The hype surrounding freshman Oshae Brissett heading into the season was there. We all saw his highlight tapes from high school — he could shoot it, dish it, rebound and jump with the best of ‘em in the 2017 recruiting class.
He’s now showing he can do that at the next level.
On Monday, in the Syracuse Orange’s 72-70 victory over the Maryland Terrapins, Brissett tallied his third double-double of the season. He finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Orange improved to 6-0 on the young season.
“It was amazing,” Brissett said after the game. “We don’t have any selfish people on the team. We get it to the right people at the right time, and we just make plays.”
Brissett didn’t shoot it particularly well, but played all 40 minutes which alone shows his importance to SU’s success. On an off night, he still managed 15 & 13 against a pretty good Maryland team.
Brissett is a special kind of talent, one that I, among many others who know a lot more than I do, think will translate to the next level.
The raw potential is there, and his shot selection will improve — but it’s so easy to fall in love with his game.
CIA Bounce coach Tony McIntyre, who has seen a ton of talented players throughout his lifetime, calls Brissett a top 10 frosh on a regular basis and swears by his game, work ethic and talent. From what I’ve seen, along with his endorsement — that’s plenty good enough for me.
“He’s been a much better rebounder than we’ve ever anticipated,” Jim Boeheim said after the game. “He’s a very good shooter, he’s just not making shots. He had a really good game and if he makes some shots, he has 25 points easy.”
Syracuse needs a secondary scorer behind Tyus Battle. Frank Howard and Brissett are competing for that title, but we’re on the verge of seeing a three-headed monster if all continue to click.
Battle’s 18 led SU on Monday, and Howard finished with 15 points, 10 assists and seven steals. Brissett’s 15 and 13 flew under-the-radar a bit, but not for long.
He has the chance to be a Tyler Lydon type player during his freshman season. Teams prepared for Malachi Richardson, Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney instead of Lydon. And teams this year will prepare for Frank Howard and Tyus Battle, leaving the door open for Brissett to shine.
Syracuse can be scary good if those three all come to play on the same night. But on the contrary, if only one shows up — the Orange could lose to anyone on their schedule.
We’ll see the first test against a ranked opponent on Saturday as Syracuse takes on No. 2 Kansas in Miami at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.