‘Cuse Recovers From LeMoyne Nightmare
JJ Moore To Panthers.
Following a new grounds-breaking exhibition loss to Division-II Le Moyne, Syracuse has started to mesh. The new-look Orange has eaten up the first two creampuffs of their ’09-10 campaign after a humiliating loss to nearby Le Moyne. The game, of course, does not count for Syracuse, albeit it does for Le Moyne.
One of the biggest preseason upsets in the Big East program’s storied history is swept underneath the rug for Syracuse.
Jim Boeheim, the Hall of Fame coach who recently attained the 800-win milestone, can now focus on stringing together a slew of non-conference wins. This Syracuse team must fill the scoring void left by departed players Jonny Flynn, Paul Harris and Eric Devondorf.
This propofol-potent triumvirate of Flynn (17.4 ppg, 6.7 apg), Devendorf (15 ppg, 3 apg), and Harris (12 ppg, 8.1 rpg) accounted for more than half of Syracuse’s offensive output in ’08-09.
The Orange shellacked Albany, 75-43, before pasting Northeast Conference foe Robert Morris (which made the Tournament last season) to the tune of a 100-60 washout.
Andy Rautins, who put up a doughnut (0-6 FG, 0-4 from beyond the arc in 21 minutes) while rolling his left ankle in the Albany route, re-discovered his stroke last night. After sporting a protective boot on the ankle before the game, Rautins quickly returned to form.
The Canada-bred, fifth-year senior sniper drained 7-10 from the great beyond, leading all scorers with 22 points. Rautins also handed out three dimes and came up with three steals as the Orange charged up the fans.
The LeMoyne hangover is no more for The Orange. Syracuse received 15 points from forward Wesley Johnson, a highly decorated transfer via Iowa State, one who’s expected to ease the loss of Harris this season. Hulking behemoth Arinze Onuaku added 14 points for the Orange.
Forward Rick Jackson turned in a solid showing with 10 points and three swats in 24 minutes. Brandon Triche, a true freshman point guard who attended the same high school–nearby Jamesville DeWitt HS in Central New York–as Rautins, scored 12 points and dished out 7 dimes.
Point guard Scoop Jardine, back after a one-year hiatus due to a stress fracture, came off the bench to hand out nine dimes.
Robert Morris, which took the NEC by storm last year, lost Jeremy Chappelle—the ‘08-09 NEC Player of the Year to graduation. JC is currently pursuing a career over the pond. Sophomore guard Velton Jones led the Colonials with 15 points.
MOORE TO PITTSBURGH
JJ Moore, a silky-smooth 6-5 swingman at South Kent Prep in South Kent, CT, has committed to play for Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh was the last visit on Moore’s fall schedule. The kid from Brentwood, NY had posted a Facebook message indicating he had a blast during his recent stay in Panther country.
Moore’s balanced game had many high-major Division-I schools salivating like Pavlov’s Puppy. Big East schools Louisville and Providence had been in active pursuit, and Moore visited St. John’s University on Halloween. During his visit, Moore and Johnnies coach Norm Roberts took in the Knicks/Sixers game at Madison Square Garden.
Moore, a native of Brentwood, NY, will play alongside tough-as-nails guard Russ Smith (who’s from Brooklyn) at South Kent. Smith is sifting through a plethora of high Division-I offers right now, the strongest of them being Louisville.
Look forward to hearing more about this 1-2 punch (they’ve been successful playing for the NY Panthers on the AAU circuit) and the season they put together in the CT woodworks this year.
Zach Smart has written for Big East Basketball Report, Hoops Addict and The East Coast Bias. Read more on his blog.