Patience Will Be Rewarded

Michael Carter-Williams will have his chance to be the floor general for the Syracuse Orange. Showing flashes last season, he moves into a starting role for the first time in his young career. CuseNation.com spoke with him about the upcoming season.

Michael Carter-Williams got on the court his freshman season, but with Dion Waiters and Scoop Jardine moving forward with their professional careers, more will be expected of him, resulting in more time on the floor. Williams shared how he has responded to this responsibility going into the upcoming season.

"Over the summertime and over the offseason, just getting better and better every day just practicing on the little things," said Williams. "Getting my shooting down, dribbling down, just getting better and having confidence in my teammates."

Though Jardine is no longer physically there to help guide him, Williams took a lot from Jardine to aid in his leadership role this season.

"He's a great player," stated Williams. "He was here for awhile. He's learned a lot from a lot of different coaches and I think he just passed that all on to me. He's a great friend of mine. He's like a brother to me, and he just taught me so much that I can…use this year."

Syracuse Orange men's basketball head coach Jim Boeheim, who thought of Jardine as a leader, has called Williams a vocal leader for this season, something Williams spoke on.

"I just think that in a team, especially in a team that I'm on, I think that I should be the vocal leader, just because I was blessed with some natural talents, not in the game, but just knowing the game and just knowing how the game works and I was just taught that at a very young age," Williams expressed. "And I think that my knowledge of the game I can use to pass onto my teammates."

Speaking of teammates, another player asked to step up as a leader this season joins Williams in the backcourt. Williams shared his feelings on sharing the backcourt with Brandon Triche.

"I'm excited," shared Williams. "I can't wait. He's definitely a veteran. He's gonna be a big part of this team this year and I'm just excited to be out there with him."

Getting onto the court last season was something Williams was not always given the opportunity to do. He has taken it in stride though, stating that his freshman season taught him to "just always be patient".

"Things could always be worse," said Williams. "Just a learning experience. Now when I'm out there, just to know that what I went through last year's gonna make me better this year."

The patience of Williams as well as Syracuse fans for the brand new season will be repaid soon enough when the Orange begin their quest for the NCAA Tournament from atop an aircraft carrier in the "Battle on the Midway" versus San Diego State on Friday, November 9th.


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