"Most highly touted players who don’t play much transfer," said an assistant general manager with a team in the NBA’s Western Conference. "They’re used to playing a lot and being successful. That didn’t happen. Then the dust settles and he stuck with the team and embraced the role. He was the sixth man and he was the best player on the team."
Will the suspensions impact NBA teams’ opinions of Melo? "A little," the Western Conference assistant GM said. "Is he a guy who can handle the task in front of him? It’s a little concerning, but it has nothing to do with his playing on the court."
"Kris is an acquired taste," the Western Conference assistant GM said. "He’s a guy that can play a couple positions. A guy that can handle the ball. A guy that can score. He can give you a little bit of everything. Versatility’s the first word that comes to mind when you think about Kris."
"When it first happened, he was kind of emotional because it was so close to the draft," said Antonio Jardine, Scoop’s father. "You know a kid’s dream is to have his name called. But if he is not, there is another step and he knows what he has to do."
Even if it’s not Portland who grabs him, here’s betting Waiters doesn’t make it to the Suns at #13 the way his stock has been skyrocketing. Regardless, it would be surprising to see Waiters end up anywhere other than Portland, Toronto, or Phoenix.
"Recently I've been hearing from Florida, Kentucky, Kansas, Ohio St, Louisville. I haven't heard from Syracuse in a little while," Walker said. "I'm still interested in Syracuse though," he said. "It's a great program and a great staff and I'll just have to see when I cut my list down."
Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross echoed the hopeful sentiments in a statement, saying, "We are extremely pleased with the new structure, especially as we transition into the ACC. This gives Syracuse football a clear vision as we continue to enhance our program and strive to compete amongst the best in the country."
"The best thing that he can do is become a more reliable set shooter," Kamalsky said. "If he can find his stroke, that’s going to be immensely valuable to him because a player his size, with his physical tools, can defend in the NBA. "He really just needs that go-to offensive skill to be a quality role player for somebody."
Despite not hearing from Syracuse yet, he calls them his dream school. "Syracuse University is my dream school," he said. "I have been watching them play since I was young. I also would like to stay in the area." Henry says he likes the campus, the friendly fan base, and how they groom their players.
Dion’s stock has been rising in recent weeks, and it’s been reported that he may have gotten a guarantee from a team picking in the lottery. Toronto and Phoenix would be delighted if he was to fall to them, but I have a feeling the Warriors are going to snag him with this pick. He has a remarkably high ceiling and has proven to have the ability to score at will. Pairing him with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson could provide Golden State with an explosive, talented backcourt that could cause problems for many years to come. I think the Bay Area is a great fit for Dion, who could prove to be one of the best to make the jump from Syracuse to the NBA.
Big East associate commissioner Dan Gavitt has been hired as vice president in charge of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, the NCAA confirmed Thursday to ESPN.com.
Bianco told Dubose, who will be only a sophomore this fall, that Syracuse had offered him a full scholarship. Dubose isn't the only Goldback the Orange are pursuing. According to Bianco, Syracuse wide receivers coach Rob Moore, who recruits this area, also told Bianco that the school has a full scholarship for defensive back Jalen Williams if he wants it.
The story of the Syracuse University Sustainability Club, as they attempt to gain recognition and make their school more environmentally friendly.