Syracuse Basketball 2000-2009  
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Season Results
Team Record 250-95 0.725 1 National Championship, 2 Big East Championships
Post Season 7 NCAA, 3 NIT
Style
Syracuse played a lot of half court, deliberate offense, usually working an inside/out game with one dominant perimeter shooter and one strong inside player. Defense used the 2-3 zone trap defense extensively and very effectively. Syracuse recruited players with large arm spans and height to take advantage of the defensive scheme. Syracuse rarely ever went more than seven player deep.
   
Player of the Decade
Extremely difficult choice, but we'll go with Hakim Warrick. A vital part of the 2003 championship, a Big East Championship, and the Big East Player of the Year, and a four year player. Carmelo Anthony was probably the best overall player, but he played only one season. Gerry McNamara merited significant consideration as his class was the only class to make the NCAA four times, plus he won a National Championship, and two Big East Titles.
Best Individual Season
Carmelo Anthony, 2002-03. An outstanding individual season, he led the Orangemen as a freshman to the NCAA National Championship with 22.2 ppg and 10.0 rpg.
   
Best Team
2002-03. The team went 30-5, 13-3 in the Big East, and won the NCAA National Championship with a lineup that featured mostly sophomores and freshmen.
   
Top Scorer Gerry McNamara 2,099 points
Top Rebounder Hakim Warrick 1,024 rebounds
Top Assists Gerry McNamara 648 assists
Coach (1) Jim Boeheim 10 years 250-95 0.725
   
All Decade Team  
Guard
Jonny Flynn
Guard
Gerry McNamara
Forward
Carmelo Anthony
Forward
Hakim Warrick
Center
Arinze Onuaku
Honorable Mentions Preston Shumpert, Eric Devendorf, Demetris Nichols
   
Best Shooter
Gerry McNamara. GMac was as clutch as they come and as hot as any shooter could ever get; Preston Shumpert was very good and probably had more range.
Fan Favorite Gerry McNamara. The scrappy kid from Scranton was the toast of the town. Carmelo Anthony was immensely popular, but only had his one season, and GMac was already making his own cult following at the same time.
Most Exciting Player Hakim Warrick. A human highlight film with his spectacular dunks and leaping ability.
Best Defensive Player: Darryl Watkins

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