Few Syracuse players have had as complicated a legacy as shooting guard Trevor Cooney. After coming in as a member of a big-time recruiting class alongside five-star players Michael Carter-Williams and Rakeem Christmas, Cooney redshirted his first season, and was thrust into a very tough moment at the end of the 2013 Final Four as a little-used reserve, with a tough miss leading to a Michigan run-out that would ice that semi-final game. Cooney was capable of putting Syracuse on his back with hot three-point shooting performances, but also went cold for long periods of time.
During SU’s wild 2016 NCAA Tournament Final Four run, Cooney was the team’s most consistent player, and had by far the best performance against North Carolina, scoring 22 points and hitting 4-of-8 threes. His defense at the end of the Sweet 16 game against Gonzaga was key in that dramatic comeback win. Cooney really helped his legacy this March, and with his college career finished, he posted a “thank you” note to fans and those within the program on Instagram.
I want to say thank you to everyone that has helped me over my college career. I am leaving a better man and a better basketball player and that is because of those that were around me. I feel very honored to have had the opportunity to be apart of this Syracuse family for the last 5 years and wouldn't trade it for the world. Thank you to my family and friends for all the support that you have given me over the years and thank you to the fans you guys are the best!! I will forever bleed Orange! GO CUSE! #10
Cooney finished his Syracuse career with 1,437 points, good for 28th all-time in program history.