The rain may have stopped out in Colorado, but the full extent of the damage from last week’s brutal flooding is still being determined.
The good news?
The number of people unaccounted for is as low as 200, as electricity has been restored to some regions and rescuers have reached some stranded victims.
The bad news?
At least six people were killed, a number that still could end up rising. The damage done by the flooding is expected to reach $2 billion, with $900 million of that being residential housing. It’s one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the region.
Last week, we wrote about how some athletes at Colorado University were chipping in to help some of the folks that were affected by this disaster. On Thursday, Air Force put out a press release announcing a 30 for $30,000 plan to help those affected by the flooding in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region.
For every season ticket that is purchased between September 30th and October 30th, Air Force head coach Dave Pilipovich will donate $10 to the Pikes Peak United Way, which is one of a few charities that guarantees 100% of donations will go towards disaster relief. In addition to that, Air Force will have a season long fundraiser in which fans can pledge to donate a certain dollar amount for every three-pointer that AFA makes this season.
Click here for more information on how to contribute to the fundraising efforts.
UConn commit Juwan Durham, a four-star big man in the Class of 2016, has torn the ACL in his right knee for the second time in seven months. The Florida native committed to the Huskies and head coach Kevin Ollie back in September. The 6-foot-9 forward is regarded as the No. 31 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016, so he can really be a force when he’s healthy.
In a report from Tampabay.com’s Bob Putnam, UConn was notified of the injury immediately and there is no change in plans with the commitment. The Huskies also own commitments from four-star point guard Alterique Gilbert and three-star power forward Mamadou Diarra in the Class of 2016. Having Diarra, an active, rim-protecting presence, helps with Durham’s recovery, since he can provide some more front court depth.
If Durham rehabs back to full speed, UConn has a very talented power forward who was just hitting his stride in the Florida state playoffs last February. UConn has a nice class so far with this group, especially if Durham can recover, With a year to recover until next season, Durham can hopefully play during his freshman season in 2016.
Arizona State fans won’t get a chance to see Torian Graham take the floor this season, but he did sky over fellow teammates (and transfer) Shannon Evans on Friday night at the team’s Maroon and Gold Madness. The 6-foot-4 Graham is a former Buffalo commit — Evans also came from Buffalo — and both players will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
Graham hasn’t had a chance to get into a Division I game, but he’ll be able to play for the Sun Devils next season. For now, fans can look forward to Graham’s athleticism on the wing in pregame dunk routines.
A former top-100 prospect, Graham also pulled off this ridiculous move in the dunk contest.