A key returnee player for the Orange at the four-spot is senior Taylor Ford. She averaged 20.7 minutes per game and 6.5 points per game (ppg) and saw action in all 32 games for Syracuse. Last year Ford came off the bench but this year she could definitely crack the starting line up. She has proven to be a defensive asset to the team and last season was third on the team for rebounds with 155. She is an aggressive player, and can spark a team. She will need to balance playing aggressively and staying out of foul trouble to keep her on the floor.
Junior forward Isabella Slim is a returning starter and will be needed for her rebounding this season. Slim averaged 2.1 rebounds per game in an average of 12.7 minutes per game. In the 2015 NCAA tournament she played 24 minutes against Nebraska and 17 minutes against South Carolina.
Parris transferred to SU in the fall of 2014 from St. John Fisher College. She played two seasons at St. John and averaged 1.3 points and 1.5 rebounds as a sophomore in 2013-2014. She averaged 10 minutes per game and shot 43 percent from the floor. She will be an X-factor player when the Orange looks to their bench for some energy and support minutes.
Freshman forward Julia Chandler comes from just north of the border from Toronto Ontario. She has much experience playing for the Canadian U16, U17 and U19 teams against international competition. She is a big forward at 6’2’’ and can run the floor, which fits well for Hillsman’s fast-paced style of play. She is listed as a forward but is comfortable handling the ball, has a decent shooting range and is comfortable playing the center position. She is extremely versatile and this will be an advantage for the Orange and could pose match-up problems for other teams in the ACC. Chandler could be one of the first off the bench and is expected to contribute immediately for the Orange.