"It doesn’t get any better than Boeheim," Howard told Mitchell after affixing a Syracuse hat to his head and announcing his commitment. "He’s top five coaches of all-time. It’s a top five program all-time. They’ve got great guard development at Syracuse, so I think I’ll fit in very well there."
The Son of Harvey (and nephew of Horace) believes he's ready for pro ball. While that is subject to debate, this isn't: The kid is ready for the money that's available in pro ball.
"I think I can be like Michael Carter-Williams,'' Howard said. "Coach Red (Syracuse assistant Adrian Autry) says I play a lot like him. He's a wonderful player and I'm nowhere close to him right now, but I'm a natural scorer who plays point guard.''
When Syracuse lands a top-four seed in a few weeks, it will have the last seven days to thank for its placement. Syracuse's profile has taken a leap.
I mapped out four different scenarios for how the offensive line could shake out and topped each sequence with a projected lineup.
The Syracuse women's soccer team will face eight teams that advanced to last year's NCAA Tournament during the 2014 season, including national runner-up Florida State and national semifinalist Virginia Tech. The Orange's home slate consists of one non-conference matchup and five Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) games.
Jerami Grant's monster one-handed slam at St. John's was one of 16 dunks selected from the 2013-14 season to participate in the fifth annual College Dunk of the Year Tournmanet, hosted by The Hoops Manifesto.
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"Sue (Edson) told me no more predictions," McDonald joked, referring to the SU associate athletic director for communications. "Whoever comes, I love everybody who comes to see us practice when we play on Saturday. No more predictions."
Syracuse, though, is far from done in its pursuit of players in the Class of 2015. The Orange still needs a low-post player; either a center or a power forward, to fortify its frontcourt of the future. In addition, the SU coaches also have their sights set on one of the premiere players in this year's junior class.
"I've been staying really focused," Lydon said in a telephone interview. "I've been working out two, three times a day, just spending as much time in the gym as I possibly can - just working on different aspects of my game like dribbling and shooting with my coach here. I'm just staying in the weight room and trying to get bigger."
"It’s not going to be the last time we play together," Dylan said to Derek, if not to predict the future, then to lighten the sting of the loss. "I know it’s not."
"He’s good enough to play for us right now," Desko said. "It’s just a matter of when we can get him in."