NBA Draft 2020: Former All-Star Shawn Marion reflects on his journey from junior college to top 10 pick

Shawn Marion was a well-known name among basketball fans during his 16-year NBA career. However, it took quite the journey for the former forward to reach that point. Before Marion was an NBA champion and a four-time All-Star in the league, he was a junior college prospect at Vincennes University in Indiana. Vincennes is far from an NBA-producing powerhouse, but Marion was able to play well enough there to earn some Division I looks. He ultimately transferred to UNLV, where he played for a single season before declaring for the 1999 NBA Draft.

When draft night rolled around, Marion didn’t have to wait long to hear his name called by commissioner David Stern as the Phoenix Suns selected him with the ninth overall pick. He went on to play for the Suns for nine seasons, and later suited up for the Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers over the course of his lengthy career. Marion’s journey to the league was a unique one, and he reflected on it recently on CBS Sports’ “Draft Day Memories: Presented By Jeep.” 

“I took the Junior college route, which was awesome,” Marion said. “The program I decided to go to at Vincennes, it actually prepared me for Division I or the pros. The time when you’re deciding to go pro, typically most players will sit down with a coach, possibly some agents, because they help transition you into that pro role. I had great representation that put me in front of all these guys, and anybody that was supposed to be slotted in front of me [in the draft], we’re going to work out against each other. I destroyed everybody at my workouts. So everybody who was supposed to be in front of me, nah, it wasn’t happening.” 

When Marion was drafted, it represented the realization of a life-long dream, and the fact that the Suns selected him made it even more special as he had a gut feeling that he would be playing in Phoenix. 

“Based off of how things happened prior to me getting drafted by Phoenix, I felt like it was destined for me to be on the Phoenix Suns,” Marion said. “In junior college we used to go to a tournament every year in Mesa, and we used to go to the Phoenix Suns’ practice facility. I remember me going on the main court and grabbing a ball, taking a 3-point shot and knocking it down. I was like, ‘I’m gonna be playing here.'” 

As a player from humble beginnings, Marion’s first All-Star appearance was understandably memorable for him, especially since it was also Michael Jordan’s final All-Star Game, and Marion found himself matched up on Jordan in the closing moments of the contest. 

“One of the highlights of my career definitely was my first All-Star. It was my first and [Michael] Jordan’s last. I had some great moments out there playing against him and trying to stop him the last play in the game. They got

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Meten EdtechX Education Group Ltd. Provides Update of its Junior English Business

SHENZHEN, China, Oct. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Meten EdtechX Education Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: METX) (“Meten EdtechX” or the “Company”), a leading English language training (“ELT”) service provider in China, today provided the update of its junior ELT business.

Meten Junior ELT (“Junior ELT”) is committed to providing high-quality ELT services to children and teenagers from three to 18 years of age in China.  Junior ELT’s service comprehensively covers all stages of English language learning, including interest cultivation in the enlightenment stage of English learning, the close-loop learning of input to output in systematic English learning, and improvement of concentration and test scores, all of which make Junior ELT the first choice for an increasing number of urban elite families.

During the enlightenment stage of English learning, Junior ELT selects the most suitable textbooks published by Oxford University Press for non-English-speaking children. The story theme of each unit is close to real life, which helps students understand the language and use it daily. The curriculum at this stage adheres to the concept of holistic education, and uses language as the carrier to fully advance the comprehensive development of students in multiple dimensions, such as sports and emotions. Meanwhile, Junior ELT provides ELT services in small-class mode, which only consists of six to 12 students. With such class sizes that are rarely adopted in offline junior English training institutions, every students can fully interact with their teachers and classmates, which enables him/her to learn English more effectively.

Junior ELT has a Meten Children course for the students in the middle and lower grades of China’s public elementary schools. This course uses the original “English as a second language” (“ESL”) textbooks published by Cambridge University Press to teach students both English and different ways of thinking. Most teachers of this course are full-time foreign teachers from European and North American countries. These foreign teachers will teach leadership, presentation, and reading lessons to cultivate children’s leadership. All courses are designed to achieve a close-loop from input to output. We believe students will benefit enormously from the course and be able to express themselves confidently in English.

Junior ELT also has a Meten Teens course for students from grades four to nine in China’s public schools. Like many top private schools in China, Junior ELT uses the original international ESL textbooks published by Cambridge University Press and most of teachers hold both the Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) certificate and the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) certificate. The course focuses not only on the improvement of the students’ comprehensive ability, but also on their ability to meet the requirements of public schools at all stages of English language learning.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak in January 2020, Junior ELT has moved offline classes online to ensure students can continue their study without interruption. In the meantime, Junior ELT has provided three series of “learning courses” for more than 20,000 students across China, and successfully experimented with paid online courses for the

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