The three blue chip freshmen guards Malachi Richardson, Franklin Howard and forward Tyler Lydon are all versatile, smart players that could have stellar seasons. They have all been adjusting to the pace of Division 1 play but they have been fitting in quite nicely. Richardson is an incredible athlete and a player that can make everyone around him better. Howard splits his time between shooting guard and point guard but Boeheim prefers him at the point position showing he has confidence and trusts Howard to make the right reads and run the show. Lydon is incredibly versatile being able to dunk and pop out to shoot the three making him more difficult for opponents to guard. If the coach trusts them and gives them the freedom to play they will each have great success this season.
Tyler Roberson had a solid sophomore campaign, but he has the potential to be a surprise within the conference this season. As the starting power forward as opposed to small forward last year, Roberson is clearly more comfortable with his role as the starting four. After averaging eight points and seven rebounds per game a year ago as a third or fourth option offensively, Roberson should see those numbers improve. Averaging a double-double is not out of the question. Expect Roberson to step up his game this season.
DaJuan Coleman has had an injury plagued career at Syracuse thus far. Now the clear starter in the middle, Coleman will likely play around 30 minutes per game. That gives him ample opportunity to have a huge impact on the Orange this season. Will he finally realize the potential that made him a five-star recruit?