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Win Or Go Home (Pro Update 4-24)

Posted by Josh on April 24, 2007

The NBA Playoffs have begun, extending the seasons of two former Orangemen. The other two get an extra 6 weeks of vacation. There are still several guys active overseas too.

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Posted in Carmelo Anthony, Damone Brown, Elvir Ovcina, Etan Thomas, Former Orangemen, Hakim Warrick, Jason Hart, Josh Pace, NBA, Otis Hill, Preston Shumpert | 1 Comment »

Younger Every Year

Posted by Josh on April 20, 2007

The Post-Standard has reported in the past few days that SU has verbal commitments from two players in the class of 2008 (a.k.a. the post-Josh Wright Era): Kris Joseph and James Southerland. OrangeFan (who has his finger firmly on the pulse of SU recruiting) has some prime info and links in his post about Joseph. Southerland’s announcement just came down the pike last night; I imagine that OrangeFan will have a boatload of more information shortly. In the meantime, the P-S story makes him sound like Preston Shumpert — a tall but slim wing player with a sweet shooting stroke. But this quote from his high school coach in that story simply baffles me:

“He’s got that one skill that you can’t teach. He can shoot.”

First of all, there are plenty of skills you can’t teach. Secondly, shooting isn’t one of them. Let’s review a bit. Here are some things you can teach:

  • passing
  • ballhandling
  • moving without the ball
  • setting screens
  • shooting
  • your children well
  • a smothering 2-3 zone defense

Things you can’t teach:

  • height
  • athleticism
  • heart/guts
  • court vision
  • clutchness (“Onions!”)
  • basketball instincts
  • Georgetown Hoyas

I’m sure there are others — what did I miss?

Posted in Josh Wright, Preston Shumpert, Recruits, syracuse, Zone defense | 7 Comments »

Thoughts on a tragedy

Posted by Tim on April 18, 2007

There’s obviously not much a sports blogger can add to the national discourse on a tragedy as profound as Monday’s massacre at Virginia Tech. And I probably wouldn’t be tempted at all if it weren’t for the brief intersection earlier this year of this blog and a Hokies hoops blog after we slammed the ACC for its poor showing in the NCAA Tournament. But because the title of that post seems to have brought to this site at least a few people looking for information about the killings in Blacksburg, there a few things that need saying.

To any members of the Virginia Tech community who might have found us, you have our most sincere condolences. Know that you are in our thoughts.

And to anyone who has found this blog because of the unfortunately titled post I just mentioned, we apologize for any confusion. We’ve changed the headline of that entry.

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Crunch Time (Pro Update 4-18)

Posted by Josh on April 18, 2007

I wish I could dunk!No, this is not a post about Syracuse’s minor league hockey team. It’s going down to the wire in the NBA for Jason Hart and the Clippers. Last night they toppled the Suns who admittedly did not have much to play for, but still played their usual starting lineup and player rotation. Hart had 16 points, 4 assists, and 5 rebounds, with only one turnover. He also made two game-clinching free throws with under 8 seconds remaining to put LA up by four. But LA still trails Golden State by one game going into tonight’s final game of the season. This is because GS has won their last three games, while LA has only gone 2-1. The loss was a bad one, Monday vs. the bottom-dwelling Sacramento Hart-Benchers, a game in which Jason had 6 points and 6 assists. Last Saturday they beat Portland, with Hart tallying 4 points, 5 rebs, and 5 dimes. The tough luck for LA was that last night while they beat the Suns’ regulars, the Warriors trounced the Mavericks in a game where Dallas did not play Nowitzki, Stackhouse, or Howard, and Jason Terry played only 17 minutes. Dallas has already clinched everything so you can’t blame them for resting their guys, but it does dent LA’s hopes. The Clippers can still get in, but they have to win tonight vs. the Hornets (no sure thing) and hope Golden State falls to the Trailblazers.

