Boeheim’s Army had added former Syracuse Orange men’s basketball player Demetris Nichols to the roster, per GM Kevin Belbey. Nichols will add a veteran presence alongside his former SU teammate Eric Devedorf for The Basketball Tournament (TBT) this summer.
Excited to announce that @NicholsDemetris will be playing with us again in @thetournament this summer! He’s a professional scorer and relentless competitor. Welcome back Demetris!https://t.co/9WipW8AIpi pic.twitter.com/CJRG11gASs— Boeheim's Army (@BoeheimsArmy) May 5, 2020
Along with his experience, Nichols will also provide shooting on a roster replete with threats from range. Malachi Richardson and Tyler Lydon will also play with Boehiem’s Army, as will Brandon Triche. Nichols, Devendorf, Richardson and Lydon can all stretch it while Triche is capable as well.
Nichols last played with Boeheim’s Army in 2018 when the former Syracuse guys fell in the quarterfinals of TBT. In the second round of that tournament, he hit the game-winning shot with the Elam Ending in effect.
Here you go! The Demetris Nichols game-winning triple. pic.twitter.com/tEGiekjab0— James Szuba (@JamesSzuba) July 22, 2018
Nichols had a strong four-year career at Syracuse, scoring 1,344 points on 205 made 3s, good for sixth all-time (H/T: OrangeHoops). The First Team All Big East player had an extensive professional career. After being selected in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft, Nichols held short stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls before beginning a decade’s long career overseas.
More recently, Nichols called Boehiem’s Army games on broadcast as a color commentator last summer. He also called preseason Syracuse basketball games this past fall on the ACC Network.
At the time of this writing, TBT has not made plans to cancel or postpone games this summer. It’s unclear at this time whether or not fans will be able to attend games. The Syracuse regional is scheduled for the weekend of July 31-August 2. The SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College is scheduled to host the Syracuse regional.