The 2016 NBA Draft is finally here. The event, which takes place at the Barclays Center, begins at 7:00 p.m. You can watch on ESPN or WatchESPN online.
For Syracuse Orange fans, they'll get to finally see just how high Malachi Richardson's draft stock has risen and also find out if it's true that Michael Gbinije has worked-out his way to a higher pick than originally expected.
Regardless, it should be a good night for SU and extend a streak that makes playing for the Orange a great opportunity for up & coming stars.
Since the end of the 2011-12 season, Syracuse has had five players go in the first round of the NBA Draft: Dion Waiters, Fab Melo, Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis and Chris McCullough. That's tied for fourth in the country with Kansas and UCLA, and just one behind third-place North Carolina for selections in that time period (full list here). Better yet, Syracuse is one of just four schools with at least one player chosen in the first round of the last four drafts, along with Kentucky, Duke and Kansas. If Richardson's picked in the first, and other draft projections hold, SU will be one of just three schools (with Kentucky and Duke) to have a first-rounder in five straight drafts.
Check out our profile of Malachi here and get ready to be angry when some talks about whether or not he'll be able to play man-to-man defense because Jim Boeheim plays a 2-3 zone.
We asked everyone to make some picks beforehand and the consensus seems to be that Malachi will go 17th to the Memphis Grizzlies (who have reportedly said they would do so) while Gbinije could go anywhere from late first round to mid-second round.
Now we find out. Leave your comments below. G'ORANGE!