Syracuse's Jonny Flynn: The Most Exciting Player in College Basketball

Jeff KalafaAnalyst IIIMarch 23, 2009

MILWAUKEE - MARCH 07: Jonny Flynn #10 of the Syracuse Orange celebrates a win over the Marquette Golden Eagles on March 7, 2009 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Syracuse defeated Marquette 86-79 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

There's no doubt in my mind! Syracuse's sophomore guard Jonny Flynn is the most exciting player in college basketball.

He's more than exciting—he's electrifying. And the more I see him, the more I like him.

Flynn reminds me of Allen Iverson. He's got Iverson's quickness to go along with the generosity of Steve Nash, and he runs the team with as much style and brilliance as former West Virginia's QB Pat White used to run his team's spread offense.

He's in control.

He tells the other Syracuse players what to do and when to do it. It's Flynn's team and coach Jim Boeheim wouldn't have it any other way.

With Flynn on the floor, the Syracuse coach can just sit back and relax.

There are some great point guards this year. You've heard the names—Darren Collison of UCLA, Jeff Teague of Wake Forest, Eric Maynor of VCU, Stephen Curry of Davidson, and of course Ty Lawson of North Carolina

Lawson is a great player who deserved the Player of the Year award in the ACC. He became so valuable to the Tar Heels that Tyler Hansbrough became an after thought. 

Clark Kellogg of CBS Sports made it known loud and clear that he thinks Lawson is incredible.

I really don't know who the best player in the country is-it might be Blake Griffin, it might Lawson-but Jonny Flynn is right there.

The 6'0", 185-pound guard had a great year and he's not done yet. He averages 17 points and just under seven assists per game. 

He's been consistent in 2009. Only three times has he failed to score in double figures. On five occasions this season, he had double figures in assists.

Flynn knows what to do with the ball and he's definitely the guy you want in there with the game on the line.

In what will be known as the "greatest game ever"—the six-overtime win against Connecticut—Flynn pulled Syracuse off life support about 10 times, scoring 34 points and going 16-for-16 from the foul line.

Flynn was named the Big East Tournament MVP and Syracuse didn't even win the tournament.

He's exciting and people don't forget him once they've seen him play.

Flynn told the Post Standard, Syracuse's paper, that he plans on returning next year, but I've seen him as a lottery pick in a couple of the mock NBA drafts.

Whatever he decides to do, he's achieved enough at Syracuse to be in the discussion with the great guards they've had over the years, including Sherman Douglas, Pearl Washington, Gerry McNamara, and the greatest of all, Dave Bing.

When Syracuse won the hearts of basketball fans around the country in that six-overtime game, Jonny Flynn became a college legend in a legendary game.

There are a lot of people who, because of that game, are rooting for Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament and can't wait to see the ball in Flynn's hands.


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