Jim Boeheim calls out Jesse Edwards after Syracuse’s latest basketball loss

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Everyone was frustrated and annoyed after the Syracuse Orange lost another game. After Orange fell to the Pitt Panthers in an uninspired effort, Jim Boeheim took most of his team to task in the post-match press conference. Boeheim was very pointed and direct in his criticism of Joe Girard’s play in the game, but the head coach then went in another direction.

No one is sitting here trying to say Jesse Edwards is an elite college basketball player right now. However, the improvement he has made from last year is incredible and when you look at how this roster is constructed, he has kept this team and this season from being even worse than it is right now. Dare we say without Jesse that this team couldn’t win 10 games f’n? (yes, we know they might not with him….play the game today, ok)

It’s weird because last week Boeheim told ESPN Syracuse that Jesse was better than “90% of the centers in the country”.

It’s not just the people of Syracuse who are seeing Jesse’s growth this season. Rival schools see him for the challenges he presents to their teams when they meet Syracuse.

We all understand the frustration, but calling a player hard is really out of place in this context. Edwards currently directs this The Syracuse team in PER (Player Efficiency Index) by a wide margin. He increased his averages per game from 8.9 minutes, 1.9 points and 2.9 rebounds last year to 29.1 minutes, 12 points and 7 rebounds this season.

He has room to grow, but in his third season at Orange he developed into a solid starting center and was the brightest spot in a dismal campaign. Hopefully Wednesday afternoon’s training session at the Melo Center begins with a public apology from the head coach to his players, especially Jesse.

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