Former Orange walk-on guard Brandon Reese has led one of the most interesting lives since graduating from Syracuse. We caught up with him on this week’s The Juice on the Cuse Podcast, presented by SNY.tv.
Reese played at Syracuse from 2008 to 2012, appearing in 49 games during that period. After walking on his freshman year, Reese earned a scholarship, and capped his career in the 2012 season, when the Orange went 34-3 and went to the Elite 8.
His favorite memory from college? That would have to be when Syracuse was routing St. John’s at Madison Square Garden in February, 2009. With under a minute to go and the Orange up 82-53, Andy Rautins (his roommate at the time) saw a streaking Reese on a fast break.
“He throws me this one-arm, sling pass, cross court,” Reese said. “You have a guard on the other team chasing you down thinking he’s going to get a block with this walk-on who just got in the game.
“I make a nice switch hand layup, he bites on that. He thinks I’m going left, I go right, and I got to score at Madison Square Garden and the fans go crazy.”
Reese filled us in on what he’s been up to since then, which included professional basketball stints in Israel, Kuwait, Canada, Poland, Ukraine, Holland before taking an incredible adventure to South America and starting his own production company, Bus Driver Productions.
His company has produced content with more than 1,000,000 YouTube views, 500,000 podcast downloads in more than 100 countries around the world.
Other topics we chatted about included:
- His thoughts on why Syracuse has struggled so much in the last five years;
- Whether a big home win over Wake Forest can carry through to the rest of the season;
- And who he thinks would be a good replacement for Jim Boeheim when he retires (whenever that may be).
Afterward, editor in chief Brad Bierman calls in to break down SU’s 94-72 win over Wake Forest, and sounds off on whether Syracuse can make a push in the last 10 games to finish above .500 in the regular season.