(Born on February 6, 1989) -- Jonny Flynn’s basketball career has been closely watched by Western New Yorkers for many years. It’s taken a variety of twists during that time.
Flynn was part of a Niagara Falls high school team that was almost legendary. He teamed up with Paul Harris on a squad that was too good for local competition; it had to play a more national schedule to find its level. Flynn was part of a state champion in 2005, and was the state’s Mr. Basketball in 2007.
That earned him a scholarship to play at Syracuse University as one of the nation’s most coveted recruits at guard. He scored 28 points in his first game there. His best moment at SU came in 2009, when Flynn led the Orange to a fabled six-overtime win over Connecticut in the Big East Tournament.
He entered the draft after that season, and Flynn was taken sixth overall in the first round. In a curious move, the Minnesota Timberwolves also took another point guard, Ricky Rubio, in the first round. Rubio didn’t arrive for a year, and Flynn made the second All-Rookie team.
After that, his production dropped off. Flynn bounced to several teams in the next two years, and was unable to find regular playing time. When he was cut by the Pistons in October, he headed to Australia to play pro ball there.
--- Budd Bailey