Of the six New York players that entered the draft, there were varying degrees of success and failure. Some would define success at just making it into the NBA. (Photo: Andy Rautins of the NY Knicks)[details]
2010 (Senior):HEADER ANDREW JAY RAUTINS Shooting Guard Syracuse University Orange #1 6:04.3-192 Jamesville, New York Jamesville-DeWitt High School
OVERVIEW The Canadian import is the son of former Syracuse legend Leo Rautins, who was named to the program's All-Century Team in 2000 and was selected in the first round of the 1983 NBA Draft by Philadelphia. The Rautins are the only family to feature two 1,000-point scorers in school annals (Andy tallied 1,121 points, 46th on the all-time record list, while Leo totaled 1,031 points, ranking 53rd).
In addition to starring for the Orange the last four years, Andy also performed on the Canadian Men's National Basketball team. One of those rare four-year college players, Rautin's 69 steals in 2009-10 rank as the fourth-best season total by a Syracuse senior, but his value to the team was never more evident than from the perimeter, where he finished his career as the school's second-ranked three-point shooter, hitting on 282 treys.
Rautin's 98 three-pointers in 2009-10 rank sixth on the school's season-record list. His 102 treys as a junior placed him fourth on that annual record chart. He would close out his career by making 37.4% of his three-point attempts, including 40.7% of his long-range attempts as a senior.
Rautins competed at local Jamesville-DeWitt High School, leading his team to the 2004 state Class A championship with a 29-0 record that year. In the title contest vs. Amityville, he scored 19 points and had seven rebounds, picking up All-Central New York and All-State first-team accolades. In the New York State Federation Tournament, Rautins had 18 points and six assists in a 78-73 victory vs. St. Joseph's to earn MVP honors.
Rautins competed in AAU basketball for Albany City, in addition to starring on the Canadian National team since the 2005 campaign. That year, he made his international debut in the Jack Donohue International Classic, averaging 18.3 minutes and 8.8 points. He started the Gold Medal game vs. Australia and scored a Canadian team tournament high 20 points, including draining five three-pointers in the first half of the game.
Rautins also played in the 2005 FIBA World U21 Championship in Argentina. He averaged 9.4 points in five games. In the bronze medal game, he scored 11 points. As a freshman at Syracuse, he was used sparingly in 2005-06, appearing in just 20 games. He averaged 2.9 points and 0.9 rebounds, but did set a season-high of 10 points vs. South Florida.
Before the 2006-07 season, Rautins played for the Canadian Senior Men's National Team. The squad played a 10-game exhibition schedule in Europe. In a game vs. Venezuela at the International Alpos Cup, he scored seven points and recorded three steals in 19 minutes. With Syracuse that season, he appeared in all 35 games, becoming a fixture in the starting lineup. He had a season-high 19 points vs. Providence and finished the season averaging 7.2 points. He also established himself as one of the team's best perimeter shooters, converting 35.6% percent of his three-point shots.
Rautins participated in the 2007 Pan-American Games held in Rio de Janeiro, averaging a squad-best 13.4 points and 2.4 assists. He scored 16 points in a preliminary loss to Brazil. During the same summer, he also played for Team Canada in the Tournament of Americas held in Las Vegas and tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during Canada's loss to Brazil. The injury forced him to miss the entire 2007-08 Syracuse season and he was granted a medical redshirt.
In 2008-09, Rautins was the second youngest player to be selected to the Senior Men's National Team, and appeared in all three of the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifiers, but as a result of their 1-2 record, Canada did not qualify for the 2008 Olympics. He also played significant time in Team Canada's exhibition game vs. Team USA, the eventual gold-medal winner at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He spent all of his time exclusively at point guard during that game, logging 16 minutes.
Back at Syracuse, Rautins would return for his redshirt junior year after reconstructive surgery on his knee. His return paid immediate dividends for the Orange, as he tied a school record with nine three-pointers (Gerry McNamara had nine vs. BYU in the NCAA tournament in 2004), highlighting a career-high 29 points in an 82-71 victory over Coppin State. He finished fourth on the team with a 10.5-point average and he became just the third Orange performer to register more than 100 successful three-pointers (102) in a season.
In 2009, Rautins was Team Canada's second leading scorer, as the Canadians earned a fourth-place finish at the FIBA Americas Tournament in Puerto Rico. He averaged 9.5 points and 3.0 assists for the tournament, including a 23-point performance as Team Canada blew out Panama 97-65 in the quarterfinal. The team's finish was good enough to secure a spot in the 2010 World Championships in Turkey.
Rautins would become the full-time starter at shooting guard in his senior season. He ranked second on the team in scoring (12.1 ppg), as his 98 three-pointers were the sixth-best season total by an Orange player. He also led the team with 171 assists, chipping in 69 steals and 118 rebounds, receiving All-Big East Conference second-team, USBWA All-District second-team and The Sporting News' All-American fifth-team honors.
