Draft Entry Watch: Syracuse Trio

Ryan RichmanContributor IMay 6, 2009

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 27:  Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange looks on from the bench in the second half against the Oklahoma Sooners during the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regionals at the FedExForum on March 27, 2009 in Memphis, Tennessee. The Sooners defeated the Orange 84-71.  (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

The Syracuse Men’s Basketball team was chosen as a dark horse to reach the Final Four.  Johnny Flynn, Paul Harris, and Eric Devendorf were going to be the cornerstone to a squad next year that could win it all. 

Suddenly, Jimmy Boeheim has found himself in the midst of a saga that you only see on television.  First, Boeheim still thought that Flynn would be coming back, even with daily reports of him signing with LBJ’s agent.  Next, over the past three weeks, Paul Harris apparently has not returned phone calls from Boeheim or any of the coaching staff regarding his decision.  And, finally, Eric Devendorf is under the illusion that he can actually play in the National Basketball Association (I just really would love to hear his thought process while making such a horrendous decision).  Without further delay, here is the Draft Entry Watch for the Syracuse trio in order of legitimacy.


Johnny Flynn

Flynn is a scoring point guard and fierce competitor who will blow up on the next level.  He is an explosive athlete who can score in bunches from anywhere on the court, mainly getting to the free throw line and the rim.  Flynn has exceptional court vision and averaged close to seven assists per game (6.7).

As an extraordinary athlete, his lack of size shouldn’t be a major issue for him as he is guaranteed to face bigger, stronger point guards.  Flynn’s question marks lie mostly on the defensive side of the ball due to the fact that he was primarily playing zone for his collegiate career.  His three point shot must improve as he only hovered around 32 percent for the season.  Shot selection is also an issue with Flynn.

Best Case: Allen Iverson

Worst Case: Will Bynum

Probable: Nate Robinson


Paul Harris

Originally, I thought that Paul Harris would be a valuable asset for an NBA team. During a recent NBA chat, my buddy scoffed at the idea of Harris being successful at the next level.  I listened until he asked a question that changed my mind completely: "What position is Harris in the NBA?  In college basketball and even in the Big East, you can get away with being an undersized athletic small forward, but there's no chance in the NBA.  He will have to play shooting guard; here, the issue is that he cannot shoot." 

Since he has been playing mostly small forward, his overall guard skills and instincts are not close to where they need to be. His bright spot is on the defense where he thrives.  His athleticism and ability to play defense could make him an interesting pick in the second round.


Eric Devendorf

This decision is not even remotely a good idea.  On the bright side, the Devendorf-McNamara backcourt should be a special NBDL duo.