friends and local parks with a basketball hoop. He didn’t play until he was a senior at Lancaster High School, where he saw limited action on the court — scoring just two total points all season.—Dedmon’s experience prior to arriving at USC in January 2011 would not normally garner any added attention. After all, following just one year of high school basketball, he enrolled at nearby Antelope Valley College in fall 2008, where he promptly grayshirted to focus on fundamentals to make up for lost time.Grayshirting, unlike redshirting, postpones the start of a player’s Division 1 eligibility, by delaying his enrollment as a full-time student and pushing back his eligibility clock, which gives the player five years to play four seasons. This is why Dedmon is listed as a redshirt sophomore and has two full seasons of eligibility remaining beyond 2012 despite being in college for four years.The plan was devised by Antelope Valley College’s head coach Dieter Horton, who now serves as an assistant on O’Neill’s staff at USC. The goal was to provide the lanky forward with a crash course on basketball in the hope of making up for all the years without coaching or instruction. In essence, Horton saw it as a chance for Dedmon to practice.“The big thing was [that] we had to be patient,” Horton said. “[We] had to go very slowly to develop him, and it was all big picture stuff.”Then, as a freshman in his second year at AVC, Dedmon still posted pedestrian numbers, averaging 6.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game — nothing that would forecast instant college basketball stardom.“He was raw,” Horton said. “He was this gangly, 6-foot-8-and-a-half kid who really didn’t understand how to play. And his body didn’t really understand itself.”At 18, upon his high school graduation, Dedmon measured about 6-foot-8 and 190 pounds. But in a span of three years, he grew four inches and gained more than 50 pounds, which caused O’Neill to take a chance on the local prospect, offering him a scholarship in the fall of 2009.—It wasn’t until last summer when Dedmon landed on the radar of most NBA scouts.In an interview with senior writer Andy Katz in late July, O’Neill didn’t mince words when asked about the potential of his young big man.“He’s 7-foot, 250 and he runs like a deer,” O’Neill said. “There’s no question he’s a first-round pick.”The third-year coach, at the time, also publicly noted the possibility that Dedmon could even bypass his final two seasons of eligibility at USC by declaring for the 2012 NBA draft — something that on the surface appeared far-fetched considering his inexperience.Nonetheless, expectations escalated. In November Sports Illustrated published a 7,000-word profile of Dedmon as part of its college basketball preview issue. Hordes of scouts began attending practices at the Galen Center to watch the 7-footer partake in workouts and drills.The Trojans had recently witnessed the departure of another big man in Nikola Vucevic, who was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the No. 16 overall pick in June’s draft. But with Dedmon in the lineup, most were not anticipating much of a drop-off.The attention proved to be a lot for Dedmon to handle.“I definitely felt a little pressure,” he admitted. “I felt like everybody had their eye on me. And I’m not really one for the spotlight.”Injuries, however, made things more complicated.During an Oct. 11 practice, the right-handed Dedmon suffered a non-displaced fracture on his shooting hand — just above the knuckle of his index finger, an injury that forced him to wear a splint until Nov. 9 — just two days before the Trojans’ season opener at home against Cal State Northridge.In a matter of weeks, he suffered another setback, a stress injury to his right foot on Nov. 28.Though the injury would sideline him for only one game, a 56-35 victory for USC at UC Riverside on Nov. 30, it would stunt his development — at least somewhat.“I’m still learning the game,” Dedmon said. “Those injuries slowed down my learning process and what I could take in. If I didn’t have the injuries, where I’m at right now could have been earlier.”—Determining where Dedmon is right now is slightly complicated.On the surface, it appears as if Dedmon hasn’t lived up to O’Neill’s lofty praise. Through 20 games, he is averaging 7.9 points per game and ranks 17th in the Pac-12 in rebounds with 5.6 per game despite his 7-foot frame. Neither exactly indicates that becoming a first-round draft pick is on the immediate horizon.“I want him to be an NBA player,” O’Neill said. “He wants to be an NBA player. The whole problem was everyone, including him, thought it might be this year and it’s not. He’s getting some valuable lessons on being a first-year player.”The popular NBA mock draft website projects Dedmon as the No. 49 pick in the 2013 NBA draft., another widely cited site, does not have him being selected in either the 2012 or 2013 draft.But the glimpses are there, though they occur less frequently than many would have hoped for back in October.Against the Matadors in the opener, Dedmon grabbed a pass from sophomore guard Maurice Jones on the low block, swooped through the air to the right side of the basket and slammed the ball through the rim. It was the display of athleticism many had only heard about.More recently, Dedmon scored a career-high 18 points Thursday against Oregon, which is in second in the Pac-12 with a 15-5 overall mark.He appears to have finally found a comfort zone after months of attention, largely centering on the potential of becoming the Trojans’ third lottery pick in the last five years.But the hype and talk about becoming a first-round pick seems to have faded for now.“It definitely took a toll on me at the beginning of the year,” Dedmon said. “I learned to just deal with it. Right now, I don’t even think about any of that stuff.”Right now, he is still developing.His coach has conceded as much.“He’s getting better,” O’Neill said. “He’s going to end up being a guy that plays for money someday, but it’s not this year.”Only time will tell.last_img read more