Though it got a little stabby towards the end there, Orange Madness was another memorable event to kick off the Syracuse Orange basketball season. And before that, Media Day let us take a peek under the hood to see if all of the parts are coming together in this year's engine.
Jeremy Ryan was on hand for both and provided some quotes and notes from Media Day. Here's how the rest of the Cuse media saw it:
"I think I am one of the leaders of the team," said Triche when asked if he would consider this year's squad his team. "Personally, I want to produce a lot more to win games. It all depends how the season is going, but I'd like to think that as a senior its me and James' team and its going to be Michael Carter-Williams team as well (because he's the point guard)."
Dajuan Coleman would like you to know that he never had any intention of choosing Kentucky over Syracuse, says Donna Ditota:
"I wasn't close at all," he said Friday, when asked how tempted he was to leave Central New York for Lexington. "I had a feeling I was going to come here since my junior year. I just wanted to go through the recruitment and everything."
"I’m just pumped,’’ Cooney, a 6-3 guard, said Friday. "I thought this time would come last year, but I’m just glad it came this year. I’m excited. Ready to go.’’
"I think last year was great for us,’’ Cooney said. "I didn’t play, but it was great that the older guys were there. Scoop and Dion and Triche were all great leaders. I think Michael and I learned a lot from them in practice and in games just by watching those guys play.’’
"Everytime my mom called me on the phone, she’d say ‘Baye Moussa,'" Keita said. "She never said Baye. I was like OK. It sounds more like my name. I’m just getting my name back.’’
John Day of the Watertown Daily Times reports on how Michael Carter-Williams comes into the season with great expectations:
"I feel like I’m ready because of how I prepared last year and in the offseason,’’ he said. "There’s always going to be pressure in a program like this. But I saw how the veterans handled things last year, and I believe it has rubbed off. I can’t wait to get going.’’
Ryne Gery of the Daily Orange got the distinct sense that this SU team thinks its capable of making a run just as deep as last year's:
"You can say we reloaded from the players we did lose," Fair said. "And the players we got now, I’m very confident in this team and every player on our team can really step up at any moment."
"Our expectation is to win the national championship," Triche said. "And no matter how we get there, all that counts is you winning it."
There were some very interesting visitors at the first practice of the season, says Donna Ditota:
Bishop Kearney teammates Chinonso Obokoh and Thomas Bryant made the trip from Rochester to Syracuse to see the Orange. Both are SU recruiting prospects. Obokoh, a center in the Class of 2013, observed SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins work out the centers and power forwards.
So did Goodluck Okonoboh, the Massachusetts native who visited Orange Madness last year with then-teammate Nerlens Noel. Okonoboh, a center in the Class of 2014, was stationed near those same big man drills during the Orange practice.
Meanwhile on the women's hoop side, Quentin Hillsman is hopeful that is "Fab 5" recruiting class will help get the program back into the NCAAs, via Syracuse.com's Chris Wagner:
"I think we have a very deep team," said Hillsman, who enters his seventh season with a 120-80 career mark, including 40-56 in Big East play and 11-4 in the WNIT. "We could go 11, 12 (players) deep, and play a little faster and up-tempo without losing a beat. If we can get it together, if we can jell ... I think we’ll be very good."
"...hopefully, ESPN is right and we are as good as they say we are with our freshmen. If they are, we’re going to have a great year."
- 2012 SU Men's First Day of Practice Photos...Syracuse.com
- 2012 SU Men's Media Day Photos...Syracuse.com
- 2012 SU Women's Media Day Photos...Syracuse.com
- Hoop Season Officially Underway For Orange...SUAthletics.com
- Jim Boeheim Quotes...SUAthletics.com
- Athlete Quotes...SUAthletics.com
- Media Day Videos...Ben Meyers
The Syracuse Orange men's basketball season started their year off with their first practice of the of the 2012-2013 season at the Carmelo K. Anthony Center.
Jim Boeheim speaks during Media Day (via Jared Smith):
Syracuse senior point guard Brandon Triche speaking with reporters at media day (via Jared Smith):
Syracuse sophomore point guard Michael Carter-Williams speaks to reporters at media day (via Jared Smith):
Freshman center DaJuan Coleman speaking to the media at Syracuse men's basketball media day (via Jared Smith):
Here's what sophomore forward C.J. Fair had to say about the upcoming season (via Jared Smith):
Gerry McNamara talks about SU hopes on Media Day (via Ben Meyers):