#25 Rakeem Christmas
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6'9" 222 lbs Forward
HS: Academy of the New Church Bryn Athyn, PA
HS: North Catholic Philadelphia, PA
Born: 12/1991  
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3Pt 3PA % Asst Reb DReb OReb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
2011-12 Fr F 37 35 425 43 75
57.3%
16 28
57.1%
0 0
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7 108 68 40 63 4 23 11 30 102 2.8 0.2 2.9
2012-13 So F/C 40 40 833 87 164
53.0%
31 54
57.4%
0 0
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9 183 111 72 100 3 35 20 73 205 5.1 0.2 4.6
Career    
77
75
1258
130
239
54.4%
47
82
57.3%
0
0
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291
179
112
163
7
58
31
103
307
4.0
0.2
3.8

Rakeem Christmas is a power forward for Syracuse basketball.

Christmas was a McDonald's All-American in high school and came to Syracuse with high expectations. He began his freshman season as the power forward in the starting lineup, replacing Rick Jackson, who had graduated the year before. This was no small feat as Jackson was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. Christmas would struggle early in the year with trying to adapt to the nuances of his defensive responsibilities in the zone, and in adjusting to rebounding in college. Unfortunately for Christmas, coach Jim Boeheim had one of his deepest benches ever, and this gave Boeheim plenty of players to substitute for Christmas when he struggled. As they year progressed, Christmas would see less and less playing time, often playing just the first few minutes of a game, and then sitting for the remainder. His role would increase in the post season when Fab Melo was suspended by the team. Christmas' best game of the year was against Kansas State in the second round of the NCAA tournament, when he pulled down 11 rebounds and played some solid defense.

Christmas improved his sophomore year but not quite up to fans expectations. He averaged a little over 20 minutes a game, despite starting every game of the season. His defensive game had improved, but offensively he still struggled. He moved defensively to the center position when Dajuan Coleman was out for injury, and would remain the starting center for the rest of the season.

 

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