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Looking Back at Some of the Best Syracuse Players of the 1980s

Looking back at some of the best players of the eighties at Syracuse.

Monday, Syracuse’s old Big East rival made headlines when it was announced that Georgetown had hired Patirck Ewing, who played from the Hoyas from 1981-1985, as their next head coach, replacing John Thompson III. So, now that the Orange’s old rival has gone back in time to hire their new coach, it begs the question, where are some Syracuse’s players from that era?

Rafael Addison: Addison played for the Orange between 1982-1986, one year behind Patrick Ewing at Georgetown. The six-foot-seven forward averaged nearly 15 points per game during his five years on the Hill and shot an impressive 53.4% from the field. He is tenth all time in points at Syracuse with 1,876. Addison has returned to his hometown of Jersey City, where he is a teach and a member of the Board of Education. He teaches physical education at P.S. 14 to kids in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Rony Seikaly:  Born in Lebanon and raised, mostly, in Athens Greece, Seikaly is known as one of the best centers in Syracuse history. Between 1984-1988, Seikaly averaged 12.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. He went on to play in the NBA for more than a decade, for four different teams, before wrapping up his playing career in Barcelona. Now, Seikaly is out of basketball but very much still doing what he loves. He was a DJ in Greece growing up and once he left basketball, he returned to his passion of music. He DJs on Sirius/XM Radio and started releasing his own songs in 2010.

Jim Boeheim: In 1981, when Patrick Ewing arrived at Georgetown, Jim Boeheim was entering his sixth year as Syracuse head coach. Now, Boeheim is set to begin his 42nd season as the head coach and seems to have no intention of slowing down. 

Pearl Washington: You can’t talk about Syracuse in the Big East in the 1980s and not mention Dwayne “Pearl” Washington. Arguably, you cannot mention Syracuse basketball without thinking of Pearl. One of the greatest players to ever grace the Carrier Dome floor, Pearl thrust Syracuse and the Big East into the national spotlight with a half-court buzzer-beater against Boston College in January of 1984. His influence went beyond the court. He was a treasured member of the Syracuse community and his death last year shook every Syracuse fan to their core.

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.


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