Jun 23

Andrew White reportedly signs with Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly signed undrafted free agent Andrew White to a contract. He will play for the team’s Summer League.

The former Syracuse graduate transfer led the offense in his lone year at SU, averaging a team-high 18.5 points per game. He added 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game, shooting 40.3 percent from 3. Prior to the Orange, White spent two years at Kansas and one at Nebraska. (He was a bench player for the Jayhawks before starting and breaking out with the Cornhuskers in 2016.)

Last spring, White decided to leave Nebraska after withdrawing from the NBA Draft, which was highly publicized, and even more scrutinized. He came to SU in the fall seeking a consistency that eluded him throughout his college career.

The 24-year-old brought a veteran presence to a Syracuse team that lost three of its starters from the year before. He quickly became one of the team’s biggest threats — especially from beyond the arc — setting the single-season record for 3-pointers for the Orange (112). In an NBA that’s becoming more reliant on 3s, White has shot with consistency.

On Senior Day against Georgia Tech, White scored a career high 40 points on 8-of-9 from deep, which 41-year head coach Jim Boeheim called “one of the best shooting performances that I’ve seen.”

“When he gets going, he doesn’t miss many,” Boeheim said in March.

His shot, paired with his 6-foot-7, 210-pound frame, fits the mold of a typical NBA wing. And since he’s 24 and his game matured, White could contribute off the bench for a team right away. But similar to former Syracuse player Michael Gbinije’s situation with the Detroit Pistons, White may have to prove his worth in the G-League since he’s a fifth-year player with less room for growth than one-and-done or sophomore prospects.

During conference play, Louisville Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino called White the best shooter in college basketball. White was not selected in the 2017 NBA Draft though he was in contact with several teams prior.


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Jun 23

Atlanta Hawks see bright future for former Wake Forest player John Collins

In those antsy, palm-sweating days leading up to the NBA draft, John Collins said he wanted to be ready for anything and everything.

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Jun 23

Hyde: What was the best advice you ever received? | Commentary

President George W. Bush gave some 2003 Marlins visiting the White House for their World Series tour his standard line of advice: “Save 31 percent of your money and don’t get photographed with a drink in your hand.”

So what’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

One simple question. So many good...

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Jun 23

Former Pitt players Jamel Artis, Michael Young to play in NBA’s summer league

Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review<br/>Pitt's Jamel Artis grabs a rebound from Syracuse's Tyler Roberson in the second half Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at Petersen Events Center.
Former Pitt basketball players Jamel Artis and Michael Young didn’t hear their names called during the NBA Draft on Thursday night, but they signed contracts ...

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Jun 23

UM’s Kamari Murphy lands close to home with Brooklyn Nets summer league team

Like any hopeful, former Miami Hurricanes forward Kamari Murphy had his eyes glued to Thursday’s NBA draft.

When he didn’t hear his named called, he wasn’t completely disappointed. He knew the chances were slim but received the second-best possible news Friday morning.

Murphy earned a roster spot...

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Jun 23

Former UM guard Davon Reed not surprised by early 2nd round NBA draft selection

When former Miami Hurricanes guard Davon Reed heard his name called during Thursday night’s NBA draft, he was filled with many emotions.

There was elation, satisfaction and relief.

One feeling, however, never crossed his mind: Shock.

While being selected by the Phoenix Suns with No. 32 pick was...

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Jun 23

Spurs draft Clemson’s Blossomgame

Jaron Blossomgame is headed to San Antonio. The Clemson forward was drafted by the Spurs in the second round with the 59th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Blossomgame worked … Click to Continue »

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Jun 23

Former Syracuse forward Tyler Lydon: ‘I’m on cloud 9 right now’

Tyler Lydon was playing wiffle ball at home Thursday afternoon. By the time the clock struck 11 p.m., his name had flashed across the screens of televisions all over the country. He’ll fly across the country to Denver in the coming days and, with a powder blue jersey on, answer questions at a press conference. Soon, he said, his nerves will calm down enough that he’ll be able to eat.

It has been a crazy few hours for Lydon. He was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 24th pick in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, but his rights are likely to be traded to the Denver Nuggets. He wasn’t in Brooklyn for the draft itself, instead choosing to host his closest family and friends for a draft watch party at his home in Elizaville, New York, about 50 miles south of Albany, New York. With them surrounding him, a lifelong dream was fulfilled.

“I’m on cloud nine right now,” he said.

Lydon said he really started to lock into the television broadcast once the range of picks he was predicted to be selected in arrived. He admitted that he didn’t expect to go to the Nuggets. Lydon worked out for 11 NBA teams, and Denver wasn’t one of them. He said he and his agent thought about trying to fit them into his schedule, but it didn’t make the most sense considering the Denver’s position in the draft. But the stars aligned after the trade with Utah.

“They just said ‘Tyler,’ and then I heard ‘Ly,’ and then everybody just exploded,” Lydon said. “This is obviously an incredible moment, something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I couldn’t be more thankful to share it with the friends and family that came here.”

From a location perspective, Lydon, who has a wolf tattooed on his chest and is an outdoorsman at his core, isn’t complaining about going to Denver. His family is already envisioning the fly fishing and elk hunting that lies in the future. But he will be there to play basketball, and he thinks his ability to stretch the floor, along with his lifestyle, will fit in right away.

“I’m so happy and I’m ready to go in there and work my butt off,” Lydon said. “Those guys, they put their reputation and everything on the line for me.”

The former Syracuse forward played in Denver as a part of Team USA’s U-18 squad. The thin air might take a few days of adjustment, he said, but it’s not something he’s worried about.

In fact, he said he’s not worried about much at all. Not about when he needs to get to Denver, or about the summer league, or what’ll be the first thing he buys when he signs his name on the dotted line of a rookie contract. He’s living in the moment.

“It’s just an unbelievable thing to have your dreams come true,” Lydon said.

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Jun 23

Hurricanes guard Davon Reed taken with 32nd pick by Phoenix Suns

Most NBA mock drafts had Miami Hurricanes guard Davon Reed going late in the second round of Thursday’s NBA Draft. He went much earlier than the so-called experts expected him … Click to Continue »

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Jun 23

Syracuse football recruiting: Class of 2017 JUCO quarterback Clayton Welch commits to Syracuse

Junior college quarterback Clayton Welch committed to Syracuse on Thursday night, according to a tweet from Jon Hays, offensive coordinator at Butte College.

Welch played only one season at Butte in Oroville, California, giving him three years of eligibility at Syracuse.

Standing at 6-foot-5-inches and weighing 223 pounds, per his Hudl, Welch brings a big frame to the Orange quarterback room. He also runs a 4.88 40-yard dash, a 4.34 shuttle and has a 29.2 inch vertical, per Hudl.

 Welch is the 29th member of the class of 2017, joining Tommy Devito as the only other gunslinger in the group. Track the rest of the 2017 class here.

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