Catching up with former Syracuse guard Kueth Duany

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Congratulating the NCAA Winter Championship teams, President George W. Bush stands with Kueth Duany of Syracuse University's mens' basketball team in the East Room Tuesday, June 17, 2003. White House photo by Tina Hager

We caught up with former Syracuse guard and captain of the 2003 Orangemen national championship team, Kueth Duany on this week’s The Juice on the Cuse Podcast, presented by SNY.tv.

We chatted with Duany about a myriad of different topics, from his professional basketball career, to his work in South Sudan after his playing days, and his favorite memories from his time at Syracuse.

Duany was a key member of SU’s 2003 title team as the team’s starting shooting guard, averaging 11.0 points and 3.7 rebounds. But his value extended far beyond that as SU’s “glue guy” and lone scholarship senior.

Carmelo Anthony grabbed headlines as the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and Gerry McNamara is always remembered for his six 3-pointers against Kansas in the title game. But Duany provided plenty of support, including 12 points and 5 rebounds in the Sweet 16 against Auburn and 11 points and 4 rebounds in the championship game against Kansas.

Duany knew that he was playing for a special team right from the first practice. And that bond continues to this day. Duany says he regularly chats with teammates Hakim Warrick, Josh Pace, Andrew Kouwe and a few others.

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He also continues to follow the team closely, and caught up with McNamara following Syracuse’s game against Georgetown in December. He gave his assessment on what he thinks of the current team, how they can remedy some of their struggles, and what advice he would give to them if he was asked to tap into his natural leadership skills.

Afterward, editor in chief Brad Bierman calls in to discuss Syracuse’s 77-61 win over Pitt on Tuesday, and whether he thinks SU can avoid its first losing season under Jim Boeheim.

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