The SU top 100 list wouldn’t be complete without No. 37 on this list. Hakim Warrick was absolutely crucial to Syracuse‚Äôs one and only NCAA Tournament basketball championship. If you need a reminder why, check out the video below.
In his Syracuse career, Warrick finished fourth in points scored with 2,073, and fourth in rebounds with 1,025. Warrick averaged two dunks per game as well during his time on The Hill.
While Warrick wasn‚Äôt a primary scorer his freshman season, he flashed plenty of potential. While playing just over 17 minutes per game, Warrick averaged around six points and almost five rebounds. Against Cornell, Warrick had a season-high 22 points and 11 rebounds.
As a sophomore Warrick became a full-time starter and one of the stars for the Orange. As Syracuse went on to win the National Championship, Warrick averaged almost 15 points and nine rebounds. While SU relied on Carmelo Anthony and Gerry McNamara from deep, Warrick was a menace down low. He was also named as the Big East Most Improved Player in his sophomore season.
As a junior, ESPN and The Sporting News named Warrick a second-team All-American as he averaged almost 20 points and nine rebounds. With Anthony now in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets, Warrick assumed more scoring responsibility.
As a senior Warrick further solidified his legacy as an SU great by averaging over 21 points and nearly nine boards. He was also named as a candidate for the Naismith Trophy, Rupp Trophy, Senior Class Award and Wooden Award. Warrick was also a consensus All-American. Not only was he named BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year, Warrick also was awarded the the BIG EAST Conference Tournament MVP after the Orange won the tournament.
After graduating from Syracuse, Warrick was drafted 19th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2005 NBA Draft.