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Ranking Syracuse Basketball’s Top 10 Players Since 2000 (Part 2)

  1. Eric Devendorf (2006-2009) –

Eric Devendorf served as a sharp-shooter for Syracuse, who could also drive to hoop and draw contact. It only took six games into his freshman season for Jim Boeheim to realize that Devendorf should be in the starting lineup. He became a fan favorite thanks to his great play, but also due to his constant trash talk. At the end of his freshman season, Devendorf was named to the Big East All Rookie Team after he became just the seventh freshman in SU history to score over 400 points. While he’s known for his arsenal of offensive weapons, Devendorf also finished his career with 374 assists.

  1. Johnny Flynn (2008-2009)

Johnny Flynn only suited up for Syracuse for a couple of years before heading off to the NBA and being drafted sixth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Flynn started every game of his career, averaging 36 minutes. As a freshman, he broke Carmelo Anthony’s single-game scoring mark for freshman in his first game after dropping 28 points against Siena. At the end of the season, Flynn was named Co-Big East Rookie of the Year and was an All-Big East honorable mention.

Coming out of high school as a McDonald’s All-American, Flynn was known for his passing ability. During his time on The Hill, he made sure to find Andy Rautins and Eric Devendorf for plenty of open looks. In just two seasons, Flynn rose up to eighth all-time in Syracuse assists with 439. As a sophomore, he played more minutes than any other SU player in a season all-time and was named to the all-Big East Second Team.

He would also play 67 of 70 possible minutes in Syracuse’s 6-OT thriller over UConn in the Big East Tournament, finishing with 34 points, 11 assists, and six steals.

Hakim Warrick (2002-2005) – Warrick epitomized what Boeheim looks for in a defender. A tall, lanky big with incredible hops. Warrick steadily improved throughout his career, winning Big East’s most improved player after his sophomore season. That same year Warrick was a Big East Third Team Selection. He followed up that award with a couple of Big East First Team Selections and an All-American award as a senior. Besides being an All-American in his final year in Orange, Warrick was also named the Big East Player of the Year and the Big East Tournament MVP.  He finished his career fourth all-time in rebounds for Syracuse with 1024, along with over 2,000 points. And Syracuse can thank its 2003 championship to Warrick’s massive block to seal the game.

  1. Gerry McNamara (2003-2006) – 3rd in assists (648) championship

Gerry McNamara was one of the best shooters in Syracuse history. McNamara could get hot very quickly and explode, like he did against BYU in the 2004 NCAA Tournament for 43. He held a career 35% three point percentage from three, and was deadly from the free throw line as well. At the end of his sophomore season, McNamara was named to the Big East Third Team, and was named to the Big East First Team the following two seasons. By the end of his career, McNamara led SU all-time in free throw percentage, three pointers made, and minutes played. He finished fourth all-time in scoring with over 2000 points, third in assists with 648 and second in steals with 258.

  1. Carmelo Anthony (2003)

Melo was only at Syracuse for one season, but put together the best freshman season in SU history. He’s easily the most talented player Syracuse has had since 2000, and was a huge factor in propelling SU to a national title. Anthony averaged a double-double for the season, scoring over 22 points a game During the 2003 NCAA Tournament, Anthony was named the tournament’s MVP after pouring on 33 against Texas in the Final Four. At the end of the year, Anthony was named the Big East Rookie of the Year, was named to the Big East First Team, and was a First Team All-American.

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