Hoops report card

Who is at the top of the Syracuse basketball class? The top eight players on the Orangemen get graded.

Craig Forth: Showed some signs of life with 10 points against Binghamton. Still, Forth's defense has been suspect throughout the season, and he's even garnered some boos from the Carrier Dome crowd. Grade: C

Hakim Warrick: Sophomore has done his homework over the summer and has added a deadly low post arsenal resulting in many thunderous dunks. Defensively, he should be getting more blocks with his long frame. Grade: B+

Carmelo Anthony: Freshman has been everything fans have expected going for a double-double in all but one game so far, scoring at least 20 a game. Can he carry the Orangemen against better teams? Only time will tell. Grade: A

Kueth Duany: Senior's stroke has been consistent throughout the season, but he's nothing more than a roll player on a team of stars. Grade: B

Gerry McNamara: Only 6-foot-2, but McNamara, the pride of Scranton, has filled in admirably for Billy Edelin. He's provided some sticky defense, timely shooting and handled the ball well. Grade: A

Josh Pace: His shot still isn't there, but Pace has provided a defensive spark off the bench and is an excellent finisher in transition. Grade: A

Jeremy McNeil: Still has terrible hands and a propensity to foul, but both have gotten better in the offseason. Grade: B-

Matt Gorman: Has shown a good touch from 15 feet but has gotten burned defensively several times. Grade: B

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