The Next Fab Four?

No matter how many times Billy Edelin flashes his championship ring, four wide-eyed freshmen keep asking for more. <br><br> "Let me see that ring," one of the freshmen says.

"Y'all have got to get your own," Edelin smugly replies.

With the talent and depth of Syracuse's freshmen class, it may not be long before Terrence Roberts, Demetris Nichols, Darryl Watkins and Louis McCroskey have their own rings.

"Everyone's just really determined," Roberts said. "We can't wait for the season to start. We're here to play."

The Syracuse freshmen of 2003-04 have large shoes to fill.

Carmelo Anthony spun, weaved and knifed his way to the tune of 22 points and 10 rebounds a game. Meanwhile, Gerry McNamara shot his way into basketball lore, nailing six 3-pointers against Kansas in the national title game. Then there was Billy Edelin, whose mixture of floaters and interior shots gave the Orangemen an extra scoring edge midway through the season. The three played a key role in Syracuse's first national title in school history.

Still, the freshmen class this year is as talented a group as any that has come through Syracuse. All four are top 100 recruits, according to ESPN.com, and all bring impressive numbers to Syracuse.

Even head coach Jim Boeheim, now in his 28th season with the Orange, considers his rookie class as one of his best ever.

"It's among the best, if not the best," Boeheim said.

Sophomore Gerry McNamara, now an "elder statesman" on the team has had plenty of time to see his newest teammates in off-season workouts.

"They look great," McNamara said. "They look just like we did last year. They might be a little more athletic than we were."

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

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