So Long, Jonny Flynn
Jonny Flynn, the best Syracuse point guard since Sherman Douglas, is foregoing his remaining college eligibility and entering the NBA Draft. Flynn has also signed with an agent, meaning there’s no going back to school for the high-flier. Flynn joins backcourt mate Eric Devendorf and forward Paul Harris, all of whom elected to test the NBA waters. Of the three, Harris was the only Orange not to sign with an agent.
The departure of Flynn and Devendorf leaves Syracuse’s guard cupboard pretty bare. Unfortunately for Jim Boeheim, there’s not much coming in, recruiting-wise, to replace players of Flynn and Devendorf’s caliber. Additionally, what once looked like a promising 2009-10 season for the Orange now looks like a rebuilding effort.
For the record, Flynn signed with Leon Rose of Creative Artists Agency Sports, otherwise known as the representation service of LeBron James. Apparently, Flynn signed with Rose at the behest of James, which leads me to this question: Is it ethical for current NBA stars to recruit amateur athletes on behalf of the agency that represents them? I wonder what Boeheim thinks about LeBron’s advice?