Jim Boeheim on skinny centers, SU grad Joe Biden and Jerami Grant’s breakout season
The caller on Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim’s weekly radio show wasn’t that blunt, however that was essentially the concern being asked of the Hall of Fame coach on Thursday night.
Syracuse has 4 centers on its current lineup; 5 if one includes senior forward Marek Dolezaj who has been beginning at center with Bourama Sidibe out for the previous 11 video games. The five post players are developed like posts, too, high and thin.
The 6-foot-10 Dolezaj pointers the scales at 190 pounds. Sidibe, who is also listed at 6-10, weighs 218. In in between are younger centers Frank Anselem (210 ), Jesse Edwards (215) and John Bol Ajak (215 ).
The concern of SU’s size; or lack thereof, at the center position constantly seems to come whenever Syracuse has been out-muscled in a loss to a group with larger centers. Just recently, Syracuse lost to North Carolina, which included 3 gamers who weighed 240 pounds or more.
On his weekly radio show Thursday on the Syracuse Sports Network (TK-99 locally), Boeheim defended Syracuse’s weight program and noted that it’s difficult to find and recruit huge, muscular centers.
” North Carolina’s people were 7-foot, 230 (pounds) in high school and they’re now 240, so they gained 10 pounds,” Boeheim stated. “Our guys, like Marek, was 170 (and) 6-9 (as a freshman). He now weighs 190, so he’s gained 20 pounds. He simply didn’t begin from the exact same place.
” Jesse’s gotten 20 pounds, however he started at 205,” Boeheim added. “The Carolina guys were currently big. We have some men that were skinny. It’s not the weight program. It’s just where they began from.”.
Boeheim stated the recent operate on thin centers isn’t necessarily a reflection of a recruiting approach.
” We try to find strong guys,” Boeheim stated. “Often you simply do not get them when you’re hiring.
” Centers are tough to discover,” he continued. “It’s a really difficult position to discover excellent gamers at. It’s easier to get wing and forwards and guards. They’re more plentiful. We have actually always been searching for a really great big guy. We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of excellent big men throughout the years.”.
In the past, Syracuse has had centers who were much heavier and more muscular like Rakeem Christmas, Dajuan Coleman, Fab Melo, Arinze Onuaku, Darryl Watkins, Craig Forth and Etan Thomas.
Edwards, a sophomore, has an opportunity to become his frame. He has actually placed on 20 pounds in just over a year in the SU program.
” Our centers might use some more bulk,” Boeheim said. “Jesse has actually put on 20 pounds, however if he might place on another 20 pounds that would be really excellent moving forward for him.”.
A Syracuse alum in the White House.
Matt Park, the Voice of the Orange and the host of Boeheim’s radio program, asked the Syracuse coach about having a Syracuse alumnus now occupying the White House.
Joe Biden, whose governmental inauguration was hung on Wednesday, is a graduate of Syracuse’s Law School. Boeheim has satisfied Biden on a couple of celebrations, including when at the White Home when Biden was vice president and also at the 2016 Last Four.
” He’s a great person and he’s what we need today,” Boeheim stated. “I believe he’ll do whatever he can to unify the country.”.
Jerami Grant’s emergence in Detroit.
Previous Syracuse forward Jerami Grant signed a complimentary representative offer with the Detroit Pistons in the off-season. He’s off to a terrific start this year. He ranks 12th in the NBA in scoring with a 25.4 scoring average.
” He has actually played fantastic,” Boeheim said. “They changed the entire team around. I think they have actually got possible with their young players.
‘ It’s his team today,” the SU coach stated of Grant. “It’s remarkable what he’s done.”.
This and that.
Boeheim said Pittsburgh sophomore Justin Champagnie is “the finest gamer in the league today and it’s not close.”.
Boeheim stated he’s not worried about Marek Dolezaj’s tendency to pass first and search for his own shot second, but he does desire to see Dolezaj rebound much better.
On Georgia Tech’s 16-point win over 20th-ranked Clemson: “Not a surprise. Their starting lineup is as excellent as any person’s or much better.”.
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