There’s a ‘slight chance’ Elijah Hughes returns to Syracuse basketball, Waters says

Syracuse Orange forward Elijah Hughes
Syracuse Orange forward Elijah Hughes looks to drive. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kicia Sears, The Juice Online.’s Mike Waters discusses the end of the Syracuse and college basketball season with host Wes Cheng on The Juice on the Cuse podcast hosted by TJO editor in chief Brad Bierman then calls in to chat about the effect COVID-19 has had on sports.

Here are the highlights from the show:

Wesley Cheng: Syracuse is waiting on a decision from Elijah Hughes who is coming off a First Team All ACC Year. Do you see him returning to Syracuse for his fourth year of eligibility, or is the coaching staff already looking to fill that need on the roster?

Mike Waters: They’re looking to fill that need on the roster. He’s going to explore his options and put his name in. The hard part for Elijah, and any other player contemplating the NBA Draft, is that there probably isn’t going to be an NBA combine. Will he even be able to work out for teams individually? Can you travel anywhere? Are they going to push the draft back a long way? Because of the uncertainty and circumstances around the coronavirus and its impact everywhere, there might be a slight chance that Elijah returns. In returning, everything stays the same and everything’s a given. But he’s not coming back because he wants to increase his draft stock. What more can he do than he did this past season? He had a phenomenal year. But maybe uncertainty leads Elijah to play it same and stay here. But I fully expect him to go in and stay in the draft.

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1.’s Mike Waters calls in
2. Cancellation of ACC Tournament
3. Three guards transferring
4. Grad transfers
5. Elijah Hughes staying or going?
6. Editor in chief Brad Bierman calls in
7. COVID-19’s impact on sports
8. Carrier Dome renovations
9. 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]