McNamara started every game during his four-year career at Syracuse. He helped lead the Orange to a National Championship and two Conference Titles in that time, never once missing a game.
McNamara’s legacy was not limited to titles, though. Instead, it was his ability to achieve the impossible, sinking countless game-winners and buzzer-beaters.
Any fan or member of the Big East will testify to that.
For his career, McNamara finished with averages of 15.5 points and 4.8 assists per game. Unfortunately, that didn’t translate to the next level as McNamara went undrafted during the 2006 NBA Draft.
From there, McNamara spent time in the D-League and Europe. He was a D-League All-Star in 2007 and spent time with teams such as Olympiacos BC overseas.
Tragically, McNamara retired in 2009 due to back issues. McNamara eventually underwent back surgery in September of 2012.
McNamara has since returned to where he started, enlisting in graduate courses at Syracuse University. Shortly thereafter, McNamara joined Jim Boeheim’s staff as a graduate manager.
When the Bernie Fine scandal led to an eventual firing, McNamara was promoted to assistant coach.
10. Sonny Weems
After spending two years at a junior college, Sonny Weems finished his final two seasons of eligibility at the University of Arkansas. After posting solid numbers in 2007, Weems decided to turn it up in ‘08.
The athletic slasher posted averages of 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals as a senior. This led to first team All-SEC honors.
Weems’ crowning moment came in the NCAA Tournament, as he was matched up against Eric Gordon and the Indiana Hoosiers. Weems dropped 31 points on 12-of-14 shooting to lead Arkansas to their first tournament win since 1999.
He later won the college Slam Dunk Contest and went on to be selected with the 39th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.
Weems would play three seasons in the NBA, tallying 47 starts in that time. In the midst of the NBA lockout, however, Weems signed in Lithuania.
Through 14 games, Weems is averaging 14.8 points.
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