There are a lot of ways to judge a basketball player: points, shooting percentage, rebounds, three-point shooting, steals, assists, turnovers, various efficiency ratings... but these are all quantifiable areas of judgement.
When looking at college hoops’ top 25 today, ESPN took a shot at something a little less numbers-based, like which player is the most exciting on each preseason top 25 team (according to them).
For the Syracuse Orange, the choice was Tyus Battle, and that’s fine since there’s no rule about how to be “right” here. Since it’s such a subjective conversation, though, do we agree with the idea?
I think Battle’s the most clutch player Syracuse has right now, and also has the most play-making ability on his own. So sure, that probably makes him the most exciting for now. But if Oshae Brissett can finish better at the rim, and get a little more accurate from three? Perhaps he takes the fictional title. Who would you pick?
That, plus the rest of your Syracuse-related links below:
Most exciting player on each team in Way-Too-Early Top 25 (ESPN)
16. Syracuse Orange: Tyus Battle — Battle nearly took the Orange to the Elite Eight. Two games in the tournament -- 17 points in a win over Michigan State in the second round; 19 points in a loss to Duke in the Sweet 16 -- made the NBA a serious option for the 6-6 wing. When Battle enters “takeover” mode, he’s a force for any opponent.
Michael Carter-Williams, Rockets agree to deal (The Dream Shake)
MCW’s role on the Rockets next season will be strictly as a depth piece. He is no direct replacement for Trevor Ariza or anything like that. If anything, he is a replacement for backup point guard Aaron Jackson, who will likely not make the roster out of training camp. He will likely be playing sparingly behind Chris Paul, James Harden and Eric Gordon.
Why the Heat should trade for Carmelo Anthony (Hot Hot Hoops)
Even in the (somewhat likely) event that Anthony isn’t a great fit and makes them noticeably worse, the Heat can always buy him out late in the year to join a contender in a limited role. This would still open up the ever-sought-after cap space that drives the trade while also allowing the Heat’s younger players more opportunity to improve.
Former Syracuse basketball player Andy Rautins signs with new team in Turkey (Syracuse.com)
Andy Rautins, the former Syracuse University basketball player who has spent the last six years playing overseas, will return to Turkey for a third-straight year next season. However, Rautins will be joining a new team. Rautins, who was with Gaziantep two years ago and Banvit last season, has signed a contract with Bahcesehir, a pro team in Istanbul.
Top 5 ACC tight ends to know (Shakin the Southland)
2. Ravian Pierce, Syracuse: Some experts think Pierce could end up being one of the top tight end prospects nationally. In 7 starts last season, the 6’ 3 junior had 29 catches for 263 yards, with 4 TDs. Pierce is a preseason 2nd team All-ACC selection by Athlon.
Syracuse football recruiting: 3-star WR DeMarcus Harris commits to Kentucky (Syracuse.com)
Former Syracuse football LB Zaire Franklin gets his Madden 19 rating (Syracuse.com)
Oshae Brissett first-team All-ACC for 2018-19? (Twitter)
Tyus Battle No. 6 in Andy Katz’s returning players rankings (Twitter)
Louisville’s Jackson, Notre Dame’s Ogunbowale Voted ACC Athletes of the Year (TheACC)