"He (Marrone) really kept his promise. He said he was going to take care of me," said Cater, who was given a birthday cake in preseason practice just before the start of his freshman year. "He did the best he could. He showed me the utmost love that any man could show a young man. I really respect him for that."
Being only the 2nd Texan in six years to commit to Syracuse, Zach Allen knew he would raise a lot of eyebrows in amazement for Orange fans. The Temple, TX native set the bar even higher, receiving an invite last night to the Elite 11 Finals in July.
Often called one of the best NCAA tournament games of all-time, this contest had it all. A buzzer beater by Jason Cipolla to send the game into overtime. A back and forth overtime with seemingly three game winning shots, the last of which was a Wallace three-pointer which would prove to be the final difference.
Running Back Charles Davis' (Avon, Indiana) recruitment has been one with some strange twists and turns. Nearly two weeks ago, 247 Sports reported Davis was committing to Syracuse. Davis himself tweeted out that he had committed, and told us the same story. However, that turned out to be premature, as he subsequently stated he had decommitted, and was opening his recruitment back up.
Syracuse had six former players log time in the NBA this season, accumulating 5,139 minutes played. The players were Carmelo Anthony, Jonny Flynn, Donte Greene, Wes Johnson, Hakim Warrick and Darryl Watkins, according to Basketball Reference.
Jerami Grant, who will be a freshman at Syracuse University in the fall, was part of the gold-medal winning U.S. team at the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso, Brazil, on Wednesday.
It's a busy week for Orange NBA draft hopeful Scoop Jardine, squeezing in as many NBA workouts as he can before next Thursday's draft. Jardine worked out for the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday and had another planned with the Utah Jazz on Friday. He's already worked out for the New York Knicks and his hometown Philadelphia 76'ers, along with a great number of other teams. While most draft experts don't have him on their projected draft lists, Scoop says he's very confident heading into next week.
Bud and Brent discuss the BCS, Fab Melo, and #SUFootballGotDemiPads (ugh)