Top 10 Players in Syracuse Orange Basketball History


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10. Hakim Warrick

Hakim Warrick was a tall lanky power forward, the prototypical Jim Boeheim forward. With a tremendous vertical leap, Warrick was one of the best dunkers in Syracuse history. Because of his size and length, he was extremely effective in the zone defense. Warrick was the Big East Player of the Year his senior season, and made the All-Big East First Team twice. His sophomore year he was the league’s Most Improved Playerand made the Big East Third Team and during his senior season he led Syracuse to the Big East Championship and earned the Big East Tournament MVP. The highlight of Warrick’s career is now the highlight of the Syracuse basketball program’s history. With time running out in the 2003 National Championship game, Kansas’ Mike Lee had the ball and was all alone in the corner with an open shot at a 3 point basket and a chance to tie the game. Out of no where, Warrick sprang and cleanly blockedthe shot well out of bounds, securing the first NCAA Tournament Championship for the Orangemen. Epic moment. Unforgettable, to say the least.