As one of the many first year blogs to join the Syracuse corner of the interwebs this past year, it is only fitting that a rookie present the SOB for “Best Freshman”. The winner of this year’s Best Freshman award will be following 2007 winner Paul Harris and 2008 winner Jonny Flynn (and by following, I don’t mean heading to the NBA Draft. I hope).
Here were this year’s nominees:
The 2008-09 Syracuse Orange Freshmen: Mookie Jones, Kris Joseph and Brandon Reese.
MOOKIE JONES: Mookie is a 6-6 small forward from Peekskill who didn’t get much playing time on a deep Syracuse team this season. Jones appeared in nine games, the last of which was the January 7th game against DePaul. His season was cut short by a hip injury that required surgery in February and will seek a medical redshirt for this past season (meaning he can become the first ever two-time S.O.B. nominee for Best Freshman!). He averaged 4.1 points in 9.9 minutes per contest, including season highs of 21 minutes and 9 points against Colgate.
KRIS JOSEPH: Joseph, or Kris-Jo as he calls himself, is a 6-7 forward who came to Syracuse from Montreal via Archbishop Carroll in Washington D.C. Joseph saw the most action of any freshman, appearing in 34 of Syracuse’s 38 games. Joseph’s best game was against Florida in the C.B.E. Classic in Kansas City- playing 26 minutes and finishing with 10 points and 5 rebounds against the Gators. He was also brought in as a center in the epic 6-OT game against UConn after sitting on the bench for nearly 3 hours.
BRANDON REESE: Reese is a 5-11 walk-on guard from Davie, FL who appeared in 16 games. His season highlight was playing in front of his family and friends in the first round of the NCAA tournament against Stephen F. Austin which was played in Miami.
With how the season played out there was very little debate. On to the results: Continue reading
Its no Save Our Bluths, but these S.O.B.s are sure to entertain.
It’s May. Which means in the world of Syracuse athletics, nothing much is going to be happening other than Orange lacrosse. The football team has already had their spring workouts and the drama revolving around the basketball team is hopefully done until Jonny Flynn goes to a crappy NBA team.
But there is one big thing going on in the world of Syracuse blogging: the 2009 Syracuse Orange Blogger awards! This year’s S.O.B.s are sure to be entertaining after the Orange made their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2006. And just like this version of the S.O.B.s, this years awards feature guest presenters like yours truly. I’m no Richard Belzer, but I will be presenting the results from the “Best Freshman” voting on Wednesday. So stay tuned for that and make sure to check out all the other awards as well.
I prefered "Kazaam"
There are a ton of great Syracuse blogs out there, and frankly most of them are better than this one. But I wanted to take a minute to welcome an old friend of mine to the party. His name is Jesse and he just started his Orange tinted blog, “Tell Me How My Orange Tastes.” He’s the only friend of mine who has been to as many SU football games as me, and I’m still not quite over the fact that he got his picture taken with Donovan McNabb on the field while I was stuck up in the 300 level. But at least I got the phone number of the 16 year old girl who worked at the Carrier Dome Burger King, so I guess it all evens out.
Jesse will be providing his own unique commentary for all of us to enjoy, including some collaboration with this site. So stop by to his site and say hi to him. Just don’t pull a Kobe and mention him to the cops.