After giving four years of gritty point guard play to Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse fans, Scoop Jardine returned to the Carrier Dome to put on one more show.
He hosted Orange Madness!
After averaging 8.9 points, 4.9 assists, and 2.4 rebounds as a senior, Jardine was asked to co-host Friday’s festivities, as his on the floor leadership skills are believed to translate into him being quite the MC. It didn’t hurt that he had Michael Jordan’s daughter – and his girlfriend – sophomore guard Jasmine Jordan sharing the back court, rather the entire court with him.
The two did a terrific job interviewing players, coaches, and fans, as well as providing commentary on the events that took place throughout the evening including the dunk contest; in which Brandon Triche, James Southerland, Rakeem Christmas, C.J. Fair and Brittney Sykes participated in.
Jardine, and Jordan for that matter, were asked to host the essential tip-off of the college basketball season by Boeheim’s wife, Judi Boeheim. Boeheim believed that the two have very distinct personalities, which introduced the fans to their team the right way.
After going undrafted in the 2012 NBA draft, Jardine received a training camp invite from the Charlotte Bobcats, which ended early when Jardine injured his foot. The Philly-bred lead guard has been rehabbing from surgery for the past several weeks, and has been traveling back-and-forth from California to Philadelphia meeting with doctors and taking the proper steps to healing his injury. Don’t be surprised to see him in the NBDL at some point this season.
Although they lost talented players like Jardine, Dion Waiters, Fab Melo, and Kris Joseph, Syracuse has a ton of young, untapped talent heading into this season, and is expected to be in the thick of things in the Big East once again.
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