With summer quickly approaching, we’re going to start seeing more news come out around Boeheim’s Army as the team of Syracuse Orange basketball alums vies for its first championship in The Basketball Tournament (TBT).
To-date, the squad has found themselves in championship weekend, but have not been able to take home the top prize yet. This year, they’ll start their journey in the friendly confines of Syracuse on July 26 to 28.
We don’t know what the 2019 team will look like yet, but there’s now one player officially part of the roster: As reported by Syracuse.com on Tuesday, Chris McCullough will join Boeheim’s Army.
Despite not spending all that much time playing for the Orange as a freshman, McCullough wound up being selected by the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. Since then, he’s played in 59 NBA games for the Nets and Washington Wizards. The forward has averaged 3.3 points per game on 42.6% shooting, along with 1.9 rebounds per. At various times, he’s starred in the G League, however, so he’s certainly bringing high-level pro talent to the table this summer. Donna Ditota mentions on Syracuse.com that he’s also been playing well in Puerto Rico, where he suits up for Brujos de Guyama.
Still plenty more players to add to the roster, but a great start here with McCullough. Boeheim’s Army has had athletic forwards before, and has also gone all-in on size in previous years too. But having a quicker 6-foot-11 player like McCullough instead of a slower center could potentially help them keep up with the outside shooting-focused TBT field.
That, plus the rest of your Syracuse-related links below:
Boeheim’s Army reveals first player on 2019 TBT roster: Chris McCullough (Syracuse.com)
“He’s somebody I’m really excited about. It’s important for us to continue to get young,” Belbey said. “Every year we’ve gotten more visibility. So even though he’s never played before, it’s been on his radar. I’d never spoken to him about it before this year because I know what everyone’s goal and ultimate destination is – and that’s the NBA.”
Can Syracuse lacrosse return to glory days? ‘We’re slowly losing our blue blood status’ (Syracuse.com)
“When I was growing up and when I was playing at Syracuse, the expectations were always Syracuse was one of two or three teams that could win a national championship,” said Carcaterra, now an ESPN analyst. “It (the title drought) was never at the duration it is at now. I still feel Syracuse is an elite program, but they are one of eight instead of one of three or four.”
Three questions facing the ACC this offseason (Orlando Sentinel)
After handing Clemson a shocking 27-24 loss in 2017, Syracuse nearly pulled off the upset again in 2018 if not for a fourth-quarter rally. The Orange are coming off their first 10-win season since 2001 and return 15 starters including ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year Andre Cisco but must find a replacement for quarterback Eric Dungey.
1 year in, Division I coaches are second-guessing the addition of the crease dive (Daily Orange)
The reincorporation of the crease dive into college lacrosse this season has caused ire among the coaches who initially supported it. In eliminating a rule designed to protect goalies, the rules committee also inadvertently created a massive grey area while trying to pare down subjectivity in the sport that added a shot clock in 2019. The crease dive has led to more controversy than highlight-reel plays.
Ranking college football quarterback tiers: From Heisman contenders to grad transfers (CBS Sports)
Tier IV: You may knows some names in this tier, and others you may not, but you should keep an eye on all of them as they’re primed for breakout seasons. No. 6 Tommy DeVito, Syracuse.
Syracuse football recruiting: Priority QB target Christian Veilleux visits (Syracuse.com)
Bombers add massive OL McGloster to roster (Winnipeg Free Press)
Takeaways of 3 Syracuse recruits from the 2019 Nike EYBL Dallas session (Daily Orange)
Chiefs UDFA Spotlight: Syracuse WR Jamal Custis (Chiefs Wire)