Kicking off our series of Syracuse’s top point guards was Gerry McNamara, who quarterbacked his fair share of offenses, even though he later became more of a combo guard. Our third best point guard in Orange history is Sherman Douglas.
After spending his freshman campaign backing up Pearl Washington, Douglas ran the show for the next three years. Over his four years on The Hill, Douglas became SU’s fourth 2,000 point scorer in program history. He also reaped the reward of playing alongside Derrick Coleman, who became the No. 1 pick in the 1990 NBA draft.
While Douglas etched his name in SU’s history books, he can sometimes be overlooked. When you start as the back-up to one of the best players in Syracuse history, and play alongside another, your own stardom tends to shine a little dimmer.
Being ranked as the third best point guard in Orange history may seem low for “The General”, who once led the NCAA in all-time assists. However, that’s merely a testament to the talent at the position under the tutelage of Jim Boeheim.
When a team loses a star like Washington, it’s easy to be nostalgic for the past. However, Douglas propelled the team to the national championship game in his first year as a starter. The Orange wound up losing to the Bob Knight led Indiana Hoosiers 74-73.
In his three seasons running Syracuse’s offense, the team never lost double digit games. Even though he was only six feet tall, Douglas had a knack of getting his shot off. A large part of that was due to his exceptional floater, which is known as the best of all-time.
Of course now every basketball player has that shot in his repertoire. But when Douglas was donning his Syracuse script jersey, it was somewhat revolutionary.
Not only did “The General” – who attended the same high school as Dave Bing – step out of the shadow of other SU greats, but he revolutionized the game of basketball while doing so. And while manning the show, he took Syracuse to heights the program had never experienced before.