Nine years later, Burach and Hoffman have teamed to create Assist NYC, an effort to combine basketball and giving into one dynamic combination, hence the name Assist. The two are running their first event June 22, an open run pick-up game at Chelsea Piers, with the benefits going toward the SEED project, a program in Senegal that uses basketball to encourage and educate promising students and athletes. Spots in the pick-up game are still available.
"The way I look at it is I can't control everything, so I'm just going to control the controllables and I'm happy to see there's work being done out there. Nothing but good things. There's a lot of permits, a lot of things you have to go through when you're building a building like that. For me, I'm just happy that they're working on it and I look forward to seeing the progress just like the rest of us.
"It's taking too long to get shots. The scoring is down. I think one of the better ways to try to get more scoring is to speed up the shot clock a little bit. The world and the NBA plays 24. We're not going to get to there, but I think 30 is better for us than 35. I'm in favor of 30 seconds."
I've heard it said nearly every year around the NBA draft that a Syracuse player's draft stock could be impacted by the fact that he only played zone at Syracuse. I've never bought into that theory. For several reasons.
The players who play in the Mary Kline Classic are some of the best in the country heading into their collegiate game. Now that Syracuse has lost three of its five starters from the 2013-2014 team, more eyes are on the younger kids coming in because of the role they’ll have to play. The incoming freshmen, McCullough and Kaleb Joseph, will have to eventually help the class of 2015 get accustomed to how Boeheim likes things done.
The Orange can also continue its full-court press on 2016 recruit Tyus Battle, a 5-star guard out of New Jersey. Closing the deal on its 2015 class affords Syracuse that luxury. The battle for Battle is going to be just that as Scout.com lists him with offers from such heavyweights as UConn, Indiana, Louisville, Ohio State and Villanova.
Verni will assist McIntyre in recruiting and opponent scouting along with team training. He served the past seven seasons as the head coach of the women’s team at Hartwick, where he is third all time in wins with 42.