Grant's uncle, Horace, was a teammate of Armstrong's for five years with the Chicago Bulls and then for one more year with the Orlando Magic. The Bulls won three NBA titles during Grant and Armstrong's stays with the team.
"I felt a really good bond with their coaching staff from the start," Conway said, "so it was kind of just a feeling that I didn't want to miss out on an opportunity to play there."
Well, round one of Otto’s Ultimate Orangeman Challenge is in the books. For the most part, the seeds held, and held in a big way. What we learned from that first round is that you guys really, really, really like Gerry McNamara, Lawrence Moten, Sherman Douglas, and Pearl Washington. Billy Gabor? Not so much.
"Working on different angles that coach McNamara likes to do with him during one on one workouts. Just getting him a lower handle and a solid base. Being able to push off and be more explosive in smaller spaces. Being able to take one or two dribbles and get to the rim. We’re trying to make sure he’s ready to play so he can be a big time player for them next year."
Obviously Syracuse cannot lure the top-level talent but it is definitely encouraging that Shafer and company have already found seven players that fit the Syracuse mold. Regardless of their current rankings these are the players that will work to transition SU into an ACC powerhouse.
Right now, the ‘Cuse plays Virginia Tech in 2016 (home) and 2019 (away), Miami in 2017 (away) and 2024 (home), and Georgia Tech in the Dome in 2020, providing an opportunity in-between to schedule games against those programs, although currently Miami has more openings than either Tech school through the end of the current ACC cycle in 2024.
"I think there’ll be a time and a place when we can look back and be proud of what we did," Ward said, "but at the same time, there’ll always be that one thing we never got. "It was a great year. It didn’t end how we wanted it to, but that’s the game of lacrosse.
Donald Pollitt's 110-meter hurdle title highlighted a solid showing by the Syracuse track and field team at the ECAC/IC4A Championships this weekend. This is Pollitt's second championship title of the outdoor season after winning the event at the ACC Outdoor Championships.
The No. 18 Syracuse men's rowing team's varsity eight recorded a second-place finish in the third level final at the 69th EARC Sprints Regatta on Lake Quinsigamond on Sunday.
The No. 18 Syracuse women's rowing team finished third overall after claiming a silver medal and two bronzes at its first ACC Rowing Championship on Saturday morning on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C.
"Everybody told me to come to camp in shape, so I was running a whole lot and lost at little bit of weight,'' said Spruill, who said he initially checked in at 220 pounds. "Then we got here and it was like 95 degrees outside. We had to practice out there and I was sweating a lot. So I lost a couple more pounds.'