Draft Analysis: Brandon Triche

Triche is definitely not lacking in playing experience, having been on the floor for his entire collegiate career. As the opportunity to stay on the floor gets closer, take a look at Triche's play as a whole inside.

Brandon Triche left the Syracuse Orange men's basketball program after using all of his four seasons of eligibility.

From the moment he stepped into Syracuse University, Triche was asked to be a starter from head coach Jim Boeheim.

He responded by becoming the winningest player in Orange history, helping the team to 121 victories in his four seasons.

Boeheim has placed Triche in his list of the top Syracuse players of all-time.

Strengths:

Triche finished his time at Syracuse with the never-say-die mentality. When the Orange trailed late, he was still attacking and setting an example that defeat should never be accepted without a fight.

He proved that he can score in multiple ways, attacking the basket, shooting mid-range jumpers, and connecting from long range. His scoring versatility makes him a threat from anywhere on the floor.

His fearlessness in going to the basket and physical power help him create opportunities to get more high-percentage shots and get to the line.

The transition phase of the game is where Triche commonly excelled. With the fast-paced environment of the NBA, his vision, decision-making, and finishing at the rim making him a valuable prospect.

Triche would not have many of the transition opportunities he had at Syracuse if not for his play on defense. He has made good reads on his opponents and put his body in the right places to tip passes, steal the ball, and give his team more offensive opportunities. Statistics do not tell the story of Triche on defense with many of his tipped passes which led to steals not showing up on the charts.

As a whole on defense, Triche moved. He has been focused on where the ball has gone and then positioned himself well, leading to defensive rebounds.

When Triche is on the court, he hustles and his aid shows up somewhere, even if the statistics do not depict it. He is a multi-dimensional player that will provide something positive to the team he is on when he is in the heat of competition.

Areas needing improvement:

He needs to contribute more consistently in scoring. Though Triche typically reaches double-digits, sometimes he is providing a supporting role while other times he is one of the biggest aids on the offense. In other instances, Triche ends with less than 10 points. The difference between sometimes being a big offensive weapon versus a shrunken version of a weapon can mean the difference between being one of the important components to keep on a team compared to an expendable non-asset.

Hand-in-hand with being more consistent in his point output, Triche must elevate his shooting percentage and reside on a higher level more often than not. Even though he can be a threat from anywhere on the floor, he had numerous outings last season where he failed to make a shot and other times where he made less than 30% of the attempts he took.

Staying on the offensive end, Triche has to reduce his turnovers. In 29 of Syracuse's 40 games last season, Triche ended with multiple turnovers. He turned the ball over to the opposing team at least five times in six of those multiple-turnover outings.

Overall, Triche has to exhibit more leadership on the floor. Though treated as more of a two-guard, he needs to be willing to take charge of the offense as a general when the point guard is struggling or the team in general is lacking cohesiveness. Triche has stepped up to challenges before, but the next challenge is getting others to raise the level of their play on a consistent basis with him to provide a unified front against opponents on the next level.


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