Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - In 2007, Scoop Jardine arrived in Syracuse – a cocky 17-year-old from Ss. Neumann Goretti High School in Philadelphia.
Five years later, the Orange’s playmaker says he has finally grown up after a college career that has included numerous ups and downs.
According to Jardine, Boeheim’s tough love is nothing compared to the South Philly neighborhood he grew up in. By the time he was in eighth grade, Jardine says he knew seven young men who had been murdered.
Two things saved his life: basketball and his family. It was his grandmother who made him study, do chores, and stay off the streets.
Jardine uses Twitter to send messages to fans and his critics.
Jardine likes to be noticed on the basketball court for his scoring and his style.
He hopes to soon join his idols in the professional ranks, but as exciting as that seems, he’s not looking forward to leaving the city that has become his home.