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Syracuse basketball places walk-on Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye on scholarship

With one spot available, SU puts it to use on the senior forward

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The Syracuse Orange had one scholarship available for the 2016-17 season, and it looks like they’ll be able to put it to good use. SU Athletics confirmed with the Daily Orange this morning that they’ll be placing Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye on scholarship for the coming year.

Akintobi-Adeyeye is a walk-on senior forward standing at 6-foot-6 and about 235 pounds. He’s played in 12 minutes over the past two years, pulling in five rebounds in that stretch (zero points on two shots from the floor).

While Orange coach Jim Boeheim has made statements that this year’s team is very deep and could go to a nine-man rotation, it’s unlikely that number includes the Uniondale, N.Y. native at this time. Still, as a scholarship player now, it would appear more likely that he’ll see the floor late in blowouts (he appeared for just seven minutes last year) or in case of injuries at the small forward position.

Congratulations to Akintobi-Adeyeye. We may not have gotten to know you very well at the start of your career at SU, but we hope to rectify that now. We also weep for what ACC Network Extra announces do to your name this season. Sorry in advance.