The Basketball tournament kicks off with a bracket selection show on June 21st, the first round starts in Wichita, Kansas on July 16th. Boeheim’s Army has represented Syracuse since 2015 in the TBT and will do so again this summer. Let’s meet the 2021 Boeheim’s, Army Roster:
Head Coach: Jeremy Pope
Jeremy Pope will lead the team into battle this year, he currently serves as an assistant for Portland Men’s basketball. If you’re looking for a Syracuse connection here, there really isn’t one. The closest thing Pope has to SU on his resume is his grad assistant work under former SU assistant Mike Hopkins at the University of Washington. Trust general manager, Kevin Belbey though, Pope knows what he’s doing he been coaching on the AAU circuit for some time now, and has seen success in his young career.
Malachi Richardson (2015-2016)
Malachi Richardson was a part of the most magical moments Syracuse had to offer in the late 2010s, of course, that’s Final Four run the Orange made in 2016. Richardson became a one-and-done, leaving after that successful freshman year. Despite his lack of time spent on the hill he still provided fans with plenty of memories. In his pro career, the first-round draft pick stuck around the NBA for a couple of seasons before heading over to Italy. Now he’s back in the G-league playing for the Canton Charge, the affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Syracuse Career Statistics: 13.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.1 apg
Paschal Chuwku (2016-2019)
Paschal Chuwku played for Syracuse most recently of anyone on this team. In his time at SU, Chukwu was an absolute fan favorite. After his collegiate career, Chukwu spent time overseas, fans will certainly love to watch the 7-2 big back on the court in Orange threads.
Syracuse Career Statistics: 4.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.1 bpg
CJ Fair (2010-2014)
Talk about making memories. In his four years on the hill, CJ Fair provided Orange fans a multitude of memories, most notably his monstrous dunk over Georgetown’s Otto Porter in overtime of the 2013 Big East tournament semi-finals. Fair put together a great career at SU, a consensus All-American, 2012-13 All-Big East player, and 2013-14 All-ACC player. Nowadays, the forward is playing overseas for AL-Nasr, a team in the UAE National Basketball League.
Syracuse Career Statistics: 11.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.1 spg
Tyler Lydon (2015-2017)
Tyler Lydon was of course a part of that same Final Four run Malachi Richardson was. One of the only guys on this list alongside Richardson to be drafted in the first round. Lydon stuck around the NBA for 26 games over two seasons until he was waived. He was picked up by the Kings, but only for a short stint, he’s currently an unrestricted free agent.
Syracuse Career Statistics: 11.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.6 bpg
Chris McCullough (2014-2015)
Onto another first-round pick, this one also a one-and-done. Chris McCullough could be extremely valuable for Boeheim’s Army, his athleticism could be what this team needs to push it over the top. McCullough bounced around the NBA for a few years until taking his talent overseas. On June 2nd of this year, the big reportedly signed with Al-Ahli of the Bahraini Premier League.
Syracuse Career Statistics: 9.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.1 bpg
Andrew White III (2016-2017)
Andrew White was with SU for only one season. Syracuse was the third team he played for in his collegiate career after having transferred from both Kansas and Nebraska. White showed off incredible talent while playing for the Orange. In a season in which Syracuse didn’t make the NCAA tournament, White earned All-ACC honors. These days White plays for the Westchester Knicks, the G-League affiliate of the New York Knicks.
Syracuse Career Statistics: 18.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.6 spg
Eric Devendorf (2005-2009)
Devo is the oldest SU alum on the roster this summer at 34 years old. A bonafide fan favorite thanks to his great personality and the memories he provided Syracuse fans for years. Who could forget his fiery antics jumping onto the scorer’s table in the famed six overtime win over UCONN at MSG? Devendorf was the heart and soul of the team while he played at SU. His pro-playing career has come to finish, but that doesn’t mean he’s out of basketball. Devo serves as an assistant at Detroit Mercy nowadays.
Syracuse Career Statistics: 14.5 ppg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg
Tyrese Rice (Boston College 2005-2009)
So here’s the first non-SU player on the squad this season. Tyrese Rice was incredible in his time at BC, 3x All-ACC, 2007 All-ACC Tournament, as well as being the ACC Freshman of the year. In his four years playing for the Eagles he never once stepped on the court against Syracuse. He’s a talented guard, and that’s exactly what you need to win this tournament. At age 34, it seems he’s done playing pro-basketball, or at least taking a break. The last pro team he played for was AEK Athens in the Greek Basketball League last year.
Collegiate Career Statistics: 15.9 ppg, 4.5 apg, 1.2 spg
Keifer Sykes (Green Bay 2011-2015)
Keifer Sykes is the second and as of now final non-SU player on Boeheim’s Army this summer. Sykes lit up the Horizon League during his time in college. He was the 2x Horizon League POY, nowadays the 27-year-old is playing pro-ball down under for the South East Melbourne Phoenix of the Australian National Basketball League. He’s another talented guard, hopefully, he’ll pair well with what the rest of this unit has to offer.
Collegiate Career Statistics: 16.5 ppg, 4.1 apg, 1.2 spg
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