SU rarely pursues transfers, Gbinije being a recent exception. Would the Orange take a transfer, with the understanding that the player must sit for a year because of NCAA rules? Would SU pick up a player that might imperil its recruitment of other big-name high school prospects it has recruited over time? It seems unlikely.
While Ennis and Grant are apparently both first-round picks, Syracuse senior C.J. Fair is on the cusp of the first round. He's projected as an early second-round pick by most mock drafts. Should Fair move up and join Ennis and Fair in the first round, it would be the first time that Syracuse ever had three players taken in the first round of the NBA draft.
On talent and reputation alone, the starters could be Roberson and McCullough. Gbinije has more experience, but he's a little undersized to play big minutes at forward in SU's defensive scheme. Likewise, Johnson lacks the strength at this point to battle bigger forwards and centers for rebounds. The SU coaches had been looking at Johnson as a possible two-guard down the line.
He had a feeling Ennis would leave, so when he found out on Twitter he wasn’t too shocked. "I didn’t really talk to him about anything," Joseph said. "I think anybody in that position would go. If you’re a lottery pick, what is the sense of coming back?
"We have to fine tune things and learn how to play to the fourth quarter, that's all," senior linebacker Cam Lynch said, asked to evaluate the state of the defense toward the end of spring ball. "Once we get everyone going, once we get the incoming freshmen coming in to help us out, help spell guys, we'll be fine."
"We want to do that with kids graduating, that’s where the bar is set right now. We know we’ve got some big folks coming in here (Florida State) that we have to fight against to win, but it’s the challenge we signed up for."
Syracuse is arguably the country's deepest offense, with three skilled attackers and a pair of talented midfield lines.
"They gave me an opportunity to play," Hines said. "Where at Maryland I was going to be a backup. The coaches at Syracuse were real nice. Not hating on the Maryland coaches, they were nice too. I just felt more at home at Syracuse."