Syracuse's Warrick returning for senior year
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse forward Hakim Warrick said on Thursday he would return to school for his senior year, dispelling rumors he might enter the NBA draft.
"I'm really looking forward to coming back and graduating, and hopefully winning another national championship," Warrick said. "It was a tough decision. I think we have a good shot at winning the national championship next year. Hopefully, I can come back and get my degree and another national championship."
Syracuse only lost backup center Jeremy McNeil to graduation.
Warrick said he made the decision on Monday. He called it "a tough one" because he dreams of playing in the NBA and "a lot of people said that I could have been in the first round (of the draft)."
After leading Syracuse to the national championship as a freshman in 2003, Carmelo Anthony left for the NBA. Warrick said he spoke with Anthony, who didn't advise him either way about his future.
"Melo told me to go out there and make the best decision for me," Warrick said.
Coach Jim Boeheim may have held the biggest sway.
"We thought it would be best for me if I came back for my senior year," Warrick said. "He's been through this a lot, and he's had a lot of players faced with making the same decision. He told me he would be there for me if I stayed or if I went."
Warrick assumed the role of team leader after the departure of Anthony and led the Orangemen last season, averaging 19.8 points and 8.6 rebounds. Syracuse was 23-8, losing to Alabama in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.
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OFF THE FIELD
Sid Smith, 78, a former Toronto Maple Leafs captain and three-time Stanley Cup winner, died Thursday after a long illness. Smith played parts of 12 seasons in Toronto between 1946-58.