Josh Watson was a walk-on his senior year. He was a big man, and was primarily used to help Syracuse's big men have a big body to practice against. Watson's only game was on senior night.
Erik Williams was a highly recruited forward. He did not get much playing time his freshman season; he was a starter the beginning of his sophomore year, and showed he was a strong rebounder. However, Damone Brown would outplay him and replace him before the Big East season began, and Williams would transfer to UMass. Williams was never more than a reserve there.
Malik Campbell was a valuable receiver on the Orangemen football team for three seasons. He was a reserve on the basketball floor scoring 66 points in his two seasons.
None of the new eligible candidates from 1998-1999 would make my list of top 10 eligible candidates.
Katz was part of the famed Reindeer Five at Syracuse, that went 45-10 their three years together a Syracuse. Katz was very speedy and one of the early pioneers of the one handed set shot.
Cincebox was on the best rebounders in Syracuse history (in an era when rebounding numbers were admittedly high). He helped Syracuse to the NCAA Elite Eight in 1956-1957, as the dominant big man for the Orangemen.
Lee was a clutch shooter with terrific perimeter range, and outstanding free throw shooting ability. He was able to use his shooting ability to set himself up as a solid passer. Lee's 18 foot jumper with five seconds remaining led the Orangemen to beat heavily favored North Carolina, as the Orangemen eventually moved on to their first NCAA Final Four. Lee would end up making the All-Tournament team for his outstanding performances.
Rautins was a terrific ball-handling forward with a nice shooting touch, solid rebounding and scoring skills. He is most well known for his game winning tip in basket to win the Big East Championship in triple overtime against Villanova in 1981. Rautins also recorded two triple-doubles in Big East action.
Thompson was an explosive swingman, with incredible quickness and vertical leap, and excellent defensive skills. He was extremely adept at playing above the basket though he was only about 6'2". He teamed with Sherman Douglas to perfect the alley-oop basket. Thompson was an extremely proficient scorer, despite the fact he was a terrible perimeter shooter.
Cohen was an explosive leaper and quick to the basket. He was only 6'1", but played forward. Cohen would average 24.2 points a game his senior season, becoming the first Orangemen to break the 20 ppg barrier. He would lead the Orangemen into the NCAA tournament. Syracuse played #1 North Carolina in
the Elite Eight. Cohen would score 26 points to lead the Orangemen; it would not be enough as the Tar Heels were much bigger and stronger off the boards.
Cohen was drafted by the Syracuse Nationals to play in the NBA, but turned down the opportunity to pursue his law degree.
Congratulations to Vinnie Cohen, the 2014 Inductee into the Orange Hoops Hall of Fame.