Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The guys who ask questions are the guys who are looking to get better

Jim Boeheim's Syracuse club is off to an 8-0 start, including an OT win over Kansas before Thanksgiving.

Leading the Orangemen is PG Jonny Flynn, a 6-foot sophomore who shared Rookie of the Year honors last season in the Big East.

As Coach Boeheim said after a Syracuse win earlier this month in which Flynn had 12 points, 7 assists, and 3 steals: "It all starts with the point guard."

According to this article:

This summer, Flynn attended LeBron James' basketball camp in Akron, Ohio. He served as a counselor and played pick-up with James and New Orleans Hornets all-world point guard Chris Paul.

Paul pulled Flynn aside and tutored him on the pick-and-roll, one weapon in Paul's vast arsenal. "He was just telling me, 'Always take your time,'" Flynn said. You dictate the pace, not the defender.

Flynn listened. He's like that, said Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins. He opens his ears up when elders speak.

"The guys who ask questions are the guys who are constantly looking to get better, who don't take this personally," Hopkins said. "Those are the guys who make it. And I think Jonny's one of those guys, who all he wants to do is get better and will do anything to win."

The article continues:

One summer when he was a teen, Flynn had surgery on his right wrist. His dominant hand was out of commission.

Every time Sal Constantino, an assistant coach at Niagara Falls High School, saw Flynn that summer, the kid had a basketball in his left hand. He worked on developing a balance to his game, turning a negative into a positive.

"He wanted to get better with his weaker hand," Constantino said.