Whether it's his selflessness in accepting a reduced role this season, his knack for coming through in clutch situations or his charisma on and off the court, Syracuse's Scoop Jardine has endeared himself to Orange fans.
Few, however, are more fond of Jardine than this little guy from Mattydale, N.Y.
When the mother of 4-year-old Shane Oliver informs him that Jardine will play his final game in a Syracuse uniform this month, he doesn't take it well. He tearfully tells her he doesn't want Scoop to graduate, nor does he have any interest in selecting another favorite player after he leaves.
"I don't want to pick another one," Oliver says. "I just like Scoop."
More than 30,000 people have viewed the YouTube clip of Oliver this week including Jardine himself. Jardine reached out to Oliver's mother Aubrey on Tuesday, thanking her for putting up the video and asking if he could come meet her son in person after the season ends.
Aubrey Barone told WSYR-TV in Syracuse that her son has said he wants to play basketball in college and join the same team as Jardine. That probably isn't possible, but maybe he'll get a chance to play some 1-on-1 in his driveway with the Syracuse senior this spring.
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