The regular season doesn‚Äôt tip off for about half a calendar year, but Jim Boeheim and company have kept themselves occupied during the dog days of summer. This week has been a particularly hectic one for Syracuse. Here is a roundup of what has happened and what will be happening this week in Orange hoops:
Cole Swider Will Announce His College Choice On Friday
The Orange struck out on Top 100 recruits for the 2017 class, however, SU hopes to get a jump start on reversing their recruiting fate for 2017. It starts with Cole Swider, who put Syracuse into his final four earlier this month and took an official visit just over a week ago. The four star is ESPN‚Äôs 48th rated recruit and is set to announce his decision at 3:30 on Friday. SU is going up against Xavier, Villanova and, unfortunately, Duke, who swooped in late into the process and offered Swider (sound familiar?).
Frank Howard Underwent Surgery In May
Syracuse.com‚Äôs Mike Waters reported the news yesterday that Howard was treated for four torn core muscles. Howard says he began to feel the pain in his mid-section around January, but couldn‚Äôt pinpoint an exact day. However, Howard noted that the injury did occur after he lost his starting point guard job to John Gillon.
Howard and Matthew Moyer Will Play For The USA East Coast in Spain
Howard just can‚Äôt stay out of the news this week. This time it‚Äôs better news. The point guard is playing for USA East Coast, a team comprised of college players from across the nation. The team will play four games in early August against the Venezuela, Japan, Senegal and Mexico national teams. He will be joined by Matthew Moyer who redshirted his freshman season. Two other ACC players will join Howard and Moyer. Notre Dame‚Äôs Rex Pflueger and Austin Torres will also play for the team.
Syracuse Adds Iona To Its 2017-18 Schedule
The Orange and Gaels announced they will meet on November 14th at the Carrier Dome. This is the second game on SU‚Äôs schedule after it opens its season against Cornell. Iona is the 12th non-conference team on Syracuse‚Äôs schedule, leaving just one open spot left for the Orange before ACC play.