In more ways than one, Syracuse Orange men’s basketball player Elijah Hughes emerged as a leader for SU this past year. He led the team and the ACC in scoring, but his impact as a leader stretched beyond the basketball court. As you might recall, Hughes took the initiative to print #NotAgainSU t-shirts for warmups back in November when the basketball team hosted Cornell.
Now, Hughes has taken an activist approach to march in the protests of his hometown Beacon, New York, in support of George Floyd. He helped spread the word on social media to bring awareness to the situation and to be a voice in the community. The march occurred on Monday and local residents appreciated Hughes’s participation. Hughes, preparing for the 2020 NBA Draft, has been unabashed in using his voice to have a positive social impact.
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Beacon’s Elijah Hughes uses platform, marches in Beacon protest for George Floyd (Poughkeepsie Journal)
When Elijah Hughes heard about George Floyd’s death, it elicited a whirlwind of emotions.
Anger. Sadness. Frustration. To the Beacon resident and former Syracuse University men’s basketball player who declared for the NBA Draft in March, Floyd represented anyone he knows.
“Being a black man in America, that could be me or any one of my friends — anybody I’m close with,” he said. “I just felt for him and his family, what they went through. It was a lot. I can only imagine.”
Jim Boeheim: ”Well, it’s the most tragic thing that I’ve seen. It was so clear on video. He was murdered. There’s nothing to argue about. I don’t blame people for being upset and I don’t blame the protests, but violence is never going to help anything. But I understand why it happens. This was so egregious, it’s sickening. In this country, police officers do so much for us and they’re so important to this country and 99% of them are great. I think what’s really sad is this is not a young, inexperienced officer. This is a veteran that should know exactly what he’s doing and three other officers stood there and watched this. That’s unconscionable. I think the Minneapolis Police Chief was on point (Sunday night) in what he said. There’s no other decision to be made but fire the four officers immediately, right on the spot.
Syracuse forward Quincy Guerrier underwent surgery recently to repair a torn muscle in his groin.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim confirmed that Guerrier, a 6-foot-7 forward, had the surgery done in Philadelphia.
Guerrier is expected to need six to eight weeks of rehabilitation before he is able to return to the basketball court, according to Boeheim.
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