The story tonight is all about the seniors, Andy Rautins and Arinze Onuaku. These guys have battled the odds, injuries and expectations to be the leaders of the No. 1 team in the nation during their final home game at SU. But as well honor them and say goodbye, shouldn't we also be keeping in mind that there's at least one other guy who almost certainly will never set foot on Jim Boeheim Court again?
You know, Wes Johnson.
I know we're not supposed to talk about He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named-In Mock-NBA-Lottery-Drafts. At least not until the season is over. But I think we've come a long since The Donte Greene Chapter. By the time Jonny announced he was going pro, we were barely fazed. I mean, we were upset, but we weren't angry. Gone are the days when we expect talented players to stay. These days, its more shocking if they actually don't leave as soon as possible.
I know, Wes did the "I'm not here to talk about the future" schpiel the other day. It's appreciated, Wes, but it's unnecessary. Really. Donte, Jonny and Paul all said the same thing. Some of them even promised they'd come back before bolting. But we know better. And we don't blame you (99.9% of us, at least).
I'm not saying Wes needs an intro and montage set to the Titanic theme song (I'm not saying we shouldn't do that either). But just keep it in mind that, barring some crazy confluence of events, tonight will be Wes Johnson's final game in the Carrier Dome. He'll only have played eighteen times in Jim Boeheim Court but they were eighteen of the most memorable in a long time.
I'm just sayin...as much as it's Andy and AO's night, don't forget that fact that this is your last chance to see Wes at home as well. That's all. We can argue the merits of whether or not Wes is worthy of a lottery pick later. Let's just appreciate it while we can.
H/T: James C.