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News of the Orange

Posted by Tim on November 18, 2006

Starting today, I’m going to try to post daily or near-daily roundups of what the rest of the world is saying about Syracuse basketball. I’m going to assume you’re all reading the Post-Standard, so I won’t link to a Bud Poliquin column, for example, unless it’s really noteworthy. But there’s a whole world of stories in other upstate papers, opponents’ hometown papers, student publications, national magazines, and so on. You get the idea.

Onto the news:

  • UNC-Charlotte freshman center Phil Jones was ruled academically ineligible to play by the NCAA yesterday, according to the Charlotte Observer. According to Rivals.com, Jones was ranked 106th overall and 12th at his position among 2006 recuits. He did not play in either of Charlotte’s first two games.

  • The Niner, Charlotte’s student newspaper, has already posted its preview of Wednesday’s game in the Dome. The writer knocks SU for trailing Charlotte in rebounding average, 38-35. But the 49ers have somehow managed to lose the ball an amazing 58 times in their first two games. If Charlotte can’t control the ball better next week, SU’s zone is going to give them fits.

  • Jim Boeheim may not run Syracuse University, but he sure gets paid like he does. Boeheim made $1.07 million last year, according to the Associated Press. That’s more than any other university employee and almost twice as much as Chancellor Nancy Cantor. Disgruntled SU football fans will be interested to learn that Greg Robinson is also ridiculously well compensated, pulling down $1.04 million in 2005.

  • Terrence Roberts is SU’s “make or break” player this year and Paul Harris is an “impact freshman,” according to Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis’s season preview. Of Terrence, Davis writes: “Talented inside player (10.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.3 bpg in ’05-06) has been maddeningly inconsistent.” Thanks for the tip, Seth. Davis also taps Hofstra as having the potential to be this year’s George Mason.

  • Elsewhere at Sports Illustrated, Luke Winn ranks Syracuse’s 2007 recruiting class second in the nation to Kansas State. Here’s Winn’s summary:

    Will Paul Harris stick around for a sophomore season at Syracuse in order to team up with his old high school point guard, Flynn, and Greene, a Baltimore (Team Melo) product who rated the best overall player at his summer’s Nike camp by scout.com? If so, the Orange will be a top-10 team in 2007-08. Telep said that “as important of a recruit as Greene is right now, he’s still in his formative years — and he could end up being the best prospect in the entire class [of 2007].”

  • Kara Yorio of the Sporting News picks SU to finish fourth in the Big East and gives Harris pre-season “Newcomer of the Year” honors.

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