What a year for Dion. He and & Irving could be a helluva backcourt in Cleveland. From team malcontent to BE 6th Man of the Year to the #4 pick in the NBA draft. This can only help the team's recruiting."
I thought Rossox's quote from the old thread was a great jumping off point for this one. Kris Joseph did his thing, Dion and Irving combined for 52 last night in a win, and recruiting is hot. Nice call, Rossox.
As for recruiting, Syracuse has landed four commitments in the past three weeks, including a top-10 player for the class of 2014, Chris McCullough (6"10 forward from Brewster Academy). The reports on McCullough agree that he's a bigtime player (lots of talk about his NBA prospects, including some one-and-done talk, but lets save that for another day ... or year). The 2013 class looks like this: Ron Patterson (6'3" guard from Brewster Academy), Tyler Ennis (6'3" pg from St. Benedict's), Chinoso Obokoh (6'10" center from Bishop Kearney), and BJ Johnson (6'7" forward from Lower Merion). They have room for one more and are close on a few, so lets see if this hot streak shakes one of these last few loose. Duke transfer Michael Giniije will be eligible next season as well. In the event MCW leaves after this year, Ennis is likely the starting PG and Gbinije and Patterson play real minutes right away.
Speaking of MCW, I think he's the key to this season. He was the fourth guard last year behind Scoop, Triche, and Dion, but he steps into the spotlight this year. He's got all the tools, this is his show to run on offense, and his length and instincts will be key on defense as well.
The starting 5 looks like this so far: MCW, Triche, CJ Fair, Coleman, and Christmas. The interesting development so far is up front, where Coleman has been playing a wing spot on defense with Christimas in the middle. Boeheim likes Christmas in the middle because he's the better shot-blocker, but the question has always been whether Coleman could cover the ground needed to defend the wing. Time will tell, but the bigtime freshman has come into the season leaner, looking quick, and possibly ready to handle that role. If not, they'll switch him with Christmas and put him in the middle.
The only true guard off the bench (Southerland will also play some 2 depending on lineups) will be Cooney. The RS freshman saw his first action the other night and made a couple of 3's. If he can be that sharp-shooter off the bench that would be huge, although Boeheim keeps stressing that he's more than just a shooter. We'll see - I'd take the sharpshooter for now. The guard position is thin with just three.
Southerland, Keita, and freshman Jerami Grant will round out the rotation. Keita has been making a big impact on defense in practice, so I'm excited to see him this year. I also think Southerland is in line for a big step up - his key is consistently making the 3, and I think its in his arsenal. Grant is a future star, I think, but he's not ready for much more than 6-8 minutes a night yet.
Season kicks off Friday night on the deck of the Midway, against preseason #20 San Diego State.
Any more sage predictions, Rossox?
Edit: changed "lean" to "leaner" re: Coleman. Keita is lean, Coleman got leaner. He's still a big man of course.
Edited by Otto, 06 November 2012 - 09:51 AM.