Unlike last year, Syracuse wasn't the focus of ACC Media Day (which is a good thing). With the recent allegations going on at Louisville, and the academic scandal at North Carolina, the Orange answered basketball questions this year. There wasn't an NCAA investigation hanging over their heads, and as Trevor Cooney said today, "It feels good to control our own destiny."
Although there weren't any Syracuse players acknowledged in the preseason All-ACC teams, the Orange are destined to get back on track this season. They're a young, athletic and hungry team that is ready to showcase what they're all about. They will begin their exhibition season on Monday vs. Le Moyne at the Carrier Dome. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
2015-16 Preseason All-ACC Team (votes in parenthesis)
Marcus Paige - Senior - North Carolina (86)
Malcom Brogdon - Senior - Virginia (77)
Xavier Rathan-Mayes - Sophomore - Florida State (43)
Brandon Ingram - Freshman - Duke (29)
Demetrius Jackson - Junior - Notre Dame (28)
Anthony Gill - Senior - Virginia (27)
Grayson Allen - Sophomore - Duke (27)
Zach Auguste - Senior - Notre Dame (24)
Anthony Barber - Junior - North Carolina State (22)
Brice Johnson - Senior - North Carolina (22)
Preseason Co-Players of the Year
Marcus Paige - Senior - North Carolina
Malcolm Brodgon - Senior - Virginia
Preseason Freshman of the Year
Brandon Ingram - Duke
The biggest suprise of the day was when someone in the media picked the Orange to win the ACC regular season title. Overall, however, Syracuse was picked to finish ninth, which is much more accurate.
"That was a media poll?" Jim Boeheim asked after hearing Syracuse received one first-place vote, "We need to question the credentials of whoever that person is. They shouldn't be voting in the poll."
North Carolina was picked to win the ACC, as the Tar Heels received 60-of-89 first-place votes. Virginia received the second-most first-place votes with 18.
The Complete 2015-16 Preseason Poll (first-place votes in parentheis)
1. North Carolina (60)
2. Virginia (18)
3. Duke (8)
4. Notre Dame (1)
6. Florida State (1)
8. North Carolina State
9. Syracuse (1)
11. Wake Forest
13. Georgia Tech
14. Virginia Tech
15. Boston College
Kryzyzewski on Boeheim's 9-game ACC suspension: "That's a cruel interpretation of a punishment."
Trevor Cooney when told he shot 30% from 3-point range last year: "Uh-huh."
Boeheim on 9-game ACC suspension: "It's excruciating punishment."
Boeheim on a 24-second shot clock: "Coaches think they can't get a shot in 24 seconds. Funny, they can in the rest of the world."
Boeheim on young team: "We have a lot of question marks and things we have to figure out. I like this team. We can be a good team."
Boeheim on freshman guard Malachi Richardson: "We think he's one of the best shooters we have had as a freshman."
Boeheim on 9-game suspension: "Maybe they'll just play a lot better and won't need me to come back."
When asked one thing Boeheim needs to take on the road with him, he responsed "Good players."
Cooney on this year's team: "We're long and just imagine if we had Paschal (Chukwu) in there."
Cooney when asked about Louisville situation, "I wouldn't wish that upon anyone."