With March Madness right around the corner, the bracketology has heated up. With a wave of freshman talents littering the NCAA level, so many big names come to mind. Memphis’ Derrick Rose, UCLA’s Kevin Love, Kansas State’s Michael Beasley, USC’s O.J. Mayo, and Indiana’s Eric Gordon just to name a few. But if you disregard all the publicized names, the crop remains ripe, starting in Syracuse, New York. The Orangemen have had enough games on ESPN to showcase their stuff, but I still get the feeling that people are sleeping on this team. While I focus on the Badgers’ and Golden Eagles’ progress as the conference tournaments draw nearer, I can’t help but admire what Jim Boeheim has done with his team minus their star Eric Devendorf, who suffered a serious knee injury early in the season. In the games I’ve watched, freshman phenoms Jonny Flynn and Donte Greene have taken over numerous times, leaving me wonder whether or not this team needs Devendorf to make a serious run in the Big Dance. You may ask, who are these two? They’ve averaged 32 points per game combined, and both play with so much confidence, you wonder if they are that young. Flynn, the admirable floor general, is versatile and plays scrappy, despite being 6-0. Greene, left, is a special talent. Ridiculous 3-point range and at 6-10, he can sky. He is a sure-fire top 10 possibly top 5 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. I haven’t seen a pair of freshman dominate they way these two have this season, and I challenge anyone to find me one better. For those of you have had a chance to see Syracuse play, you know what I mean. And for all of you who haven’t: get a strong look at this team before you pencil in your brackets, because they have a legitimate chance come next month.
February 2, 2008
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