NOW A SENIOR, SCOOP JARDINE HOPES TO GO OUT ON TOP AT SYRACUSE
Philly native continues to improve, on and off the court, each year at SU
By Lauren Kirschman
Each year of his Syracuse career, Scoop Jardine worked on developing a different aspect of his game.
One year, he simply focused on improving himself off the court by eating healthy and going to sleep on time. College athletes usually don’t concentrate on honing those skills, but Jardine said making the effort helped his game.
All those years of work paid off, as Jardine is ready to step in as the leader of the Orange for his senior season after scoring 12.5 points and a dishing out a team-leading 5.9 assists per game last year.
“When you come to college, you’re a boy,” he said at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio. “You really don’t know too much but you think you know everything…Every year I got to work on something so I can honestly say when I went to college I was a boy and now I’m a man.”
In his final season in a Syracuse uniform, Jardine said his goal is to take the team as far as possible, and that means a Final Four and National Championship.
To help the Orange get there, he wants to be the player head coach Jim Boeheim can turn to for a win.
“Honestly, I just want to be the best player I can,” Jardine said. “If my team needs me to…score 30 points and have 15 assists, to be the an-all around player…if that’s what we need to win games then I want Coach to be able to call on me.”
At the skills camps he’s attended this summer, Jardine said he’s been focusing on acting as a leader on and off the court because that’s a role he’ll embrace at Syracuse.
But the most important takeaway from the camps is playing against the best college athletes in the country, Jardine said, and developing friendships and camaraderie off the court.
“Everybody is working for the same goal that you are so you get to compete and see how hard they work,” he said. “You want to push yourself with them, you want to rank yourself. It’s like a competitive thing.”
Jardine added that the camps help in his aspirations of reaching the professional level because he learns something new every time he steps on the court.
He’s also making himself recognizable.
“You’re getting you’re name out there being in front of all these NBA people,” he said. “Politics is part of the NBA. You come to these summer things and you can let people know who you really are as a person, what you stand for, and also you’re representing your school and what your school stands for.”