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SU In The Pros, Cooney Signs D-League Deal

The sharpshooter may play again with Chris McCullough.

Whether it’s the NBA, the NFL or the Olympic games, a few SU grads have made moves at the professional level this week. The Fizz has the details below.

Trevor Cooney

The former Syracuse shooting guard has been given a chance in American professional hoops. Cooney signed a D-League deal with the Long Island Nets Monday, an affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets.

Many pegged Cooney as a future European or Asian pro, but if he performs well with the Nets, he may get a chance in the NBA. That means Cooney potentially could be reunited with Chris McCullough, the former Syracuse forward who was drafted by the Nets in 2015.

Michael Gbinije

Gbinije, the 49th pick in this year’s NBA Draft, just finished up in Rio representing Nigeria in the Olympic basketball tournament. While the Nigerian team struggled finishing 1-4 in pool play, Gbinije did throw down this monstrous slam in a game against Argentina.

Julian Whigham

The former Syracuse cornerback has been given a second chance in the NFL. After being released by the Buffalo Bills in June, Whigham signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers this past weekend.

Durell Eskridge

On a negative note, ex-SU safety Durell Eskridge was waived by the Arizona Cardinals Monday. Eskridge left Syracuse with a year of eligibility remaining to pursue his NFL career in 2015. In addition to the Cardinals, he has also had a stint with the New York Jets.

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Posted: Connor Morrissette

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

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