Syracuse basketball position preview: shooting guard

Breaking down the shooting guard position for Syracuse basketball entering the 2015-16 season.

Depth Chart

Projected starter: Trevor Cooney
Key reserves: Malachi RichardsonKaleb JosephMichael GbinijeFranklin Howard

Season Outlook

The redshirt graduate shooting guard Trevor Cooney has been preparing for his final season dawning the Orange since the last regular season game of the 2014-2015 season.  During preseason Cooney has been in the gym to get shots up an additional two or three times per day outside of scheduled workouts and practices.  Hopefully his preparation will pay off; Cooney’s shooting will be a determining factor in Syracuse's success throughout the season.  Cooney will be expected to use his quick pull-up jumper to make the defense play him honestly allowing him to be able to take the three point shot he’s known for.  

Last year Cooney averaged 31 percent from beyond the arc and 36 percent overall shooting.  His average beyond the arc is good, but he’s going to get the touches so his accuracy inside the three is going to make a difference in games. 

Sophomore guard Kaleb Joseph is much improved this year during preseason practice over last year according to head coach Jim Boeheim.  He is shooting better which is a good thing.  Last year Joseph was 20 percent from the three point line going 7-for-35.  

His overall shooting percentage was 37 percent averaging 5.9 points per game.  We expect to see his shooting percentage increase this year to the thirty percent range beyond the arc.  Last year Joseph led the team in assists with 119 but with his shooting having improved perhaps he won’t be number one in assists this season.

Joseph's primary responsibility will be to backup Gbinije at the point, but he has enough versatility to play the two if needed. Don't be surprised if you see him there at times this season. 

Malachi Richardson and the aforementioned Gbinije will also play the shooting guard position at times, giving Syracuse a lot of options with their lineup. Freshman Franklin Howard is a combo guard and could see some time this season, though he is not expected to be counted on for major contributions.

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