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Posted in Carmelo Anthony, Craig Forth, Damone Brown, Elvir Ovcina, Etan Thomas, Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, Hakim Warrick, Jason Hart, Josh Pace, Mookie Watkins, Otis Hill, Preston Shumpert | Leave a Comment »

it’s like us, except you get paid

Posted by syracusan on April 14, 2007

There’s a job opening at the Post-Standard for aspiring SU basketball writers. Notorious indie rock fan and YouTube aficionado Kim Baxter is moving on to to do some broader college basketball work. Good luck to Kim; she’ll feel right at home considering ESPN is crawling with Newhouse grads. Ironic that Bristol is hiring yet another Syracuse person, but one who didn’t actually go to the University.

So, who’s sending in their resume?

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Playoff Push (Pro Update 4-12)

Posted by Josh on April 12, 2007

With the NBA regular season just about done, several Orangemen are doing their best to get their teams securely into the playoffs.

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Posted in Carmelo Anthony, Damone Brown, Elvir Ovcina, Etan Thomas, Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, Hakim Warrick, Jason Hart, Josh Pace, Mookie Watkins, NBA, Otis Hill, Preston Shumpert | 1 Comment »

Mookie Makes It

Posted by Josh on April 11, 2007

Thanks to an anonymous tip, Cuse Country is breaking the news that yesterday, Mookie Watkins was selected in the 2nd round (#14 overall) of the USBL Draft by the New Jersey Meteors who are such an expansion team that they don’t have any data on their web page yet and were apparently named after this news item from January. Don’t worry, this isn’t the ABA; the USBL plays from mid-April through June and is mainly a venue for former college players to get some experience and exposure before the NBA Draft, summer leagues, rookie camps, etc. Plus, Mook grew up in Paterson, just down the road from the Meteors’ home (Newark). So he’ll get some home cookin’ over the summer. The USBL season starts this Friday and we’ll keep an eye on his progress.

Posted in Former Orangemen, Mookie Watkins | 3 Comments »

Huggy Bear is coming back…

Posted by ech1 on April 5, 2007

It appears that Bob Huggins is coming back to the Big East to take over for Beilein in Morgantown.

The folks at Cincy cannot be happy.

Posted in Cincinnati, West Virginia University | 2 Comments »

Hello Goodbye (Pro Update 4-4)

Posted by Josh on April 4, 2007

It’s been over two weeks since my last update. Between NIT mania, my birthday, the SOB Awards and my trip to NYC last weekend, I haven’t had a solid block of time to put together an update with all the information that you, our loyal readers, so desperately crave. But now I do! We’ll start with the newest addition to our updates:

Jeremy McNeil is back in the D-League!

Correction: McNeil was back in the D-League. He signed with the Fort Worth Flyers back on March 6. I didn’t discover this information until March 25 — and he was promptly released on March 29. You can see both transactions in the list here (scroll down and look for “Player Movement” which lists the transactions not involving NBA teams). He didn’t do much: his best game was 5 points and 4 rebounds during a blowout loss on March 21. Here are his complete stats for the nine games he was in. At least this was a better stint than his week with Long Beach in March ’06. (Spooky: last year he was cut on March 30. Beware the end of March, Jeremy!) I do not have any information to indicate that he has since signed with another team but will keep a close eye on it, now that I know he is still actively trying to play ball for a living.

So, on to the players who are still playing (and there is a lot to tell!):

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Posted in Carmelo Anthony, Damone Brown, Elvir Ovcina, Etan Thomas, Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, Hakim Warrick, Jason Hart, Josh Pace, Kueth Duany, Lazarus Sims, NBA, Otis Hill, Preston Shumpert, Ryan Blackwell, syracuse | 4 Comments »

The Georgetown-Binghamton connection

Posted by Tim on April 2, 2007

While you’re mourning the Big East’s elimination from the Final Four, check out this very interesting article by SU alum Pete Thamel in last Friday’s New York Times. It turns out Georgetown assistant coach Kevin Broadus is taking some heat for recruiting players who didn’t even come close to meeting the university’s academic standards. The piece focuses on Marc Egerson, who came to the Hoyas via an allegedly questionable prep school and later transferred to the University of Delaware, apparently amidst some suspicion that he flunked out of Georgetown.

Anyway, Kevin Broadus is the new men’s basketball head coach at Binghamton University, my alma mater.

Final Four, here we come!

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