It's likely that Syracuse will not have its Academic Progress Rate (APR) affected by the early departures of Jerami Grant and Tyler Ennis to the NBA. This is because both Grant and Ennis finished their academic courses for the recent spring semester.
Syracuse quarterbacks coach Tim Lester was in Rochester on Wednesday to watch Aquinas Institute quarterback Jake Zembiec throw the football. A traditional pro-style quarterback, Zembiec is the top recruit in New York for the 2016 class, and he will be among the most highly recruited quarterbacks nationally in his class.
"He's worked hard, he's worked very hard. He's studied hard," Giants coach Tom Coughlin told reporters. "He can direct traffic out here. He just needs to get the execution where we need it to be."
The offensive line has been a definite strength for the Orange in the past couple of years, highlighted by none other than Justin Pugh, who was selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Four of the five starters from last year are returning, but a few are shuffling positions.
In the Orange’s second season in the ACC, the team will likely be more prepared for the speed and quality of its conference opponents, and with that, whoever plays in the SU secondary will need to do a better job of staying in front of opposing receivers to limit the big plays.
"I think it’s a good thing (to get to know the other commits)," Perkins said. "It’s nice that we all have some sort of bond right now. When we are at school together it will just get stronger."
This year's Legends Event will take place on Friday, June 6, at Le Moyne's Henninger Athletic Center. A team of Syracuse police officers will play a team of Syracuse firefighters. The winning team will get a shot at the Syracuse legends.
"I think it went well. I played well," MacPherson said on Thursday. "Really I just wanted to play my best football and not have any regrets, in terms of, 'OK, if I play my best and they let me go, there's no reason to be upset about it.'"
The Orange's 11-10 double-overtime win against the Tar Heels seems to have receded into the abyss after things accelerated during the tournament season. There were few games during the 2014 regular season, though, that were as well-played and dramatic as what Syracuse and North Carolina did on the Carrier Dome's carpet before a national audience. The game-winner came with 2:57 remaining in the second overtime, a 10-yard blast from Billy Ward that beat Kieran Burke.
A report indicates the Philadelphia 76ers have "tossed the idea around" of trading Carter-Williams.
Neal, a sophomore, previously received offers from Mississippi State, Akron and UNC Charlotte.