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Syracuse's men's basketball 2017-18 player previews: Elijah Hughes

See you next year, Elijah

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What will Elijah Hughes bring to the Syracuse Orange in 2018-2019?
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The Syracuse Orange were known for their transfer players last year as they were led by both Andrew White III and John Gillon in multiple categories. Without the two of them carrying the Orange on offense last year, Syracuse would have had some trouble pulling off the historical upset wins they did.

This year, the Orange quietly made some quality transfer additions to the team in Geno Thorpe and Elijah Hughes. Thorpe will be allowed to play this year, but due to NCAA rules, Syracuse fans need to wait until next year to see the dynamic guard that Hughes is.

Position: Guard

Height: 6'6"

Weight: 215 lbs

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Beacon, N.Y.

High School: Beacon/Kennedy/South Kent Prep, Conn.

Hughes is coming over from Eastern Carolina where he struggled to shoot consistently from the field. He showcased the ability to go on scoring bursts due to his ability to catch fire from deep. He had nine games where he scored in double figures with his season high being a 19-point outburst against South Florida. His ability to get hot at random moments will help the Orange get a bucket when they need one, but his inconsistency could end up hurting them in the half court.

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The wait will be worth it, Syracuse fans.
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Hughes missed eight games last year due to a stress fracture in his foot, but he returned to action and played at least 20 minutes in nearly every game afterwords. Hughes appeared to find more consistency in the AAC Tournament where he averaged 16 points on 59% shooting from the field. It was only two games, but Hughes showed he has the ability to come to play in the games that matter most. It was a year of growth for Hughes, but now he has a chance to spend a full year not worrying about game action, and focusing solely on improving his game.

Hughes brings the Orange something they are going to need with the likely departure of Tyus Battle after this season: scoring. While it may come in abrupt spurts, Hughes has the ability to change a game on his own strictly due to his ability to get hot from any spot on the court. His ability to get in the lane will help create for himself and others on the perimeter. Oh yeah, he can also leap out of the gym. Hughes's athleticism makes him a dynamic threat in transition where he can be the recipient of a lob pass, or be the one throwing the pin-point dime.

His sheer size makes him a viable defender, and it'll most certainly come in handy when he plays in coach Jim Boeheim's lethal 2-3 zone. His length will allow him to create transition opportunities off of steals, making it easy for the whole team to find easy looks. If everything goes well, Syracuse may be able to send out a dynamic backcourt next year of Jalen Carey and Elijah Hughes. Hughes' length will make that backcourt not only one that create steals, but one that can flat out fly out of the gym.

Orange fans are going to have to wait to see Hughes tear up the Carrier Dome floor, but they did have the opportunity to see him in action during the Orange vs. White scrimmage.

Stat Prediction: N/A

There won't be much more noise surrounding Hughes for the foreseeable future, but the wait will be worth it for Syracuse fans—this kid can play.