The Syracuse Orange won’t be anywhere near the Final Four this year, so many of you have probably already opted out of the NCAA Tournament. However, it seems there could be a reason or two to tune in now.
Two 2019 Syracuse men’s basketball signees — Joe Girard III and Brycen Goodine — will be participating in the High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships on Friday, April 5. Girard, who scores at insane clip from outside, will be in the three-point contest, while Goodine (who stands at 6-foot-4) will participate in the dunk contest. Though I’m obviously happy to see both in action, I’m probably most curious about Goodine’s dunking ability given his size.
If you’re planning to watch the contests, they won’t until Sunday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. I’d be shocked if you don’t find out the results before then, however. In any case, some good exposure for the Orange on the national stage. TBD if Jim Boeheim winds up at the Final Four at all this time around (though he’s usually there). One would think he’d be in attendance at the Friday night contests if so.
That, plus the rest of your Syracuse-related links below:
Meet Elizabeth Boeheim, Jim Boeheim’s oldest daughter (Daily Orange)
Elizabeth rarely attends games in the Carrier Dome. She doesn’t have cable, and because of the time difference, she doesn’t watch SU basketball from her home in Montana. Every year, she visits her family — Elizabeth either goes to Syracuse or Boeheim makes a summer trip to Montana to fish with her. They dine at The Pearl Café on East Front Street near Elizabeth’s home.
Girard, a 6-foot-2 guard, led Glens Falls High School to the New York State Class B championship. He is the all-time leading scorer in New York state history. Goodine, a 6-4 guard, helped St. Andrew’s of Barrington, R.I., to the New England Prep School Athletic Conference’s championship.
Dungey has outstanding mobility to move the pocket or pick up chunk yardage with his legs. He doesn’t lack for toughness, but hits have taken a toll on his body over the years, including several concussions. As a passer, his accuracy isn’t a glaring weakness, but it’s not a strength either, also requiring development with his reads. Overall, Dungey is an intriguing dual-threat weapon with a skill set (and injury history) similar to Taysom Hill, who has carved out a career with the Saints.
Wellington, who chose SU over opportunities to play for Merrimack and Hamilton, has come a long way since sitting down with Sindoni heading into his sophomore year as a 5-foot-7, 140-pound college football hopeful. “Nate has an aspiration to play Division I football,” Sindoni remembers Wellington’s father saying. “I’m looking at him like, ‘OK,’” Sindoni said, “and for this exact reason, I’m never one to say, ‘I don’t see it.’”
Within weeks, Bennie and fellow All-American Philo Germano followed suit, along with a handful of other top collegiate runners from around the country. Seemingly overnight Reebok executed its blueprint, establishing itself as an up-and-coming power in the running world. Fox, who rebuilt Syracuse from one of the nation’s worst teams into its best, planned to rebuild Reebok with the same people who redefined SU.
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Syracuse moves up 4 spots in latest ITA rankings (Daily Orange)