Boeheim: Freshmen Aren’t Worth Tanking For

**This story was referenced on ESPN’s PTI, where Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser discuss it at the 9-minute mark. Click here.**

 

The way Jim Boeheim sees it, none of the heralded freshmen across the American college basketball landscape are worth tanking for.

“There’s no player that’s out there on the horizon that’s a Tim Duncan or a LeBron James,” the Hall of Fame Syracuse coach told SNY.tv by phone Thursday.

“I’ve seen all these guys play. I think they’re very talented players. They’re not that kind of player. They’re not transcendent players that are gonna make your franchise into a 10-12-15-year winning franchise because you’re there. I don’t see that.”

One NBA executive told SNY.tv he believed as many as six franchises were tanking — and that was before the Toronto Raptors dealt Rudy Gay in a move potentially aimed at bringing Canadian Andrew Wiggins back North of the border.

Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, Joel Embiid and Aaron Gordon are considered the top freshmen in the nation, and Syracuse and Boeheim will get an up-close look at Parker twice this season in ACC play.

Syracuse hosts Duke Feb. 1 at the Carrier Dome and visits Duke Feb. 22.

“I think there’s a lot of good players, talented players, guys who will be really good NBA players,” Boeheim said, “but I’m not sure there’s transcendent players there.”

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4 comments
elmasherry
elmasherry

in my point of view he is right and we see entire scenario we will come to know that what was going on there..


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kslank
kslank

While I think it's unfair to label any one of these freshman as the next Lebron or Duncan, I also believe he is wrong by saying none of these guys will be a transcendent player in the NBA. Everyone is so quick to judge and try to predict the future, instead of just waiting to see how things play out. I would expect more from a great coach like Boeheim.