Scoop is listed as an honorable mention in Grantland's preseason All-American list. This is what they had to say:
Scoop Jardine, Syracuse: Averaged almost six assists per game last year, and that number should improve on a strong Syracuse team. His overall offensive value was limited by relatively poor 41.5 percent field goal shooting and trouble getting to the line. He worked out with Chris Paul this offseason and his improvement — or lack thereof — will determine the success of the Orange more than any other player, including Kris Joseph.
I've said this before, I'll say it again - while I think Scoop will be improved this year, I think we all know what his strengths and weaknesses as a player are. If Scoop is going to have a "successful" season (ie: cut way down on the Scoopid moments) it will because guys like Joseph or Triche or Waiters step up offensively and take the pressure off Scoop having to carry the load at the end of games. So I totally disagree with the above statement. Our success, like Scoop's, is entirely tied to someone on this team stepping up and becoming a guy we can rely on in crunch-time. And it doesn't have to be one guy, we can ride the hot hand, but Scoop lacks the elite athleticism and shooting stroke to be a consistent end of game option. If however, someone else on the team can step up their game, I expect a very nice season from Scoop.
Also, has anyone else noticed how many preseason All-American First Teams Jeremy Lamb is on? He's been either 1st or 2nd on every list I've seen. Look, I think Lamb is a VERY good player, one of the best Freshman in the country last year, but the amount of open looks he had because opposing teams game-planned entirely around stopping Kemba Walker (double and even triple teaming him) can not be overstated. I fully expect Lamb to have an excellent season, but really think people are out of their mind if they think he'll be a 1st team All-American.
Insert Lamb puns here: "Silence of Jeremy Lamb" or "Lamb to the slaughter"