But now that Carter-Williams is officially gone, where does that leave the rest of the squad? Certainly, MCW’s departure makes the heads turn to CJ Fair. If SU’s leading scorer leaves as well, you’ll have major concerns from the fan base entering next season. That would mean Syracuse would have to recover from the loss of its top four players.
Two other Syracuse basketball recruits, Tyler Roberson of Roselle Catholic (N.J.) and Chinonso Obokoh of Bishop Kearney (Rochester), will play in the regional game at 5:30 p.m. Roberson will play for the away team and Obokoh will play for the home team.
"Jay is a big kid in there," Daoust said. "He's darn near 6-4. At times in the past he struggled with his pad level. He'll play high, especially when he gets tired. He's the strongest he's ever been and he is moving extremely well. I hear it from the strength guys all the time. He's in here all the time."
"We're not positive yet," Desko said. "He had some X-rays this morning which were negative, which is a good thing. We're going to see how he responds tomorrow in practice."
It might seem idiotic to suggest that a guy who increased his scoring average from 2.3 points per game to 3.7 points per game had made any real significant improvement. But Syracuse center Baye Moussa Keita did see some strides in his junior year.
8. Syracuse - Jim Boeheim's squad will be loaded in the frontcourt for its first year in the ACC. Sophomore DaJuan Coleman should be much improved and ready to link up with C.J. Fair and Rakeem Christmas. Boeheim also recruited two elite freshman guards from New Jersey, Tyler Roberson and Tyler Ennis.
If Carter-Williams returned to Syracuse and played 30+ minutes per game, got coaching from a hall of famer, and became a better basketball player, it would surely help him down the road. It could hurt him on his rookie contract, based solely on what pick you are in the draft. But what about all the ensuing contracts that will be based on NBA production?
The 2012 Draft class featured 5 star center DaJuan Coleman, 4 star Forward Jerami Grant, son of NBA Veteran Harvey Grant, and 4 star red shirt freshman Trevor Cooney. If stars are any indication, their deceiving at best. lets break down the 2013 Draft Class and see how it stacks up against previous years.
"It’s always fun to go up against the best to test yourself," Pannell said. "He held me scoreless after the first quarter, so credit to him and the Syracuse defense."