While Orange Nation never follows a former player with nearly as much intensity as his college days, there’s always a healthy amount of curiosity of how he’ll do at the next level.
Saint ‘Melo can walk on Onondaga Lake, but it’s not like the 315 automatically became huge Nuggets fans overnight.
With this dynamic in mind, we watch this month’s NBA Draft with interest because of Wes Johnson.
The Iowa State transfer seemed to magically appear out of the cornfield “Field of Dreams”-style, to lead the Orange to a Big East title and #1 seed.
ESPN’s Ryen Russillo dropped by my radio show on 98/5 The Sports Hub in Boston to primarily chatter Celtics-Lakers NBA Finals. But you know how we roll. I squeezed in one last question about Wes’ future.
“I think he’s good, but there are some holes in his game. I spoke to Jim Boeheim about him and asked is he the best athlete you’ve ever had at ‘Cuse? He said ‘Yes, he is.'”
What’s Wes’ weakness before the draft?
“If you really wanna be special and hit the shots at the end of games and be a one or two scoring option, you have to be able to dribble to a higher level than Wes Johnson does right now.”
Is Wes a sure thing?
“But man is he athletic, he’s a special kid. I don’t know if he’s the homerun people make him out to be.”
He doesn’t get out of the Top-5, does he?
“I don’t think he falls out of the Top-5. Sounds like he’s a lock in the Top-5, that’s what we hear more than anything else.”