Over his more than 30 years at Syracuse, head coach Jim Boeheim has never been shy about predictions.
In the fall of 2002, Boeheim touted Gerry McNamara and Carmelo Anthony as two of college basketball’s top prospects. He had the same thing to say about Jonny Flynn and Donte Greene two years ago. As it turned out, Boeheim was spot on with all of these predictions.
This year, Boeheim hopes he can be accurate once again.
With the offseason departures of Flynn, Paul Harris and Eric Devendorf – three of Syracuse’s top players from last year’s Sweet 16 team – Boeheim has wasted no time anointing Wesley Johnson as the heir apparent to carry the Orange back to the NCAA Tournament.
“He’ll go out and play and I’m confident that he’s a very good player,” Boeheim said.
While Boeheim is making another preseason prediction, Boeheim’s prophecy isn’t just based on purely on hype. The 6-foot-7 junior transferred from Iowa State following his sophomore season after averaging 12 points and being named honorable mention All Big 12. All of this, while playing on a bum ankle.
“Wesley Johnson has already proven that he can play in college,” Boeheim said. “He had big games at Iowa State. He’s already shown what he can do.”