2009-10 SEASON Fifth-team All-American pick by The Sporting News, earning honorable mention from Yahoo! Sports...All-Big East Conference first-team pick by Yahoo, adding second-team accolades from the league's coaches and media...Two-time Big East Honor Roll pick (1/18 and 2/22/10)...USBWA All-District V second-team selection...Earned 2K Coaches Sports Classic All-Tournament Team honors...Started all 35 games at shooting guard, finishing second on the team in scoring with 424 points (12.1 ppg)...Hit on 98 of 241 three pointers (40.7%) and 130 of 297 total field goals (43.8%) while also connecting on 66 of 81 free throws (81.5%)...Grabbed 118 rebounds, with 100 coming from the defensive glass and blocked eight shots...Led the team with 69 steals and 171 assists (4.9 apg)...Scored in double figures 21 times and had one double-double (points/assists) after he tallied 10 assists and 14 points vs. Georgetown in the Big East Tournament...Second on the squad with 76 personal fouls (disqualified twice) and had a team-high 98 turnovers.
2008-09 SEASON Rautins started 10 of 37 games at shooting guard, but still managed to lead the team with 102 three-point field goals (279 attempts), the fourth-best season total in school history... Scored 387 points (10.5 ppg) on 126 of 332 field goals (38.0%) and 33 of 45 free throws (73.3%)...Recorded 123 rebounds (3.3 rpg) to go with 112 assists, six blocked shots and 52 steals, but he was charged with 75 personal fouls (two disqualifications) and 73 turnovers.
2007-08 SEASON Knee surgery caused him to miss the 2007-08 Syracuse campaign.
2006-07 SEASON A valuable reserve, Rautins appeared in 35 games, scoring 252 points (7.22 ppg) while making 67 of 188 three-pointers (35.6%), 84 of 226 field goals (37.2%) and 17 of 24 free throws (70.8%)...Syracuse won all 12 games that Rautins scored in double figures...Collected 69 rebounds, 51 assists, 45 steals and six blocked shots.
2005-06 SEASON Saw limited action in 20 games, logging just 159 minutes of action...Averaged 2.9 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game...Made 20 of 53 field goals (37.7%), but 15 of those (46 chances) came from three-point range (32.6%).
CAREER NOTES In 127 games at Syracuse, Rautins scored 1,121 points, ranking 46th in school history... Made 360 of 908 field goals (39.6%)...Ranks second in school history with 284 three-point field goals, topped by Gerry McNamara (400, 2002-06)...His three-point percentage of 37.4% ranks seventh in Syracuse annals...His 102 three-pointers in 2008-09 ranks fourth and his 98 treys as a senior ranks sixth on the school season-record chart...Registered 327 rebounds (2.6 rpg) with 347 assists (2.7 apg), 172 steals (1.4 spg) and 22 blocked shots.
HIGH SCHOOL Attended Jamesville (N.Y.) DeWitt High School, playing basketball for coach Bob McKenney...Led his team to the 2004 state Class A championship with a 29-0 record as a senior...In the title contest vs. Amityville, he scored 19 points and had seven rebounds, picking up All-Central New York and All-State first-team accolades...In the New York State Federation Tournament, Rautins had 18 points and six assists in a 78-73 victory vs. St. Joseph's to earn MVP honors...Also competed in AAU basketball for Albany City, in addition to starring on the Canadian National team since the 2005 campaign.
OTHER TOURNAMENTS/TEAMS TEAM CANADA Team Canada 2009: For the third consecutive summer, Rautins was a member of Team Canada...The Canadian Olympic Team, coached by Andy's father and former SU standout Leo Rautins, earned a fourth-place finish at the FIBA Americas Tournament in Puerto Rico...The result gave Canada a spot in the 2010 World Championships to be hosted by Turkey...Rautins finished the 10-game tournament tied for second in team-scoring honors...In addition to averaging 9.5 points per outing, Rautins averaged 3.0 assists...He had a squad-best 23 three-point baskets and shot 45.1 percent from behind the arc ...Rautins had two 18-point outings during the qualifying round -- on Aug. 27 vs. Mexico and on Aug. 30 versus Puerto Rico...Had 23 points in a 97-65 quarterfinal round victory vs. Panama on Sept. 23.
Team Canada 2008: Rautins was back with the Canadian Olympic Team in the late spring...The team participated in the Jack Donohue International Classic, June 30 to July 5, at McMaster University...Rautins had nine points in the tournament-opening win vs. Lebanon...Had five points, five assists and three steals when Canada defeated New Zealand, 90-63...New Zealand got revenge three nights later, 77-69, despite another nine-point showing from Rautins ...When Canada closed the event by beating Lebanon, 100-68, Rautins contributed eight points and three rebounds...Had a three-point basket in an exhibition game vs. Dirk Nowitzki and the German team on July 9...Canada competed in the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, July 15-18, in Athens...Canada defeated Korea but lost to Slovenia and Croatia to be eliminated...Rautins saw action in all three outings...Had three points and two rebounds vs. Slovenia and four points vs. Croatia...Canada played an exhibition game with Team USA on July 25 in Las Vegas, as he saw 16 minutes of court time vs. the U.S.
