Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Back in 2006, I commented on the fact that in the storied history of Syracuse basketball, Mike Jones became the first Orange basketball player by the name of Jones. Well, in the 2008-09 season, Mookie Jones became the second Jones to join the team. Mookie would never be a regular, but he was a good shooter who struggled on defense. Mike Jones had opened the floodgates, because in the 2012-13 season, walk-on Noel Jones joined the squad.
Other common and familiar names joined the team since that time, spanning from 2007 to 2015.
The third Jackson joined Syracuse in 2007-08 when Rick Jackson was a freshman. Rick followed Luke Jackson (1992-95) and William Jackson (1933). Two more and we get a Jackson Five.
Two Williams also joined the team in 2007-08, with Sean Williams and Mike Williams (walking on from the football team). That brings the number of Williams to seven: Sean & Mike, DeShaun (2000-02), Eric (1998-99), Jeffery (1959), Jimmy (1974-1977), and John (1945-46). Jimmy ‘Bug’ Williams was the best of the bunch, by far, a flashy point guard for Roy Danforth and a young Jim Boeheim.
In 2009-10, a second Triche joined the team when Brandon followed in the footsteps of his uncle Howard. Wesley Johnson also joined the team that year, bringing the Johnsons up to three: Wesley, Dave (1989-92), and Derrick (1995). In in 2013-14, B.J. would be the fourth Johnson.
In 2012-13, we got our second Coleman with big DaJuan joining Derrick (1987-90), and our second Grant with Jerami joining John (1935-36).
In that time span we went from having no Mister Josephs, to having two of them, both with the initials K.J.: Kris Joseph (2009-12) and Kaleb (2015-current).
We did have our share of unusual names: Matt Lyde-Cajuste, Matt Tomaszewski, Rakeem Christmas, Michael Gbinije, Baye Keita, Chino Obakuh, and Doyan Akintobi-Adeyeye to name a few. And a group of Irish sounding names: Cooney (Trevor), Riley (DaShonte), Reese (Brandon), and McCullough (Chris).