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Published on Nov 25, 2011
Rafael Addison (Jersey City, NJ) was one of the greats in a long line of prototypical swingmen who played at Syracuse under head coach Jim Boeheim, capable of playing at both the shooting guard and small forward positions. Addison notably logged minutes in every game during his 4-year stint on The Hill.
In his freshman season, Addison made an immediate impact on a team led by the legendary trio of senior co-captains Tony 'Red' Bruin, Leo Rautins and Erich Santifer. He set a freshman single game record for steals with 7, and made the Big East All-Rookie Team.
Addison would become a starter his sophomore season (and would start every game for the remainder of his Syracuse career), promptly leading the Orange in scoring, including a 31-point outburst against Connecticut in the Big East Tournament, and would be named to the Second-Team All-Big East and Honorable Mention All-American squads while helping SU to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet Sixteen. In his junior year, he would again be Syracuse's leading scorer with 18.4 points per game, garnering First-Team All-Big East and Honorable Mention All-American honors.
In a senior year marred by injury, Addison would still average 15 points per game (second on the team behind Dwayne 'Pearl' Washington) and make the All-Big East Second Team, helping the Orange to their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. His attempt to eclipse Dave Bing as Syracuse basketball's all-time leading scorer would fall short by a mere 7 points. Raf left S.U. as the school's #2 all-time leading scorer, and currently stands at #10 all-time.
In 2000, Raf was named to the Syracuse University All Century Team.