Boeheim recommends Flynn test draft waters

April, 1, 2009
Syracuse sophomore point guard Jonny Flynn wants to return to the Orange next season, according to coach Jim Boeheim.

But that doesn't mean Flynn shouldn't at least see where he stands in the NBA draft.

Boeheim said late Tuesday night that he is going to recommend Flynn put his name in the draft by the April 30 deadline, go through a few workouts and get a true read on his status.

"He'd have to be top-10," Boeheim said. "He came in and wants to stay, and I do think he'll come back unless he's fairly high."

Boeheim said Flynn's heart isn't in going to the NBA and the discussion is ongoing. But Boeheim doesn't want to dismiss Flynn's potential if he can land in the top 10. He also said Flynn could be a preseason first-team All-American and player of the year candidate if he returns. That does weigh on Flynn.

Flynn also wants to play with the returning Orange team as well as the newcomers. Boeheim said Iowa State transfer Wesley Johnson is a "great player and he could be first-team all-league. He's really good, really explosive."

Boeheim also is high on shooting guard Brandon Triche out of Dewitt, N.Y.

There is a chance juniors Paul Harris and Eric Devendorf might not return to the team for their senior seasons, according to a source close to the situation. Even if that happens, Boeheim is confident that with Flynn (assuming he returns), Andy Rautins, Johnson, Triche and Arinze Onuaku, the Orange could have a shot at the national title.

• Maryland coach Gary Williams said junior point guard Greivis Vasquez hasn't decided whether he will declare for the NBA draft. Williams said he won't be surprised if Vasquez tests the draft process but expects the player will return to Maryland. "He's got to be careful," Williams said. Assuming Vasquez stays, the Terps will lose only one player, senior forward David Neal, off an NCAA tournament second-round team.

The Terps do add two big men, Jordan Williams out of Connecticut and James Padgett from New York, to go with developing players Landon Milbourne, Adrian Bowie and Sean Mosley and surging shooting guard Eric Hayes. "We could be really good next year," Williams said. Williams and Boeheim joined me on the ESPNU College Basketball podcast Wednesday, in addition to Purdue's Matt Painter, to talk about the upcoming Final Four.

• Reggie Theus, the former Sacramento Kings and New Mexico State coach, isn't getting a significant sniff from Arizona. But Theus would be a perfect fit for Memphis. I'm not here to shill for Theus, but he does seem to be the right guy for Memphis if the Tigers can't get Xavier's Sean Miller or USC's Tim Floyd. Theus can recruit well, did a fine job of coaching NMSU to the NCAAs and would flourish in a star-driven community like Memphis. The Tigers desperately need a face of the program, and Theus would work wonders there, as well as continue to strengthen the NBA brand in the city.

• NBA scouts will be watching with great interest the NABC All-Star game Friday afternoon at Ford Field in Detroit. Here are the rosters:

Reese's All-Stars
Tyrese Rice (Boston College)
Orlando Mendez-Valdez (Western Kentucky)
Josh Akognon (Cal State-Fullerton)
Alex Ruoff (West Virginia)
Josh Bostic (Findlay)
B.J. Raymond (Xavier)
Alfred Aboya (UCLA)
Marcus Landry (Wisconsin)
John Bryant (Santa Clara)
Josh Heytvelt (Gonzaga)
Co-coaches: Bruce Weber, Illinois; Matt Painter, Purdue

Hershey's All-Stars

Justin Dentmon (Washington)
Ben Woodside (North Dakota State)
Jermaine Taylor (Central Florida)
Jimmy Bartolotta (MIT)
Lee Cummard (BYU)
Josh Carter (Texas A&M)
Korvotney Barber (Auburn)
Aron Baynes (Washington State)
Luke Nevill (Utah)
DeMarre Carroll or Matt Lawrence (Missouri)
Head coach: Nolan Richardson; assistant coach: Mike Anderson, Missouri

Many of these seniors will stay on the road and head to Portsmouth, Va., next weekend for the PIT, the only draft event in which games will be played. The Orlando predraft camp is gone, replaced by medical testing and strength and conditioning drills May 27-29 in Chicago.

• UTEP was expecting a sellout for Game 2 of the College Basketball Invitational championship series Wednesday against Oregon State. OSU won Game 1 in Corvallis on Monday in the best-of-three series. A potential decisive Game 3 would be Friday in El Paso.

• Old Dominion beat Bradley 66-62 on Tuesday night in Peoria, Ill., to win the Tournament. Bradley lost the CBI championship series to Tulsa in 2008.

Andy Katz | email

ESPN Senior Writer


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