Eric Devendorf on Flint Water Crisis, Syracuse hoops, Malachi Richardson comparisons

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Syracuse legend Eric Devendorf calls in to chat about the Beat the Water Crisis Celebrity Basketball Game with Wes Cheng on The Juice on the Cuse Podcast hosted by The Juice Online columnist Saugat Sen also calls in to discuss Syracuse basketball’s recent surge.

Here are the highlights from the show:

Wes Cheng: You’re playing in the Water Crisis Celebrity Basketball Game this Saturday, Feb. 20 from 2-7 p.m. at Hamady High School in Flint, Michigan. Tell me more about this game and how you got involved.

Eric Devendorf: My buddy reached out to me from Flint. He had the idea to have this game to support the Water Crisis. For me, it was a no-brainer. I wanted to hop on board and help out as much as I can. As you can see, we definitely have a lot of momentum going. I was talking about it on ESPN Outside the Lines a few days ago. We have a lot of familiar names playing. Mostly local guys, local legends, so to speak. Michigan State guys, Notre Dame guys, myself, Mookie Jones are coming from Syracuse.

WC: Let’s talk a little Syracuse basketball now. They’ve won eight of nine games, what do you think of this year’s team?

ED: We’re young and talented. We went through a stretch where we had some ups and downs, but that’s how it goes, especially with a young team, learning and gaining experience as the season goes on. I think we definitely need to get a little more balance going as far as inside-out. It doesn’t just have to be tossing the ball inside and telling the big guys to go get a bucket. If guys are attacking, getting to the rim, getting to the free throw line, it’s a lot more going on than just shooting 3s. I think if we do that and don’t rely on the 3-point shot as much, we’re a really good team.


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1. Syracuse legend Eric Devendorf calls in to chat about the
2. Playing in the Beat the Water Crisis Celebrity Basketball Game
3. Outpouring of support from Syracuse
4. Syracuse basketball
5. Comparisons to Malachi Richardson
6. Columnist Saugat Sen calls in
7. Syracuse’s win against Boston College
8. Tyler Lydon’s play
9. Look toward the end of the season
10. Closing Thoughts and Wrap Up

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Wes has worked for covering the New York Knicks, as well as for 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]