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ESPN's Dick Vitale named Syracuse's Hakim Warrick as the college basketball Player of the Week after scoring a total of 46 points in victories over Mississippi St. and Memphis.  The Orange were also Vitale's selection as Team of the Week after capturing the championship in the Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic.

 
Gregg Doyel, senior writer at CBSSportsline.com, has Syracuse's Gerry McNamara ranked as the top shooting guard in the nation.

 
He's OK and willing to talk about the injuries now, but back during the 2003-04 season Gerry McNamara kept everything under wraps.

 
The Syracuse version of the Athlon Sports College Baketball preview features Hakim Warrick and Gerry McNamara on its cover.

 
Warrick was a first team selection and McNamara a fourth-team pick according to Vitale's July 19th column on ESPN.com.

 
The Orange bring back two of the best players at their respective positions in guard junior Gerry McNamara and senior forward Hakim Warrick. Warrick could be a national player-of-the-year candidate. McNamara is one of the toughest players in the country. Now add seniors Josh Pace and Craig Forth and the Orange have one of the more experienced teams in the Big East.

 
Will Billy Edelin come back into the Syracuse picture? If not, coach Jim Boeheim still has lots of options. The return of Warrick gives the Orange one of the premier 1-2 punches (with McNamara). Syracuse, Connecticut, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh make up quite a Fab Four in the Big East.

 
Slam Magazine has placed the SU men's basketball squad 12th in its preseason basketball poll announced in the latest edition of the magazine.

 
At 6-foot-2, Gerry McNamara, who calls himself just "a skinny little white kid who takes pride in working hard," is a hero in the working-class town of Scranton, Pennsylvania.  

 
Cheers from the employees at Stirna's restaurant, just seven blocks from McNamara's childhood home in North Scranton. Raise a glass, because suddenly, with one heroic 3-point shot and one euphoric riot of people fixed before a 22-inch television, opening four hours early for a 1 p.m. Syracuse basketball game didn't seem so silly anymore.

He belongs to that well-known genus Hoopus Rodentus.  Gym Rat.

Watching Syracuse's freshman point guard in the Orange's 89-51 win over West Virginia Wednesday night was an education. The course would be called "How To Play College Basketball." The 19-year-old McNamara is a doctor of hoop-ology.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - It's game time at the Carrier Dome, and
Carl Eilenberg is trumpeting the starting lineup for the Syracuse University men's basketball team, just as he has since the building opened in 1980.

In a carnival-barker's voice, he introduces the Orangemen forwards. Then the center.

When he gets to the backcourt, Eilenberg's tone grows even more excited:

"Aaaatt guarrrrd.

"A 6-2 freshmannnn.

"The Pride of Scran-ton, Pennsylvaniaaaaa.

"Numberrr threeee, Gerr-eeee Mac-Na-marrra!"

Already in a frenzied state, the crowd's cheers crescendo to another decibel level as the former Bishop Hannan star bolts from his seat and sprints through a lineup of teammates, to the center of the court.