Over the past few seasons, the Syracuse Orange basketball program has served as a host parent to a few Canadian born players that ended up being stars. To return the favor to the Great White North, SU and head coach Jim Boeheim are headed to Montreal and Ottawa in mid-August for the team's NCAA-allowed "foreign" trip, Syracuse.com's Donna Ditota is reporting.
"It's pretty much finalized," he said in a telephone conversation this morning.
Boeheim is hoping to get his incoming freshmen certified by the NCAA's clearinghouse to enable them to play. Five new players -- including Tyler Ennis, the only true point guard on the roster -- will begin their basketball careers at SU this fall.
Boeheim seemed confident that the NCAA would certify his freshmen. All of them will take summer classes at one point or another over the next few weeks.
"Everybody should be able to play," he said.
The BREAKING NEWS! about the Orange's summer trip ends the speculation that they were off to Italy, which would have happened (and been AWESOME) if the Italians didn't start playing basketball in late August -- a time frame that wouldn't work because some player need to be back for classes.
Sure, Canada isn't as exciting as Italy, but I hear you can get a lot of trouble in Montreal. (Here's looking at you Comeon Justdoit Fair!)
Update: Seems like Syracuse will be playing at least a game against Bishop University on Aug. 21.
Excited to be playing the Syracuse Orangemen Aug 21 in Montreal. ACC basketball in August!! Wish they were still in theBig East though!— Rod Gilpin (@GaiterHoops) May 30, 2013