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Tyus Battle Commits To Michigan

Jul 13, 2015 1:46 PM

Tyus Battle, ranked No. 27 by ESPN, has committed to Syracuse.

Battle had previously committed to Michigan.

"I wanted to be closer to home," Battle said of his decision to pick Syracuse. "They told me I could be a versatile guard who could have the ball in my hands a lot."

Battle said he chose the Orange over Michigan, Louisville, Virginia, Kentucky and UConn.

Battle reopened his recruitment in June and immediately took an official visit to Syracuse. Battle had also taken official visits to Duke, Michigan and Louisville before his commitment to Michigan.

"Michigan is a great school, and I love the people, the staff and Coach Beilein," Battle said. "But the key was the distance."


Jeff Goodman, Jeff Borzello/ESPN

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Chris McCullough Plans To Declare For NBA Draft

Apr 2, 2015 9:59 AM

Syracuse freshman forward Chris McCullough is planning to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft, sources told RealGM.

McCullough, 6-foot-10, tore his anterior cruciate ligament in January. He had averaged 9.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game prior to the injury.

McCullough deliberated on his decision late in the season to stay or leave Syracuse, but this week strongly formalized entering the draft, sources said.

Several NBA scouts viewed McCullough as a likely first-round choice before his torn ACL, but the 20-year-old still could land late in the first round or early in the second round.

McCullough, 20, grew up in New York and went to high school in Connecticut — heralded as a skilled pro prospect.

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Jim Boeheim To Retire In Three Seasons

Mar 18, 2015 11:59 AM

Jim Boeheim will retire as head coach of Syracuse in three years.

On March 6, the NCAA suspended Boeheim for nine ACC games, took away 12 scholarships, and ordered that 108 wins be vacated as a result of a multiyear investigation into the university's athletic programs. 

"Coach Boeheim has also told me that he intends to retire as Head Coach in three years," Syracuse chancellor Kent Syverud said. "His goal in making this decision and announcement now is to bring certainty to the team and program in the coming years, and enable and plan for a successful, longer-term transition in coaching leadership. Coach Boeheim's commitment to ensuring that the men's basketball program remains strong even after his tenure is just one more example of his deep loyalty to our University."

Matt Fortuna/ESPN

Tags: Syracuse Orange, NCAA, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Jahlil Okafor Headlines 2015 ACC Awards

Mar 9, 2015 8:39 PM

Jahlil Okafor has been named the 2015 ACC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year (Media, Coaches).

Joining Okafor on the All-ACC First Team are Malcolm Brogdon, Rakeem Christmas, Jerian Grant and Olivier Hanlan.

Brogdon and Christmas shared Defensive Player of the Year. Christmas was also named Most Improved Player.

BeeJay Anya won the Sixth Man of the Year award from the media, while Mike Tobey won it in the coaches vote.

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Jim Boeheim Suspended Nine Games As Part Of Syracuse Sanctions

Mar 6, 2015 12:09 PM

The NCAA has placed Syracuse on five years of probation, a reduction of three basketball scholarships over the next four years.

Jim Boeheim has also been suspended for nine games.

Syracuse will not receive an additional postseason ban beyond their self-imposed one this season.

Syracuse did not control and monitor its athletic programs, according to a decision issued by a Division I Committee on Infractions panel.

The self-reported violations, dating back to 2001, include academic misconduct, extra benefits, the failure to follow its drug testing policy and impermissible booster activity. The other violations found included impermissible academic assistance and services, the head basketball coach’s failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance and monitor his staff, and the school’s lack of control over its athletics program.

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