The incoming class has speed, finesse, power and the fire of a champion. What it doesn't have, is something that has been a tradition at Syracuse for a long time. Something that has helped define the Orange basketball team for years. Something that fans have come to depend on as a glaring bright light in the center of it all.
But now that's changed. We've finished the puzzle. The circle is complete. The Class of 2007 officially has...
A goofy, white bigman.
Following in the footsteps of trailblazers like Elvir Ovcina, Billy Celuck, Craig Forth and Matt Gorman, the Orange received a committment from Kristof Ongenaet yesterday. The 6-foot-8 Ongenaet (OH-juh-naut) is originally from Belgium and played last season at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA where he averaged 12.0 points and 11.7 rebounds. Ongenaet chose Cuse over Northwestern, Colorado, Kansas State and Cal-Irvine.
We welcome him for so many reasons...first off his name is Kristof! Second, he's Belgish (Belgiumian? Belgianite?). Did you know Belgium produces 172,000 tons of chocolate per year with more than 2,000 chocolate shops throughout the country? I bet you didn't, but that's just the first of many interesting facts that will come to light now that we have a direct link to their wonderful culture.