Gbinije: 35.0 min, 12.7 pts, 3.6 ast, 5.0 reb, 1.9 stl, 46.0 FG%, 39.2 3PT%, 57.1 FT%
Joseph: 27.3 min, 5.9 pts, 3.8 ast, 2.2 reb, 0.9 stl, 37.6 FG%, 20.0 3PT%, 71.9 FT%
The point guard position for the Orange this year has drawn a majority of the preseason questions. The big debate has been redshirt senior Michael Gbinije vs. sophomore Kaleb Joseph. Joseph, as most of you know, started 30-of-31 games last year for the Orange in, what most consider, a suspect freshman season. However, when Kaleb signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Syracuse, he was projected to be Tyler Ennis’ backup. After Ennis bolted for the NBA after one season with the Orange, Joseph immediately became the starting point guard.
Michael Gbinije, who is arguably the team’s best player this season, will likely start at point guard for the Orange. Jim Boeheim told CBSSports.com that Gbinije would be the starter on November 13th against Lehigh, but soon retracted his statement, saying, “I really haven’t decided who is going to start.”
However, all signs point to Gbinije starting. Michael’s size and ability to score is a main reason why he’ll be out there. Standing at 6-foot-7, he’s taller than Michael Carter-Williams, and is a better scorer as well. It has been duly noted that coach Boeheim wants to have as many shooters on the floor this season as possible, and having the fifth-year senior on the floor does just that.
Frank Howard, a 6-foot-4 freshman guard, will likely see some time at point guard this year, as well. Although they may not be big minutes, or important minutes either, Howard adds depth to an already talented backcourt.