With their first game in The Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Boeheim‚Äôs Army decided to get a warm-up in by playing some pick up games with Jim Boeheim‚Äôs current squad. While the team comprised of former Syracuse greats such as Eric Devendorf, Hakim Warrick and Demetris Nichols has been in Syracuse this week to prepare for the tournament and it‚Äôs $1,000,000 prize, it also got a chance to look at the future of the Orange.
After going head-to-head with some of the new freshmen, the old-timers had good things to say about the incoming class,¬†specifically Tyler Lydon.
“This guy, Tyler Lydon, if he gets stronger, he can be one-and-done or two-and-done,” Terrence Roberts told syracuse.com. “He is a gem. A gem. He can shoot the ball from the college 3. He can shoot the mid-range like clockwork. He can jump like I did as a freshman, but with more control.‚Äù
While Lydon may have impressed, the young guns were still no match for Roberts‚Äôs squad.
“They almost didn’t want to come out because we whupped them so bad,‚Äù Roberts said to Carlson. “We had to force them. ‘Don’t make us come up there and drag y’all out of your houses.'”
Boeheim‚Äôs Army plays it‚Äôs first game of The Basketball Tournament on Saturday in Philadelphia against NYCSuperstars, a team composed mainly of former Queens College and Boston University players. As for the Orange, the team‚Äôs official schedule is set to be released later this summer.
Posted: Nathan Dickinson