Each week over the summer, The Juice Online will be counting down the top 15 players in Syracuse basketball history. Sherman Douglas is No. 7 on our list.
WHY HE’S NO. 7: Sherman “The General” Douglas was one of the best point guards in Syracuse history. Thrust into the starting role after Pearl Washington left for the NBA after his junior year, Douglas led the team to the 1987 National Championship game. Had it not been for Indiana guard Keith Smart’s last second heroics, the Orangemen would’ve won their first title that season. Douglas was also known for his perfectly timed alley-oops to teammates Derrick Coleman and Stevie Thompson, and had a feathery touch on his floaters. When he graduated, he left as Syracuse’s all time leading scorer.
AFTER SYRACUSE: Douglas was selected with the 28th pick in the second round by the Miami Heat. In his second season with the Miami Heat, he had his best season, with 18.5 points and 8.5 assists per game. He played for five teams from 1989 to 2001 and finished with career averages of 11.0 points and 5.9 assists per game.