It’s been a weird start to the 2016-2017 Syracuse Orange basketball season. Jim Boeheim has been praising the potential of his team. He’s even mentioned the possibility that he’ll trot out a man-to-man defense at some point.
So it’s comforting that Boeheim is also trying to balance the scales by warning us about the inevitable truth. You know these young guys you like? Don’t get used to them.
As everyone is hyping up Tyler Lydon, Andrew White, Tyler Roberson, and Taurean Thompson, Boeheim wants you to know that you should be keeping freshman Tyus Battle in mind as someone who’ll probably be gone before you know it.
I mean, he doesn’t say THAT exactly, but you can read between the lines.
"His shot has really improved," Boeheim said at Wednesday's ACC Media Day. "He has a good release. He's got good mechanics, so it's going to get better. He still gets to the basket. That's what he does best."
"He's a big-time player. He'll play in the NBA for a long time."
Boeheim notes that one of the ways Battle’s game has improved so quickly is that he and Andrew White guard each other in practice every day. Now that’s veteran leadership...