"You just don't replace players like Johnny, Tyrell (Lynch), and Lazar (Hayward)," Bishop said. "The key for Johnny was he played some games with the 16 and under team first and was able to develop leadership skills. That helped over the past two years with us."
Johnny did a terrific job during the summer too. He is considered among the best players in the country for the 2007 class. He also competed in quite a few games with former high school and AAU teammate, Paul Harris.
"We saw Paul last night at the exhibition game at Syracuse," Bishop said. "He had eight points and 10 rebounds. They were both great together."
Bishop was honest about the value of Flynn too. Johnny is expected to be an impact player for Syracuse when he competes next season. "Syracuse thinks he would play a lot now if he was at school this year," Bishop said. "Johnny always worked well with Paul in the backcourt."
It will take some time for Harris to develop his game against the top college guards. Bishop feels Paul Harris will likely need two years of seasoning to make the adjustments to the more physical, quick college game. And having Flynn aboard next season should help both players.
"They are both great players," Bishop said. "You can never replace those players in your AAU program. So it should be an interesting spring."
For Flynn, it's another year to make improvements in his game to prepare for the night in and night out battles in the Big East. And he'll have his buddy there with him next season to help him along at Syracuse in Harris.