As many of us know, the lack of depth in the Syracuse front court has been a concerning issue. Current Indiana Pacer F/C Rakeem Christmas carried to load last year. Whether Rak had one foul, or four fouls, he was in the game - it didn't matter. Christmas was a leader both on and off the court, something Jim Boeheim and Orange fans loved about the Philadelphia native.
Fast forward one year later and Syracuse is in same situation. Yet again, the Orange have a concerning lack of depth in the front court which is leading to an undersized freshman practicing in the middle of coach Boeheim's 2-3 zone.
Tyler Lydon has been participating in center drills during SU's first full week of practice, according to Syracuse.com's Chris Carlson. Lydon, a 6-foot-9 freshman from Elizaville (NY), was practicing with DaJuan Coleman, Chinonso Obokoh and 7-foot-2 transfer center Paschal Chukwu.
While Chukwu can't particpate in competition this season, he's been the most impressive big-man thus far. According to numerous reports, Chukwu's size has "wowed" just about every spectator, including Jim Boeheim.
I don't expect Lydon to see legimate minutes at the center spot unless it's an emergency. If Coleman stays healthy and Obokoh can hold his own, there shouldn't be a need for Lydon in the middle of the zone. However, if Coleman does go down, I would expect to see Tyler Roberson manning the middle before Lydon.
At the end of the day, it doesn't hurt to try guys out at different postions, especially with the depth issue. Smart move by Boeheim? Yes. Would it be desperation if Lydon has to play the five during the season? Yes.