Kaleb Joseph, who played extremely well in the first two exhibition games, played only 14 minutes tonight against Lehigh. Surprising? Yes. Was he disappointed? No.
"I'll never say what I deserve or how many minutes I should play. That would be really selfish of me," the sophomore guard said after the game. "I just want to be the best player I can be for this team and maximize every opportunity I have."
Boeheim talked about how Joseph would play more, but it may be hard finding him minutes, especially when Malachi and Gbinije are playing well.
Tonight, we learned that Trevor Cooney will continue to play just about every minute he can. So, truthfully, if Gbinije and Malachi are playing well, fourteen minutes may be what we see from Joseph. On nights where Malachi or Gbinije are struggling, we could see that number up near 20-25.
That being said, he did play pretty well tonight, scoring 8 points on 2-of-3 shooting. He also added a steal and an assist. His two 3-pointers both were key baskets for the Orange.
The first 3-pointer was a buzzer beater to end the first half, giving Syracuse a 32-12 lead. The second 3-pointer was to stop an 18-4 Lehigh run to begin the second half.
Both three's were important, and both helped Syracuse avoid an upset on opening night.
More from Joseph in the video at the top of the screen.