We’ll Miss You, Jonny Flynn

Posted: April 17, 2009 by Michael Leess in POP - pop culture
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Itd been a pleasure, all the best.

It'd been a pleasure. All the best, man.

It’s the end of the 2009 NCAA basketball season and the premature loss of Jonny Flynn, Eric Devendorf, and Paul Harris to the NBA Draft is imminent.  All three were starters and cornerstones of the team.  Flynn, especially, was its heart and soul, and Jim Boeheim will be hard-pressed to replace such a prolific, durable, and amicable player.  I won’t go into details, because even if you didn’t SEE Jonny Flynn and company in the six-overtime NCAA Tournament game against UConn, you heard about it – and you’re wearing the “Marathon Men” t-shirt anyway.

As Orangemen and Orangewomen, we’ve seen our fair share of basketball stars come and go recently.  Remember Donte’ Green?  I generally don’t, except for a ton of ill-advised three-point attempts and a diamond-like hand gesture he’d make to the crowd.  What was it…”Dynasty”? Yeah, Donte’, you sure created a dynasty.  One year of college and you jumped ship, leaving a Dome full of heartbroken fans.  …Not the kind of dynasty I’d want to be a part of…

Now think back to 2003, if you can.  Any big names jump to mind?  If you’re thinking of a player whose name rhymes with “Shmarshmelo Shmanthony,” we’re on the same page.  Can you imagine what the three seasons after the national championship would have been like if he stayed on?  Repeat?  Threepeat?  I guess that may be a little optimistic, but there was definitely Final Four potential.  But no…he was yet another one-and-done fan-killer, unable to resist the allure (and the cash) of the NBA.  But hey, at least we got a new basketball practice facility out of the deal.  Now we can pull in even more top-notch high school talents, and wince with pain as we see them follow in “Shmarshmelo’s” footsteps and ditch school for the pros.

I suppose I can’t judge a man until I’ve walked a mile in his shoes, so my intention is not to vilify these former Orange players.  I understand that all people are apt to change their plans for the future, not just college athletes.  But as a college baskteball fan, I feel like I’m being cheated out of something.  The NBA thought they were doing potential draftees a favor by forcing them to come to college for at least a year, but the fact is that those one- or two-year scholarship athletes are hurting the basketball programs at the schools they decide to “drop in” on.

~ Michael Leess

  1. KrystieY says:

    “Orangemen and Orangewomen,” thanks Mike!

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