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Syracuse’s Jerami Grant declares for NBA Draft

On early Monday afternoon Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated leaked the news that Syracuse sophmore standout Jerami Grant would forgo his final two seasons at Syracuse to declare for the NBA Draft where he is projected to be a middle-to-late first round pick.Syracuse fans have been waiting for Grant’s decision ever since Tyler Ennis declared for the draft shortly after the Orange’s season ended in the round of 32 against Dayton in the NCAA Tournament.Once the news was out, fans and media reacted…ESPN’s Seth Greenburg says Syracuse takes a step back without Grant next season:“This could cause major problems for Jim Boeheim’s team. You can’t start the season with two new forwards in that zone. It puts a lot of pressure on the rest of the rotation. Grant is so good at distorting pass lanes, rebounding and getting the ball out. He’s built to play that zone.”Former Orange forward Derrick Coleman responded on Twitter along with Etan Thomas…

Mike Waters at Syracuse.com wonders who will start at forward for Syracuse next season with the departure of Fair and Grant:On talent and reputation alone, the starters could be Roberson and McCullough. Gbinije has more experience, but he’s a little undersized to play big minutes at forward in SU’s defensive scheme. Likewise, Johnson lacks the strength at this point to battle bigger forwards and centers for rebounds. The SU coaches had been looking at Johnson as a possible two-guard down the line.Christmas has played power forward in his first three years, but Syracuse’s Dajuan Coleman remains a question mark after undergoing season-ending knee surgery last January. If Coleman’s return is delayed, Syracuse’s center position could lack enough depth to allow Christmas to spend any time at power forward.Donna Ditota at Syracuse.com wonders if Syracuse will add a transfer to help next year:SU rarely pursues transfers, Gbinije being a recent exception. Would the Orange take a transfer, with the understanding that the player must sit for a year because of NCAA rules? Would SU pick up a player that might imperil its recruitment of other big-name high school prospects it has recruited over time? It seems unlikely.CNY Central was on Marshall Street late Monday afternoon to get the reaction of students…One of the more respected mock draft websites, draftexpress.com, updated their mock draft on Monday and have Grant going at No.20 to Toronto.

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