VERNON, N.Y. (WKTV) - Syracuse head basketball coach Jim Boeheim returned to the Atunyote Thursday for his fifth annual Golf Classic. It's the second straight year the former PGA course has hosted the event, with the Shenendoah hosting in the three years prior.
SU alum and current ESPN broadcaster Sean McDonough was also on hand and both he and Coach Boeheim talked about the event, playing at the Atunyote, as well as Thursday night's NBA Draft, which could see four ex-Syracuse players taken: Dion Waiters, Fab Melo, Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine.
"We're excited to have a couple guys in the first round, a couple guys that will get drafted or will have opportunities to play in the NBA," Boeheim said. "It's rare that you have four guys off your team have a chance to get in the NBA and two first round picks. Dion has moved up, he's a tremendous player, very talented and there aren't many seven foot guys that can do the things that Fab can do."
"Depending on who you talk to among draft analysts, it sounds like Dion Waiters is the guy that's really moving up the draft boards and could be a surprisingly high pick to some," said McDonough. "I'm watching with great curiosity, because my brother's the assistant general manager of the Celtics and he's actively involved, this is kind of his Super Bowl. One of the guys they're wondering if he'll be there when their pick comes around in the early 20s is Fab Melo."
Proceeds from the Boeheim Golf Classic, sponsored by Metro Matress, go to the Jim and Julie Boeheim Foundation, which raises money for cancer research and for children in need throughout Central New York.