Syracuse Orange Basketball 2008-2009: The Team to Beat
The Orange have one of the best young point guards in the league. Jonny Flynn has already shown that even as a freshman he is a team leader and acts like a veteran on the court.
Next is Syracuse's recruiting class coming in, Mookie Jones from Peekskill, New York (one of the best small forwards in the country) who, I recently read an article in the Journal News, about how this kid is basketball non stop all his life and his passion for the game.
Mookie played on varsity as an 8th grader for Peekskill and is an amazing hard worker. I think that Jim Boeheim will be very pleased with Jones when he plays for the Orange.
But the one downside is Donte Greene will not be returning to the Orange because he declared for the NBA draft.
Donte is crazy for making this move; he could clearly be an outstanding ball player and a few years with Jim Boeheim would do him favors to.
Donte is a naturally talented kid with a knack for taking way too many shots and to get a little bit too in love with his three point shot.
Also with the two starting juniors coming out next season (Arinze Onuaku, and Paul Harris) will make it hard for teams to get rebounds and to keep up with Syracuse fast paced play.
I also liked what I saw, from Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson off the bench last year and hopefully they will be able to stay away from injuries.
But most importantly Eric Devendorf will be back as a red-shirt junior, hungry for a Big East Championship and a good run in the tournament.
You know that Eric will give it all he has every game, and with the group he has with him, wow what a team.
If they can keep away from injuries and maybe Donte Greene changes his mind, the Orange can be title contenders once again.
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