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Coach Boeheim advises Jonny Flynn
To Test NBA Draft Waters

Posted on 01. Apr, 2009 by Geoff Fienberg in Draft, Draft Talk, NCAA, NCAA Basketball

According to Andy Katz (does this guy break all the stories?), Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim has advised Jonny Flynn to put his name in the NBA Draft. Andy claims that Boeheim indicated to him that he still believes Jonny will return to The Orange for his junior year unless he receives feedback that he is a top 10 pick. This certainly makes Syracuse fans feel a little better after receiving news that LeBron James had contacted Flynn earlier in the week on behalf of his representation. Boeheim’s latest comments should help Jonny weather the storm and provide him with some breathing room to make an educated decision.

“He’d have to be top-10,” Boeheim said. “He came in and wants to stay, and I do think he’ll come back unless he’s fairly high.”

If he does indeed come back, the Orange will likely field a National Championship contender. Syracuse will have Arinze Onuaku, Andy Rautins, and Rick Jackson back on campus next season forsure, and are still waiting to see what happens with both Paul Harris and Eric Devendorf.

Boeheim is also smitten about the newcomers coming to town next season. Boeheim called Iowa State transfer Wesley Johnson a “great player and he could be first-team all-league. He’s really good, really explosive.” He also believes High School senior Brandon Triche (NY State player of the year) will be able to provide an impact if Eric and Paul don’t return.

Syracuse will have to wait until the end of April before finding out forsure what the teams nucleus will look like. I can assure you there are a lot of people on pins and needles waiting to find out, both in Central New York and NBA Draft rooms.

Nolan Shulman
nolan@flagrantfouls.com

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