Sunday, November 09, 2008

2007-2008 Milestone Opportunities

Syracuse has a veteran team on the court this season and thus they have some players who are moving up the all-time lists at Syracuse. Three players have realistic chances of breaking the 1,000 point club at Syracuse.

Junior Eric Devendorf is currently 43rd all time with 1,115 points. He should pass Dave Johnson at #14 on the all-time list, and possibly Rony Seikaly at #13. If Devo has a great scoring year, he should position himself to break Syracuse’s all-time scoring record in his senior season, currently held by Lawrence Moten with 2,334 points. He has a good shot to break the 400 career assist level and should finish the season between #7 and #11 all-time in assists. Devo is currently 11th on the all time 3-point field goal list. He should finish the season somewhere between 3rd and 7th on the all-time list.

Junior Andy Rautins is currently 18th all time on Syracuse’s 3 point field goal list. He should finish the season somewhere around 8th all-time, surpassing Matt Roe, and if a strong season of shooting threes, he would end up at 5th. He should break into the top 100 scorers for Syracuse, and finish the season around 83rd all-time. Both Rautins and Devendorf, as well as Jonny Flynn, can take a shot at Gerry McNamara’s single season three point record of 107.

Junior Paul Harris has 808 points, 534 rebounds, and 174 assists entering his junior season. He needs only 192 points to become the 50th Syracuse player to score 1,000 points. He should finish the season somewhere around #31 all-time in scoring. Harris should finish the season somewhere around #13 all-time in rebounding, and could finish as high as #10th if he averaged double digit rebounds. As phenomenal a rebounder as Harris is at times, he won’t be able to challenge Derrick Coleman’s career record of 1,537. With another solid season of assists, Harris could break SU’s top twenty in assists, needing 121 assists this season to do it.

Junior Arinze Onuaku has 503 career points. He needs 497 points to become the 50th player to score 1,000 career points for Syracuse. He would need to average about 14.2 ppg to do that. He should finish the season around #22 in all-time rebounds, and needs 319 rebounds to get to #20 on the list.

As I mentioned last year, Onuaku is breaking Terrence Roberts' Syracuse free throw record for worst shooter ever (he needs nine more attempt to get to 200 attempts making it ‘official’). Onuaku is now 85-191 for his career or 44.5%; Roberts was 176-367 for his career for 48%. Onuak likely has two seasons to get his career average above Roberts 48%. I'm hoping he can exceed that.

Sophomore Jonny Flynn enters his sophomore season with 548 career points. He needs only 452 points to be the 50th player to score 1,000 points, or about 12.9 ppg. Flynn should finish the season around #42 all-time in scoring for Syracuse. Flynn needs 83 three point field goals to make the top 10 for Syracuse (though with Devo and Rautins also likely moving into the top ten, that standard will change).

Head Coach Jim Boeheim needs 29 wins to reach the 800 win plateau. He reached his 300th Big East win last season.

Trivia Notes: the last four players to lead Syracuse in scoring for the season left school after the season: Donte' Greene in 2008, Demetris Nichols in 2007, Gerry McNamara in 2006 and Hakim Warrick in 2005.

No Syracuse player scored 30+ points in a game last season. The last to do it was Eric Devendorf on March 14, 2007 vs South Alabama in the NIT. The last Orangeman to average double digit rebound was Carmelo Anthony with 10.0 in 2002-2003. The last Orangeman to average 20+ ppg was Hakim Warrick in 2004-2005 with 21.4 ppg.

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