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Flynn/Harris Draft 2009

June 24, 2009

JONNY FLYNN, part 3: What does the future have in store?

They always say Mama knows best. And in the case of Jonny Flynn’s future, it goes beyond that — Mama knows it all.

“He wants to go to college, get an education, play basketball and enjoy the whole college experience, but at the same time, I know he would like to make it to the league some day,” Flynn’s mother, Deidre, said. “He wants to give back to the community, too.”

And while there’s certain to be a plethora of memories from this winter, it never hurts to take a glimpse into the futurity of the Syracuse signee.

The Path to ’Cuse

When experts say that Flynn was sold on Syracuse University from the beginning, they aren’t kidding.

“I never thought of anyone else but Syracuse,” Flynn said.

It’s not like other schools didn’t want him, though.

“They were the first high major to offer me,” Flynn said. “UB was interested since like the fourth grade when I went to their camp. Reggie (Witherspoon) told me I was always going to be special and I’d look good in blue and white. And I used to go to NU camps and coach Mihalich would say the same thing.”

And according to former Niagara Falls varsity basketball coach Dan Bazzani, Stanford was actually the first high-major to inquire about Flynn.

But there was no way Flynn was going to play his home games anywhere other than the Carrier Dome.

“I can’t see myself with another jersey on.” he said. “I’m glad the pieces to the puzzle were put in place so I could go to Syracuse. I love the fan support and the community around there.”

Flynn’s father, William, agreed.

“It was a good deal, a good bet,” he said. “We didn’t go or take any trips anywhere else. And for me and my wife it’s not too far, right up the 90, so we can go to all the games and get a chance to see him play.”

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Flynn/Harris Draft 2009
  • 090629 FLYNN1 BASKETBALL: 3-on-3 tourney in Falls to honor Jonny Flynn Mayor Paul Dyster announced this week plans to move forward with an outdoor basketball competition, similar in style to the popular Gus Macker three-on-three tournament held in Buffalo each year.

    June 30, 2009 1 Photo

  • 090629 FLYNN2 BASKETBALL: Jonny Flynn given key to Niagara Falls Niagara County legislator Renae Kimble proclaimed Monday as Jonny Flynn Day in the county before bestowing large expectations on the two-time Niagara Gazette Player of Year.

    June 29, 2009 1 Photo

  • BASKETBALL: Harris to join Flynn on T-Wolves summer squad Paul Harris said Monday that he will accept an offer to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the upcoming NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where Jonny Flynn will also make his professional debut after Minnesota made him the sixth overall pick in last week’s NBA draft.

    June 29, 2009

  • 090623 harris in falls2 BASKETBALL: Harris keeps his head in the game Paul Harris returned to the Niagara Falls High School Wolverena to workout Friday, determined to pursue an NBA career despite going undrafted the night before. Harris said the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Chicago Bulls have extended summer league invitations so far.

    June 26, 2009 1 Photo

  • New Timberwolves Basketball BASKETBALL: Timberwolves say Flynn, Rubio will make dynamic backcourt Timberwolves president David Kahn told jittery supporters he believes Ricky Rubio, the fifth overall pick, and Niagara Falls' Jonny Flynn, the sixth pick, will play off of each other extremely well and “together, we will have one of the most dynamic defensive backcourts in the NBA over time.”

    June 26, 2009 1 Photo

  • BASKETBALL: Flynn selection is Falls' finest hour A team that first dominated the Niagara Frontier League, then a power-packed independent schedule got its ultimate validation on Thursday at Madison Square Garden’s WaMu Theater when former Niagara Falls High School point guard Jonny Flynn was among the first names called off by National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern at the 2009 Draft.

    June 26, 2009

  • SCHMITT: Destiny plays trick on Flynn Jonny Flynn has talent. Always has. Tim Winn talked about it years ago, saying he’d be the best of the Niagara Falls bunch. He was right, as Thursday’s events can attest.

    June 25, 2009

  • 090624 harris in falls BASKETBALL: With assist from Flynn, Harris looking to NBA Draft Of all the times Jonny Flynn set up Paul Harris on the court over the years, Harris holds the most gratitude for the latest assist off the floor.

    June 24, 2009 1 Photo

  • images_sizedimage_348233734 JONNY FLYNN, part 3: What does the future have in store? Where does the Niagara Falls senior see himself after his time as a Wolverine is done?

    June 24, 2009 1 Photo

  • NCAA Syracuse Basketball BASKETBALL: NBA sizes up Jonny Flynn Reports out of Chicago, where the NBA just concluded its pre-draft scouting combine, indicated the Niagara Falls native measured out as one of the shortest players in attendance, but his performance in competitive drills solidified his status as a potential top 10 pick.

    May 30, 2009 1 Photo

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