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A wealth of Orange-y news abound, let's get started...

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Demetris Nichols is trying out for the
Knicks and Nets brass today, along with Villanova's Curtis Sumpter, at the MSG Training Center in Greenburgh, NY. MetsssBlog took the time to compile a scouting report for Knicks fans...

Syracuse fans are familiar with Nichols. Syracuse's best scorer this year has been projected to go early second round in most mock drafts. At 6-8 Nichols has good size for a SF, although Nichols can play the four. Nichols is a quality defender who also has a good touch from behind the arc. Since Nichols is taller than most threes he rarely gets his shot blocked. Mixed with his already lethal touch Nichols is a good player to run off screens. Rasual Butler comes to mind in terms of a player who can shoot the ball with similar size. Butler was drafted late second round in 2002. As Orange fans know Nichols would sometimes go into half-time with 3 points, and end the game with 20+. It seemed every game Nichols would have a big first or second half, and fade in the other half. Although Nichols is tall he lacks court vision, and surprisingly has no post-up game.

And Cuse Country has a great round-up of all the accolades and boosts Nichols earned himself in camp.

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According to Mike Waters, Eric Devendorf is one of 30 college players who have been invited to tryout for the
USA's Pan Am Games team. Villanova's Jay Wright is coaching the squad, which will be selected based on tryouts at Haverford College on July 10-12. The Pan Am Games will be held this year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Donnie Webb has the news that Perry Patterson has found a taker...the Philadelphia Eagles. Patterson will be competing for the third quarterback spot in Philadelphia with Kelly Holcomb and A.J. Feeley. Hopefully for Perry, he isn't just part of some "see, you're the best QB from Syracuse we have" feel-good tactic by the Eagles to get back on Donovan McNabb's good side.

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Fantasy Football is almost here...and did you know you could play with the college boys? (Wait, that didn't sound right) ANYWAY, FantasyCollegeBlitz has started taking a look at teams for the upcoming season to see who's worth taking and who's not. Guess where the Orange ended up?

This program has not been the same since Paul Pasqualoni was pretty much fired during halftime of the Champs Sports Bowl a few years ago. Since Greg Robinson arrived, the Cuse has won 5 games in two years, and, have produced as much offense as a bad Pop Warner team. The Orange averaged just 17.4 points and 264 yards offense last season....which did not even make the Top 100 nationally. Perhaps they long for the days of Troy Nunes? SU has a better chance of installing air conditioning in the Carrier Dome (an issue for another article) than producing any fantasy talent this season.

You're telling me that A-Rob isn't worth a spot on someone's roster??? Yeah, I guess you're right.


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Finally, the Syracuse blogging family bids a fond adieu to
OrangeFan. A fantastic resource for recruiting, amongst other Orange-related things, OrangeFan will be missed.