At the 2015 ACC Media Day, coach Boeheim told reporters he believes this team has five, maybe six, shooters that will play this season. Michael Gbinije, Trevor Cooney, Malachi Richardson, Tyler Lydon, Kaleb Joseph and Franklin Howard are those six, all having the ability to hit from anywhere on the floor.
Three of those six will start for the Orange, making it their best shooting team (on paper) in the past few years. Coach Boeheim also told reporters he thought last years team had two shooters, Cooney and Gbinije.
Expect a lot of three’s this season from Syracuse, which could obviously go one-of-two ways. The Orange could either score a ton of points from the perimeter, which would open up a post game for DaJuan Coleman and Tyler Roberson, or, SU will rely too much on the three-ball, which will result in a sluggish, one-and-done, offense.
The most intriguing shooter on the team is Tyler Lydon. The 6-foot-9 freshmen will play power forward. Lydon will play more of a stretch-four, meaning he can space out the defense when he’s on the court. Defenders will have to worry about Lydon’s ability to shoot from deep, as well as driving to the basket.