Why Syracuse basketball is a top 5 NBA factory in the past decade

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ESPN.com’s Rachel Marcus joins The Juice on the Cuse podcast to discuss Syracuse’s top 5 performance in producing NBA Draft picks in the past decade. Editor in chief Brad Bierman then calls in to chat about the upcoming ACC Football Media Day.

Here are the highlights from the show:

Wesley Cheng: You wrote an article on ESPN.com titled “Ranking colleges that produce the most potentially impactful NBA players.” That’s a lot of loaded words in that title, so what exactly were you going for in your rankings?

Rachel Marcus: The important thing to keep in mind is that none of it was opinion based. It was all about the numbers. We created this system where we looked at NBA Draft over the past 10 years and assigned a score to each player. So if you were the first pick in the draft, we awarded a school 60 points and it decreased all the way to the last pick, which got one point. So the order of all of the teams was just based off how it fell after we created that. The words “potentially impactful” means we’re not rating how they did in the NBA. We’re just talking about having the chance to get there and do well.


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1. ESPN.com’s Rachel Marcus calls in
2. Methodology behind the rankings
3. Surprised that Syracuse ranked fifth?
4. Success in the draft versus success on the court
5. What has been the reaction to the rankings?
6. Editor in chief Brad Bierman calls in
7. Previewing ACC Football Media Day
8. Syracuse football needs to play in a New Years game
9. Closing thoughts and wrap up

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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 worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) 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. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.