Sports SUmmary: Battle declares for NBA Draft, Carter-Williams signs second contract with Orlando

Sports SUmmary: Battle declares for NBA Draft, Carter-Williams extends Magic contract

Syracuse guard Tyus Battle declared for the NBA Draft last year but decided to return to Syracuse.
Published: March 26, 2019
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Tyus Battle dunks in the second half of a game against Morehead State on Nov. 10, 2018.

Tyus Battle declares for NBA draft

Last year, Tyus Battle declared for the NBA Draft, but withdrew and decided to come back for another season at Syracuse. This year, it’s a different story. He officially declared for the 2019 NBA Draft and is committed to his decision.

According to ESPN statistics, Battle’s 2018-19 season points per game ended at 17.2 with 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 43.1 percent shooting. His careers stats at each game were 16 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists on 41.7 percent field goal percentage.

Cooper joins Tewaaraton Watch List

On March 21, Syracuse freshman lacrosse star Sarah Cooper was added to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List. The Tewaaraton Award is given to “the most outstanding American college lacrosse player” since 2001.

Cooper leads the team in caused turnovers at 17 and leads in 19 ground balls. Her 1.55 caused turnovers per game ranks her at third in the ACC. She now joins teammates Nicole Levy and Emily Hawryschuk on the Watch List.

Mike Hopkins’ Washington Madness in the NCAA Tournament

Although being eliminated from the tournament by UNC on Sunday, former Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins and the Washington Huskies made great strides this past season.

In the round of 64, the No. 9 Washington Huskies upset No. 8 Utah State 78-61. However, in the following round, they were faced against No. 1 North Carolina and could not pull off another upset, losing 81-59. The Huskies were at the top of the standings in the Pac-12 at 27 overall wins and nine losses. They were also at the top of the ladder in conference play with 15 wins and three losses.

As a student-athlete, Hopkins played for Syracuse from 1989 to 1993. Additionally, Hopkins was a member of the assistant coaching staff with the Syracuse Orange for 22 years. In 2017, he joined Washington as the team’s head coach.

Michael Carter-Williams earns second 10-day contract

Former Orange basketball guard Michael Carter-Williams has been signed to his second 10-day contract with the Orlando Magic. In his three appearances thus far, he has averaged 3.0 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game and 2.3 assists in about 16 minutes per game.
His contract is set to expire on April 3, a week from Wednesday. If the Magic wish to retain him, the organization must sign him for the rest of the season.

Syracuse Crunch clinches playoff spot

After defeating the Utica Comets 6-2, the Crunch secured a spot in the AHL postseason. The team’s record sits at 42-19-4-2. At home, the Crunch are 24-6-1-2. Away, they are 18-13-3-0.

The Syracuse Crunch have nine games left this season before entering the postseason. Look for stars Cory Conacher and Alex Volkov to spark the Crunch to close the regular season and enter the postseason on a high note.