The Waiting Game

Syracuse forward Matt Gorman does not like to play himself in video games. He stays away from basketball games altogether.

"You want to win the game, right," he said with a smile.

On the Carrier Dome court or on the Sony Playstation, last season for the 6-foot-9 inch forward was spent playing the waiting game. It was a season that ran the gamut of emotions, from the elation of an Orangemen title, to the sobering realization that he was not a significant piece of the puzzle.

"I never stayed up all night worrying about whether or not I was going to play," Gorman said. "I felt ready to go every game. I just continued to work hard."

As Syracuse made its memorable run through the NCAA tournament, Gorman was at times the forgotten fourth of a crop of talented freshmen. While Carmelo Anthony was busy making himself a household name, putting the city of Syracuse on his shoulders and cementing his spot at the top of all draft boards, Gorman could only stand by and watch.

As college roommate Gerry McNamara emerged as one of the Big East's pre-eminent three-point threats, making the nation serve notice with six three-pointers against Kansas, Gorman was dwarfed by the 6-foot-2 inch guard's shadow.

And when guard Billy Edelin's entrance into the Syracuse lineup helped spark a late-season run, Gorman was confined to the bench, left to ponder what could have been.

It was a difficult turn of events for the 6-foot-9 forward who averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks in a senior year in which he led the Watertown High School Cyclones to a 23-1 record and a sectional championship. A team captain, second-team all-state member, Gorman was the go-to guy.

More on this story can be found in this month's issue of The Juice.

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