I was as disappointed as anyone yesterday when the news broke that Jonny Flynn would not be returning to the Orange to lead us to a National Championship caliber season. In fact I think more than a few F-bombs were dropped both mentally and audibly yesterday afternoon. After sleeping on it for a night, I still contend this team is top 15 if not top 10 caliber. Even in losing three starters, you can make the argument that they are still returning 5 starters for next year.
Of course you have the front court of Arinze Onuaku and Rick Jackson who both started this season for hte Orange. Add to that Wes Johnson, who Boeheim feels is the best athlete on the team, and who started at Iowa State before the transefer. That is one of the best front courts in the Big East if not the nation.
The back court tandem of Scoop Jardine and Andy Rautins both bring starting experience to the team as well. So in losing three starters, SU is still returning five guys who have started at the division one level. That is wholy impressive.
By nature I'm a guy who sees the glass as half full, unless my beer is empty then it is a travesty, but after sleeping on it for a night, I'm still very excited for the team next season. Add to the experience returning, a healthy and more experienced Kris Joseph and Mookie Jones, plus the best point guard recruit minus Flynn since Jason Hart and this team should be just fine. In fact we may start out off the radar screen an bit and those teams always do better at Syracuse.
Now back to work and back to my big orange glass of Kool-aid that gets me through the day!