Former Syracuse star Demetris Nichols excited for TBT return

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Boeheim's Army huddles during a timeout. Mandatory Photo Credit: The Juice Online, Wesley Cheng.

The last time we saw live basketball on television, Syracuse had just routed North Carolina in the ACC Tournament. Little did we know it back then, but that would be the last taste of Orange basketball until now.

Boeheim’s Army returns to action in The Tournament on Tuesday at 4 p.m. on ESPN against Men of Mackey (Purdue alumni) as they begin their quest for the $1 million dollar prize.

With that in mind, I chatted with former Syracuse forward and Boeheim’s Army forward Demetris Nichols. Nichols, like all of us, has been in quarantine since March and offered his thoughts on getting the band back together, what Syracuse will do without Tyler Lydon and Chris McCullough, and what he thinks it will be like to play in front of an empty arena.

TJO senior columnist Jim Stechschulte then calls in and we switch topics to football recruiting, with Syracuse landing three-star class of 2021 California quarterback Justin Lamson. Lamson, the heir apparent to Tommy DeVito, is likely to draw a lot of comparisons to former SU quarterback Eric Dungey.

We also talk about the impact of Tony White on Syracuse football’s defensive recruiting, with three-star South Carolina defensive lineman Jatius Geer committing to the Orange, and four-star New Jersey cornerback Duce Chestnut putting Syracuse in his final eight.

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1. Syracuse legend and Boeheim’s Army forward Demetris Nichols calls in
2. Activities during quarantine
3. Basketball is back on TV
4. Playing in front of an empty arena
5. Overcoming losses of McCullough, Lydon
6. Senior Columnist Jim Stechschulte calls in
7. Justin Lamson commits
8. Jatius Geer/Duce Chestnut
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]