I have to say, I didn't expect this.
Jonny Flynn has gone ahead and hired an agent, which means he's headed to the NBA instead of returning for his junior season at Syracuse. The Orange were supposed to make a run at a national title in 2010. You have to wonder if that's a possibility now.
Flynn signed with Leon Rose's Creative Artists Agency Sports, according to reports. Syracuse has two candidates to replace him at point guard. Scoop Jardine sat out last season with a leg injury and incoming freshman Brandon Triche will compete for time.
The 6-0 speedster has been one of the most dynamic guards in the college game the past two seasons. Flynn has decided to take advantage of what will be a fairly weak draft class after his great sophomore season (17ppg, 7 apg). Where will he get picked? He must think he's a lottery pick and that's certainly not a stretch.
I thought he loved college? I guess money talks and Flynn listened. We'll miss him in the Big East. Well, I can think of 15 coaches that won't ... but the rest of us will.
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In other draft news ...
Notre Dame power forward Luke Harangody will test the NBA Draft waters, but he will not hire an agent. That leaves open the possibility of returning for his senior season.
Harangody was named the Big East Player of the Year for the 2007-08 season. He put up slightly better numbers this season (23.3 ppg, 11.8 rpg), but the Irish struggled, which left the door open for fellow big men Hasheem Thabeet and Dejuan Blair to share the award.
Harangody is "only" 6-8, but he's shown versality this season, being able to grind it out inside and step back and face the basket. He said he's going into the draft at "full speed" as if he won't be returning to South Bend.