CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 18: Kris Joseph #32 of the Syracuse Orange reacts after a play against the Indiana State Sycamores during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 18, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
If Syracuse University fans are still reeling from the heartbreaking football loss to Rutgers Saturday, there's some good news on the men's basketball front that might put you in a brighter mood. On Monday, point guard Scoop Jardine and forward Kris Joseph, were listed on the John R. Wooden Award preseason watch list, which is compiled of 50 players who are not transfers, freshman or medical redshirts. The Wooden Award is given to the nation's best player. Last year, Ohio State's Evan Turner earned the honor. No SU basketball player has ever won the award -- University of Texas point guard T.J. Ford beat out SU's Carmelo Anthony in 2003.
ESPN.com compiled comments from opposing coaches about players who were on the list. Here's what they had to say about the two Orange stars.
"(Jardine) been inconsistent at times, but when he's at his best, Syracuse was the best team in our league. The Orange go as he goes. If he can be consistent, they can have the best team in our conference."
During the summer, Jardine played for Team USA during the World University Games in Shenzhen, China. In eight games, which featured Team USA going 7-1 overall, Jardine started three games, but averaged 14.8 minutes and 7.8 points per game. Jardine also shot 55.8 percent form the field.
|2010 - Scoop Jardine||29||32.2||4.3||10.4||41.4||1.4||4.3||33.9||2.4||3.6||66.3||0.4||1.8||2.2||5.9||3.0||1.6||0.2||1.7||12.4|
"(Joesph is) arguably the most talented player in our league with his guard skills. He could potentially be the highest draft pick of any of the returning Big East players. He's 6-7, but he doesn't need screens. He can beat you by himself. He's a pure pro prospect."
|2010 - Kris Joseph||28||32.0||4.6||10.1||45.9||1.4||3.8||37.1||4.0||5.7||71.1||1.1||3.9||5.0||2.0||2.3||1.4||0.6||1.8||14.7|