While the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball offseason is upon us, that doesn’t mean there aren’t Syracuse basketball-related events to monitor and follow. This offseason figures to be one of the more jam-packed summers in recent memory with games and storylines.
As is the case, we’ve highlighted some key dates (beginning as early as next week) below that you can reference during the offseason to keep you busy until football season. Cheers.
May 13 & 14
Tyus Battle did not receive an invitation to the NBA Combine this year (he worked out at the 2018 NBA Combine) but he did receive an invitation to the G-League Elite Camp also in Chicago which runs from May 12-14.
If you just asked yourself what the G-League Elite Camp is, fear not. The inaugural event is in its first year and gives NBA Draft hopefuls and G-League prospects a chance to showcase their skills to an audience of coaches, scouts and front office officials at both the NBA and G-League level. All 30 NBA teams are expected to have representation in some form at the event.
G-League players attend the first two days of the camp while NBA Draft prospects compete in the final two days of camp, which of course means there’s an overlap of players on the second day. There’s a chance that those who compete in the G-League Camp can be invited to the NBA Combine.
In any event, (SWIDT?) Battle will compete on the final two days (May 13 & 14) of the G-League camp, so keep an eye out for him there.
Syracuse fans won’t have to wait much longer vis-à-vis Oshae Brissett’s decision to turn pro or return to the Orange in 2019-20. College basketball players looking to return to school next season will have to decide by no later than May 29. Syracuse will know whether or not Brissett is back next season before the month is over.
Brissett has been going through the pre-draft process and is expected to workout for NBA teams at the minimum. Jim Boeheim hinted at the possibility of Brissett returning for his junior year.
The 2019 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday, June 20th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Currently, Battle is expected to go undrafted as is Brissett (should he choose to stay in the process).
Syracuse fans won’t want to hear this, but it’s also worth monitoring where former Syracuse commit Darius Bazley is selected in the draft after electing to forego both the college and G-League game last year.
There will also be a large contingent of ACC players selected in this summer’s draft.
TBT is back again this summer and so is Boeheim’s Army, the group of former Syracuse basketball players competing in the winner-takes-all $2.0mm tournament. The tournament format is a little different this year as Boeheim’s Army will host the opening rounds at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College on the last weekend of July.
Folks looking to attend can buy tickets on the TBT website for $25 each. There are other various discounts and bundles available.
Marek Dolezaj will compete for the Slovak national team this summer, per Donna Ditota | Syracuse.com. Dolezaj will practice with the national team in July and then get ready to compete when games begin on August 3.
The Syracuse basketball team will play in Italy shortly thereafter. No word on whether or not Syracuse’s Italian tour will coincide with the Slovak national team’s schedule.
Mid- to Late-August
No official dates just yet for Syracuse’s aforementioned preseason tour in Italy, but you can expect games to be played in mid- to late-August. Back in 2013 when Syracuse’s played preseason games in Canada, the first game was scheduled on August 21.
Gerry McNamara did hint at Rome as one of the locations on the air with Seth Goldberg. Either way, you can bet on Jim Boeheim eating exclusively Italian food on the trip only to say something to the effect of, “Well the Italian food in Syracuse is just as good if not better.”
Needless to say, this is one of more exciting summers for Syracuse basketball fans. Combining TBT with a preseason summer tour gives fans a lot to engage with during a usually dry time for basketball outside of AAU and NBA Summer League. That should be enough to satiate your Syracuse sports appetite until
apple picking lawn raking football season.
Anything we might have missed? What are you looking forward to the most this summer? Drop a comment or two below and join in on the conversation.