can Syracuse orange The men’s basketball team has a year to bounce back? That’s the question on everyone’s mind as the Orange team is set to start its season soon.
On the other hand, although the MBB team lost compared to the 2020-2021 season, the team had a competitive season. In the ACC . ChampionshipSyracuse took over Florida By default in the face of the Duke. In a competitive conference, Orange played close matches against Miami (twice), North Carolina and Virginia. Against the ACC last season, Syracuse finished in the middle of the pack (9-11 vs. ACC; 9 in conference).
However, the orange also Disappointed After running Sweet Sixteen two seasons ago. Sue finished on a losing record for the first time with Jim Boeheim as coach. Syracuse ranked 14th in the country for points scored per game, but ranked as one of the worst defenses in the NCAA. Disappointing to everyone was the fact that the team ended up blowing big leads to Miami and North Carolina when they had opportunities to play again in the post-season debate.
As the season approaches, Syracuse will have big boots to fill all over the roster. Buddy Boeheim, Jimmy Boeheim, and Cole Swider are all gone. Only three seniors remain on the list: Joe Gerrard III, Jesse Edwards and Seymour Torrance.
The team will see a lot of new faces on the field this coming season. If the Orange team is looking to get back to the competitive level, the team will need to rely on some unproven players to make an immediate impact.
Of the current MBB roster, sophomore Penny Williams offers the best advantage of any player on the team.
At 6’8 and over 200 pounds, Williams showed promise as an athletic final player who could run a transition and give the orange some dash in attack. Williams’ frame makes him a defender capable of thriving in Coach Boheim’s 2-3 territory.
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Williams played a limited game last season, averaging just under 11 minutes per game. So far, his offensive game still needs work. In 29 games last season, Williams fired less than 34% from the field, 62% from the foul streak, and 9.1% on threes.
Then again, Williams flashed the orange’s potential. In a solid loss to Duke, Williams scored 14 points with impressive efficiency as one of the only bright spots from the team’s miserable effort. If given a greater role in crime, he could thrive as a secondary or tertiary recording option.
Given his lack of shooting, Williams projects To start from the four alongside the big guy Jesse Edwards. in defense, Pairing Williams Edwards It could be one of the best defensive positions in the ACC.
Orange diamond in the rough
can happen incoming 6’3 combo guard Judah Mintz, who could become a recruiting heist for Syracuse.
Mintz presents as a combo ranger who can thrive in both attack and defense. He averaged over 15 points and 4 assists in high school, where he demonstrated his abilities as a scorer and playmaker. Like Williams on the front court, Mintz gives the Orange team a boost of sport in guarding.
Mintz and Girard III could make an interesting pairing in the back area. The real question is whether Mintz will start for another winger on the team or veteran Seymour Torrens. Expect coach Boeheim to try different pairs in the backyard to start the season.
Four-star recruit Chris Bunch also does a job issue To get started for Orange.
Bunch projects will be a type of futures contract, similar to Quincy Guerrier in 2020-2021. Bunch is a fierce rebel, a mobile shooter, and the promise of being a three-point shooter.
The orange needs to figure out how to make up the points after losing three of the four top scorers last season. Bunch can give orange some much-needed space between the floor. The SU is also ranked as one of the worst teams to lead a turn in the NCAA, and Bunch’s frame can help create more chaos against opposing offenses.
But, as with a lot of the crew, Bunch is a wait-and-see candidate. He expects to be a very fit on paper, but he will need to earn coach Boeheim’s confidence in training camp to take himself a big role within the squad heading into next season.
What about veterans?
Beginners Joe Gerrard III and Jesse Edwards, as well as trusted player Seymour Torres, will return for the upcoming season.
one of the Larger Orange’s x factors are whether Girard, Edwards and Torrence can carry a larger load on either end of the playing field.
Gerrard had another good season for SU last year. Shoot above 40% of the three and 88% of the line. With Buddy gone, Gerrard will need to become more of a scorer and we will see if he can thrive without a Boeheim shot to occupy the opponent’s defence.
Of any player on the team, Jesse Edwards expects to be the most consistent player on the SU going forward. Edwards scored nearly 13 points and 7 rebounds per game while shooting efficiently and providing the team with a reliable presence on both ends of the ground. The big question is whether Edwards has enough to become the number one choice in attack.
Torrence is easily Orange’s most interesting returning player. Torrence played partial minutes for the team last season off the bench, but quietly edged out smaller players with his return to the basket game. He’s also a great defender of the ocean. Against Duke at the 2022 ACC Championship, Torrence had the best two-way performance of the year.
Given his lack of three-point shooting and generic shot creation, Torrence could be better off as a sixth man rather than a starter. Regardless of who starts or closes, coach Boeheim will need to rely heavily on his veteran players to improve their performance in 2022-2023.
Going into this season, the men’s basketball team will have high aspirations but also an equal amount of uncertainty. If the orange seek To return to the promised land of March Madness, they will need some much-needed development from some of their most promising players.