I’m going to keep things light today as we enter a holiday weekend, after a week at SU that was pretty eventful, considering it’s the off-season and the Orange didn’t have anyone realistically considering declaring for the draft, which is something that usually takes the headlines around this time of the season.
1) Former guard Adrian Autry is reportedly succeeding Rob Murphy as an assistant on the SU bench. While I think it’s a little odd that none of the current assistants have playing experience as a forward, considering the unrefined talent SU has down low, I’m not sure I should necessarily be concerned, but mostly because I think there’s a greater meaning to the move, which is in the next point.
2) It’s more interesting that Autry and Mike Hopkins, who played together in the backcourt for most of their careers at Syracuse, will be reunited on the bench. We know Jim Boeheim is in the twilight of his career, and that Hopkins is presumably taking the reins once Boeheim finally calls it a career, so in putting on my tinfoil hat, I get the feeling that this move was made with a good deal of consideration towards the long-term future of the program as well as the short-term.
3) Big ups to Mike Porter at The Juice for scooping the report that Syracuse will play George Washington in the non-con slate this fall. It’s by no means a sexy opponent as we wait for the rest of the NIT Season Tip-Off field to be announced, but the Colonials are losing just one senior, and with some solid young players, should make a push within the Atlantic 10. To boot, point guard Tony Taylor is a statistical and physical replica of Scoop Jardine - It’s really uncanny. Now we can commence our seven-month wait with baited breath.
As we celebrate the reunification of the Hopkins/Autry duo, I leave you with this ditty: