Syracuse ran 36 plays of offense and 48 on defense at Monday afternoon’s practice inside the Carrier Dome. Afterward, head coach Scott Shafer addressed the loss of two walk-ons, the addition of another and freshman quarterback Alin Edouard’s status.Local linebacker joins OrangeAfter losing his father and studying at Le Moyne for a year, Nate Kadah practiced with Syracuse Monday afternoon in a No. 85 jersey and unpadded shorts.“He reached out and said ‘I sure would love to play football again.’ I said. ‘Why don’t you come on over?’” Shafer said.Kadah, who was friends with Shafer’s son Wolfgang at nearby Fayetteville-Manlius High School, will play linebacker for SU, Shafer said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWalking onWide receiver-turned-cornerback Alex Schoen was absent from practice Monday. He left for the team for financial reasons, Shafer said.“Alex Schoen decided he needed to go home, refocus on some things financially and made a decision that was in his best interest and his family’s best interest,” Shafer said. “When they’re walk-ons, it’s tough. It costs a lot of money to go here.”Schoen was listed as a receiver last season but was a cornerback on this year’s training camp depth chart.Freshman backup punter Evan Jakubowski also left the team, as was first reported Sunday night. On Monday, Shafer clarified that the freshman walk-on who had offers from Miami (Ohio) and Missouri, wasn’t in shape.“Evan was a young man that needed to get in shape,” Shafer said. “So we’ll see how he gets in shape, see if we’ll bring him back.”Edouard still comingShafer expects freshman quarterback Alin Edouard to join the team, though he didn’t say when on Monday.The three-star recruit has missed training camp this season due to dealing with a family issue in Florida.“Yeah he’s coming. I’m not letting him — hell yeah he’s coming,” Shafer said.The addition of Edouard would give the Orange five quarterbacks, and two — along with A.J. Long — in its freshman class.“We got to get him before school starts,” Shafer said when asked when Edouard would join the team. “Whenever the timing’s right for him and his family he’ll be here.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 18, 2014 at 8:38 pm Contact Jacob: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Jacob_Klinger_
NEW YORK — With a revolving door at point guard to begin the game, Syracuse couldn’t establish any stability at a position that gave the Orange just that through its first four games.Jim Boeheim swapped Frank Howard and John Gillon for each other three times in the first four minutes, with the fifth-year senior committing two uncharacteristic turnovers and the sophomore accruing two fouls in a 15-second span before heading to the bench.In four blowout wins to begin the season, Howard and Gillon combined to score more than 20 points per game on better than 56 percent shooting from the field while turning the ball over only 11 times. In the first 20 minutes on Saturday, the pair had as many combined points as turnovers (six), and No. 18 Syracuse (4-1) fell into a hole it couldn’t emerge from in a 64-50 loss to South Carolina (6-0) at the Barclays Center on Saturday afternoon.The second half yielded far more efficient results from the Orange’s floor generals with neither turning the ball over or committing a foul, but a backcourt that often included a rare combination of both Howard and Gillon only mustered seven second-half points as Syracuse’s undefeated start faded.“We didn’t really get penetration from our guards,” Boeheim said. “The best way to do that is to have Johnny and Frank in there at the same time. Against pressure defense, that should be a lineup that works. That partially worked for a little while, but it really wasn’t the answer.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Gamecocks’ stingy man-to-man defense suffocated the point guards atop the key all afternoon. When Gillon tried a one-handed lefty swing pass less than two minutes into the game, P.J. Dozier picked it off and Boeheim summoned Howard from the bench. Not two minutes later, when Howard finally sifted into the lane, he made a layup but was called for a charge.The Orange was often left to swing the ball atop the key, hoping it would catch the Gamecocks on a slow rotation. But South Carolina was quick to shift to whoever had the ball, and only the occasional pump fake gave a Syracuse shooter the space he needed on the perimeter when he couldn’t get anywhere near the basket.“When both of us are in there, we can both attack…he can draw in a defense as well as me,” Howard said. “That’s our job, get in the paint and make a play. For the majority of the game, we didn’t do that.”On a day when SU got virtually nothing on the offensive end from either Dajuan Coleman or Paschal Chukwu, Lydon shifted to center with Syracuse needing an offensive spark and Andrew White moved to small forward. With Tyus Battle only playing 13 minutes, Howard and Gillon were given the keys to ignite any form of life into the Orange offense.Gillon committed five turnovers in the first half but had to play due to Howard’s three fouls. The pair helped spearhead some form of a comeback when Syracuse cut the lead to as few as four in the second half. But aside from Tyler Lydon’s 18 points, Syracuse didn’t get much else, especially from Gillon.Gillon was one of three players averaging in double figures heading into Saturday’s game. He only took one shot, a 3-pointer which he made early in the first half, finishing with a meager three points.