A compendium of stories from and about Syracuse basketball’s greatest legends - newly updated!
A list of legends is significant not only for who makes the list, but who gets left off of it. If there are no obvious omissions, then the list of candidates was probably less than legendary in the first place. Not so in the case of the Syracuse University Orangemen. Calling roll on Syracuse’s all-time basketball greats can take up the greater part of a day. The school produced its first All-American, Lewis Castle, in 1912. More recently, Carmelo Anthony, one of the best freshmen to ever play college basketball, led the 2003 Orangemen to the school’s first NCAA championship. In between there were legends such as the incomparable Dave Bing, Roosevelt Bouie, and Louis Orr, who together formed the Louie and Bouie Show, along with names like Derrick Coleman, Sherman Douglas, Lawrence Moten, and John Wallace. Legends of Syracuse Basketball, now newly revised, features 24 players, one coach, and one special team. Of the players mentioned, 17 played in the NBA. Within the book’s pages are stories straight from the legends’ teammates, their coaches, and the legends themselves.
From the heyday of Lewis Castle, Vic Hanson, and Joe Schwarzer in the late 1910's to Carmelo Anthony's dominating 2003 NCAA performance, Syracuse boasts a roster of iconic and legendary players few schools can match. David Deboy's lively performance of longtime Orangeman beat writer Mike Waters' reverential, impeccably researched book is a rewarding listen for any true fan of the college game.
These penetrating and often humorous accounts of larger-than-life figures are injected with just the right amount of wit and earnestness by the up-to-the-task Deboy.
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real good read for Cuse fans