Each week over the summer, The Juice Online will be counting down the top 15 players in Syracuse basketball history. Leo Rautins is No. 14 on our list.
WHY HE’S NO. 14: Rautins was one of the top shooters in Syracuse history. He transferred to SU after a season at Minnesota and scored 1,000 points in just three seasons. In his senior year, he averaged 14.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game and was named an Honorable Mention All American and a Third Team All Big East selection.
AFTER SYRACUSE: Rautins was drafted 17th overall in the 1983 NBA draft. But a promising NBA career was cut short by knee injuries, and Rautins would play just 32 games in two seasons with three different teams. He ended up playing professionally in France, Spain, and Italy and was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame.
After his playing career, Rautins has been the television analyst for the Toronto Raptors and was also coach of the Canada’s National basketball team. His son, Andy, would play five years at Syracuse and one season with the New York Knicks.