We knew the Syracuse Orange’s Bourama Sidibe would be undergoing surgery this offseason for his tendinitis which hampered him for much of 2018-19. Well, ends up he went under the knife on Friday and is already rehabbing.
Sidibe averaged 2.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game this year, though he also had 20 blocks and shot nearly 60 percent from the floor. His biggest game was an 18-point output vs. Pitt, which was followed by the bout with tendinitis. He spent the latter portion of the season absorbing fouls for the short-handed Orange rotation. However, if he comes back healthy in 2018-19 (and he’s expected to), it would be great to have something resembling an offensive weapon at the five.
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Sidibe missed seven games because of the tendinitis and his play was limited in several other games. He averaged 2.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. However, when his knee was pain-free Sidibe did flash examples of his potential. He opened the season with seven points and six rebounds in just 19 minutes against Cornell. Two games later, he scored 11 points in just 21 minutes against Texas Southern.
Syracuse finished with 79 votes -- just four behind Wichita State at No. 25.
There are analogues to “Spartans Will” at pretty much every major university. “We Are Penn State” is one of the closest, both for its strident emptiness and its association with a sexual-abuse scandal that reached the upper levels of the institution. There’s also “Bear Down” at Arizona, which was trotted out after Sean Miller came under fire for possibly endorsing the payment of DeAndre Ayton.
“We’re taking our time and being patient,” Belbey said. “It’s always important when a player commits that they’re all the way in. Hopefully, they come up to practice. Last year we practiced on the Fourth of July. Every year the quality of the teams gets better. Right now, we’re casting a wide net. In the next week or two, we should be able to announce (some players) and get more of an idea of our team out there.”
For the fifth-year receiver and Philadelphia native, the latest move, one of the most intriguing in spring practice, is to the inside, where he sticks out like a redwood among a forest of maples. The end game, of course, is to create mismatches against a defense, to pinpoint an opponent’s weak spots and relentlessly bludgeon it.
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