Team Canada 2007: Rautins played on the Team Canada squad that competed in the Pan American Games...Averaged a squad-best 13.4 points and 2.4 assists for Canada...Hit a team-leading 16 3-pointers in the event...Was one of four players who started all five outings...Rautins was third in three-point field-goal per-game average (3.2) and 11th in scoring average among all Pan American Games performers...Had a squad-best 13 points in the tournament opener vs. Puerto Rico, a game that resulted in an 82-63 loss...When Canada lost the next time out vs. Brazil, 98-63, Rautins led the team again, this time with 16 points...Had a 24-point outburst in a narrow loss to Panama...Earned a spot on the Team Canada Senior Men's Team that competed in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship in Las Vegas...Suffered a knee injury in the team's first outing, an eventual loss to Brazil. The injury required surgery and he missed the 2007-08 campaign with the Orange.
Team Canada 2006: Rautins earned a spot on the Canadian Senior Men's National Team...The squad, coached by Leo Rautins, played a 10-game exhibition schedule in Europe during July and August.
Team Canada 2005: In July he led Canada to the championship of the Jack Donohue Classic Under-21 Basketball Tournament in Mississauga, Ontario...Had 20 points in the title game...Rautins was a starter for the Canadian Under-21 team that competed in the FIBA World Championship in Argentina...Canada won a bronze medal...Averaged 9.4 points and 2.6 rebounds a game.
PERSONAL Communication and Rhetorical Studies major...Son of Jamie and Leo Rautins ...Father was a standout forward for the Syracuse basketball team (1980-83) and was named to the program's All-Century Team in 2000. Leo was selected in the first round of the 1983 NBA draft by Philadelphia...Born 11/02/86...Resides in Jamesville, New York.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Lanky athlete with the overall quickness and leaping ability to also gain some minutes at the point forward position, but is more suited for the two-guard slots...Has a strong drive to the basket, but must do a better job of drawing contact along the way, as he does not get to the charity stripe too often...From the perimeter, he shows good form, a quick release and solid accuracy from three-point range (successful on 37.4% of his attempts and his 282 treys rank second in school history)...Determined when attacking the rim, which allows him to have good success in making difficult shots...Shows very good balance and body control gliding through the air, getting good elevation shooting from mid range...Pulls up quickly, sets his feet and gets off his fall-away jumper with no difficulty...More comfortable playing in transition than in the half court game...Has no problems getting his shots up and over a defender playing in his face...Does a nice job of creating his own shot off the dribble...Lacks the power to bang heads with the more physical forwards going for the offensive rebounds, using his reach and court savvy to slip under and around the opponent to secure the defensive boards...Has very good court vision, along with the playmaking ability and hand quickness to feed teammates and create shooting opportunities for others...Demonstrates impressive hand quickness to disrupt the passing lanes when playing defense...Stays active up and down the court without the ball in his hands and will not hesitate to sacrifice his body on pick-&-roll screens.
Negatives: Good perimeter shooter, but his marginal strength will generally see him bounced out by bigger defenders when trying to get into the inside passing lanes...Has decent ball-handling skills, but when he dribbles too high and keeps the ball on the floor too long he is inviting the defender to steal the ball away (had 171 turnovers in his last 45 starts)...Too right-hand predominant when shooting (has no left-handed skills) and struggles to create shots for him self...Has a quick release, but it is a bit unorthodox, as he tends push the ball from under his hip, causing his shots to be erratic and miss their destination when firing without setting his feet first...Has good court speed, but is a bit stiff in the hips, lacking the lateral agility to stay on the smaller guards along the perimeter (too slow to take on point guards and not strong enough to challenge two guards or wings)...Does not have the drive nor the aggression to finish around the basket...One of the oldest players in the draft (born in 1986), making his learning curve much shorter than most players in this draft class.
Compares To: MATT CARROLL, Dallas -- Like Carroll, Rautins is a solid perimeter shooter, but lacks the strength to get the tough inside baskets or draw contact to get to the free throw line often. He is a decent ball handler who more often than not will feed the ball off to a defender rather than create his own shot. He is an adequate perimeter defender due to a knee injury that left him too slow to cover speedy point guards and does not have the power to handle wings and two-guard types. He is an unselfish worker who could be good for a few minutes here and there off the bench, but he appears more destined to play in Europe, even though Chicago and Minnesota are looking at him as a potential second-round selection.