Billy Celuck 7-0 205 C
1999-2000: Celuck, the tallest member of the current SU edition at 7-0, saw action in 13 of 32 outings. In the Carrier Classic matchup with St. Josephs, Celuck tallied a personal-best eight points and made four-of-five shots from the field in the victory.
1998-1999: Celuck scored in seven of nine appearances. Celuck finished the season shooting (.588) from the floor He began the season with six points in his initial collegiate contest against Colgate. In the Quinnipiac victory, he set career-high marks for rebounds (four), assists (one), and blocks (two).Clara, he tied a personal best with two blocked shots.
1997-1998: He sat out the season.
High School: A four-year letterwinner at Valley View High School where they were runnerup at the 1996 state championship. Celuck captained the squad as a junior and a senior. He was a USA Today Honorable Mention All-American and a first-team all-state selection andteam MVP in 1997. Celuck averaged 12.5 rebounds an outing...He established the Valley View record for career points, rebounds, and blocked shots.
Celuck is a very underrated player. He can hit the outside jump shot and forces the defense to play him. He is an above average defender who only will get better as his career continues. Since he is more of a perimeter player than an inside player his game is more suited for Europe, where he should have a solid career.
Preston Shumpert 6-6 200 F
2000-2001: Shumpert shared the BIG EAST Conference Most Improved Player Award with West Virginia s Calvin Bowman. Shumpert reached double figures in 31 games. He tallied 20-or-more points 17 times. Opened the season strong with 23 points versus ST. FRANCIS. He followed that up with a career-high 36 points and nine rebounds against DePAUL. Shumpert was selected MVP of the Great Alaska Shootout. Had a career-high 13 baskets and seven assists against ALBANY. Shumpert posted 25 points at NORTH CAROLINA STATE. He scored 34 points, just two shy of his career high, in the Dome victory against CONNECTICUT. Shumpert logged a career-high 49 minutes before fouling out.
1999-2000: Shumpert tallied 26 points and seven three-pointers in the Carrier Dome victory against NOTRE DAME. Shumpert tied for game scoring honors against UCLA with 18 points. He owned or shared SU high scoring honors in the NCAA outings versus SAMFORD (17) and KENTUCKY (12). He had a squad-best 54 treys. Almost half of his baskets (54-of-110) were from behind the arc. He was the club s best free-throw shooter, making 83 percent of his attempts.
1998-1999: He started the season by averaging 11.8 ppg. in six outings. He shot 50 percent from the field (26-of-52), including 50 percent from beyond the three-point line (13-of-26), in those six games. He shared BIG EAST Rookie of the Week laurels following his play in the Maui Invitational. In the three games, he averaged 11.3 points and 5.0 rebounds. He had a career-high 19 points and seven rebounds to help SU defeat nationally-ranked INDIANA.
High School: Shumpert was an all-state pick as a junior and senior at Fort Walton Beach High School (Fla.) where he averaged 28.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in his final scholastic campaign. Shumpert was the Pensacola News, Okaloosa County, and Daily News Player of the Year after guiding Fort Walton Beach to a 35-6 record in 1997-98. The Vikings were a combined 108-10 with him on the roster. Shumpert was his squad's captain and MVP as a senior. He participated in the Pensacola, Daytona Beach and Bobby Knight All-Star games.
Shumpert is a definite pro prospect. His came is without flaws. He can take the ball to the basket strong, while still hitting the perimeter shot. Defensively, he is as sound if not more so than the great Syracuse players that have come before him. Additionally, he has the ability to play both the shooting guard and small forward position. He has the ability to play in the NBA, NBDL, CBA, ABA, or overseas.