Our list of the Top 100 SU athletes continues with an international defensive anchor who protected the paint like none other.
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Rony Seikaly was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He came to SU in 1984 and made an immediate impact alongside sophomore guard Pearl Washington. Seikaly started every game of his freshman year, putting up numbers good enough to earn him a spot on Big East All-Freshman team. His effort on defense was unmatched as in his sophomore season he swatted 3 blocks per game, helping him to climb the all-time blocks list as well as points and rebounds. Seikaly was known for rising to the occasion when the team needed him most. He was instrumental in slowing down Patrick Ewing in a stunning 65-63 Syracuse victory over #1 Georgetown in January of 1985.
When it was all said and done, Seikaly had slated himself as one of the greatest big men ever to anchor the Carrier Dome. He finished up 2nd in all-time rebounds with 1,094 and tied for 3rd with 319 blocks. As far as accolades go Seikaly earned his fair share, 3-time All-Big East selection, 2-time All-Big East Tournament selection, and a consensus All-American. Seikaly’s resume was pretty solid by the time he finished up in Orange.
After his senior season in 1988, Seikaly declared where he was selected 9th overall by the Miami Heat. He played 12 seasons in the NBA and earned the 1989-90 Most Improved Award.
He absolutely deserves this spot on the list as one of the greatest players in SU basketball history.