On Thursday, we did Part I of the best moments for each Boeheim’s Army team member, which included CJ Fair, Andrew White, Kyle Witjer and DJ Kennedy.
Today, we finish out the remainder of the roster.
Marek Dolezaj- The Tooth Chip Game
Known for his aggressive playing style in his career in Orange, at just 6’10, 200 pounds, Marek Dolezaj was a versatile forward for many years at Syracuse.
In 2001 while facing Georgetown, Dolezaj with just a minute left in a seven-point game, took a hand to the face and one of his front teeth popped out and blood gushed from his mouth. Instead of coming out of the game, Dolezaj stayed in to help the Orange get the win.
While memes surfaced the internet postgame, one thing was for certain. Despite his build Dolezaj was the toughest guy on the court battling every night. In his senior year, this moment added to Dolezaj’s known resume of being that guy.
Deandre Kane- 2014 Big 12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player
While competing in one of the best conferences in basketball, Deandre Kane helped lead his team to a Big 12 Tournament Championship back in 2014.
Kane, with 17 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds, dominated Baylor in the championship game to give the Cyclones their first Big 12 Championship since 2000.
In 2014, Kane was named as a Naismith College Player of the Year finalist averaging 17.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, and 5.9 apg. He led Iowa State to a Top 10 ranked season and the Sweet 16.
Dee Bost- Becoming a 1,000 point scorer at Mississippi State
Playing at MSU for four years, Dee Bost was an underrated talent in the SEC.
In his junior year, the veteran guard scored his 1,000th point for Mississippi State against Arkansas. Leading the way with 18 points in a 67-56 win, Bost became the 33rd player for Miss. State to achieve this scoring record.
The small yet skillful guard averaged 15.8 ppg and 5.5 apg by the time he was done playing for MSU.
Eventually becoming an First Team All-SEC selection, Bost is well remembered for his time with the Bulldogs.
Rakeem Christmas- Exploding for 35 against Wake Forest
After averaging just over 11 minutes a game in his freshman year at Syracuse, center Rakeem Christmas became SU’s go-to guy in his senior year.
Christmas jumped out to a hot start in ACC play against Wake Forest when he totaled 35 points and brought down nine rebounds. Syracuse would go on to win the game 86-83.
In his senior season, Christmas played over 35 minutes a game and was a key piece for the Orange. His career game against the Demon Deacons propelled him for his monster senior year where he averaged over 17 points and 9 rebounds a game.
Tyler Ennis- The Shot
Undoubtedly the easiest choice of a career high moment from a highlight-packed one and done season, Tyler Ennis’ buzzer beater in 2014 against Pitt lives forever in Orange history.
Beginning the season undefeated, #1 ranked Syracuse visited #25 Pittsburgh on the road during ACC play. Down one with 4.4 seconds left, Ennis drove the ball to half court before heaving the game winning buzzer beater.
Driving Ennis down the sideline with another defender meeting at half court simply was not enough. Ennis got the shot off, and made history for Syracuse to keep them undefeated at 24-0. The young guard that felt like the experienced veteran stepped up in the most dominant way possible to stay perfect.
Tyler Ennis is one of the best freshman Syracuse has seen in the past twenty years and his moment silencing the Pitt’s fans goes down as his top career moment.