One of the Syracuse Orange’s biggest issues last season was having offensive consistency. For 2018-19, we know we’ll have all five starters back and three capable scorers in Tyus Battle, Oshae Brissett and Frank Howard.
However, there may be a fourth name to toss into that mix this season, if you believe Jim Boeheim.
The Hall-of-Famer was on Jon Rothstein’s podcast on Monday and offered up praise for East Carolina transfer Elijah Hughes, who will be able to suit up this year after redshirting last season. Boeheim said he was as talented an offensive player as Syracuse has had in a long time... something that should certainly perk up the ears of the Orange faithful.
Could SU have four major scoring options on its hands this year? If Hughes is the spark Boeheim purports he is, that certainly won’t help us keep realistic expectations. But that’s also a good problem to have. It’s nice to feel like we’re on more stable footing again (as a fan base, anyway).
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“He’s as talented an offensive player as we’ve had in a long time,” Boeheim said Monday on the College Hoops Today Podcast in reference to Hughes, a 6-6 wing who averaged 7.8 points two years ago at East Carolina. “We’re going to be a significantly better offensive team next season.”
It may not be the same as Meghan Markle marrying Prince Harry, but Rakeem Christmas is about to marry into NBA royalty. Christmas, the former Syracuse University basketball player, is now engaged to Jasmine Jordan, the daughter of NBA legend Michael Jordan. Jasmine Jordan announced the couple’s engagement on her Twitter page on Sunday.
The 6-foot-4, 198-pound Anderson is not yet rated by the major recruiting services, but given his growing offer sheet -- one that also includes Western Michigan, Air Force and Cincinnati, among others -- that likely won’t stay that way for long. The Orange joined that group on Saturday and has connections to Armwood, including former Hawk Sterling Hofrichter, who is a redshirt junior punter and kicker.
The Orange will travel to Minnesota on Thursday, Nov. 29, for the first meeting in program history between the programs, both of which reached the NCAA Tournament last season. The first five games of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge take place on Wednesday, Nov. 28, while the remaining nine, including Syracuse at Minnesota, are scheduled for the next day.
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