"Everybody's been really high on me," says Jardine, "the scouts like what I could bring to the team. I'm in a great position, and it will put me in a great position for the draft."
In Sam Amick's latest mock draft for Sports Illustrated, he speculates that the Warriors will use the No. 7 overall pick to select shooting guard Dion Waiters of the Syracuse Orange.
If Waiters, Melo and Joseph are drafted, that number would equal the amount of SU players drafted in the last three years combined. In the last five drafts, dating back to 2007, five Syracuse players have been drafted.
In the dying seconds, Warrick would redeem himself by refusing to let Michael Lee become the second coming of Keith Smart. The result is a play that will be a fixture in NCAA Tournament highlight and opening sequence montages for all time.
Fresh from the momentum of its first bowl victory in 10 years, the Syracuse Orange football team got off to a fast start in 2011, winning five of its first seven games. Things changed very quickly...
For the second part of our two part feature wherein we get to know our new ACC buddies a bit better, we take a look at the Syracuse Orange. They are a historical program, putting together their first season in 1889. They boast a superb basketball program, and while the football program leaves a bit to be desired, the shift to the ACC could very well help that.
Georgetown is disappointingly in the back of the pack, as usual.
The following story by Bob Snyder originally ran in the Jan. 22, 1984, editon of the Herald American. You can also read a column about the game by Mark Bialczak, then the assistant sports editor of The Post-Standard.
Melo has prototypical center size (7’0") and wingspan (7’3") with a dominant block rate that should make him an asset at the next level as a rim protector. He’s tall enough to hold his own against true centers but also has good instincts to challenge quick leapers and crafty finishers, and he avoided foul trouble fairly well. His mobility and agility for his size allows him to run the floor well and get in position to finish at the rim.
Waiters plays with no fear and has a hard-nosed attitude, something necessary for a player who is undersized for his position. His strong driving ability should allow him to get into the lane in the more spaced NBA game. An overall explosive scorer, Waiters should not have a problem getting buckets. His length and strength on the perimeter should be an asset on the defensive end, even if he goes through an adjustment period in switching from his college 2-3 zone defense.
Few prospects for the 2012 NBA Draft have seen their stock rise quite like Syracuse guard Dion Waiters and it has become increasingly difficult for fans of teams in the top 10 to ignore him.
Johnson is a player that can come into any program across the country and make an immediate impact as a freshman. That includes Syracuse. Assistant coach Adrian Autry and coach Boeheim himself are in frequent communication with the 6'10" big man. "They tell me how I would fit in the zone," says Johnson. "Also, how great of a school Syracuse is." He also has thinks very highly of the Orange program. "It's a good program overall," he stated. "They always have a good team that competes in the tournament. So I think it's a great program."
To Johnson, Syracuse is a place that feels like home and where he connected with the coaches. Said Johnson on his commitment, "it's a great place. It isn't too far from home but not too close. I have family two hours away in Buffalo. The coaches really connected with me and my father, who is my superman. The staff at the camp was so great and the coaches have the techniques and tools I needed to be successful."
Watch Dion Waiters tell you his story while bored out of his mind and looking like a Best Buy employee:
And here's Fabricio Melo swaying back and forth as he tells his story...
And finally, here's Kris Joseph...