There isn’t much noise regarding the Syracuse Orange for a reason: they’re losing a lot of talent. Three major players in Tyler Lydon, John Gillon, and Andrew White III will no longer be on the floor of the Carrier Dome come the winter time, a deficit that will be hard to make up for the Orange.
Despite the loss of these three key players, Syracuse still has a roster that can cause any opponent some trouble on any given night. They may not have the stars that other top schools will be showcasing, but the complete roster the Orange have next year will be one that you can’t take lightly.
A chance for Tyus Battle and Taurean Thompson to take over
Battle and Thompson were role players last year, and rightfully so. They hadn’t proven their capabilities just yet, and there were other players on the team who were more capable of making the right play at the right time.
However, the 2017-2018 season will go as well as Battle and Thompson want it to go as it’ll be there team to lead this year. Battle will find himself with the ball more often, giving him a chance to use his athleticism to get easy shots; Thompson will be able to showcase his craftiness around the rim with even more touches next season.
Coach Jim Boeheim loves utilizing his athletic wings that are capable of playing multiple positions. Having players who can play both the top and bottom of the zone will help the team create steals that turn into easy fast-break points.
With Tyus Battle, O’Shae Brissett, Matthew Moyer, and Marek Dolezaj, the Orange will be able to throw a number of different looks at their opponent on both sides of the ball. If these athletic perimeter players can execute the Boeheim system, then opponents will have trouble slowing Syracuse down when their subs come in.
Under the radar aura
There was a lot of hype built around the Orange last season based on their tournament results the year before and the fact that they had a deep amount of talent on their roster. Things didn’t quite go the way people had thought they would, but this year’s team hasn’t gotten much noise which could be a good thing.
While next year’s team will have its fair share of veterans, there will also be a good mix of freshmen who will need time to learn the pace of play at the collegiate level. Less attention from the media will only make this team hungrier to show the nation who they really are.