On The Orange Horizon: Trevor Cooney Gives Orange a Top Backcourt In '11 Class

Dan LyonsContributor IFebruary 26, 2010

Jim Boeheim and Syracuse University have received a verbal commitment from Delaware Guard Trevor Cooney.

Cooney, the No. 9 Shooting Guard and No. 44 overall prospect for the 2011 class (according to Scout.com), is the second Guard to sign on with the Orange for 2011.

No. 16 Point Guard prospect, Michael Carter-Williams from Rhode Island, committed to Syracuse back in November.

Cooney and Michael-Williams should make up what might become the quintessential Jim Boeheim backcourt. Both are big guards, with Cooney standing at around 6'3", and Carter-Williams being reported at around 6'5", with room to grow.  

Tall guards are a key to playing an effective Boeheim 2-3 zone defense, as is apparent with current Orange shooting guard Andy Rautins' play on that side of the ball this season.

Rautins has been a defensive force this season in the Big East, and is a player that Cooney plans to model himself after. When talking to the Syracuse Post-Standard about his commitment to the Orange, Cooney said that he would "like to be a combo-guard kind of like Andy Rautins is now.’’  

While many compare Cooney's game to Rautins, or Syracuse great (and current graduate assistant) Gerry McNamara, his ability to get to the hoop brings to mind another recent Syracuse gunner—Eric Devendorf.  

Cooney's strong all-around game should pay a nice compliment to Carter-Williams, who is described by many as a pure point, who can also score the basketball.

Carter-Williams is one of the quickest-rising prospects in the nation. After signing with the Orange in November, he was an unheralded three-star recruit. However, his recent domination of prep tournaments has caused Scout to upgrade him to a four-star prospect. 

Cooney will be in attendance at tomorrow's epic showdown at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse faces a school that was once considered the early front runner for the guard's services, Villanova, in front of a crowd of 34,616—a number that will break the national record for an on-campus basketball game.  

Syracuse hopes that their 2011 class, with Carter-Williams and Cooney, will stack up to their top-five ranked 2010 class, which features No. 5 shooting guard Dion Waiters of Life Center Academy, No. 23 small forward C.J. Fair of Brewster Academy, and two centers: No. 3 Fab Melo of Sagemont, and No. 19 Baye Moussa Keita from Oak Hill Academy.