“I’m not saying my teammates weren’t passing me the ball, I mean, I gotta find a way to get more shots. That’s on me,” Gillon said. “As a senior leader, I gotta find a way to will us to get over the hump. In games like this, I gotta shoot more than one shot.”A season after having only one option at point guard for the majority of the year, a scorer in Michael Gbinije who was arguably more effective off the ball, the Orange began this season with a two-pronged luxury at the position.But along with Syracuse’s promising beginning to the season, the tandem’s flourishing start came back down to earth.“I think that lineup with us two, it did work to a certain extent,” Gillon said. “But we just have to make more plays and execute.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 26, 2016 at 6:51 pm Contact Matt: email@example.com | @matt_schneidman
For collegiate basketball players, the allure of the NBA is tantalizing. Reaching that level is what many have been working toward for their entire lives and with recent NCAA rule changes, that dream is even closer.In prior years, declaring for the NBA draft was a riskier decision since players had to declare before the National Letter of Intent period opened. This year, it will begin on April 13 — almost a full month before the NBA Draft Combine, which is set to begin on May 11.Thanks to the ratification of recent proposals, NCAA players now have the ability to rescind their name from the list for up to 10 days after the conclusion of the draft combine on May 15. This allows players to receive feedback from professional scouts and organization members on their draft stock, while still maintaining eligibility to play NCAA-sanctioned games as long as they rescind their name from consideration within the 10-day period.It’s a no-lose situation for talented players, especially for Wisconsin men’s basketball’s Nigel Hayes.Greg Gard on Nigel Hayes and the NBA: We’re going to submit his name to the advisory committee. Then from there he’ll decide about entry.— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) April 5, 2016Hayes’ junior season wasn’t as stellar as many had speculated, but by no means was his play bad either. Partaking in the combine and receiving feedback on his draft stock is the smartest decision for a player of his caliber since there is professional interest.There is a good chance Hayes returns to Wisconsin for his senior season, but if he does decide to leave, there is a lot the Badgers will be missing.The scoring has to come from someoneHayes was called upon to do a bit more than he could handle on his own this season, which contributed to his decreased shooting percentage compared to his first two seasons.While the junior scored a career and team-high 15.7 points per game this season, his shooting percentage took a massive hit and dropped from 49.7 percent last season to 36.8 percent this season. Hayes often drew double-teams on offense but was still called upon at-large during games.Wisconsin averaged 67.8 points per game, and Hayes, who played every game, contributed 23 percent of that average with his 15.7 points. Compared to the top scorers on every team that made the Elite Eight of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Hayes scored the fourth-highest percentage of his team’s points, which places him in the middle of that pack.Eric GoldsobelSuccessful teams need a scorer, and Hayes was often called on for the job due to the team’s poor shooting performance at times this season — the Badgers shot under 43 percent, 16 times this season.Hayes was the Badgers’ leading scorer 14 times this season, five more times than both Koenig and Happ, but most interesting is the time periods during which he strung together consecutive games as leading scorer. During head coach Greg Gard’s first 11 games, he was leading scorer nine times and tasked with jumpstarting the team’s offense.The amount of times Hayes was fed the ball forced the junior to attempt a team-high 438 field goals this season — 53 more than second-place Bronson Koenig and 135 more than third-place Ethan Happ. Defenders then knew where the shots would be coming from and prepared to divert special attention on stopping Hayes.Hayes’ shooting this season suffered because of this, but when shots weren’t falling, he showcased just how special of a player he is by driving to the basket and drawing fouls. During Hayes’ 15-highest free throw scoring games, he shot 40 percent or less nine different times.Hayes attempted 244 free throws during 2015-16, which was the 14th-highest total in NCAA Division I play — off the dribble, he’s tough to defend.Hayes also leads the team in assists (104), but is prone to turnovers (79), which he leads the team in as well. But these two statistics point further to how much Hayes had the ball in his hands during the season.A diverse skillsetDespite his size, Hayes is nimble and his perimeter defense helped the Badgers’ stingy defense this season.Wisconsin’s opponents averaged just 63.8 points per game this season, the 17th-lowest average in NCAA Division I play. Hayes was no small part of that, with 39 steals and 14 blocks.But Hayes’ defensive contributions go beyond the box score, and he was also commonly tasked with defending a team’s best player this season, which included having to guard the likes of both AP National Player of the Year in Michigan State’s Denzel Washington and the Naismith College Player of the Year in Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield.