At the Next Level – West Orange Alum Mikey Berkman Featured at Syracuse!

via – by Alex Cirino Asst. Sports Editor, photo by Kate Harrington

After near 3-year wait, Mikey Berkman is a mainstay in Syracuse’s attack


Just three minutes into Mikey Berkman’s Syracuse career on Feb. 14, 2020, he fell to the turf. He would later be diagnosed with a torn ACL, missing the next 13 months after redshirting the previous season.

What was supposed to be a year-long transition period into Syracuse’s lineup was quickly prolonged. And after the pandemic hit, several experienced players returned to SU, extending Berkman’s wait to return to the field. Berkman appeared in just two games in 2021 and was forced to train a lot on his own, where he prioritized physical fitness more than ever before.

But this year, after a near three-year wait, Berkman has become a mainstay in Syracuse’s (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) attack unit following Owen Hiltz’s injury. The redshirt sophomore has recorded points in four of five games, averaging 2.6 per game, while leading all starters with a 47.1% shot percentage.

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