Report: 4-Star Power Forward Moustapha Diagne Will Not Enroll At Syracuse

Last summer, Jim Boeheim called his 2015 recruiting class the best he’s ever had at Syracuse. According to Syracuse.com’s Mike Waters, one of the top members of that class will not be at Syracuse this fall. There have been rumors around the eligibility status of four-star power forward Moustapha Diagne, and via Waters’ brief report, he will instead be enrolling at a two-year...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse Basketball Underrated by National Media

There is no question that Syracuse fell short of expectations last season. Despite the surprising departures of Tyler Ennis and Jermai Grant, Syracuse fans had high expectations for their Orange as they believed in Chris McCullough and Kaleb Joseph. That didn’t work out as hoped as the Orange had a very mediocre season and would not have made March Madness even if they were eligible...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Pacers Acquire Rakeem Christmas From Cavs For Second Round Pick

The Indiana Pacers have acquired forward Rakeem Christmas from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for a 2019 second-round draft pick that the Pacers acquired in the recent trade for Roy Hibbert. Christmas, 6-9, 250, was a second-round pick in June’s NBA Draft. He was selected 36th overall by Minnesota and was traded later draft night to the Cavaliers. He played collegiately at...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse Basketball: recruiting under sanctions

After the NCAA sanctions came out, Syracuse University basketball knew it’s recruiting abilities were going to change drastically. The Orange were told they were going to lose 12 scholarships over the next four years, which is a reduction of 13 team scholarships to 10. Because the sanctions had come out in March 2014 and Syracuse is still in the process of appealing them,  the...
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July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse Basketball: 2015 NBA Draft Analysis

PF/C Rakeem Christmas Syracuse Basketball had two pieces of good news yesterday. Assistant Coach Mike Hopkins will officially take over for Coach Jim Boeheim when he retires in 2018. Second, Chris McCullough and Rakeem Christmas are now going to the pros. The Brooklyn Nets picked McCullough at 29th and Christmas by the Minnesota Timberwolves at 36th, but will play in Cleveland as...
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June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Draft Analysis: Breaking Down the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2015 NBA Draft Selections

Cedi Osman, No. 31, Turkish Basketball League Cedi Osman Scouting Report – Draft Express With the 31st selection in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Turkish guard Cedi Osman. The pick came in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where the Cavs traded the 24th overall pick for the 31st and 36th picks in the draft along with a future second-round pick. Osman...
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June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA Draft: Cavs select Cedi Osman, Rakeem Christmas, Sir’Dominic Pointer in second round

After trading the No. 24 pick Tyus Jones to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Cavaliers made a trio of selections in the second round. With the 31st pick, the Cavaliers went international in a likely draft stash by drafting guard/forward Cedi Osman out of Turkey. They followed that up by drafting a more familiar name in Syracuse big man Rakeem Christmas. And finally, they chose St...
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June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Cleveland gets rights to Christmas, Osman in 2nd round

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired the rights to Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas following a trade with Minnesota in the NBA draft. With the No. 24 overall pick, the Cavs took Duke point guard Tyus Jones and dealt him to the Timberwolves for the Nos. 31 and 36 picks, a person familiar with the package told the Associated Press on Thursday night. The person...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Cavs get rights to Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas in 2nd round

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired the rights to Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas following a trade with Minnesota in the NBA draft. With the No. 24 overall pick, the Cavs took Duke point guard Tyus Jones and dealt him to the Timberwolves for the Nos. 31 and 36 picks, a person familiar with the package told the Associated Press on Thursday night. The person...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris McCullough, Rakeem Christmas Drafted

Syracuse pride goes beyond the Hill and the Carrier Dome.  Orange fans see their hearts fill with joy as they watch former Syracuse players like Carmelo Anthony and Michael Carter-Williams flourish in the NBA and tonight two more players joined the ranks of Syracuse players in the NBA. After a surprising decision to declare for the NBA Draft, Chris McCullough was selected 29th...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse Basketball: Photo: Rakeem Christmas Is Wearing An Amazing Floral Pattern Jacket At The NBA Draft

The fashion at tonight’s NBA Draft hasn’t been quite as crazy as we’ve seen in years past, but a few players have made some bold outfit choices. D’Angelo Russell is showing off his school spirit with an awesome Buckeye-colored jacket. Syracuse center Rakeem Christmas went with the floral pattern for his suit. Rakeem Christmas, with the sweet jacket. “I like to be different...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Are the Nets interested in Syracuse big man Rakeem Christmas?

