Each week over the summer, The Juice Online will be counting down the top 15 players in Syracuse basketball history. Rony Seikaly is No. 5 on our list.
WHY HE’S NO. 5: Seikaly came to Syracuse as a raw recruit from Greece and left has one of the most dominant big men in Syracuse history. Seikaly was a frequent target of lobs from Sherman Douglas, and the two, along with Derrick Coleman and Stephen Thompson led SU to the championship game in 1987. He was named to the All Big East Second Team in his senior season, and left as the second leading rebounder and fourth leading scorer in school history.
AFTER SYRACUSE: Seikaly was the Miami Heat’s first ever draft pick at No. 9 in the 1988 NBA Draft. He played 11 seasons in the NBA for four different teams with averages of 14.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Aside from marrying (and then divorcing) swimsuit model Elsa Benítez, Seikaly has also become a sought after DJ, specializing in house music.