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Syracuse Orange Basketball Mailbag #2: Guards, Recruits and ACC Scheduling

Welcome to the second edition of the Syracuse basketball mailbag! Over the course of the 2012-13 Syracuse Orange hoops season I will attempt to answer your questions about this year’s team, its opponents, or Syracuse basketball in general.

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You can get in on future mailbags by tweeting me @JeremyRyan44 or using the hashtag #NunesHoops. Click here if you missed the first edition of the mailbag.

This round of questions all come via Twitter from SU fan extraordinaire Ari Roth (@aroth26).

Question #1: Do you guys know which of Triche + MCW Boeheim plans to play at the point this year?

I actually asked Boeheim this very question at media day a couple of weeks ago. He told me that he doesn’t like to put labels on his guards, and prefers that they both be able to handle the ball in order to provide more offensive options. However, Carter-Williams definitely sees himself as a traditional point guard, even at 6’5”, and told me that he plans to concentrate on setting up his teammates for easy looks and pushing the ball in the open floor as much as possible.

Question #2: Anybody concerned that the best of our 2013 recruits is ESPN #42? Keep JUST losing out on the elite.

Not really. I think Boeheim and his staff recruit players that fit their system, even if they may not be ranked as high as some fans might like to see. There are plenty of former Orange men who had great careers at SU and weren’t highly regarded coming out of high school. Kris Joseph, Andy Rautins, and Wes Johnson immediately spring to mind. Now that’s not to say that a college program doesn’t need its share of five and four star players to succeed, but I think the Orange generally have just the right mix of stars and role players to put a championship caliber team on the court each season.

Question #3: With lighter ACC schedule starting next year, will Boehiem's nonconference scheduling get tougher?

I doubt it. First of all, I don’t know if your premise of a ‘lighter’ schedule in the ACC is accurate. With the addition of Pittsburgh and Notre Dame, the continued excellence of North Carolina and Duke, and the recent resurgence of Florida State, Maryland and North Carolina State, the ACC will be much deeper than it has been in the past few years.

Regardless, my guess is that with all of the change that switching conferences brings, Boeheim and company will want to maintain as much normalcy as possible elsewhere in the schedule. If that means continuing to book the likes of Colgate, Canisius, and Cornell every year, so be it. With the exception of maybe 2006-07, it has pretty much worked out for them year after year.

Thanks to Ari for sending in his questions for this mailbag. Again, if you’d like to submit a question, you can tweet the #NunesHoops hashtag or email me directly at if you aren’t on Twitter.

Jeremy Ryan is a writer/editor for in Syracuse. Follow him on Twitter @JeremyRyan44.