The Nets are in the midst of their predraft workouts now, and one of the guys they're seriously considering is former Syracuse big man Rakeem Christmas. Christmas is one of the older prospects in the draft, but he's a legitimate post-up threat who is a skilled scorer down low, something you're not often going to find in a college kid.Devin Kharpertian says at The Brooklyn Game that...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Rakeem Christmas could be the answer to Boston's prayers

The Boston Celtics are in desperate need of stable rim protection. One man who can come in and anchor their defense for the next decade. Will they find this player in free agency or via a trade? Maybe. Or maybe they snatch him up in the draft. With four picks, including two in the first round, Boston is in a great position to take a big man in this month's draft. One possible option...
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June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse Eyes Providence Transfer

Chris McCullough’s shocking decision to declare for the NBA draft despite a serious knee injury left many Orange fans worrying about Syracuse’s depth in the front court.  Fans hope that the return of DaJuan Coleman can fill in the absence of Christmas and McCullough but looking past next season, there is more hope. Some of this worry may be alleviated as Providence Big-Man Paschal...
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June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Diagne Quietly Impresses at Mary Kline Classic

Syracuse recruit Moustapha Diagne was in action on Saturday night at the Mary Kline Classic in West Orange, NJ. Diagne, who struggled in recent all star games, quietly put up great numbers in an event that has been heavily populated by SU recruits and targets in the last few seasons. Diagne scored 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting, a very efficient night. After only attempting one shot...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

ACC Basketball: Potential breakout players for 2015-2016

It is not uncommon to see the skill level of players jump dramatically from one year to the next. When Virginia’s Justin Anderson saw that he had big shoes to fill in his team’s offense he stepped up his game and became integral to the success of the Cavaliers. Similarly, Rakeem Christmas of Syracuse took on a more active leadership role and excelled enough over the past year...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Spurs worked out Syracuse’s Rakeem Christmas

As the 2015 NBA Draft is still a month away, the San Antonio Spurs have continued the process of evaluating potential draft prospects, and the latest name to work out for the Spurs, is Syracuse’s center Rakeem Christmas. From Mike Waters of Syracuse.com: Christmas had his first post-Chicago workout on Monday as he visited the […]
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Rakeem Christmas Impresses at NBA Draft Combine

There are two members of the 2014-15 Syracuse basketball team that will be in this year’s NBA Draft but only one participated in the NBA Draft Combine. Chris McCullough is still recovering from a torn ACL and did not participate but Center Rakeem Christmas participated and impressed. Christmas posted 20 points and six rebounds in the five-on-five game at the Combine on Thursday...
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse’s Mike Hopkins Upset With People “Surprised” By Rakeem Christmas’ Strong Combine

Former Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas was perhaps the most improved player in college basketball last season, upping his scoring average from 5.8 to 17.5 points per game and his rebounding average from 5.1 to 9.1 per contest. But apparently, Christmas’ solid debut at the NBA Draft Combine 5 on 5 game today took some of the scouts and announcers by surprise. Christmas put up...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Photo: Chris McCullough Posts Photo Of 4 Departing Syracuse Players From Boeheim Foundation’s Basket Ball

Coming off of a disappointing 2014-15 campaign, Syracuse basketball will look very different next season. The team loses All-American center Rakeem Christmas to graduation after his magnificent senior season, forward Chris McCullough is entering the NBA Draft, and role players B.J. Johnson and Ron Patterson are transferring out of the program. Despite their upcoming moves, all four...
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April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN Doesn’t Think Highly of 2015-2016 Orange Roster

When this year’s basketball team first stepped on the court, nearly everybody knew that the team was going to be far from the product on the court the year before. But, everyone also knew that the 2015-2016 team would be worth the wait. Despite losing BJ Johnson and Ron Patterson to transfers, Chris McCullough to the NBA, and Rakeem Christmas to graduation, Orange fans still have...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Christmas Wraps up Syracuse Career With Some Hardware

The 2014-2015 season will be remembered as one of controversy, disappointment, and headlines. What people may not remember five years down the road is the year that senior Rakeem Christmas put together despite all of the off-court distractions and team struggles. The Associated Press named Christmas a Third-Team All American earlier in the week, the second straight year an Orange...
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April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Moustapha Diagne Leads Team to First Championship

Syracuse Orange basketball fans have been worrying about what Jim Boeheim will be able to do to replace the departing Rakeem Christmas, but with every scrap of information that comes out about Moustapha Diagne, things seem to be looking up as far as post play is concerned heading into next season. The 6-foot-9, 230 pound […]
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March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Rakeem Christmas Cascaded with ACC Accolades

Well, the season ended in disappointing fashion for the Syracuse University basketball team, but things have ended on a high note off the court for senior center Rakeem Christmas. Christmas was named first team All-Conference, as well as being named the ACC’s Most Improved Player, and was second in the voting for ACC Defensive Player […]
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March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Doing the Math: What Syracuse’s Basketball Scholarship Situation Looks Like Down the Road

Yesterday the NCAA ruled that Syracuse will have to give up three basketball scholarships per season for the next four seasons. These losses could be pushed back one year however. The Post Standard reports that, “Syracuse can delay the lost scholarships for a season…only if the school has already executed financial aid agreements with [commits].” The Orange has four commits...
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March 07, 2015  |  Discuss
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