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Waiters hungry for redemption this season

Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:35 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2011 8:34 pm

By Jeff Borzello

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Dion Waiters entered his freshman season at Syracuse with plenty of hype, ranked as a top-25 recruit by many outlets.

However, much of the news surrounding him during the season was negative. There were reports of him being dismissed from the team in January and rampant rumors regarding him potentially transferring after the season.

Going into his sophomore campaign, though, Waiters is still in an Orange uniform and could be one of the keys to the season for a top-five Syracuse team.

“Dion has his head right,” senior guard Scoop Jardine said.

Although Waiters denied most of the rumors during the offseason, he admitted to last week that the idea of leaving Syracuse did cross his mind.

“I was thinking about it,” he said. “I’m a competitor and I wanted to start. That’s what it was.”

Last season, the 6-foot-4 guard from Philadelphia averaged 6.3 points in 16.3 minutes off the bench. He did not start a single game, and was held out of a late-January loss to Marquette.

With Jardine and Brandon Triche both returning as starters in the backcourt, is Waiters ready to take a back seat to the two veterans again?

“It’s not about me this year,” he said. “Last year, I put myself before the team. I was selfish.”

Waiters said he spent off the season working on his fitness and athleticism; his explosive scoring ability is still there too. Coming out of high school, Waiters was one of the best scoring guards in the country – he has a chance to provide a consistent spark off the Syracuse bench this year.

“I think he can play a bigger role,” freshman guard Mike Carter-Williams said. “He’s a great player.”

Humbled by the events of last spring, Waiters is hungry to help the Orange get to the Final Four.

“I feel like a freshman again,” he said. “Watch out.”

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Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:33 pm

Waiters hungry for redemption this season

I was hoping to hear that Scoop Jardine transfered. Waiters should have a much greater impact than Triche &Jardine,that act is tired!

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:30 pm

Waiters hungry for redemption this season

Looks like Cuse will be competitive this year.. They will go as far as the bench will carry them... This team will be solid...

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 5:57 pm

Waiters hungry for redemption this season

I can't wait to dominate the Big East for the last time....It will be strange next year...where is the Final 4 this year, I need to book my room.  I was fortunately living in New Orleans in 2003 and of course I attended the games.  Go Cuse........

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 12:28 pm

Waiters hungry for redemption this season

If all of the freshmen & sophmores can pick up the zone defense intricacies and stretch it out better than they were able to last year, they could be a defensive juggernaut. They will be very long inside - layups should be hard to come by for our opponents! Our guard play will dictate how far we go this year - on 'O'AND on 'D'. Go 'Cuse!!!!

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 11:48 am

Waiters hungry for redemption this season

looking forward to a great season and hopefully another national championship!!!! this team should be fun to watch!!!! looking forward to cutting down some nets this year, especially monday night after the national championship year!!!!!!  GO CUSE

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 8:22 am

Waiters hungry for redemption this season

Syracuse is going to be one of the top five schools in basketball and be a serious contender in winning march maddness go cuse go

Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 2:52 am

Waiters hungry for redemption this season

Sounds good to me "rak" Dions not bad, he just has to get the team concept down. It doesn't say Waiters across his chest. I give him a lot of credit though for coming out and saying he was being selfiish.  

Since: Jun 9, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:23 am

Waiters hungry for redemption this season

Waiter's showed promise, as did Fair.  If Melo, Keita and Christmas can come close to picking up for Jackson we'll be a top 5 team.  My question is if we called Warrick "Hak" do we call Christmas "Rak"?

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