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June 29, 2012
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Jared Sullinger (No. 21)

Position: Power forward. Height: 6-9. Weight: 280. Age: 20

Of note: Two-time first-team All-American at Ohio State, where he started 73 of 74 career games . . . Scored 1,282 points, program’s third-highest total through two seasons . . . Tenacious rebounder averaged 10.2 boards as a freshman and 9.2 as a sophomore . . . Improved free throw shooting from 70.4 percent in 2010-11 season to 76.8 percent, though his field goal percentage dipped (.541 to .519) . . . Fouled out of just one game each season despite playing a very physical style . . . Concerns over a potential back problem, as well as weight issues, sent his draft stock tumbling, but agent David Falk (not surprisingly) called his client a “can’t-miss” prospect.

Fab Melo (No. 22)

Position: Center. Height: 7-0. Weight: 255. Age: 22

Of note: Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2011-12 after averaging 2.9 blocks per game as a sophomore, swatting a school-record 10 against Seton Hall . . . Showed much offensive growth in his second season, averaging 7.8 points and shooting .566 from the field . . . Grabbed a high percentage of his rebounds on the offensive end (80 offensive, 95 defensive) . . . Ruled ineligible for the Orange’s NCAA Tournament run because of academic issues, which the Brazilian-born Melo partially blamed on him still learning the English language . . . His presence would have made for a great East Regional final matchup against Sullinger at TD Garden.

Kris Joseph (No. 51)

Position: Small forward. Height: 6-6. Weight: 215. Age: 23

Of note: Montreal native played four seasons at Syracuse, leading the team in scoring in each of the last two years (14.3 points per game as a junior, 13.4 as a senior) . . . First-team All-Big East choice last season . . . Joseph’s offensive game seemed to regress during his Syracuse stay, but perhaps that was more about the talent around him. His field goal percentage tumbled from .490 as a sophomore to .421 last season . . . He led the Orange with 51 3-pointers last season while connecting at a .345 clip . . . Older brother Maurice played two seasons at the University of Vermont.

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