But the good news: Syracuse also sort of starts over next year. That may also be bad news, as SU says goodbye to veteran contributors Frank Howard, Paschal Chukwu and Tyus Battle. Those players weren’t directly part of the issues that plagued the Orange all season (and admittedly, recent season), however this could be a golden opportunity for Jim Boeheim to reset things a bit assuming he’s near the final few years of his storied coaching career.
We’re not talking about him abandoning the zone or suddenly pushing out a team full of would-be Steph Curry types. Still, with at least three sharpshooters on next year’s squad (Buddy Boeheim, Elijah Hughes, Joe Girard III), there’s reason to believe Syracuse could look a LOT different on offense next year, in a good way. We’ll see if that carries over to the defense as well, but if there’s a major issue, that could be where this group takes a step or two backward.
In any case, Syracuse.com’s Mike Waters took a look at both sides of that conversation a bit. We’ll be looking ahead as well in the coming weeks.
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“We are obviously going to have a young group going into next year,’’ Buddy Boeheim said, “but me and Jalen got some good experience this year.’’ Syracuse also will look to replace Paschal Chukwu, the 7-foot-2 center who started 68 games over the past three years. While Chukwu was sometimes frustrating to watch as he struggled offensively and sometimes got pushed aside by stronger players, he was a defensive presence who could also find his way to rebounds at times.
Noah Syndergaard is unhappy in Mets’ final preseason workout in Syracuse (New York Daily News)
“We’re going to Sarasota, and then to Syracuse,” Syndergaard said. “We’re not going to New York. You’d think we’re going to New York, as adults, to get our things, our priorities in order. But no, we have to go to Syracuse first.” Syndergaard is acutely frustrated with the Mets’ poor planning as the team prepares for Opening Day against the Nationals.
One coach said: “I like Tyus. I like his size. He’s intriguing. Gun to my head, I don’t think he’s quite an NBA player. I don’t know if he has the efficiency and the athleticism to get his game off. He has that it-factor. He wants to take and make big shots. I do think he’s close. But I don’t think he’s a no-brainer right now.”
“He wasn’t putting anything in there. It was metaphorical. He’s like, ‘Extra shots. Extra film. Togetherness.’ Then he goes and sets it down and he says, ‘When the ball tips off, we’re going to let the bomb off.’ It was just crazy. He was talking all serious holding this big dumpster like it was normal.”
Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch grew up on a quiet street in Baldwinsville, New York. The small town of only 8,000 people sits just northwest of Syracuse on the Seneca River. In the community of Radisson, Tuch and his childhood friends spent their summers playing basketball and street hockey in their cul-de-sac, and their winters playing hockey in the Tuchs’ backyard ice rink.