Week in review (4/17): Dion wouldn’t be alone

wesIf you haven’t heard by now, there are some rumblings that Dion Waiters may be leaving Syracuse after his freshman season.

Waiters had a typical up-and-down freshman season, but his low point came during a Jan. 29 loss to Marquette, when Waiters didn’t play a single minute. The one game absence came after Waiters reportedly cursed at SU coach Jim Boeheim.

If Waiters were to transfer, he would follow this long line of Orange players in the past decade to transfer to another school:

DESHAUN WILLIAMS: Williams averaged 11.7 points and 4.5 assists per game in his three year career at Syracuse. But off the court problems took away what was a promising career, at Williams ended up transferring to Iona following the 2001-02 season.

JAMES THUES: The scrappy point guard started 18 games in his sophomore year and averaged 5.6 points and 4.9 assists. He ended up moving closer to home following the 2001-02 season, and finished his career at Detroit-Mercy.

BILLY EDELIN: A talented, but troubled point guard, Edelin left Syracuse after his junior year in the 2004-05 season. He enrolled in Mountain State University in West Virginia, but never played a game. Where is Billy now?

LOUIE MCCROSKEY: As the rumor goes, McCroskey got in a shouting match with Boeheim after an overtime win at Rutgers where McCroskey played just three minutes. McCroksey left after the 2005-06 season, and played his senior season at Marist, averaging 12.1 points and 5.2 rebounds a game.

MIKE JONES: Jones lasted just one semester at Syracuse, and transferred before the 2006-07 season ended. Citing homesickness and frustration with his lack of playing time, he left for the University of South Carolina. There, he was ruled academically ineligible and was last seen playing JUCO basketball at Indian Hills Community College.

JOSH WRIGHT: The speedy Wright never settled into Boeheim’s halfcourt offensive style, and struggled throughout his four years at SU. After playing just four games in the 2007-08 season, Wright quit the team and ended up transferring to University of Ottawa to play for the Gee-Gees. Things didn’t quite go well there, either.

SEAN WILLIAMS: Williams oozed raw talent, standing at 6 foot 11 with a 7-foot-9 wingspan. But Williams never cashed in on that talent, and played just 49 minutes in his two seasons. Following the 2008-09 season, Williams left for Cal-State Fullerton.

That’s all for this week, folks. See you at the same time, same place next week.


Wesley Cheng
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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]sujuiceonline.com.