Syracuse Orange basketball players don't have the best reputation for making it in the NBA, Carmelo Anthony-aside. So if we want to see former Orangemen dominate the pros, we have to look at the next-best levels to find them.
Kris Joseph got cut by the Boston Celtics a couple weeks ago. A shame because KrisJo has overcome the odds to get drafted and make the team out of the preseason. Alas, reality has set in and now Le Quebecois can put that French to use as he's joining the Orleans Loiret of the French Pro A League. Currently seventh in the league at 9-8, hopefully Joseph can impress during his six-week contract enough to stick around and guide the team into the playoffs...assuming they have playoffs. They're French, who knows how they do it.
UPDATE: Apparently Kris decided not to go to France after all...
Rick Jackson used to play in France but now he's plying his wares in the NBDL with the Austin Toros. We're used to hearing about Fab Melo's massive numbers in the NBDL but how about RickJack putting up a 21-point, 25-board performance on Sunday.
"I was feeling really good," Jackson said. "I think the points came just from me being aggressive and going for rebounds. I think I got a lot of points off of putbacks and just hanging around the basket looking for rebounds."
Mr. Double-Double is now averaging a double-double (10.3 PPG, 10.2 RPG) once again. Good for Rick.
Arinze Onuaku recently got back in action this week after missing ten games with a knee contusion. AO is currently the No. 1 rebounder in the D-League and No. 4 in field goal percentage. He scored nine and grabbed seven boards in Saturday's win.
Up in Maine, Fab keeps putting together consistent games. He hasn't had many other monster games but he's becoming a well-rounded player that can be counted on nightly. That might be more important for his long-term chances.
Andy Rautins is getting a lot of PT for the Tulsa 66ers and he scored 26 over the weekend on 7-11 shooting from three-point range.
Demetris Nichols is also getting solid PT for the Sioux Falls Skyforce. He played 35 minutes in two recent games and is averaging 16.8 PPG on the year.
Paul Harris is putting up good numbers for the Iowa Energy. He's scored 20 and 25 points in two of his three most-recent games.