The Very Brief, Abridged Tale of Billy Edelin

billy_edelin_00012Any true college basketball fan is probably aware of the enigmatic, former Syracuse Orange(men) guard Billy Edelin. Once a heralded recruit from the powerhouse Oak Hill program–by way of Silver Spring, MD; Edelin was the man expected to keep the ‘Cuse relevant after their magical 2003 National Championship run. But we all know, however, Edelin did none of that. In fact he disappeared deep into the college basketball abyss, leaving his life a mystery to the college basketball fan and non existent to the general public.

Edelin’s short lived stay on the college basketball scene was really a precursor to what was to come. He had to sit out the first 12 games of his freshman season for rape allegations, which for the record were later dropped. From there, Edelin jumped on the “Melo Express” and looked to take lead of the team in 2004 and fill the void left by the freshman phenom. Instead he went into a downward spiral and the details as to why are anyones guess. Naturally, speculation abounded as to just what the hell Billy Edelin was doing with his life, and why Jim Boeheim and Co. left so few privy to the truth.

The end for Edelin came in February of his sophomore season. He was the starting point guard putting up a productive 14 / 5 / 4, but then he left the team for the classic sports injury explanation— “undisclosed personal reasons.”

What Edelin is doing, where he is, or the circles he runs with are generally unknown. His wikipedia entry says his most recent basketball stint was in 2006 as a member of the Great Falls Explorers and he had actually declared himself for the 2007 NBA Draft.

So while we may never know just what happened to Mr. Edelin, maybe we can revere him and turn him into some sort of cult hero. But instead we won’t, and will just use him as a clever blog title aimed at providing you college basketball commentary with a heavy dose of cynicism, poor grammar, and ignorant rants we catch along the way.

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