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Could Syracuse basketball replace Tyus Battle’s production?

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It’s more than just scoring that SU needs to bolster, assuming he’s in the NBA next year.

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We’re unlikely to know whether or not Tyus Battle stays in the NBA Draft until later this month. But still, in the meantime, it’s worth contemplating how the Syracuse Orange might replace his production if he does go pro.

ACC Sports Journal looked at just how much Battle accounted for Orange possessions this past season, and it ends up he was one of just 23 in the country that accounted for 700 or more this year. According to Synergy Sports, which the article utilized, his 27 percent was the highest mark in the ACC — and also the third-highest in terms of total possessions (758) for one player in the conference since 2005-06.

How would SU address that absence? It likely comes down to both Oshae Brissett and Frank Howard improving, plus Elijah Hughes picking up some slack as well. Freshman guard Jalen Carey will also get some run and could actually help right-size last year’s scoring woes. In any case, the onus wouldn’t necessarily fall on a player like Battle to do it all.

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